The good folks at PING are bringing along a van full of S55 irons for this weeks’ tour stop at Liberty National Golf Club. Lots of pictures and rumours have been circulating about the S55’s for a week or two now, and personally I’m excited to get my hands on these bad boys. I love low-profile ‘blade’ type irons, and that’s exactly what the S55’s are.
Built to replace the S56, these irons are made from 17-4 stainless steel. PING says the face on the S55’s are thinner in comparison (not the top line, just the face) to its predecessor, which should increase ball speed after impact. In another tweak, there’s a tungsten weight in the toe of each iron, and this was designed to move the sweet spot a little bit more towards the center of the club.
Other changes from the S56 to the S55 comes in terms of stabilization bars. The S56 had two of them behind the face. In the S55, you’ll only find one. The bar is much smaller on the long irons, but bigger on the short irons. This was done to keep CG down on long shots, but bump it up on those 150 yard-and-in shots.
Players like Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson have been playing and tinkering with the S55’s for some time now. Look for these irons to appear more and more on tour, as players dial these new irons up to fit their game. In most cases, there won’t be too much tinkering. The look is almost identical, but the feel and CG has been modified.
The PING S55 irons are set to hit store shelves November 1st.