Ping unveils new G15 and i15 clubs


The golf world looks forward to new releases by Ping, largely because the company has made a 50-year habit of taking its time with new products. Both Karsten Solheim, the company’s late founder, and his son John, who heads it now, have been resolute in refusing to bring out new product until they’re certain its markedly better than what they already had.

So club aficionados will raise an eyebrow or two when checking out the new G15 and i15 lines, due in stores in mid-August. The G15 theme is high-tech game improvement and forgiveness, while the i15 family strives to merge a measure of forgiveness with the control and workability skilled players crave.

But club choice so far hasn’t necessarily gone in lockstep with player skill levels. Ping tour pro Mark Calcavecchia put the G15 driver into his bag at the RBC Canadian Open and made nine straight birdies at one point, a PGA Tour record.

The G15 family of irons employs a high-launch design and maximum forgiveness to bring more consistency to your iron play. There’s a new Custom Tuning Port in the back cavity to help resist twisting and move more weight to the perimeter. Also, weight from the thinned-out face has been put into the toe to regularize mis-hits.

The driver in the G15 family has a very thin crown, which leaves some grams to be put into external sole weights, dropping the center of gravity and sliding it back. Ping designed a proprietary shaft for this club that allows five more grams to be shifted into the head for greater forgiveness there.

The i15 irons, the control/shotmaker option, come in a progressive set that offers more forgiveness in the long clubs. The stainless steel heads get a little smaller as the clubs get shorter, and a tungsten toe insert maintains some forgiveness on mis-hits. That Custom Tuning Port is there, as well as a stabilizing bar, to engineer beneficial sound and feel qualities that are so often important to skilled players.

Like the G15, the i15 driver is also 460 cc. It features a pear-shaped head with a deep face and a bulge crown to enhance workability.