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PING 2014: Karsten and i25 Release

PING 2014: Karsten and i25 Release

PRE-ORDER PING i25 GOLF CLUBS HERE

Looking to start off the New Year with some new gear? You’re in luck, because PING Golf is kicking off 2014 with a bang. Today, PING has launched the latest in the i-Series: the PING i25 irons, hybrids, fairway woods and drivers. Wait, there’s more. Did we mention they also introduced another brand new set, Karsten, a blended iron set that allows players to build their own from among 3 hybrids and 8 traditional irons? How about the announcement of Karsten TR putters, which offer a gleaming new finish and fleshed-out options to keep the momentum going from last year’s Scottsdale TR? All of these clubs are now available for pre-order, and you’ll likely start spotting them on your local fairways in mid-February (unless, like us, you live in Minnesota).

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That’s a lot of precisely machined metalwork coming off the line this month. Add in the S55 irons that dropped in November, as well as last month’s Rapture Driving Iron, and PING has released a grand total of 44 clubs in a scant 60 days. That has to be some kind of record for PING. The real exciting part, and the reason it’s such a rarity, is that as a golf company, PING doesn’t release products just to release them — they make sure the look, performance and technology have come together into a primetime-ready package before pressing play.

Ostensibly, the S55′s are geared toward the top 10% of golfers, while the i25’s will play for a pretty sizeable swath of players beneath that, let’s say the next 50%, and the Karsten irons will be a game-improvement option everyone can benefit from. Now account for the substantial overlap between skill levels who could play each set, as well as the still-current G25 and Anser iron series, and we estimate that PING has roughly 12,436% of the market covered with its current club lines.

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Last November, a few of our fitters hopped on a flight to Phoenix, bound for PING’s headquarters to learn about the 2014 lineup straight from the source, PING lead engineer Marty Jertson. We discussed PING new creations, went through a real-time fitting with PING’s head fitter, and hit the i25 series on the range to our hearts’ content.

Along the way, we regained our appreciation for the one-club-at-a-time devotion that animates everyone at the PING facility.

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We’ll preview each of the new clubs in its own blog, but below, you can see some field images of how the i25’s look on the range, as well as some of the product images, technology and spec information that PING has made available about the entire launch.

With such a wealth of clubs to choose from, one of the great things about PING is how they develop techniques and technology that make it possible to figure out what, exactly, it is you should be playing. As multiple-time regional PING Fitters of the Year, 2nd Swing’s expert fitters can guide you through this process. If you’re looking for more than meets the eye on the website, give our customer service team a call at (612) 216-4152 and we’ll go through every conceivable combination of specs, options and custom offerings you can get in these new PING clubs with you right over the phone.

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