Ping G20 Driver

April 16, 2012

From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2012 (March 2012)

Category: Game-Improvement Drivers
Price: $299

WE TESTED: 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° with Ping TFC 169D graphite shaft; 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° with Ping TFC 169D Tour graphite shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The elongated profile and external weighting strategically position the club’s CG (center of gravity) for high-launch, low-spin shots. The low-density titanium head enables more mass to be shifted around to maximize forgiveness on heel and toe hits.

OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the top-rated models. A worthy descendant to a long line of great drivers.

DISTANCE: This bomber seems to have an added gear where most lose gas; minimal loss on off-center hits; distance gains via added carry.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Very forgiving makeup keeps shots in play more than most—gear effect turned up to the max; gives confidence to swing for the fences without losing control.
FEEL: Anything hit near the center feels good—a sensation of controlled fury, as though the face is springing into theball; addictive, crisp, explosive feel.
PLAYABILITY: Promotes a piercing flight; no need to shape shots when you can hit it consistently at your target.
LOOK: No-frills look; big, friendly clubhead with subtle, non-obtrusive alignment aid; tasteful dark gray coloring.

You might hit a soft fade or a gentle draw, but don’t expect much workability; a few testers aren’t sure it’s a huge upgrade from the G15.

From Golf Magazine (August, 2011)
Ping's G20 driver made its public debut last week at the PGA Tour's FedEx St. Jude Classic. (The club will be available at retail in mid-August.) Three pros—defending champ Lee Westwood, Kirk Triplett and D.J. Brigman—added it to their arsenal for Thursday's first round. Expect to see more G20 drivers on Tour throughout the summer.

The company's "game-improvement" drivers are almost always among the highest-rated sticks in Golf Magazine's annual "ClubTest" program because of their ability to blend forgiveness and power. Ping's tried-and-true design checklist includes optimizing center-of-gravity location; aerodynamics; feel; clubface size; structure (how it interacts on shots around the face); and clubhead inertia (stability) on off-center hits (high/low or heel/toe).

The G20 driver has a heavier head than G15 (7 grams more than standard) for greater force at impact. Additional backweighting and a more elongated face shore up misses. (Ping "shaved" the head in the low toe area to meet the 460cc size limit.) The reconfigured clubhead — 5 percent higher moment of inertia on heel or toe hits — combines with a light, 45.75-inch "high-balance point" shaft (TFC 169D or TFC 169D Tour) to boost clubhead speed and, thus, distance. Specifically, the TFC 169D shaft has more flexible tip and butt sections for softer feel.

In total, G20 launches shots 0.75 degrees higher than G15, with 200 rpm less spin and 1 mph faster ball speed on center hits, which adds up to five yards more carry and roll.