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In designing the Crossover, PING’s engineers created a brand new category for the company with a club that has a very specific function. The Crossover takes the best qualities of a hybrid and combines them with the performance advantages that long irons offer. The result is a club that offers high launch and incredible distance but is also easy to work both in terms of ball flight and trajectory. This club, however, should not be confused with what has traditionally in the golf world been called a driving iron. The Crossover is not a driving iron. Unlike traditional driving irons, the thicker sole of the Crossover allows the CG (center of gravity) to be moved well back, creating the type of launch conditions and faster ball speeds typically seen in a hybrid. But the club’s flatter face is what enables the workability that the Crossover provides. Also of note, the Crossover features a unique black PVD finish, which gives the club a more compact look at address and provides excellent turf interaction.
|Models/Lofts||3C/18° • 4C/21° • 5C/24°|
|Length||3C/39.75" • 4C/39.13" • 5C/38.5"|
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Golfers who are looking to replace long irons with a club that’s easier to launch but still provides a level of workability. The ability to work the ball might appeal more to a better player, but at the same time golfers of any ability level who don’t like the look of a traditional hybrid will enjoy similar performance in a club that has a cleaner, more compact profile.
Chris Schram of TGW talks with Barton, a TGW customer, about the PING Crossover Hybrid Irons.
Strong, lightweight materials were used to construct the Crossover’s flat clubface, which generates higher launch and faster ball speeds.
This design feature helps move the CG lower and further back, expanding the club’s perimeter weighting to maximize forgiveness.
This innovative feature activates the clubface to flex properly during the swing to ensure faster ball speeds.
“What we were looking at with this design was long irons and hybrids and really taking the combination of the good qualities and advantages of what a hybrid can do, which is producing that higher launch, more ball speed, but also the workability and the versatility that a player gets with an iron and meld those in a new design. And that’s how we came up with the Crossover.”
Ryan Stokke, PING Design Engineering Manager
“That thing’s hotter than a pistol. It’s a great feeling club and it’s not ugly to look down on. It goes a mile in the air and it’s a very piercing ball flight.”
TGW customer Barton, 1 handicap, live testing at PING, 3/7/16
|PING Crossover Shaft Information|
|Alta 70 Graphite|
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