FIRST LOOK: Ping’s rebranded iCrossover targets accomplished golfers
The “i” situated next to the Crossover name is a new addition to Ping’s 2022 iCrossover. No longer is Ping’s long-iron alternative reserved solely for the G-Series lineup.
For the first time ever, Ping is rolling out an iCrossover geared for the better player who still needs distance at the top of the bag but doesn’t necessarily want to play hybrid or noticeably larger profile long iron.
Compared to the original Crossover from 2016, the iCrossover is a slimmed-down version featruring a thinner topline and reduced offset. The dark finish makes the head look visually smaller in the address position as well.
“The tour-inspired head size and sole design along with higher ball speeds help it to transition more seamlessly as a long-iron alternative,” said John K. Solheim, Ping’s CEO and president. “We looked closely at our fitting and Arccos data and discovered the vast majority of our Crossover users were better players who use one of our blade irons. So, we shifted our focus to engineering a Crossover that better fit the needs of that type of player.”
Offered in a 2-, 3- and 4-iron replacement, the iCrossover gets its speed from a plasma-welded maraging steel face that rests on top of a hollow cavity. The ultra-thin face material has been used on fairway woods in the past to generate impressive ball speeds. In this case, the hitting area makes it easier to create ball speed low on the face to induce a higher launch angle and steeper angle of descent on approach shots.
A Trajectory Tuning 2.0 adjustable hosel, a first in an iron-style design, is one of the more intriguing additions to the iCrossover. The lightweight hosel offers eight settings for loft and lie — plus-or-minus 1.5 degrees loft and lie in certain combinations — and is designed to help golfers dial in their ball flight with the turn of a wrench.
Instead of designing the Crossover as a standalone product, the standard shaft length builds on iCrossover were made one-quarter inch shorter than the previous version to allow for a more seamless set transition. Going shorter also provides more control and consistency with similar carry yardages.
To improve sound at impact, an EVA polymer was added to the back to dampen vibrations and make impact feel softer. Tungsten heel and toe weights, similar to what’s currently found in the new i230, aim to increase stability on mishits.
Tight precision-milled Micromax grooves maintain a consistent level of spin in wet and dry conditions, while a matter-black hydropearl 2.0 finish repels water for reliable launch and spin characteristics.
Ping’s iCrossover retails for $275 and comes with Ping Tour 2.0 Chrome 85 steel or Alta CB Black, Mitsubishi Kai’Li White and Project X HZRDUS Smoke Red RDX graphite.
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