Tuesday, June 25, 2013
We Tried It: Ping G25
The hottest new driver from Ping
PING Golf equipment, from its drivers to its putters, might be the most consistent in the golf industry. That is, you always can rely on the company to deliver quality product that lives up to marketing hype. It's a culture that goes back to PING founder Karsten Solheim and one that continues today with his son, company chairman John Solheim.
And, while PING continues to keep most of its consumer traction from its putters and irons, here's a word of advice: Don't sit on PING drivers, the latest being G25—the sixth iteration in the G-series bombers.
The G25 is the largest profile driver PING has ever produced. That's first evident when you see the G25 on the rack with its elongated black bottom facing up —it's huge. But when you put it down at address, the club doesn't look much larger than any other 460cc driver. In fact, with its black color and sleek lines, the G25 is one of the better-looking drivers on the market.
More importantly, the G25 sets up at address better than any driver I've played this year. I played the 10.5-degree and 12-degree versions and neither didn't need any kind of manipulation at address. I just set each driver in its natural position and ripped away. I think the black color helped with that confidence, too, as each driver looks very differently at address from today's popular white drivers. It's also quite a contrast to the pink G25 Bubba Watson plays on the PGA Tour.
I used the stock TFC 189D, a 53-gram, high-balance point shaft in each club. The shaft was specifically developed for the G25 driver and even at setup, gives you a confident "swing the handle" feeling. The combination of black shaft and charcoal black driver head makes you want to rip the G25 from the first swing.
PING's "Trajectory Tuning™ Technology allows a player to add or subtract one-half degree of loft to the 8.5-, 9.5-, 10.5- and 12-degree clubheads. The adjustable-hosel design, according to PING, maintains the same outer diameter and mass of its fixed hosels.
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