Published on January 2nd, 2014 | by 2nd Swing1
PING i25 Driver
Summary: We love the subtle and effective racing-stripe alignment. More forgiving than the i20 without losing any playability.
PING isn’t calling the i25 driver a “player’s driver.” You see, it’s too forgiving to get boxed into one of those narrow categories that we usually like products to fit into. That’s a key point to keep in mind to understand why PING made some seemingly out-of-character aesthetic choices to what many expected would be a driver that looked like it was made with the traditionalist in mind. We’re talking about the crown, of course.
There’s a lot to cover with the PING i25 driver, but let’s start with probably the most burning question you have: what’s going on with the racing stripes? Maybe, like us, you didn’t think that PING would ever try to jump into the crown-graphics conversation with some of the more flamboyant OEM’s. After hearing lead engineer Marty Jertson explain the logic behind the stripes, we have to admit that it makes a lot of sense. PING added the stripes as an alignment aid, using as a template the racecar decals that keep speed-obsessed drag racers pointed in the exact right direction to get from Point A to Point B in as little time as possible.
Let’s move on to the other elements of the driver.
Like the last few PING drivers to have been released, the i25 has an adjustable hosel that can increase or decrease club loft by a half-degree. PING has refused to sacrifice other areas of performance to get into the adjustability game, so the hosel itself has the same mass and shape as other non-adjustable drivers in the past.
As in the other i25 clubtypes, dense plugs of tungsten play their part in helping increase the clubhead’s moment of inertia, resulting in better forgiveness. In the driver, the tungsten weighting is in the sole, which lowers the center of gravity and decreases the amount of spin. Less spin, in turn, results in more carry and rollout. In the i25, you’ve got a longer, more forgiving driver than the most recent i-Series offering, the i20.
The Ti 8-1-1 clubhead is 207 grams, and the stock graphite shafts PING offers are called PWR (Performance, Weighting, Responsiveness), available in 55-, 65- and 75-gram weights. The cool thing (and, in terms of performance, most important) is that the shafts are engineered so that the overall swingweight of the club stays at a consistent D3. This allows you to experiment with shaft profiles that can reduce your slice or draw, or help you get the ball higher in the air, all while maintaining the natural rhythm of your swing. The best way to find the right shaft profile to match your tendencies is through a fitting, and who better to entrust that process to than the PING Fitters of the Year you’ll talk to in 2nd Swing stores or over the phone at (612) 216-4152.
The i25 driver is now available for pre-order in 8.5°, 9.5°, and 10.5° lofts. The driver’s starting price at retail is $400.