If Ping's G20 line of woods and irons is about hiding a player's mistakes, the new i20 line will attempt to focus on enhancing his skills. The company announced the introduction of the i20 line today, and reports are Ping staffer Mark Wilson could put some of the new clubs in play as early as this week in the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
The line includes a driver, fairway wood, hybrid and irons. Ping's successful line of G-series woods and irons have focused on maximum forgiveness for all players, but its i-series has been geared specifically to players who place a premium on manipulating the club to control ballflight. The i20 line of driver, fairway wood, hybrid and irons attempts to satisfy that audience by utilizing a series of designs that focus on keeping the center of gravity closer to the hosel axis to improve a player's ability to manipulate the clubhead during the swing. It all comes with a renewed emphasis on forgiveness, too, says Ping's director of product design Brad Schweigert. That's especially true on the i20 irons, which feature a tungsten toe weight to improve clubhead stability and a progressive shape (larger long irons, smaller short irons) in an effort to give the golfer more control. "What we were able to do was improve forgiveness and lower the CG, but we also put the CG in a location that makes the clubs feel like the blades these players grew up with," Schweigert says.
The i20 driver utilizes an aerodynamic crown design and a new lighter weight Titanium 8-1-1 in the face, while the i20 fairway woods and hybrids feature a compact design.