ClubTest 2014: Ping G25 Hybrids
Ping G25 Hybrids
Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
WE TESTED: 20°, 23° and 27° with TFC 189H graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Lower-lofted hybrids have a lower, deeper CG to increase launch and spin. Squared-off toe and heel sections create a larger effective hitting area low on the face.
PLAYABILITY: These are excellent all-around hybrids; beautiful high ball flight that lands softly; smooth and dependable from the fairway, and they get out of rough and sand with ease; a few testers say the clubs would benefit slower-swing-speed players who struggle with distance and trajectory.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Fairly forgiving sticks overall; very accurate, not much is lost on mis-hits; the club’s draw bias practically eliminates weak fades.
DISTANCE: Predictable lengths comparable with what most testers already have in their golf bags; not the longest hybrids tested, but they certainly won’t hurt you.
FEEL: The weighting is focused and potent; nice firm feel at impact, good balance and stability; sound and sensation are slightly muted but satisfying on center contact.
LOOK: The club’s dull, dark finish seems to visually reduce clubhead size; the understated black heads and shafts look quiet but powerful.
Some testers would prefer a bit more distance than these offer; the little starbursts at the top of the shaft aren’t visible during the swing but still made enemies.
BOTTOM LINE: The top hybrid in the test. The G25 is a trusted, reliable friend from the tee, fairway or rough.
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