Gear & EquipmentJuly 10, 2012

Ping with its own "Anser" for the adjustable driver game

One of the few remaining major holdouts has jumped into the adjustable driver game this week. Ping, which has utilized an adjustable fitting system with interchangeable heads and shafts since 2008, unveiled its first ready-to-purchase adjustable driver this week at both events on the PGA Tour and the European Tour.

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To illustrate how important these apparently subtle tweaks are, Ping engineers recently conducted an experiment, customizing the driver fit of 100 average golfers from a standard 10.5 loft. As a group, the average gain in distance from the subtle tweak was 11 yards, but some players gained as much as 35.

Ping also introduced tour players to its updated Tour wedge this week. The new design will feature a more precise  "Gorge" groove parttern that is precision milled at Ping's Phoenix plant. Higher lofts in the new series will now feature three sole designs to better match swing types and turf conditions.

--Mike Stachura**Follow me on Twitter @MikeStachura

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