By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
When Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan step foot on the first tee for the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Friday, they’ll do so with new drivers in the bag. On Wednesday, Ping announced the newest addition to the Ping G-series with the unveiling of its G25 metalwoods and irons line.
The G-series has always been about forgiveness, and the latest offering from Ping is no different. The G25 driver, which is already being used by Mahan and Watson, is Ping’s largest-profile, most forgiving head design yet.
By moving the center of gravity (CG) lower and further back in the club than the previous model, the G20, players will be able to launch the ball higher with less spin thanks to the ultra-thin-crown and body technology and 460cc Ti 8-1-1 head. The lower CG and variable-thickness 6-4 titanium face insert also helps add additional forgiveness to shots hit off-center.
While the driver is geared towards players looking for extra forgiveness, Ping decided to add adjustability to the entry-level club for the first time in the company’s history.
Following the release of the Anser driver last July, Ping’s first adjustable driver, the company opted to add the same Trajectory Tuning Technology to the G25, which lets you fine-tune the height of your trajectory by changing loft before a round to suit the playing conditions, weather, or changes in your swing. The driver comes in four lofts (8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees) and can be adjusted plus or minus one half-degree.
The G25 line also includes fairways woods and hybrids. The fairway wood comes in four lofts (15, 16.5, 18 and 21 degrees) and offers the same low CG for increased forgiveness, especially on shots hit low on the face.
With the G25 hybrids, the noticeable difference is in the head, which no longer looks like a driving iron. Instead the G25 has a wider sole and round shape, giving it the appearance of a typical hybrid. Like the rest of the G25 line, the CG position is lower and farther back in the lower-lofted hybrids and moves slightly forward in the higher lofts to minimize spin and prevent ballooning. The hybrids come in four lofts (17, 20, 23, 27, 31).
Rounding out the new line is the G25 game-improvement iron. Like the rest of the G-series, Ping’s latest iron is incredibly forgiving but comes with one noticeable difference. Unlike the G20, the G25 irons feature thinner, more progressive sole widths, a thinner top line and moderate offset that should appeal to better players.
Ping also repositioned the Custom Tuning Port (CTP), moving it lower behind the face (it now rests behind against the sole of the club). The tweak not only halved the size of the CTP, it also lowered the CG in the irons, thereby allowing players to launch shots higher.
The G25 metalwoods will be available in mid-February. The driver will have an MSRP of $385 and comes with Ping’s TFC 189D graphite shaft. The fairway wood will be available at an MSRP of $255 and comes with Ping’s TFC 189D graphite shaft. The G25 hybrid will be available at an MSRP of $220 and comes with Ping’s TFC 189H graphite shaft.
The G25 irons will also be available in mid-February and will have an MSRP of $97.50 per club with Ping’s CFS steel shaft; $125 per club with graphite shafts.