Ping is introducing several new club families for its 2009 product lineup, clubs that will complement the existing G10 Series, i10 irons, and the i-Series and Karsten Series putter lines.
The new series are the Rapture V2, which includes driver, fairways, hybrids and irons; the S57 irons; and the iWi putters.
All the new club lines are multi-material in construction, but Ping chairman/John Solheim says in a news release, "The common material throughout all of the new products is tungsten. From the driver to the putters, we've utilized the density of tungsten in strategic locations to optimize weight distribution and maximize performance. Plus, they all offer multiple fitting variables to ensure golfers can be properly fit for every club in their bag."
Here is a thumbnail look at the new-for-2009 Ping clubs, which will begin shipping in late September, 2008:
Ping Rapture V2 Driver
- Materials: 460cc titanium body with external tungsten weight pads located in back, near heel and toe.
- Specifications: Available in lofts of 9, 10.5, 12 and 13.4 degrees. Standard shafts are the Ping TFC939D (in flexes of Ladies, Soft R, R, S, and X) and Mitsubishi Diamana Blue (in flexes of R, S and X).
- Fitting variables: Loft, shaft flex/type, shaft length, grip size/type, swingweight.
- MSRP: $500 (graphite only).
"Tungsten weight pads position CG for lower spin and high launch with higher MOI for improved distance and accuracy. Plasma-welded, machined, variable thickness face for increased ball speed. Taller face and aggressively tapered crown. Double-Rapture alignment aid on crown." (next page)