Ping has been racking up Tour wins this summer with its new S56 irons, but don’t think that the Arizona equipment company only makes clubs for elite players. In fact, it wants to be all things to all golfers, if at all possible. And that’s a good part of the logic behind Ping’s latest product introduction – the K15 series.
Released this month, the K15 series includes drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons all designed to fill the so-called “super game-improvement” segment. “We saw an opportunity to compete in a different category and offer our higher handicap customers a better solution for playing better golf,” says John K. Solheim, who leads Ping’s product development efforts as its vice president of engineering.
According to Solheim, most super game-improvement clubs utilize draw-biased technology as a way of getting higher handicap players to stop slicing the ball. “But we’ve come up with something called Straight Flight Technology that concentrates more weight in the sole near the heel of the club,” he says. “That enables players to rotate the clubface to a more square impact position, which leads to longer, straighter shots.”
That technology is the key feature of the K15 driver, which is available in three loft options (9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees), and also the fairway metals, which come in 3, 5 and 7.
“But we also use larger head and face profiles in this series to increase MOI (Moment of Inertia) for greater forgiveness and increased ball speeds,” he adds.
Ping’s K15 series is filled out with hybrids and irons that are designed to promote that same “square-at-impact” club position as they also make it easier for players to launch the ball higher and hit it with greater distance and accuracy. A multi-metal iron design features a large, lightweight titanium face and a 17-4 stainless steel body, with the weight that has been saved from the face allocated to the sole and perimeter. And those clubs, which are available in irons from 5-9, and PW, UW, SW and LW, can be mixed and matched with the K15 hybrids, which are available from 3H through 6H.
K15 irons are offered with both AWT steel or TFC 149i graphite shafts, while the K15 hybrids come only with the TFC 149H graphite. The K15 driver comes with a TFC 149D graphite shaft. The fairways’ stock shaft is the TFC 149F.