The Ping G25 Driver is the next products in the GX line-up. The previous G drivers have been amazing, so it is going to be hard for the G25 to improve in many areas - or so we thought. However Ping have made some subtle changes, which add up to a whole level of greatness.
Below you will find the Rotary Swing review (super in-depth), followed by a less in-depth review (if you are in a hurry). If you are considering purchasing this golf club, we have also included a list of pros and cons, and our standard rating table:
Control & Performance
Design & Appearance
Ping G25 Driver Rotary Swing Review
Hi guys I'm like dr. clay Ballard and today I'm going to be doing a complete review on the ping g25 driver just happens to be one of my favorite drivers out there before we get started I want to let you know that things not paying me anything to do this review and I'm not on staff of ping so this is just a driver that I like and I'm going to talk a little bit about it so we're also going to talk about some of the tricks that companies will play on you to make you think that their driver is going to go a little bit farther and that there's longer drivers out there we're going to talk about some fact and fiction in regards to distance with the driver and how some drivers will actually help you to get a more consistent ball flight and a little bit more distance so let's go ahead and get started so one thing that you need to know with all drivers especially when it comes to distance is that when hit dead center on the sweet spot with perfect launch conditions the right launch angle right spin rates and right on the sweet spot they're all going to go exactly the same distance so don't be fooled into driving companies telling you that their driver goes farther than any other driver out there it's simply not true the way that they test this is the USGA has a test where they put a ball they put the club in a clamp they're going to shoot a ball at this club at 100 miles an hour and if it bounces back at any faster than eighty six point three miles an hour it's an illegal driver and they're all maxed out to 86 miles an hour so every driver with optimum launch position is going to go exactly the same the key for this then is for those of you pretty much everyone that doesn't have optimum launch conditions I know I don't have optimum launch conditions all the time what can we do to make off centre hits the best that they can be and that's what we're going to go over some technology that's in this club and a lot of other clubs out there that are going to help you to do that so one of the first pieces of technology well actually first before we go over that let's talk about what we're looking for here so on an off-center hit there's three things that are going to happen we're going to get the wrong launch and in general club companies are going to try to get you the highest launch possible that's gonna get you the most distance so the higher the ball launches the farther it'll go second they're going to get the lowest spin so if I can get really high launching low spinning shots it's going to fly forever when I get low launching high spinning shots I'm going to lose tons of distance and then the third thing so high launching low spinning and the third piece is in the line so whenever you hit a golf ball imagine if you hit this ball off the toe but what's going to happen is that toe is going to turn in and that's going to cause the ball to spin that's why they hook off the toe and slice off the hill they're trying to make this club as stable as possible so all three of these factors are controlled by waiting inside the club so we want to make sure that the weight is positioned in optimal places inside the club so it limits twisting gives you the highest launch and lowest spin so what did ping do in this particular club to give you those factors let's start out with a crown so the crown in this club this is a really cool piece of technology that I like for this this particular club they really made the crown super super thin so the metal is paper-thin on this crown and to make sure that it's still held up as stability wise as they added a skeleton inside this crown so it's got little thicker pieces of metal that are going to give it stability while overall taking the weight out of the crown so they could put it into other pieces of the club to give it a higher mo I higher launch lower spin all those good things that we want now second thing that you're going to notice is if you look at the bottom of this driver you're going to see kind of a funky shape on the back here and a little circular piece now that's a weight port is what that's called and what this does is it takes weight a waif in the face brings it farther back into the club and they're allowed to position this weight farther back to where you can get optimum launch conditions again higher launch lower spin kind of things and they're able to do that because they've taken weight out of other places of the club like the crown and moved it around to make it more forgiving in this club you know one other good thing about ping is they don't put out a club that doesn't perform better than the year before there are other companies that do that they'll put out a club because it looks cooler or has good marketing or whatever but ping will not put out a club from the information I've seen that didn't beat the performance of the club before so that's pretty neat now one of my favorite things with this ping Club is the hosel and you'll notice on a lot of adjustable shaft drivers that the hosel is pretty big and bulky and they had to make some extra metal in there and some extra weight in the hosel to be able to adjust the shaft and ping developed a way where they could make the normal sized hosel and then we'll be able to adjust it so it's taken weight out of the normal adapt adaption system and decrease that weight and again they can put that weight anywhere else in the club if they want to now because they've taken that weight out of the hosel so overall it's giving it a really forgiving head a high launching low spinning head and one of my favorite things about is it just looks cool when you look