Ping G15 Hybrid
From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, May 2010)
Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
We tested: 17°, 20°, 23° and 27° with Ping TFC 149H graphite shaft
Company line: "A large internal weight pad positioned low in the toe expands the perimeter weighting to make it our most forgiving and longest hybrid ever. The center of gravity (CG) is closer to the clubface and farther back from the hosel for a high, penetrating trajectory."
OUR TESTERS SAY:
PROS: Higher-handicappers who typically slice should like the G15 because its offset gives the face more time to close; many testers comment that these are straight-shooters; repeatable, high ball flight due to significant sole weighting and offset; head-heavy feel during the swing fosters a smooth tempo; stable sensation through impact; the G15 produces good shots from challenging lies— it gouges the ball out of thick grass.
CONS: The aesthetics are a big drawback—the extreme offset, long face and topline make it difficult to get comfortable with the club at address; a few panelists experience harsh feel on poor contact, and find that it isn't quite as directionally forgiving as you'd expect.
$140, steel; $160, graphite; ping.com
From Sports Illustrated Golf+ Equipment Issue (February 8, 2010)
The G15 is a high-launching, forgiving alternative to long- and mid-irons. A large internal toe pad expands the perimeter weighting to make the G15 Ping's longest hybrid. The stainless steel, iron-style face creates the look of an iron with the easy-to-hit playability of a traditional hybrid.