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2014 PING i25 PWR Shafts Review
New PING i25 PWR shaft line: $249.99 or $399.99 (For now, the shafts only come stock for i25 fairways and drivers.)
The performance, weighting, responsiveness (PWR) shaft family that PING introduced this year with the new i25 driver and fairway woods line has revolutionized the fitting process.
The PING PWR shaft line includes three different shaft weights to fit every player. These shaft weights consist of a 55-gram, 65-gram and 75-gram options. To make it easier on the player, these shafts also are identifiable by graphics.
The 55-gram shaft has red graphics; the 65-gram shaft has silver graphics, and the 75-gram shaft has a dark-gray finish. Each of these shafts will be offered in both the PING i25 drivers and fairways. The ultimate goal for PING was to create a shaft that fully compliments the design of the driver and fairway wood heads, but also to enhance the fitting process in terms of ball flight.
PING has always made different clubheads to fit the needs for different players. Now that PING has created this line of i25 PWR shafts for all types of players, the fitting process will only get more precise.
PING i25 PWR shaft, 55 grams
The 55-gram shaft is offered in two different flexes; regular and stiff. From a swing-speed perspective, this shaft is designed for someone with a medium- to medium-high swing speed, which is 80 to 90 mph.
The main advantage of this shaft is to appeal to the player who hits the ball low with a fade miss. Because of the lighter weighting, this shaft will enable any player to hit the ball higher and produce a ball flight to help correct a fade.
A major aspect to this shaft is that it maintains the same swing weight (D3) as the other two shafts in the PING i25 PWR line. It has a lower balance point, or center of gravity (CG), in the shaft to produce the same feel as any other weighted shaft within the PING i25 PWR line. The balance point falls an inch lower than the balance point in the 65-gram shaft and two inches lower than the 75-gram shaft.
PING i25 PWR shaft, 65 grams
The 65-gram shaft is offered in all shaft flexes for PING, which include Regular, Stiff, S Tour and X Tour. With regards to swing speed, this shaft is designed for the player that has a medium- to very-high swing speed (or from 80 to 110-plus mph).
This shaft also will appeal to a player that has a medium trajectory and hits the ball very straight. Because this shaft will have the same swing weight as a 55 gram and a 75 gram, the balance point falls right in between the 55-gram and 75-gram shafts. Or it’s an inch higher than the 55-gram shaft and an inch lower than the 75-gram shaft.
PING i25 PWR shaft, 75 grams
The 75-gram shaft is offered in three flexes for PING. These are Stiff, S Tour and X Tour. This shaft will appeal to the player that has high- to very-high swing speeds (90 to 110-plus mph). From a performance standpoint, the 75-gram shaft is designed for a player that wants to hit the ball lower and eliminate a hook.
The heavier weighting will bring down the launch angle and spin rate, fitting a player in that optimal window for better performance.
Focusing on the 75-gram X Tour shaft, this was tour-inspired with an equivalency of most after-market tour shafts tipped an inch. It is safe to say that this shaft is a beast. Comparing where the balance point of this shaft is in relation to the 55-gram and 65-gram shafts, it is located two inches above a 55 gram and one inch above a 65 gram.
The PING PWR Difference
According to PING, if the balance points in these three shafts were all in the same position, the 75-gram shaft would be 2.8 swing weights heavier than the 55-gram shaft and 1.6 swing weights heavier than the 65-gram shaft.
In all previous PING TFC shafts, the balance points were all the same, creating large inconsistencies in swing weight. This swing weight difference would be a major reason for extreme misses either left or right.
A higher swing weight will produce a shot with a fade or slice, and a lighter swing weight will produce a shot of a draw or hook. Now that PING has corrected this in the PWR line by varying the balance points, players will experience more consistent shots no matter what shaft they choose.
PING has always made different clubheads to fit the needs for different players. Now that PING has created this line of shafts for all types of players, the fitting process will only get more precise.
When we are fitting the fairway woods from the driver we choose, the fitting process has gotten easier as well. PING states that 57 percent of players fit into the same shaft weight as their driver. PING says that 28 percent of players fit into a heavier shaft desiring more control, 15 percent of players fit into a lighter shaft desiring higher launch.
The key here is that you can alter the weight of the shaft to a player’s liking, but the swing weight will never change. Just like the driver, this creates the same feel and consistency on all PING i25 PWR shafts while allowing us to receive the desired ball flight. A win on all levels.
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