The Drivers Test 2014: Ping i25 - GOLD AWARD
Tech: Aimed at the better player with high swing speeds. A racing stripe on the crown helps align the face and take the club away on the correct path. Two tungsten weights in the rear of the sole raise MOI and move the CG low and back. The clubface has variable thicknesses to deliver high ball speeds from a larger area. Ping’s PWR shafts come in three different weights and stiffness profiles without changing swingweight. Each loft is adjustable by 0.5° up or down.
What we said... James Ridyard: “The stripes on the top certainly make alignment easier. You get the same low-spin performance as the old Anser, but in a more forgiving head. This is an exceptional driver with very few weaknesses.” Joel Tadman: “The sole looks similar to the i20 and it performs in a similar manner. With the i25, alignment is significantly easier thanks to the stripe. It’s subtle enough not to dominate your focus, but effectively helps aim the face. Having the adjustability we didn’t have in the i20 is an option everyone will enjoy – being able to add 0.5° to my 9.5° head helped get four more yards. Feels a touch harder than other top performers, but the head shape is flawless.” Stephen Kidd: “The stripe works for me, too. The head feels heavy, which I like, but powerful too and I got a penetrating flight with lots of run.” Steve Milnes: “Certainly not as forgiving as the G25 for me, but there’s still plenty on offer. Switching to the lighter 55g shaft didn’t alter the overall feel of the club.”
Pros: Crown design has genuine performance benefit. Long, low-spinning driver with forgiveness too – a winning combination.
Cons: Not best suited to slow swingers.
The numbers: Looks: 9 Feel: 8.5 Sound: 8.5 Forgiveness: 9 Performance: 9
TG Rating: 9/10 Gold Award.
Details: Lofts: 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° adjustable. Contact: www.ping.com
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