July 30th, 2011 by Kristofer Anderson
Three major manufacturers are set to release new lines in the coming weeks and months. Bridgestone will release their J40 line in October. So far the designs showing up online closely resemble Tourstage, a sister company to Bridgestone, offerings currently available in Japan. The Tourstage irons have completely taken over the bags of the Bridgestone PGA staff. Matt Kuchar, Fred Couples, Davis Love III, and Brandt Snedeker have all gamed a Tourstage model this year, and it appears that Bridgestone is ready for a domestic release of the designs. Expect two irons designs at a minimum, and new wedges out in October.
Ping will release their G20 line along with forged Anser wedges on August 11. The G20 irons and driver appear to be typical of clubs in the Ping lineup, with only minor tweaks to design and appearance. The Anser forged wedges are a continuation of the Anser forged line. Ping has long been known for cast clubs and everyone in the industry was shocked when they released the Anser forged irons last year. The Anser Forged irons are great clubs, but have had limited success because of their $1500 price tag. Expect their new G20 line to be a solid progression from the G15 series.
Titleist will release the 712 series of irons sometime in the near future. The irons are currently in the bags of Titleist staff players on various tours. With the 712 line Titleist has addressed one of the few complaints about the 710 line, the bright chrome finish. The 712 line is a slight redesign on the 710 series with a satin chrome finish.