By Mike Stachura
Ping G-series of metalwoods have long been about forgiveness, and the sixth generation G25 travels down that same path with the added bonus of bringing adjustability to its entry-level driver for the first time in company history.
The new G25 driver, which already has been put in play by Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan (both of whom are scheduled to use the new driver at this Hyundai Tournament of Champions), will feature the same three-way adjustability feature found on this summer's Anser driver. The G25 comes in four lofts (8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees) and each loft can be adjusted by plus or minus one-half degree. Ping made an effort to keep the adjustable hosel from being a distraction by keeping the hosel the same diameter and mass as hosels on Ping's non-adjustable drivers. According to the company, the G25 positions the CG lower and farther back than any Ping driver in company history, and boasts a moment of inertia measurement that's 10 percent higher than the G20. The design benefits from an ultra-thin crown and body made of 8-1-1 titanium and a variable-thickness 6-4 titanium face insert for improved off-center ballspeeds.
The G25 line also includes new fairway wood and hybrid designs. Like the driver, the fairway woods feature the lowest and farthest back centers of gravity in Ping history. The 17-4 stainless steel head comes in four lofts (15, 16.5, 18 and 21 degrees). The G25 hybrid moves away from the compact iron-like look of the G15 and G20, opting for a more traditional, wider-soled wood-like shape. The center of gravity on each of the five lofts (17, 20, 23, 27 and 31 degrees) changes progressively so that the lower lofts feature a CG that's lower and farther back for forgiveness and the higher lofts utilize a CG that's slightly closer to the face in an effort to limit ballooning and excessive spin.
Available in mid-February, the G25 driver has an MSRP of $385 in Ping's proprietary TFC 189D graphite shaft. The G25 fairway wood will be available at an MSRP of $255 in Ping's proprietary TFC 189F graphite shaft, and the G25 hybrid will be available at an MSRP of $220 in Ping's proprietary TFC 189H graphite shaft.