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PING is a company that stakes its reputation each time it introduces a new product. It has a loyal fan base that recognize when something new comes to market its for a good reason. Price discounts or something else that boasts superior performance won’t be around the corner to confuse golf fans. It just isn’t in PING’s DNA to play these promotional games.

The Phoenix-based company announced the introduction of the S55 irons, which Hunter Mahan already put in play at the Barclays. In engineering its new S55 players’ iron, PING said it wasn’t out to overhaul the design innovations that made its predecessor, the S56, a big success on tours worldwide. Working in s55consultation with PING tour pros, modifications were made to improve workability, control and forgiveness.

“The S56 has contributed to more than 30 tour wins worldwide, including an Open Championship, and its record has generated a lot of anticipation for the follow-up model,” reported John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “But that kind of challenge excites us. We’re motivated by pushing innovation, and we were able to elevate performance with the S55 in key areas. Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, and Ángel Cabrera are some of the players who switched right away, and validation from the game’s best players tells us that we got it right.”

Solheim said pros are especially pleased how the S55 iron gives them more control over their pre-impact face alignment for improved workability while increasing forgiveness – two critical attributes that are difficult to improve simultaneously. “They’re able to work the ball more easily and flight it up and down like never before,” he said. The 17-4 stainless steel head features tungsten toe weighting for increasing the MOI (stability), and a vertical stabilizing bar for distance control. The custom tuning port is larger and sits lower in the back cavity, which positions the center of gravity lower and deeper to promote higher launch with improved energy transfer. Solheim said players are hitting the ball substantially higher and further. 

The machined face, grooves and back cavity, compact shape, thin top lines, and brushed satin-chrome finish highlight PING’s emphasis on quality and attention to detail. “Pros have really responded to the look of this iron,” Solheim said. “It’s a beautiful piece of engineering. It looks great and performs even better.”

Bubba Watson is one of many players who have responded to the S55’s overall performance. It was the first time he’s changed models since 2004. For his part, Mahan appreciated the softer feel and trajectory control, but that’s not all. “After the first swing, I knew the S55 was going in my bag, no question,” he said. “I love the control, the trajectory and the forgiveness. It’s everything I want in a golf club.”

The S55 stock steel shaft ($138.75 per iron) is the PING CFS (Soft R, R, S and X flexes).  The irons will be available in PING TFC 189i  (Soft R, R, and S flexes) graphite shafts for $166.25 per iron. The S55 will be available in golf shops in early November, and can be ordered beginning today.