What’s Hot In 2010

An insider’s look at some of the hot new stuff for 2010

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Ping G15

Ping i15
The Goods: PING G15 and i15 irons

The Skinny: The latest, greatest renditions of PING’s game-improvement and player cavity-back castings.

The Word from Brad Schweigert, PING director of product design: The G15 is a game-improvement iron that’s extremely forgiving and easy to hit with a high trajectory. These results were achieved through an innovative new approach to the cavity design that saved approximately 15 grams from the front, the CTP weight, face and top rail area. The mass savings allowed us to increase the sole width and toe weighting to create a lower and farther-back CG position and increase the MOI while still maintaining the solid feel and distance control that players expect from PING irons. The major improvements players will see in the G15 irons over the G10 irons are longer distance (approximately five yards longer), increased forgiveness and a more solid feel.

The i15 was designed to meet the needs of more accomplished players looking for a combination of forgiveness and workability. The set offers a smooth transition from larger-sized long irons designed to provide a high trajectory with greater forgiveness into smaller short irons that offer a more penetrating ballflight and gives players greater trajectory and distance control. The entire set features a high-density tungsten weight located in the low toe section of the club head. This multimaterial technology allows us to design a clubhead that maintains the performance benefits that are attributed to smaller head size (trajectory control, easier to hit from deep rough, etc.) while still significantly increasing the MOI and, ultimately, the forgiveness of the club. The major improvements players will see in the i15 irons over the i10 irons are improved distance control, increased forgiveness, easier-to-hit and higher-trajectory long irons, and a more solid feel. $115/steel-shafted club; $142 graphite-shafted club

Callaway FT-iZ

Callaway Diablo Edge
The Goods: Callaway FT-iZ and Diablo Edge drivers

The Skinny: It looks like pyramid power has taken hold as the kids from Carlsbad have introduced a triangular -shaped driver, while price-leader Diablo gets a body makeover.

The Word from Alan Hocknell, Callaway Golf’s senior VP of R&D: The new head shape of the FT-iZ driver creates unprecedented speed, stability and shot consistency. We used Polar Weighting, which positions weight at the front and rear of the driver, raising MOI and creating our most efficient high-inertia head design ever. We also studied and optimized aerodynamics to create a faster large head, which generates additional ball speed on all shot types.

The Diablo Edge driver features a four-piece modular design that produces the most weight-efficient titanium driver we’ve ever created. Each part is precision formed and accurately fused together allowing weight to be positioned optimally for high MOI and consistent, penetrating ballflights. $399 (FT-iZ); $299 (Diablo Edge)


Exotics XCG-3 3-wood
Who needs a driver when you can hit the Exotics XCG-3 3-wood ($299)? According to Tour Edge VP Jay Hubbard, who was on hand when we tested Exotics’ new line late last year, the XCG-3 3-wood goes 20 yards farther than last year’s XCG model, guaranteed. You heard us, t-w-e-n-t-y.

Considering last year’s model went nearly as far as our drivers, we found it hard to believe, but after a few swings, it was clear Hubbard and his crew weren’t lying.

How’d they do it? Weight. It’s the company’s first fairway wood to incorporate a heavy tungsten sole and titanium body. (Tungsten weighs twice as much as steel, so even more weight can be placed below the ball.) That helps you launch it, big time.


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