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New technology from PING

12.10am 7th May 2002 - Corporate

Golfers looking for help from the latest technological advances should look no further than the new PING TiSI Tec titanium fairway woods, which are introduced this Spring to complement PING’s highly successful TiSI Tec drivers.

The new PING TiSI Tec fairway wood range is to feature a strong 3-wood (12 degrees), a standard 3-wood (14 degrees), 5-wood (17 degrees) and 7-wood (20 degrees), all offering a wide range of custom fitting options. These include eight hosel positions with varying lie angles from two degrees flat to four degrees upright, three different face angles, various graphite and steel shaft options, plus grips in various styles and sizes.

The latest PING TiSI Tec fairway woods feature many of the technological advances built into the company’s highly successful TiSI Tec Drivers as well as a number of new advances that are unique to the fairway woods.

“With the TiSI Tec fairway woods, we’ve added several new design and manufacturing features to create an innovative product that enhances club performance, while still maintaining the ability to custom-fit each golfer individually,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman and CEO.

The TiSI Tec drivers and fairway woods are both manufactured using the latest CMT or Chemical Milling Technology. This process increases the performance and durability of the titanium while at the same time allowing PING to cut down wall thickness and reposition mass in the form of weight pads placed strategically to help to control ball flight. In the 3-wood, the weight pads are positioned towards the face to reduce spin and maximise roll. In the 5-wood, the weight pads are centred inside the club head whereas in the 7-wood the weight pads are situated nearer the back of the head, further away from the club face.

“Removing the titanium casting’s brittle alpha layer permits us to precisely control wall thickness and more than double the durability of our new titanium fairway woods. In addition, these new fairway woods feature a zirconium sole plate and a tungsten bottom weight for a low centre of gravity,” said Solheim. “They are very easy to hit.”

There is also a small, elliptical-shaped weight inserted into the back of the TiSI Tec fairway wood heads and it plays an important role in the performance of the clubs. The back weight is positioned far from the centre of gravity in line with the club’s impact point and is designed to stabilise the club head during impact.

“The back weight also provides resistance to twisting on heel and toe shots for greater accuracy, while reducing loft changes caused by hitting the ball high or low in the face,” confirmed Solheim.

Another important feature of the PING TiSI Tec fairway woods is the JX hosel, a multi-functional, thermoplastic devise patented more than two years ago. The ingenious JX hosel offers golfers eight combinations of lie angle to match their stance and swing, enabling them to hit longer, straighter and more accurate fairway shots.

The clubs also feature a Cushin Selective Filtering Insert, a product developed by PING in 1997 and standard in all PING steel and ? Series” graphite shafts on metal woods. The benefit of the Cushin insert is that it screens out and dissipates unwanted shaft frequencies that can cause muscle fatigue.

The new TiSi Tec fairway woods are offered in custom-fit steel shafts in JZ regular, stiff and extra stiff flexes. They are also available in five proprietary flexes and three PING Grafalloy flexes to give golfers the ability to select the proper shaft for their golf game, no matter their skill level. Called the ? Series”, the proprietary flexes include L, A, R, S and X while the PING Grafalloy Tour flexes include R, S and X.

Standard length of the TiSI Tec 3-wood in both 12-degree and 14-degree models will be 43 inches although custom-fit lengths are also available. Head size will be 199cc.

Standard length of the TiSI Tec 5-wood will be 42.5 inches and is 42 inches for the 7-wood. Head size will be 165cc and 150 cc respectively.

Suggested retail price of the TiSI Tec fairway woods will be £375 (steel shafts) and £420 (graphite shafts). Both right and left-handed men’s and ladies models will be available.

More information about the new PING TiSI Tec fairway woods is available from Neil Gray at GMS on 01438 718399 (neil@gmsgolf.co.uk) or Dave Fanning at PING Europe on 01427 615405 (davef@pingeurope.co.uk).

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