ClubTest 2014: Ping G25 Driver
Ping G25 Driver
Category: Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5°, 10.5° with TFC 189 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The large, forgiving face produces high ball speeds on slight misses. The head is slightly heavier than many drivers with a higher balance point shaft. A higher-launching head with relatvely low spin. Each loft has +/- 0.5° face angle adjustment.
DISTANCE: Its greatest strength -- one of the longest drivers tested; a hot head that shows very little drop off on off-center hits.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Many panelists find that the Ping G25 driver gives them more than they deserve on misses; several testers say it produces less sidespin than most Game-Improvement drivers, making it among the most accurate in the category.
FEEL: The clubhead and stock TFC shaft are very stable throughout the swing; little vibration on mis-hits.
PLAYABILITY: The G25 is a high flier unless you ask otherwise -- it’s a very nice blend of accuracy and playability; numerous shaft options allow this one to work for a Tour pro or a high-handicapper.
LOOK: A pleasing matte black finish with a useful half-moon alignment aid.
Some panelists find it lacks the “crushed it” sensation; adjustability feature isn’t as advanced as some others; not everyone cares for the slightly larger, longer head shape.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the highest-rated models. This holdover from 2013 matches up well with newer models in terms of distance and direction.
HOT STIX'S TAKE: Launch - High; Spin - Mid
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