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2014 Ping i25 Hybrid Review

2014 Ping i25 Hybrid Review

2014 Ping i25 Hybrid: $219.99

Since its inception, the Ping i-Series has always been aimed at the better player who still needs a little forgiveness, and the i25 hybrid falls perfectly into that category.

 

Within the Ping line, the i25 is listed in the game improvement category.  Although it will not be as forgiving as the Ping G25, the i25 Hybrid is lower launching and lower spinning, while still providing more forgiveness than the Ping Rapture Driving Iron. And while the Rapture Driving Iron is limited to just one loft, the i25 offers four different lofts (17, 19, 22 and 26).

Technology

The 17-4 stainless steel of the i25 Hybrid gives it a compact look and feel while still being weighted properly to create maximum forgiveness in relation to its size. The compressed profile and shorter heel-toe length also improves turf interaction, giving the ball a more consistent flight on heavy or thin shots.

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The Ping i25 Hybrid will directly compete with the TaylorMade SLDR, the Callaway X2 Hot Pro, and Adams 2014 XTD Ti hybrids. And it is similar to its competitors’ price points… I see this being one of the top-selling hybrids in 2014.

Look (4 Stars)

The i25 Hybrid is one of the best looking hybrids on the market. With the matte-black finish and compact size, it’s appealing to the eye for players of all caliber. Unlike the i25 Driver and i25 Fairway, Ping did not incorporate the racing stripe on its hybrid. It was unnecessary based on the size.

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There was a small amount of offset at address, which may give some players the thought of the dreaded “hooking hybrid.” That’s why the rating was limited to 4 stars. A squared-off toe promotes accurate aim and alignment. As usual, the Ping stock shafts and grips also complement the overall look of the club nicely.

Performance (5 Stars)

Although the look of the Ping i25-Series is top notch, the performance is even better. The very first thing I noticed while hitting it was the consistency between mishits and flush hits. A few that were hit thin, I thought flew just as well as some it hit in the center of the face.

The slight offset hurts the look of the club, but it is designed to help heighten the launch angle — and it did just that.  As someone who hits the ball low in general, this definitely helped my ball flight. For those that have hit the Ping G25 Hybrid, the sound and feel to the i25 Hybrid were similar.

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The sound is soft and the feel even softer. Ping was looking for a medium-high trajectory, which is exactly how my ball flight performed. The company also was looking for forgiveness and nailed that right on the head while keeping the spin low. From the 17 degree all the way through the 26 degree lofts, the center of gravity moved closer to the face to flatten out the trajectory and reduce spin. Those factors should increase the likelihood of putting multiple i25 Hybrids in the bag.

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The stock Ping PWR (performance, weighting, responsiveness) shafts are offered in 80 and 90 grams but will not alter the swingweight. These two weights will allow consumers to optimize their desired ball flight.

 Final Thoughts (5 Stars)

In all likelihood, this club will go in my bag. The look is ideal for my eye, and the performance suits my game perfectly. Consumers of all levels will love the sleek look of the Ping i25 Hybrid and even more will enjoy its performance on the course. With the loft selections and shaft options, most players should be able to fill in the gaps in their bag while optimizing ball flight. I see this being one of the top-selling hybrids in 2014.

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