ClubTest 2014: Ping G25 Fairway Woods
Ping G25 Fairway Woods
Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 3 (15°), 4 (16.5°) and 5 (18°) with TFC 189F graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The external screw shifts mass lower and farther back to aid forgiveness and increase trajectory. Ping’s thinnest fairway wood face has variable thicknesses to increase ball velocity on toe and heel hits.
PLAYABILITY: Top marks—so consistent it’s almost boring (in the best way possible); ideal trajectory, high enough to hold greens without fluttering; G25 allows testers to take on all situations with gusto.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: In a class all its own; straight, self-correcting shots are standard; simply doesn’t compromise—pinpoint control with top-shelf forgiveness.
DISTANCE: Among the longest woods tested; center strikes go farther than many testers expect, and even pick up a few yards on the G20.
FEEL: Crisp, efficient impact feel, with a muffled crack to send the ball on its way; exceptional stability and balance, no unwanted twisting or torque here.
LOOK: Wide face and low profile invite aggressive swings; high marks for G25’s no-glare finish and winglike alignment aid.
A few testers would actually prefer a higher ball flight; swing weight feels a tad light to a small number of guys; one or two pop-up-prone players might benefit from a taller, narrower face.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the top-ranking models. It scores highly in every category. An enticing option for a wide range of players who want a low-stress club that doesn’t sacrifice character for forgiveness.
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