Ping K15 aims at higher handicappers

By Global Golf PostAugust 30, 2010, 5:32 pm

Ping has been racking up Tour wins this summer with its new S56 irons, but don’t think that the Arizona equipment company only makes clubs for elite players. In fact, it wants to be all things to all golfers, if at all possible. And that’s a good part of the logic behind Ping’s latest product introduction – the K15 series.

Released this month, the K15 series includes drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons all designed to fill the so-called “super game-improvement” segment. “We saw an opportunity to compete in a different category and offer our higher handicap customers a better solution for playing better golf,” says John K. Solheim, who leads Ping’s product development efforts as its vice president of engineering.

Ping K15 DriverAccording to Solheim, most super game-improvement clubs utilize draw-biased technology as a way of getting higher handicap players to stop slicing the ball. “But we’ve come up with something called Straight Flight Technology that concentrates more weight in the sole near the heel of the club,” he says. “That enables players to rotate the clubface to a more square impact position, which leads to longer, straighter shots.”

That technology is the key feature of the K15 driver, which is available in three loft options (9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees), and also the fairway metals, which come in 3, 5 and 7.

“But we also use larger head and face profiles in this series to increase MOI (Moment of Inertia) for greater forgiveness and increased ball speeds,” he adds.

Ping’s K15 series is filled out with hybrids and irons that are designed to promote that same “square-at-impact” club position as they also make it easier for players to launch the ball higher and hit it with greater distance and accuracy. A multi-metal iron design features a large, lightweight titanium face and a 17-4 stainless steel body, with the weight that has been saved from the face allocated to the sole and perimeter. And those clubs, which are available in irons from 5-9, and PW, UW, SW and LW, can be mixed and matched with the K15 hybrids, which are available from 3H through 6H.

K15 irons are offered with both AWT steel or TFC 149i graphite shafts, while the K15 hybrids come only with the TFC 149H graphite. The K15 driver comes with a TFC 149D graphite shaft. The fairways’ stock shaft is the TFC 149F.

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

Tiger Woods teed off at 12:15PM ET alongside Justin Rose for Round 3 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.

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Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 2:43 am

PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.

She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.

“I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.

Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.

“Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”

She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.

“I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”

Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.

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“Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.

She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.

“They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”

Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.

While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.

“Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”

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Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:54 am

PHOENIX – Mo Martin loved her long putter.

In fact, she named her “Mona.”

For 10 years, Martin didn’t putt with anything else. She grew up with long putters, from the time she started playing when she was 5.

While Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, about nine months after giving up Mona for a short putter, she said it’s taken until today to feel totally comfortable with one.

And that has her excited about this year.

Well, that and having a healthy back again.

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“I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”

Martin was beaming after a 6-under-par 66 Friday moved her two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

“Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”

Martin hit all 14 fairways in the second round, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 27 putts. After struggling with nagging back pain last year, she’s pain free again.

She’s happy to “just to get back to a place now where my ball striking is where it has been the last few years.”

Martin, by the way, says Mona remains preserved in a special place, “a shrine” in her home.