ClubTest 2014: Ping i25 Fairway Woods

Ping i25 Fairway Woods
Michael Chini

Ping i25 Fairway Woods
Category: Better-Player Fairway Woods
Price: $250
3 (adjusts 13.5° to 14.5°) and 5 (17.5° to 18.5°) with PWR 65 graphite shaft; 3 (13.5° to 14.5°) and 5 (17.5° to 18.5°) with PWR 75 shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The light, adjustable hosel allows for +/- 0.5° loft changes. A tall face with a low CG increases ball speed and reduces spin.

One of the highest-rated models; a compact head that allows for tons of maneuverability— low draws, high cuts, you name it; the i25 can rip through rough all day long.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: It’s a real standout—very accurate and forgiving on directional misses, shots go straight nearly every time.
DISTANCE: The boring flight substantially increases roll distance; these woods deliver steady, consistent lengths you can rely on; they don’t lose a whole lot of distance on mis-hits.
FEEL: Very solid and well balanced from both good and more difficult lies; rewarding response when you strike it just right; the ball jumps off the clubface at impact.
LOOK: One of the best-looking Ping clubs in a while; racing stripes on the crown make alignment a snap; the traditional shape and size are just what testers like.

A few guys would like a bit more feedback at impact; not the longest fairway woods tested; racing stripes are not everyone’s favorite.

BOTTOM LINE: The Ping i25 is one of the top-ranked models in the 2014 ClubTest. It scores very well in terms of playability and overall forgiveness.

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