It wouldn't be a new year without new golf clubs.
On Thursday, Ping announced they were introducing a comprehensive new product line that uses enhanced technology to give golfers more distance while still offering forgiveness and consistency for players of all abilities. Included in the line are the i25 driver, irons, fairway woods and hybrids; the long, high-flying Karsten hybrid-iron set, and the Karsten TR putters.
“Our constant push for innovation continues to inspire technologies that help every type of golfer play better,” said John A. Solheim, Ping Chairman and CEO, in a press release. “The new metal woods and irons carry a common theme of increased distance but are engineered with the improved consistency, forgiveness and feel that we design into all Ping clubs. Together with a proper fitting to determine the best combination of models, golfers can expect improved performance throughout their set. To help golfers make more putts, our patented variable-depth-groove technology is milled directly into the face of the new Karsten TR series, yielding unmatched distance control.”
The i25 driver and fairway woods feature adjustability, a high strength-to-weight ratio and a variable-thickness face, ensuring maximum energy transfer to generate faster ball speeds for greater distance, while the i25 irons have narrow face-stabilizing bars in the long irons to increase ball velocity for added distance and height and wider bars in the short irons produce a controlled, lower ball flight with softer feel. The i25 hybrids have a more-forward hosel axis and less bulge and roll than a traditional hybrid, but are engineered for a higher launch.
The Karsten hybrid-irons are more of a "game improvement" set, with longer distance coming from precision-engineered loft and wide sole designs that yield a deeper center of gravity. Simply meaning: easier swings and less mis-hits.
Ping also released five new putters in the Karsten line featuring TR (True Roll) technology and variable-depth grooves milled directly into the face, providing unmatched distance control.