PING has kicked off 2012 with the introduction of its i20 fairway woods, hybrids and irons.
“In the i20 series, we’ve combined workability, distance and forgiveness with the goal to make any golfer a more versatile and complete player,” said John A. Solheim, PING chairman and chief executive officer.
“We’ve engineered the i20s with a solid feel and generous forgiveness, but also a degree of workability for the player who wants full command of the clubface for controlling trajectory and shot shape,” he added.
“Anyone who is passionate about their game is going to be very confident and capable with this game-improvement technology,” said Solheim.
Solheim said that the matte-black finish of the driver, fairway woods, and hybrids is more than eye-catching, adding that it has a real performance benefit.
“The non-glare finish absorbs light, allowing the player to focus without distraction,” he said. “Our tour pros are very enthusiastic about the finish, but even more so about the i20s’ performance. Players are able to execute any shot they want with confidence.”
The 460 c.c. driver head is designed to reduce drag, which generates clubhead speed and ball velocity for more distance.
“The i20 driver is incredibly long, but also highly accurate,” Solheim said. “We gave the fairway woods and hybrids the same matte finish and their designs offer the high-launching forgiveness that makes them reliable from all turf conditions and from the tee.”
In the multi-metal irons, a progressive set design features long irons that are slightly larger, high-launching and more forgiving. The smaller short irons feature less offset with better control.
Distance control, a key to consistent iron play, was a priority in the irons’ design, according to Solheim.
“The stabilizing bars and the thicker face offer great feel and ensure that golfers can hit to precise yardages. Distance control is an absolute must for better players, but precision is going to help anyone lower their scores,” he said.
To emphasize the importance of a proper fit with any i20 product, PING offers two stock shaft options. In the driver, fairways, and hybrids, golfers can choose PING’s TFC 707 series, or the Project X Black from True Temper.
“Both shafts deliver a solid, stable feel and consistent performance,” said Solheim. “Our TFC series is slightly heavier, stiffer and generates lower launch and less spin than Project X Black.”
In the irons, PING’s CFS (Control, Feel and Stability) shaft and the TFC 169i are available.