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Ping's new i20 irons are progressive, designed to be high-launching and the short irons penetrating. The set is aimed at players looking for compact heads but with more forgiveness at the top end.
This is achieved thanks to a multi-metal composition that should help improve consistency and distance control. The placement of a tungsten weight makes the clubs easier to shape and control than the Ping i15.
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Golf Monthly received the new Ping i20 range at the back end of 2011 and you can see pictures of the new i20 range here.
A stabilisation bar in the back of each head controls the vibrations at impact to help improve feel. Aesthetically the cavity design gives a very different look compared to other Ping clubs.
This is particularly due to the inclusion of a ferrule, which has not been used on an i series iron before. Ping says (opens in new tab) this is to create a more traditional look at address.
The new Ping i20 irons are expected to be available from mid March with an rrp of £90 (s) and £110 (g) per club.
Meanwhile, the new i20 woods from Ping include a new Ping i20 driver, Ping i20 fairway wood and Ping i20 hybrid. The whole range is aimed at players with faster swing speeds who want to keep spin down but still want some forgiveness.
Ping's new i20 woods feature a matt black finish designed to reduce glare and look sleek at address. The driver (£299) has an aerodynamic 460cc head that should enhance club-head speed without sacrificing accuracy.
More curve to the design of the crown improves the way the air moves over the club to produce 30% less drag than the Ping G20 driver. The stock shaft is half an inch shorter than the G20 to offer added control. Tungsten weighting in the head makes the design more forgiving than the i15 though.
The fairway wood (£200) has a compact and traditional shaped stainless steel head that is designed to produce a high launch. The new Ping i20 fairway wood is more compact than the G20 but has a neutral bias, rather than the fade bias of the i15. It will be available as a 3 strong, 3 and 5 wood option.
The Ping i20 hybrid (£160) is also compact but a deep COG should help produce a penetrating flight. Forgiveness has been enhanced across the face to help improve forgiveness. The leading edge is squarer and the head is shorter from heel to toe, which should make it easier to hit from deep rough.
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Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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