Ping i15 Driver
From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, February 2010)
Category: Tour Drivers
We tested: 8°, 9.5° with Ping TFC700D graphite shaft; 8°, 9.5° with UST Mamiya ProForce AXIVcore Tour Red 69 graphite shaft
Company line: "The fade-biased design is aimed at players who put the highest priority on shaping shots. The club's internal weighting reduces spin for longer distance. Loft and lie angle can be adjusted through our 'custom options' program."
OUR TESTERS SAY:
PROS: One of the longest, lowest-spinning drivers tested in the category; several panelists plan to purchase it; rock-like stability at impact corrects off-center hits; excellent balance throughout the swing; unusual (in a good way) muted sound and feel; compact head shape receives plenty of praise; a large number found it to be the best driver they hit.
CONS: Low spin not ideal for players with moderate swing speeds; misses high on the face seem to lose measurable distance.
From Sports Illustrated Golf+ Equipment Issue (February 8, 2010)
Designed for golfers who work their tee shots, the pear-shaped i15 has a titanium head with a bulged crown and a deeper face to optimize energy transfer for greater ball speed. Internal weighting and the hosel position promote Tour-preferred trajectories and greater control.
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From Golf Magazine (September 2009)
The i15 driver targets "better" players with higher swing speeds who prefer to shape their drives. The center of gravity (CG) is lower and more toward the face than in the G15. The effect is a lower-launching shot (by 0.75-degrees) with less spin (by 250 rpm). Ping's testing indicates that the i15 is potentially longer for faster swingers but shorter for slower swingers. The pear-shaped clubhead also has a slight fade bias (six yards more bias than the G15 driver). The face angle (and lie angle) can be tweaked to suit your ball-flight preference.
From the Shop Blog (July 2009)
The Ping i15 is designed for players who are seeking more playability off the tee, while the Ping G15 is meant for players who want a forgiving driver that is designed to hit the ball straight.