Golf News – July 3, 2014
Ping Launches Speed-Generating Turbulator Technology With G30 Series
PHOENIX (July 3, 2014) – With an emphasis on significantly increasing ball velocity and accuracy through a combination of advanced aerodynamics, plus new face designs and materials, PING today introduced the G30 series – the company’s latest innovations that provide golfers measurable distance gains without sacrificing key performance attributes such as control and forgiveness.
The G30 series includes two driver options — standard and SF Tec (Straight Flight Technology) — along with fairway woods, hybrids and irons. The product line can be pre-ordered beginning today at PING-authorized golf shops around the world.
“With the G30 series, our engineers once again accomplished something that is unique to PING products — they elevated performance significantly in key areas without sacrificing other important attributes,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “Across the product line, we’ve proved you can hit the ball higher and farther while increasing forgiveness and control. We’ve also continued our focus on advancing custom fitting in the driver and fairway woods by offering five loft positions. All of this promotes the consistent, reliable results that will help golfers of any skill level shoot lower scores and enjoy the game more.”
The most visible innovation on the G30 driver is the patented turbulators engineered onto the crown. Inspired by the aeronautics and sporting industries that put a premium on speed, Turbulator Technology reduces aerodynamic drag by significantly delaying airflow separation, maintaining attached airflow around the clubhead as it approaches impact, leading to more speed.
“The turbulators are really exciting,” Solheim said. “Wind-tunnel testing verified with clarity the role they play in reducing drag on the driver head, but its real benefit was confirmed through our player testing. When Bubba Watson first tested the turbulators, he picked up two miles per hour in clubhead speed and four miles per hour in ball speed, which meant 10 more yards for him. We can’t promise that for everyone, but with the turbulators’ powerful, inspiring look we’re confident all golfers will be longer off the tee, thanks to Turbulator Technology.”
The entire G30 series benefits from new face technologies and materials, including the introduction of T9S titanium in the drivers, which results in thinner faces and weight savings that help position the CG low and back. The fairway woods utilize a high-strength Carpenter 475 steel in the face, and the hybrids are heat treated with an H900 process. Both result in hotter, more forgiving faces. The G30 iron face is thinner for higher ball speeds while being stabilized by a new custom tuning port design for predictable distance control.
The G30 SF Tec driver option is engineered for players whose shots typically end up right of the intended target. In player testing, the G30 SF Tec driver, which features weight closer to the heel and lighter swingweights, improved shot bend by 12 yards when compared to the G30 standard driver.
PING has also increased the range of adjustability to five loft positions in the driver and fairway woods while maintaining the same mass and outer diameter as the company’s fixed hosels, providing the benefits of adjustability with no sacrifice in performance. The lightweight hosel allows golfers to increase or decrease loft 6/10 of a degree or 1 full degree to optimize launch conditions.
New product descriptions and technical specifications:
G30 Adjustable Driver
Turbulators on the crown of the 460cc Ti 8-1-1 head reduce aerodynamic drag, leading to faster clubhead speed and ball velocity for long, accurate drives. Turbulators also assist with aim and alignment. The higher strength/weight ratio of the T9S face material allows for a thinner, hotter face and saves 4 grams of weight. The weight savings are allocated to help position the CG lower and farther back than any PING driver to date, ensuring high launch and optimized spin with a high MOI. SF Tec heads promote a right-to-left ball flight for players whose shots typically end up right of the target. To optimize launch angle and spin, golfers can add or subtract up to 1 degree of loft using Trajectory Tuning+ Technology. A high-balance-point TFC 419D shaft has a CG closer to the grip end, promoting a simultaneous increase in energy, momentum and inertia. The custom tuning port can accommodate a range of fitting weights and allows PING to achieve the desired swing weight across a variety of proprietary and after-market shafts.
– Lofts 9° & 10.5° in standard head, 10° & 12° in SF Tec head (adjustable +- 6/10 or 1 degree)
– Stock graphite shaft: PING TFC 419D (Soft R, R, S, X)
– Std. Length 45.75 inches, D3, 206g (standard); D1, 203g (SF Tec), 460cc
– U.S. MSRP: $385
G30 Adjustable Fairway Woods
Faster ball speeds and greater distance come from a larger face made of a uniform-thickness Carpenter 475 steel, creating a thin but strong hitting surface that maximizes face deflection. (Carpenter 475 steel is 44% stronger than 17-4 stainless steel.) Weight saved by thinning the face was redistributed to optimize the CG and elevate MOI for added forgiveness. Launch angle and spin can be fine-tuned by adding or subtracting up to 1 degree of loft with PING’s five-
setting Trajectory Tuning+ Technology, utilizing a lightweight hosel that offers adjustments of
+0.6°, +1°, -0.6°, and -1°. Crown turbulators create a captured appearance with the ball, and help with aim and alignment to inspire confidence. The high-balance-point TFC 419F shaft has a CG closer to the grip end, promoting a simultaneous increase in energy, momentum and inertia for longer, straighter results.