down at this face it's got a nice shape to it it's that kind of a pear shaped head which is kind of a traditional look it's also got a nice matte finish so it's not going to shine back up in your eyes not going to get a lot of glare off that and that's one of my favorite things about this driver it just looks cool when I set it down and I'm looking at a shot it looks pretty good it looks like I'm gonna be able to hit a good shot with this so what are some of the things I don't like about this driver one thing is the shaft it's the shaft isn't necessarily a bad thing and pings kind of what they say about this is that they put a shaft in there that's going to perform optimally for this head well the problem with ping is they don't have offer you a ton of shot it's a ton of different shafts in the stock lineup so you pretty much stuck with this TFC 189 shaft which isn't the lowest spinning shaft out there I like to have a few more options I like to be able to test out a few more options the one good thing is that you can get those shafts you can order those special order through ping and they do supply those but it's tougher to have them where you can go ahead and test out the different ones because most of them come with this standard stock TFC shaft which is a little too spinny for my likes one of the other things that I don't particularly you know like about this driver it's not a big deal but it's something that I like to be able to do is on the bottom of the club you'll notice that there's no weight ports they don't allow you to move weight to the hill or to the toe the obvious solution around to that is just put a little bit of lead tape on the hill put it on the tote you can put it wherever you want to to increase the weight there I like to be able to adjust that to be honest for most people that's not something that you necessarily need to have but it's just a nice nice feature to have I think they got away from that because those weight ports have a little bit of weight in the middle screw in section for those so they wanted to put that weight in other places the driver to help it perform better as a stock driver so it might not be a bad thing but you know just put a little bit of lead tape on there one last thing I forgot to mention about the hosel system this is great with ping does and the companies do not do some other companies not do as ping still offers a variety of lofts and what this means is whenever you sit down a driver from the stock loft position or the stock you know if it's a 9.5 degree driver and you have it set up at 9.5 in neutral well that driver is going to sit nice and square on the ground but let's say that that doesn't fit me I need to play an eight degree driver well if I turn that down to an eight degree now the face is wide open or if I have to get more loft to turn up to ten and a half now the face is really closed so ping sets up with a variety of lofts that you can fine-tune you know half a degree here half a degree there to fine-tune it but you're not going to be opening and closing the face so much the reason companies do this is because it cuts down on the production cost if they have just one lofted driver that has all these adjustments well now they only have one head to make and they can turn the loft down they can turn it up and it cuts down on their production and saves them hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of the year whereas pigging said hey that's not right I want to make sure that you get the best fitting driver and they offered a variety of loss to this so that you could not have to have that face really closed or open if you need a different loft driver so overall this is a really a driver that I enjoy hitting I like the look of it I like the forgiveness of it I like the way that it fills in my hands I think it's a great overall driver due to a lot of the technology that's in this driver and one of the good things about if you're interested in more learning the technology behind drivers and how they perform how to find the driver that optimally fits your game which is something you're going to want to do you need to get fit make sure that the driver you're using gives you the best launch angle the lowest spin rates and the most forgiveness so that you can hit the ball straighter and farther but if you want to learn more about the technique part are the technical aspects of this this we have a bomb your driver series on the website which is going to go over that in great detail I'm gonna touch as a free bonus for you guys the first half of one of the the bomber driver videos if you'd like to watch the entire video go ahead and click on the bottom right hand side of your screen you'll be able to sign up for your free membership with the rotary swing you'll get to watch that entire video plus about four hours of bonus instruction so look forward to seeing you guys much more in the future good luck with your golf game and I'll see you soon for the third video in the bomb your driver series we're going to talk about something that's very very important and unfortunately very misrepresented by a lot of what you read in magazines and what you see in commercials in it and that's the sweet spot of the golf of the driver head with all the super highly competitive companies out there now who are competing for your big bucks on drivers that are costing four to eight hundred dollars anymore there's a lot of money at stake and so these companies are positioning things as best they can to make it seem like you're going to get a lot of benefit from a driver and there's a lot of hoopla around it that's not exactly true and today I'm going to dispel a lot of those myths and one of those is the sweet spot when you look at a driver typically obviously there's usually like a score line on the top it's showing you where to line up where they want you to hit the ball and some score lines on the face so you know exactly where they're showing you the sweet spot is but what's missing from what's what's misrepresented a lot of times is the actual sweet spot there's golf ads out these days that say that the sweet spot is enlarged that they have a bigger sweet spot but