During the design of the new Ping S55 irons, the brand were not out to overhaul the design innovations that made the S56 so successful, but the modifications they did make, improved workability, control and forgiveness so much that many of their tour players began using them immediately in competition.
“The S56 has contributed more than 30 tour wins worldwide, including an Open Championship, and its record has generated a lot of anticipation for the follow-up model,” said John A. Solheim, Ping chairman and 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 Angel Jimenez and Angel Cabrera are some of the players who switched right away, and validation from the game’s best players tells us we got it right.”
It’s a beautiful piece of engineering. It looks great and performs even better.
Ping boss Solheim also said that the pros are especially pleased with the way 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.
He added: “They’re able to work the ball more easily and flight it up and down like never before.”
The 17-4 stainless steel head features tungsten toe weighting to increase the MOI, and a vertical stabilising bar for distance control. The centre of gravity is also positioned lower and deeper due to the larger custom tuning port sitting lower in the back cavity and this works to help you hit the ball both higher and further.
Meanwhile, the machined face, grooves and back cavity, compact shape, thin top lines, and brushed satin-chrome finish highlight the brand’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.”
Long-time Ping player Bubba Watson was one of many players who decided to switch to the S55 irons, and the fact that it is the first time that he has changed models since 2004 speaks volumes about how good these irons are.
Fellow Ping man Hunter Mahan, on the other hand, appreciated the softer feel and trajectory control. “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.”
Available in shops from November 1, the Ping S55 irons are priced at £118 per club (steel) and £140 per club (graphite).
Originally published on bunkered on October 1, 2013.