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PING i25 Driver

PING i25 Driver

PRE-ORDER THE PING i25 DRIVER NOW

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.

The Crown

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.

There’s more going on there than you think: because of the visual distortions inherent in an aerodynamically contoured crown, simply throwing a couple straight lines on the crown would have a resulted in a very skewed look at address. Instead, PING engineers had to think about how the club tilts in a golfer’s hands at the typical 45-degree angle made with the ground, then draw each line so that it looks straight when looking at the club from that perspective. From this angle the subtle stripes roll out like a runway, with your ball waiting at the end, ready for takeoff. That’s why you’ll see the racing stripes on the driver and fairway woods, but not the hybrids – there’s not enough depth to the hybrid crown to achieve that same effect and make the stripes be meaningfully helpful.

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Let’s move on to the other elements of the driver.

Adjustability

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.

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Spin

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.

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Final Thoughts

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.

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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.

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  • […] you’ve probably noticed, the PING i25 fairway woods utilize the same racing-stripe concept as the driver. Here’s how lead PING engineer Marty Jertson described the research behind these crown graphics […]


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