unfortunately the truth the matter is this the sweet spot is a tiny size of a pin dot there's no large sweet spot on a golf on any driver on any clubface whether it's an eye on a driver what-have-you the sweet spot is simply the size of a dot and so if you look closely here you can see that I've actually drawn a dot on here where the sweet spot is now the question that you're asking yourself is how did you know where the sweet spot is and I've done it by balancing this driver head on a point here I've actually got a pin set up vertically mchte to make sure it's level and it's set up in a vise here and I can you can actually balance any driver head on the sweet spot of the center of the clubface which is going to help you determine the center of gravity for that club you can balance it both on the face and on the soul and by doing that you'll find exactly where the center of gravity is and the modern driver what you found is the center of gravity from the back to the from the front to the back of the club head has actually moved deeper and deeper and deeper this is for basically at the end of the day it's going to help you launch the ball higher because it's going to help the driver the shaft should bend forward more at impact so we'll talk about that again later but for now what we need to really understand is there's a couple things that once you determine where the sweet spot is it dramatically impacts how that driver is going to play for you so one of the things that we talked about was the actual true loft where you need to strike the ball the role on the clubface in the last video and how that affects the loft and where you're going to strike the ball on the face what we're talking about now is that once we've actually balanced this driver head on this pin we mark that spot what I need to do now is determine what that loft is at the sweet spot now first of all why is the sweet spot that important well it's simple the sweet spot of the club is the only place that you can hit it on the face it's going to give you one maximum ball speed that's where the mass is directed directly behind the ball and it's going to and for two it's going to reduce it's going to have no twisting so if you strike it off the toe the club it will twist a little bit if you strike it off the heel of the club will twist a bit and what that does is it it lessens the blow so you don't get a sharp of a blow so you lose ball speed there and then to the twisting and part side spin so now when the ball is spinning obviously off line we're going to we're going to lose accuracy and distance as well so so once you know where the sweet spot is it's very very important to know how to to utilize that and set up the driver properly you
Shorter Ping G25 Review
We're at the PGA Show 2013, and it's great to see Marty Jertsen here again from Ping. He's involved in product design, we come back to you every year Marty and it's great to see you. Thanks very much. You're looking well. I'm doing good. New shades? Yeah you know… nice ones. The Ping G25 driver, how can you keep improving on what's probably some of the bestselling drivers out there. Well that's the thing. We always get asked if we leave anything on the table when we come out with a new product and I can guarantee everyone out there that we're not leaving anything on the table. We've had our biggest improvement in both CG position, both down and back away from the face, and inertia of any G series driver, from G20 to G25. Now to the layman, CG position and inertia, what do they mean? Good question. CG position means… that controls the spin and how high you launch the ball. So it's an extremely high launch driver but still has low spin characteristics to it. Inertia, what does that mean? The club is more forgiving. When you miss hit it it's going to perform more like a centre hit and we've had drastic improvement in both those things. Ok and just an overview on loft adjustability on this. What we've done is we've kept our adjustable loft technology tuning system very simple. You don't need a user’s manual. We still have 4 static lofts, 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12, and then to fine tune your trajectory after you get your driver you can either add a half a degree, put it on the plus. Or subtract a half a degree, put it on the minus. Very simple. Not confusing, won't mess with your confidence. And the face of this driver, the G25, is very big looking at address. Yes, it's really big. SO when you set it down we've elongated it from front to back substantially. That's helped drive up some of our inertia. It's still within the 460ccs of conformance but we've better utalise that volume. And is it heavier to lighter than the other incarnations. Well without high balance point technology we're able to make the head, compared to the average shaft out there, with the shaft we're using in the G25 adds about 7 grams additional mass. So we've made the head one gram heavier than the G20. That gives more momentum at impact. It's not just the energy that we care about which is 1/2 MV2, we care about mass times velocity, that momentum. This is a high momentum driver. So to take all the mathematics down, how far can people expect to hit this a little bit further than the previous model. Absolutely, so you can play not as much loft so you get more ball velocity on not playing as much loft. And in our test we've seen that over the G20, improvements of 5-10 yards. And a lot of that improvement from better launch conditions, more ball velocity but a lot of it's because nobody hits their driver perfect every time, even Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan, who have just switched to it, have picked up yardage with the G25. Fantastic, thanks Marty. That's the G25 from Ping new for 2013.
The G25 certainly lives up to its high heritage, with Ping making another best seller. It is perfect for both beginners and pros, and you know that you are buying a product which has gone through rigorous testing. While it isn't the most exciting club to play with, you can be assures a consistent shot, which will be key for improving your game this summer.
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