– Available 3W (14.5º), 5W (18º), 7W (21º) (adjustable +- 6/10 or 1 degree)
– Stock graphite shaft: PING TFC 419F (Soft R, R, S, X)
– U.S. MSRP: $275
Progressive lengths and lofts and a thin face that maximizes ball speed help launch the ball farther and higher with control. Situated low in the sole of the undercut cavity design, the CTP structure helps lower the CG to ensure high launch with forgiveness, and it supports the 17-4 stainless steel face to provide distance control and a solid feel. The soft elastomer badge enhances feel and sound in the perimeter-weighted design. A softer lead-edge radius and precisely calculated additions to the bounce profile ensure a smooth transition through the grass with a stable head, which adds to forgiveness. This versatile sole design is engineered to perform well with any angle of attack. Progressive offset generates higher ball flights in the longer irons and penetrating, controlled trajectories with the scoring clubs. Slightly longer blade lengths increase forgiveness, most noticeably in the 4 through 7 iron.
– Available 4-9, PW, UW, SW, LW
– Stock steel shaft: PING CFS Distance (Soft R, R, S, X)
– Stock graphite shaft: PING TFC 419i (Soft R, R, S)
– U.S. MSRP: $110 per club w/steel shaft; $125 per club w/graphite shaft
Greater ball velocity and longer distances with a higher trajectory ensure the stopping power to attack pins. The thin, uniform 17-4 stainless steel face is processed with a H900 heat treatment to maximize face deflection and increase ball speed for added distance with a higher peak trajectory and a steeper landing angle. Heel-toe weighting elevates MOI for extreme forgiveness. Weight in the low sole creates a low-back CG for consistent impact and high launch. Progressive CG locations and offsets ensure efficient gapping and trajectories that maximize distance. To inspire confidence, the top rail is flatter and the heel section is higher, providing a very square face at address that helps with aim and alignment consistency. The high-balance-point TFC 419H shaft has a CG closer to the grip end, promoting a simultaneous increase in energy, momentum and inertia for longer, straighter results.
– Available 17º, 19º, 22º, 26º, 30º
– Stock graphite shaft: PING TFC 419H (Soft R, R, S, X)
– U.S. MSRP: $242.50
Alphard Golf’s Revolutionary Duo Cart Now Available In SkyMall Catalog
(Fremont, CA) – Alphard Golf (AlphardGolf.com), manufacturers of the revolutionary Duo Cart, announced today that their EVOLUTION, DELUXE and LITE models are now available through the Skymall catalog and website (SkyMall.com).
SkyMall is a multi-channel, direct marketer offering high-quality, innovative merchandise from top direct marketers and manufacturers through the iconic SkyMall catalog and website, SkyMall.com. The SkyMall catalog is seen by approximately 88% of all domestic air passengers reaching more than 650 million travelers annually. Founded in 1999, SkyMall Ventures (SMV) is an innovative provider of merchandise, gift cards and experiential rewards reaching millions of loyalty program members in some of the most well-regarded loyalty programs in the country. SMV provides cost-effective, global solutions supported by a high-quality customer experience.
“We’re very excited to be working with SkyMall,” said Alex Tse, CEO and Co-Founder of Alphard Golf. It’s a very successful and proven direct marketing platform. The exposure they provide through their catalog and website to a brand like ours amplifies our reach even further in the golf industry.”
Alphard Golf has been creating innovative golf products since 1999. Specializing in the manufacturing of golf bags and push carts, their unique designs are created to add practicality and ease to the game.
Duo Cart EVOLUTION
The Duo Cart Evolution is a new edition to the Duo Cart family. It has an external putter well that caters to large grip clubs. Like all Duo Carts, the clever integration of cart and bag makes it extremely compact and it takes just seconds for a complete set up. The new and improved main latch locking system coupled with the hydraulic assisted back wheel system make folding and unfolding a breeze. Available in Black/Bright White, Black/Grabber Yellow and Black/Neon Green. Price: $339.95
Duo Cart DELUXE
The revolutionary Duo Cart DX is an all-in-one pushcart and golf bag combination that is extremely compact, so it fits easily in the trunk of your car, and takes just seconds to set up. The Duo Cart features 4 large wheels that provide a low center of gravity and outstanding stability on even the toughest terrain. The Bag has a plethora of storage pockets for balls, tees, raingear, and other necessities as well as a built-in Cooler Pocket (with drains) that can store up to six drinks. It comes standard with attachable accessories like an umbrella holder and adjustable drink holder. Other accessories like a GPS holder and cart seat are available as well. Best of all the Duo Cart is “Riding Cart Friendly”, which means its wheels can be removed from the anodized aluminum frame in just seconds and converted into a Cart Bag, which fits on all standard electric or gas carts, should you decide to Ride instead of Walk! The Duo Cart is available in Red, Black or Navy. Price: $319.95
Duo Cart LITE
The Duo Cart Lite offers fun and energetic colors with the same convenience and practicability you would expect from any Duo Cart. The new and improved main latch locking system coupled with the hydraulic assisted back wheel system make folding and unfolding a breeze. It easily sets up in two steps. No strapping, no twisting or wobbling bag, just enjoy the game! Available in Lime, Violet and Orange!
PGA Championship to Harding Park, along with Match Play, Presidents Cup
SAN FRANCISCO – The southwest corridor of San Francisco is going to get all the golf it can handle over the next decade.
TPC Harding Park will host the Match Play Championship in 2015, the PGA Championship in 2020 and the Presidents Cup in 2025. The announcement was made Wednesday by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, PGA of America President Ted Bishop and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee at a swanky City Hall news conference.
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