ClubTest 2015: Ping i25 Hybrid

Ping i25 Hybrid
Michael Chini

Ping i25 Hybrid

 

Category: Better-Player Hybrids
Price: $130
WE TESTED:
19°, 22° with PWR 80 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Minimal bulge-and-roll on the face make it easy for players to maneuver shots.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: The narrow head cuts like a hot knife through nasty lies and provides ultimate trajectory control from good ones; strong and long off the tee -- piercing flight plays surprisingly soft into the green.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: A one-way ticket to your target from any lie; misses are slight draws or fades that fly farther than expected; small head offers pinpoint accuracy and also disguises a good deal of forgiveness.
DISTANCE: Plenty long by anyone's standards; consistent with tight dispersion; slight misses aren't dead and good strikes won't balloon; expect the i25 to travel farther and fly higher than your long irons.
FEEL: Stable and responsive at impact; comforting balance -- feels like the head will follow the right path through the ball every time; small difference between center strikes and misses.
LOOK: Testers like the simple, matte black, all-business look; clean, smooth sole is as helpful as it appears; subtle and subdued, like a hardworking tool you can rely on for a number of jobs.

CONS

 

A few testers want to feel a greater distinction between mis-hits and pure strikes; others want loft adjustability; one or two guys prefer a weightier look.

BOTTOM LINE: As it was last year, it's among the better hybrids. The nimble head provides the workability and control of an iron with the launch and distance of a hybrid. Not fancy -- just top-notch performance at a good price.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Ping i25 hybrid

NEXT REVIEW: TaylorMade R15 Hybrid

MORE INFO ON THE PING i25 HYBRID

From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2014

PROS
PLAYABILITY: Testers rave about its consistency; sweeps through long grass and MacGyvers the worst kind of trouble—hardpan, fairway bunkers, pine straw and awkward lies; produces a medium-high flight with a slight draw; a good choice for finding the middle of the fairway on tight par 4s and par 5s, or for approach shots that call for high, soft landings.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: High marks for accuracy; testers count on—and receive—the same repeating shot time after time; slight misses are typically forgiven in distance and direction.
DISTANCE: As long or longer than testers’ current sticks; these offer reliable, predictable distances; you know what you’ll get each time you hit them.
FEEL: They’re very stable; well balanced and solid through the swing; an enjoyable feeling of responsiveness and compression at impact.
LOOK: Clean, classic hybrid; black matte finish on the compact head cuts glare.

CONS
No loft adjustability -- definitely get custom-fit; slightly heavier head doesn’t appeal to everyone; standard flight is a draw—beware if your natural flight is right to left.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the top-ranked hybrids. You know what to expect each time you pull it out of your bag. It gets you out of all sorts of trouble, too.

NEXT REVIEW: TaylorMade R15 Hybrid

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