Ping i25 Fairway Wood
Michael Chini
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ping i25 Fairway Woods

Category: Better-Player Fairway Woods
Price: $150
WE TESTED:
14° (adjusts 13.5° to 14.5°), 18° (adjusts 17.5° to 18.5°) with PWR 65 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The club’s low CG promotes low-spinning shots.

PROS

PLAYABILITY: Boring trajectory drives through the wind with ease and provides plenty of roll; willing to go wherever you tell it to but easier to shape left to right; picks the ball out of nasty lies and shoots off low screamers.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: There’s not a whole lot of sidespin—directional misses tend to be pushes and pulls; above-average correction is a stroke saver, helping you stay in play; maintains distance on misses about as well as you might expect.
DISTANCE: The i25 offers acceptable length in most situations, making it comparable with the woods in the test; lower flight can grab you extra yards on fast fairways.
FEEL: A sweet, snappy sensation at impact; the i25 swings lighter than some others but is stable and solid at the ball; minimal punishment on bad swings—you’ll barely know you missed it.
LOOK: Big points for the matte finish and black-on-black racing stripes; no problem aiming with confidence—in fact, some guys think the striped crown is the best visual aid they’ve seen on a wood; very nice shape—one of Ping’s finest.

CONS

The i25 launches shots that are too low for certain swings; doesn’t provide big-time carry distance that some seek; can be sensitive on mis-hits.

BOTTOM LINE: Just like last year, the i25 is one of the better fairway woods tested. This solid, all-around model appeals to low-handicappers who prefer balanced performance.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Ping i25 Fairway Wood

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