First impression: Ping G15 driver

Draw version to easy to hit on a high arc flight

Richard Green
Mon, 10 Aug 2009

Ping has always been a pioneer of top quality driving clubs and its latest versions, launched this week are no exception. We've been getting our first impressions of the new G15 driver

Ping G15 driver
Specifications:The 460cc titanium head has a larger face than its predecessor and is longer front to back than the G10. It features Ping’s ultra thin crown enabling an external sole weight to lower the centre of gravity and deliver higher trajectories and reduced spin. The Ping-designed TFC149D high balance point shaft also helps claim higher ball speeds and less twisting at impact. It's available in four lofts ( 9, 10.5, 12 and 13.5 degrees), three draw versions ( 9, 10.5 and 12) and upto four flexes
Price:£249 (graphite only)

Ping G15 driver - longer, wider, more forgiving

Ping says its new G15 driver - already creating scoring history in the bag of Mark Calcavecchia, who fired a Tour-record nine successive birdies in the recent Canadian Open - has been engineered for golfers seeking maximum forgiveness as well as distance and accuracy.

Looks: Both the Ping G15 and its Ping i15 brother might be 460cc and conform to all the laws of the game but that is where the similarity ends. The Ping G15 driver is longer and wider. Although having a face that is seven per-cent larger than the G10 doesn’t sound a lot, there is just so much to aim at. At address is sits beautifully behind the ball, although not perfectly square because there are so many options (four lofts, three draw options) that you can easily choose a model that suits your eye.

Feel/performance: I was particularly taken with the 10.5 draw version of the Ping G15, which while being quite offset was so easy to hit on a nice, high ball arc. The noise has been tuned a bit as well, the result being a satisfying crack as the ball literally pings off the face.

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