Published on June 12th, 2013 | by Darren Caster0
Review: PING G25 Fairway Woods
I must confess, I have been peeking in golf bags lately. I am interested in the mix of clubs that most people carry, and have seen a shift over the last few years to fewer irons and fewer fairway woods with more hybrids and rescue clubs in residence. That being said, fairway woods still have a place in almost every bag. For me a good fairway wood must perform a couple of important tasks: first, it must hit well off the tee to help with those situations where my driver would get me into trouble; and second, it must be capable of hitting out of less-than-perfect lies. Let’s face it, my fairways-in-regulation numbers dictate that often I’ll be hitting out of the rough. I recently had the opportunity to demo the 2013 PING G25 fairway woods on the range and on the course and was very pleased with the results.
I am a big fan of the PING G25 driver, So much so that one now resides in my golf bag. I was hoping that the positive things I liked about the driver — forgiveness, distance, low spin — would be present in the G25 fairway woods, and was relieved to find that they are. These characteristics seem to permeate the entire G25 line.
Look & Feel
One word comes to mind when looking at the G25: stealthy. If you like flashy…this is not a club for you. The traditionally shaped head has a non-reflective, matte black finish with an easily visible alignment mark. Hits are smooth with a little different sound that most fairways, almost muted. Feedback to the hands is clear without being bothersome. I really liked the stock 360 ID8 grip on the G25; it feels good in the hands and doesn’t move around when striking the ball.
Distance & Accuracy
In comparison to my current 3-wood, the G25 3-wood checked in about 20 yards longer on average and much straighter. Similar to the driver, the fairways launch the ball with minimal ball spin, which result in straighter shots. Just for a little game with myself at the range, I sighted between two trees about 10 feet apart and tried to see how many I could land. Amazingly enough that was about 8 out of 10, and the ones that I didn’t hit weren’t too far off line. Launch angle was moderate to high, but rollout seemed to be pretty good. This accuracy continued out on the course; the G25 is not picky about lie, it did well out of the rough with no loss of distance.
Forgiveness & Control
Forgiveness is the buzzword around the entire G25 line, and the fairway woods are no exception. It was easy to keep the ball in the sweet spot, and even hits low on the face resulted in acceptable shots. Less than perfect hits stayed straight with some lost distance, but the mishits were few with this club. I had some difficulty getting a good draw out of the G25 but slight cut shots were effortless, admittedly this was probably more me than the club. All in all, I would say these clubs would be an excellent choice for the mid to high handicapper, with enough zip to keep the low handicapper interested as well.
Forgiveness, great distance and accuracy, the ability to hit from less-than-perfect lies (read “rough”) combined with PING quality all add up to a solid fairway wood offering in the PING G25. I like the simple understated look of the G25 and I think its performance will speak for itself. With a wide range of customization options available, it is worthwhile to get a fitting from the great folks at 2nd Swing.