What we say...
By combining the speed and forgiveness of a hybrid with the workability and control of an iron Ping reckon they’ve created a new product category with the Crossover. A wide body and sole mean there’s a low and back centre of gravity location, and plenty of perimeter weighting for forgiveness.
Ping will shoot us for including the Crossover in the hybrids category as they insist its neither a driving iron or hybrid, but we can’t include it anywhere else. Looking at the data we’ve got to say the club does exactly as Ping promise, ball speeds are a bit shy of our fastest hybrids on test but they’re still high as is carry distance. The real area we do see a difference is drop off of carry distance between centre and off centre hits. A range of 17yards shows how even the MOI pumped body of the Crossover struggles to beat an out-and-out hybrid head for retaining ball speed.
The Crossover is a lump of a golf club, but it’s this increased size that improves performance. They take some working into a set, but we feel if the longest iron you hit with any confidence is a #6 you could well look at the #5 Crossover (because it’s more forgiving) before replacing long irons with hybrids.