The Ping G20
Club Reviewers: Ian Favre – Jason Gilliland – JR Falkenhagen
|Circa 1992, I am 15 years old just blazing my wooden Ping Eye 2 driver down the fairway at my first ever employer Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way, Wa. Nearly 20 years later and I am finally putting another Ping driver in the bag, for the next 18 holes at least, at Chamber’s Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wa.
As with most weekend warriors I have had an ever-changing ferris wheel of drivers make their way in and out of my golf bag. My brother being a golf professional provided an access to new sticks that no man should ever meddle with. As such, I have tinkered and changed drivers on a never ending cycle praying to find “The One.”
| Ping G20
|For our demo’n pleasure, the fine folks at Ping Golf sent us their latest driver offering: the Ping G20.
Here’s the specs on what we got:
Ping G20 – Loft 9.5 – Shaft: TFC 169D Tour Stiff – Length: 45.75
What Ping Says: (Via the Ping website: http://www.ping.com/clubs/driversdetail.aspx?id=9918)
Distance and Accuracy Optimized: by an external weight that optimizes the center of gravity position to generate high launch and low spin. The G20’s large, variable-thickness face generates faster ball speeds and increases MOI for maximum forgiveness.
The 460cc club head is made from Ti 8-1-1, a lighter, lower-density alloy. Ti 8-1-1’s high strength-to-weight ratio allows for additional weight to be strategically placed for increasing the MOI on both the vertical and horizontal axes. Weight savings from varying wall thicknesses in the crown and body are positioned to optimize performance and durability.
Our testing and testers:
2 driving range sessions, 1 launch monitor session, Q & A with Ping, and 18 holes at the 2015 US Open host Chamber’s Bay Golf Course.
Ian Favre – Handicap 13, Currently playing: 09 Taylormade Tour Burner, Aldila NV Stiff
Jason Gilliland – Handicap 10, Currently playing: 2011 Ping G15
JR Falkenhagen – Handicap 13, Currently playing 09 Taylormade Tour Burner, Proforce V2 Stiff
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With that, the theme of the day had been established. We clobbered the G20 all day along at Chamber’s Bay. After a few holes it only became a matter of who was going to keep it after the testing was done…we all wanted it. For me, it was epically straight regardless of where I hit it on the club face. My tendency is to miss on the toe side of the driver, which I did a couple times with it, but I still got really good ball flight and rewarding distance. The most unique thing about it was how confident I felt with it. Every time I stood over the ball I expected to hit it straight. That is a huge benefit for the weekend warrior who doesn’t have a swing coach and a mental trainer. How many times as a double-digit handicap have you had that feeling over the ball of “I am going to smoke this” and then actually do it? Repeatedly. Not very often.
JR & I walking up 18: Me: “JR, I think this is the best driver I have ever played.” JR: “Easily, not even close. I want one.”
14th hole tee box: Me: “Good lord JR, that’s the biggest bomb I’ve ever seen you hit before!” JR: That felt incredible.”
16th hole tee box: Me: “Jason, I am going to stab you in the back in the parking lot, steal that driver and leave you. Jason: “…….”
Launch Monitor Results: (best 10 out of 15 swings)
Q & A with Ping:
Q: What is the process for matching a shaft with a club head?
A: Jason – Here is the answer to your question. If you’re curious Marty Jertson, one of our Senior Design Engineers answered your question…
“Regarding the shaft development, we simply don’t ‘match a shaft’ to a clubhead, but instead design them both together simultaneously to optimize the performance gains on the entire system working together. The TFC169D, with proprietary high balance point technology, is designed with the club’s length, head-weight, inertial properties, and hosel position in mind as we develop the EI profile (bending stiffness), GJ profile (torsional stiffness), diameters, and materials to give the best launch conditions and feel for each respective flex.”
Look: 5/5 – Nice, clean, simple stick. Jason prefers the look of his all black i15 to the gray G20 style.
Sound: 4/5 – Watch out for that flushed noise! Whew!
Feel: 5/5 – Most balanced, put together feeling driver to date for us
Distance: 5/5 – Bombs, flat out bombs
Accuracy: 5/5 – Almost oddly straight on misses, is this thing legal?