PING G CROSSOVER
CATEGORY: Game Improvement Hybrids
WE TESTED: 3 (18°), 4 (21°), 5 (24°) with AWT 2.0 steel and Alta 70 graphite shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A 455 Carpenter steel face is machined flat, which contributes to the club's workability.
PLAYABILITY: In the proper hands, the G Crossover could be a versatile weapon; most testers see a low, piercing trajectory, although those with steeper swings are able to get the ball up, and bring it down, quickly; allows for workability -- up, down, right, left -- and good performance in trouble lies.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Connect on the sweet spot and these babies are laser-like; for some guys, it provides a fair amount of help when you don't catch it pure -- toe shots won't kill you.
DISTANCE: Consistent carry on center hits; a relatively powerful hybrid that's longer than the iron it replaces, particularly off a short tee.
FEEL: Delivers the crispness of an iron with the heft of a hybrid at impact; swings more like an iron than anything; responsive, powerful feel when the ball meets the sweet spot.
LOOK: An interesting blend of iron and hybrid; smoky black finish and muscleback shaping give it a distinct, powerful appearance.
Not enough help or forgiveness for higher-handicappers; off-center strikes lose a little more distance than testers expect; not everyone goes for the ironlike look with a fair amount of offset.
BOTTOM LINE: The G Crossover leans more toward a long iron in look and playability. It should appeal to mid- to low-handicappers with steeper swings who prefer irons but who need a little bit more help. Connect with it, and you'll see the power of a hybrid with the maneuverability of an iron.