Ping G25 Fairway Woods
Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 3 (15°), 4 (16.5°), 5 (18°) and 7 (21°) with Ping TFC 189F graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: External sole weighting helps position the CG low and rearward for a high launch and more forgiveness on heel or toe shots. Ping's thinnest clubface (in a fairway wood) has variable thicknesses to improve energy transfer and increase ball speeds.
PLAYABILITY: Higher-lofted woods have a similar flight to mid- or short irons, but with distance that you'd equate to a fairway wood; the 3-wood is long, straight and penetrating off the deck; woods cut through the rough like a hybrid.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Tops in the test; spot-on accurate off the turf — shots track on line like a freight train rolling through the Plains.
DISTANCE: A real strength; several guys are 5 to 10 yards longer off the tee and when hitting from flat lies than they are with their own woods.
FEEL: Very stable, powerful club on center hits; requires little effort to get the clubhead through the ball.
LOOK: Among the better-looking sticks in this category; long, shallow face and low profile lets you know that when you sit the club down, you're going to hit it well; handsome black matte finish.
Some players prefer a more compact, workable head than one that's large and flat; a few testers complain of a harsh impact feel on certain shots.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the highest-rated clubs. Top marks for distance and accuracy. Exceptionally easy to hit off the tee or the deck.
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