PING G2 driver racks up tour wins
Page last updated at 8:00 am, Monday, August 23rd, 2004
Exceptional performance and instant tour acceptance, including a win at the Women’s British Open, has sparked considerable interest in the new PING G2 driver, according to John A. Solheim, Chairman & CEO of PING.
“We brought the G2® driver out on Tour in early July and the response was very encouraging,” said Solheim. “Within a week, Mark Hensby won the John Deere Classic. A week later we had another win by D.A. Points on the Nationwide Tour. We‘ve since had three more wins, including the Women’s British Open champion. Just about all of our staff players are using it. It’s consistently long and consistently straight. The buzz is very positive.”
The G2 Driver, which measures 460cc and is made of titanium, features an internal weighting system that reduces spin and launches the ball higher for added distance and accuracy. Several tour players, including Hensby, are claiming distance gains of 10-15 yards. They are also responding very favourably to the shape of the new driver.
“Its size and high moment of inertia makes it our most forgiving driver ever,” added Solheim. “The design and shape actually make it appear smaller than it is. Several tour players have commented on its appearance saying it doesn‘t look like a 460cc driver. That clean appearance translates to added confidence. Plus, it has a great sound which gives the golfer a feeling of power knowing they‘ve made solid contact.”
In addition to the 460cc version, men and women with slow swing speeds can choose a 400cc, 15.5 degree loft version of the G2. This smaller version is designated G2 EZ (slow swing speed men) and G2 Ladies,
“The higher lofted versions are very exciting,” Solheim said. “A 400cc head with that much loft has never been available to golfers before. When matched with the proper shaft flex, it’s a combination that will provide huge benefits to golfers with slower swing speeds.”
The weighting advantages in each model are achieved through a variable width sole and other strategic weight placement. The thin, variable thickness face is precision machined for greater energy transfer and consistency to ensure high performance on off-centre hits.
The Crescent Moon graphic, introduced last year on the G2 fairway woods and positioned on the driver’s crown, helps golfers with proper alignment for improved accuracy.
Four lofts are available in the 460cc version (7, 8.5, 10 and 11.5 degrees) and three shaft choices (PING TFC™100D, Aldila® NV 65 and Grafalloy® ProLaunch 65) in R, S and X flexes give golfers multiple options in matching the shaft and loft characteristics to their swings.
The PING TFC100D is also offered in a Soft R and Ladies flex for the 400cc version.
Shipments began outside the United States earlier this month. U.S. shipments of the G2 460cc version begin September 1. The G2 Ladies and G2 EZ models begin shipping in mid-November.
The G2 has an RRP of £249.