Ping introduces new line of G20 clubs
The wide world of Ping golf clubs is about to grow even larger with a new G20 line of clubs (drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons), new Anser Forged wedges and Anser Milled putters.
All these clubs are scheduled to be available at retail by the middle of August.
The extensive Ping offerings for 2011/2012 include five families – the G series, the S series, the i series, the K series and the Anser series.
Several members of the Ping touring pro staff already are using the G20 drivers and Anser Milled putters, and Hunter Mahan became the first player to carry an Anser Forged wedge.
Two Ping club designers, Marty Jertson and Mike Nicolette, talked with Golfweek about the introductions. Nicolette is a former winner on the PGA Tour, and Jertson recently qualified for the PGA Championship with a fifth-place tie at the PGA Professional National Championship.
“The distance control with the G20 irons is fabulous,” Jertson said. “The face absolutely doesn’t have any hotspots.”
The face of the G20 is 10 percent thinner than the face of its predecessor, the G15, and it has extra structural support in the middle of the clubhead to avoid any unwanted trampoline effect.
The G20 features a multi-material badge – aluminum in the center with elastomer in the heel and toe – in the back cavity to dampen vibrations.
The G20 is offset, much like the legendary Ping EYE2. Also like the EYE2, the G20 is optimized for a large segment of golfers, from touring pros to ordinary amateurs.
A new steel shaft for the G20 has a reconfigured step pattern that is designed to provide a smoother transfer of energy. Graphite shafts also are available.
MSRP for individual irons: $97.50 with steel shaft, $125 with graphite shaft.
The new driver is made of a titanium alloy, Ti-811, that is 2 percent lighter than the Ti-64 commonly used in metal drivers. Furthermore, it has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than Ti-64.
At address the G20 driver looks bigger than the G15. Why? Because Ping engineers reshaped the crown. The surface area of the face is 3 percent larger, offering increased forgiveness.
The G20 head weight is 2 grams heavier than that of the G15, and the TFC 169 shaft is about two grams lighter. The balance point of the shaft is higher, which helps produce more kinetic energy. Standard length is 45.75 inches. Available lofts are 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12.
Carry distance appears to be one of the calling cards of the new driver. After watching some informal testing, it was easy to conclude that golfers who want to carry the ball farther should test these drivers.
A word of advice: The ideal way to find the proper G20 driver is to make an appointment with a certified Ping fitter or attend a Ping demo day. Some players who normally favor a 10.5-degree loft may find the G20 9.5 serves them well with a high yet penetrating trajectory.
In other words, the ball gets up in the air but doesn’t balloon.
MSRP for the driver is $330.
G20 fairway woods and hybrids
These are interesting because both of them, like the G20 driver, might provide extra distance for certain players.
“More dynamic loft,” is how Nicolette described it, saying he has picked up 10 yards of carry with his 3-wood.
The fairway woods are deeper from front to back, and the face surface area is larger.
The hybrids are slightly shorter from heel to toe, and the shape and the lie angle have been flattened. To some golfers the G15 hybrids appeared to be upright, and the G20 is designed to overcome that hurdle. After testing and study of clubhead droop, the new hybrids are two degrees less upright.
“We have spent a lot of time making them look very friendly at address,” Nicolette said, “and I think golfers are really going to like the way they look.”
MSRP for the fairway woods is $220, and MSRP for the hybrids is $175.
Anser Forged wedges
These are designed as a complement to Ping’s Anser forged irons, although these wedges are expected to be adopted by many Ping players regardless of which irons they use.
Lofts are 50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60. The bounce angle is 12 degrees on all the wedges except the 58 and 60, which have 10 degrees.
The center of gravity on these wedges is positioned for a more penetrating trajectory with more spin.
Why forged wedges? The answer is feel – feel without sacrificing any stability or consistency.
MSRP for the Anser Forged wedges is $185.