The Ping G20 is one of the most forgiving and consistent drivers on the market, so if you want to drive the ball further down the fairway this could be the driver for you. Now Ping is known for some the most well engineered and highest performing clubs on the market. With an aerodynamic Titanium face and external weight placement in the sole, this driver is specially designed for the average golfer looking to improve their performance on the links.
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- Some of the best golfers in the world are using the Ping G20. Initially making its public debut in 2012, pros such as Lee Westwood, Kirk Triplett and D.J. Bringman have used the Ping G20 in PGA Tournaments. Most famously Bubba Watson won the 2012 Masters using a Pink G20 Driver.
- The Ping G20 has external weighting which helps to launch the ball high with very low spin. This is due to the external weight placement in the sole that lowers the center of gravity significantly, thus allowing for the golfer to swing a heavier clubhead at the same MOI.
- The 460cc clubhead is designed to cut through the air with very little resistance which helps to increase the swing speed significantly.
Ping G20 Driver Detailed Review
Design and Technology
The G20 has been designed to give a player the two things most desired in a driver: high launch and low spin. If a golfer is able to maximize these things, then they will be sure to find themselves having greater distance off of the tee. This breakthrough is accomplished by the optimization of the center of gravity by use of an external weight. Additionally, the G20’s large multi-thickness face produces greater ball speed and an increase in MOI allowing for greater forgiveness.
The biggest question I had going into this review was what PING plugged with this driver: high launching with low spin. I usually hit the ball a bit too low, and thought that my spin rate was fine. But after hitting the G20 at the driving range, I found that the ball took off much higher, and dropped ever so slightly. My other concern was that due to the launch characteristics, I was afraid I would lose some of my accuracy. However, I realized that my concerns were unfounded, and my accuracy stayed the same as when I hit my normal driver. If I had one knock on the G20 it is that I didn’t get the normal feedback as I have with other drivers in the past.
Ping G20 Driver
- Power is distributed across the entire face
- Club face give a high launch angle for greater distance.
- Very forgiving design that provides better control
- Design is uninspiring and a little dated
- Suitable for golfers with high swing speed
- No adjustability as with other Drivers
There is quite a variety of lofts you can get with the G20. The lofts include 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees. Surprisingly all of the head weight the same at 204g and have a swing weight of D3. PING only gives you two standard options on the shafts, the PING TFC 169D and the Tour version of the shaft. The tour versions have a bit less rotation and a little extra weight. I went with PING TFC 169D shaft for this review and found it just about perfect for my swing speed.
As you can probably guess, I think the G20 is great. I haven’t taken it out of my bag since I purchased it, and it is becoming a contender for a full time spot in my bag. To be honest, this is the first PING driver that has lasted more than a couple of months, and it is definitely work trying. It’s exactly as advertised and will give you a bit higher launch angle with too much spin. There are many drivers to choose from in the Ping line, and the g20 is a moderately priced “game improvement” driver that will give you the power and forgiveness you need to better your game.
Ping G20 Driver Video Review
How Does the Ping G20 Driver Compare?
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TaylorMade Rocketballz RBZ Driver
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GX7 Golf Club
The GX7 Golf Club is amazing little club, even though it is “As Seen on TV”. We all know that the hardest part of golf is being consistent, especially when we are hitting off of the tee box. That is why the pros are the pros, and we are amateurs. But have you ever wondered if the reason why you are not consistent when hitting off the tee box is because you are using the same golf club that the pros use, and not a golf club made for amateurs. Well this is the exact theory behind the GX7 Golf Club. A golf club made for amateurs that provides the hitting consistency of a pro. So if you can get over the fact that the GX7 is a “As Seen on TV” Golf Club, you might be amazed by what this little club can do. The GX7 Golf Club is a great driver for a high handicap golfer looking to improve their game both on and off the tee box.
Should You Buy the Ping G20 Driver
You really can’t go wrong with the Ping name. So, if you are looking for a great club without any frills or a fancy design that can just get the job done, then this “game improvement driver” is the club for you.