Ping G20 Hybrid

April 16, 2012

From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2012 (May, 2012)

Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
Price: $159, graphite

WE TESTED: 17°, 20°, 23°, 27° with Ping TFC 169H graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The club has more sole curvature (more bounce angle and sole camber) than the G15, so it’s easier to play from difficult lies. The offset hosel design contributes to a higher trajectory and improved forgiveness. The G20 has a less upright appearance than the G15 and a 2-degree flatter lie angle.

OUR TESTERS SAY: The G20 does a lot of things well but doesn’t separate itself from the pack.

PLAYABILITY: High, right-to-left ball flight is the norm; these high risers get up easily; G20 cuts through rough nicely and even plays out of bunkers.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: These do a good job of eliminating the right side of the course; helpful sticks when you don’t catch it dead center.
DISTANCE: Acceptable length on good hits—similar to ever-so-slightly more distance than testers’ own clubs.
FEEL: Well-balanced weighting provides a stable sensation and a firm click at impact.
LOOK: Silver topline creates an iron-like look at address; compact head with shallow face looks better than G15.

The offset head can be off-putting; a few guys look for more of a distance jolt, while others seek more control.