When Ping clubs designers and engineers, including Vice President John K. Solheim, decided to make a new super game-improvement driver, they saw that most of the clubs already on the market have closed faces. That made sense because many golfers in the market for super game-improvement drivers are slices.
"But what we thought these players really wanted was to aim at a target and hit the ball in that direction," Solheim said. "So when we designed the Ping K15 Driver, that's what we had in mind. Let's just create a driver that is really easy to hit straight."
The key to making that happen is Ping's Straight Flight technology, which is essentially a weight positioned near the heel of the club which encourages the face to square at impact.
"As you start to swing down, the weight wants to rotate the clubhead and close it to square," said Solheim. "The nice thing is that the Ping K15 Driver doesn't have a draw face or a closed head, so it really doesn't want to go past the square position. It really just wants to go back to square and stay there."
To lower the club's center of gravity and help golfers get the ball into the air more easily, the crown of the Ping K15 Driver was made especially thin. In some areas it is about the width of two business cards.
"We've tried other stuff, but we keep coming back to the traditional shape that's been evolving since the Ping G2 driver," Solheim said. "We've been pretty successful with that shape and haven't seen a big reason to go too far from it."
While the Ping K15 Driver and the G15 are both 460cc heads, the K15 Driver will play bigger. "It's got a larger profile when you look down at it," Solheim points out. "Its face is also larger."
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