Published on January 2nd, 2014 | by 2nd Swing0
PING i25 Hybrids
Summary: The look is stealthy and compact, while the playability just continues to improve in one of PING's emerging category strengths.
PING has made some huge inroads into the better-players hybrid market recently, even before Phil Mickelson put a 17° Anser hybrid into his bag for the 2013 Open Championship, and PING’s lead engineer Marty Jertson says that Tour players are even more “stoked” for the i25 hybrids. That’s right: stoked. His words.
The i25’s are a blend between a hybrid iron and the metalwood-style hybrids that have been popular recently. On the iron side, there’s the flattish face, straighter leading edge and more compact frame overall than most hybrids. But then there’s the substantial offset, and the internal structure of the club meant to elevate launch angles and lower spin like a metalwood. Jertson identifies the philosophy as “a lot of the same physics principles that [PING] used to design the G15 and G20 hybrids, but in a much more cosmetically appealing package.”
No racing stripes here. The matte-black crown has a very traditional look that complements the smaller head to a tee. Rather than opening the face to try and prevent a miss to the left for right-handed golfers (as PING has tried in the past with i-Series hybrids), the face angle here is pretty much square, which looks more workable and performs that way, too.
Not only are the i25 hybrids available in four different lofts – 17°, 19°, 22° and 26° — but there are also two different stock shaft weights in PING’s proprietary PWR (Performance, Weighting, Responsiveness) shaft, an 80-gram version and a 90-gram. Picking between the two can affect trajectory and side-to-side shot dispersion while maintaining a consistent swingweight, so you can make the same swing for each shaft weight. You can pre-order these hybrids now (they ship in mid-February) and talk with our expert fitters to determine which loft and shaft option is going to offer the best performance for your needs this season.