First impression: Ping G15 hybrids

'Feels so stable and solid through impact'

Richard Green
Mon, 10 Aug 2009

Ping's is launching its G15 and i15 range of hybrids this month together with G15 and i15 drivers, irons and fairway metals. is one of the first sites to get its hands on them so here are our first impressions:

Ping G15 hybrids
Specifications:A large internal toe pad expands the perimeter weighting and the shape features an iron-style face and hosel design to position the centre of gravity closer to the face to increase launch angle and reduce spin. Hosel adjustable plus/minus two degrees to further customise. Lofts 17, 20, 23, 27 and 31 degrees
Price:£120 (steel), £135 (graphite)

Distinctive looks of the G15 hybrid

The Ping G15 hybrid, says the makers, is engineered as a high-launching, forgiving alternative to long and mid irons. They add that it's forgiving and longest hybrid ever.

Looks: In keeping with the distinction between the Ping G15 and Ping i15 series, the two new hybrids are markedly different, in terms of both performance and appearance. Given the evolution of hybrid design in recent years, at first glance the G15 doesn’t even look like a utility club, bearing more resemblance to a driving iron. It looks long in the face and has very little in the way of bulge or roll. But this is all to the players’ advantage because the resistance to twisting at impact has been improved by 50%.

Feel/performance:And when you inevitably mishit the Ping G15 hybrid or catch it a bit toey, you really feel the difference. It still just feels so stable and solid through impact - almost as if just making contact with any part of the face will work to its advantage. With weight and CG (centre of gravity) being so low in the head, the ball gets airborne really quickly and is perfect for lengthier par-3s where both distance and soft-landing are comfortably achievable. The range of lofts is impressive, too, with five options going up in three degree increments from 17 to 31 degrees. If you struggle with the longer irons, you can potentially replace 4, 5 and even 6-irons and really feel the benefit.

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