|Ping G5 driver|
In an ideal world I would have made the 100-mile journey to Ping’s European headquarters to be custom-fitted for the latest G5 driver. Instead, time constraints meant I had to supply my specifications (including preferred loft and shaft flex) in the hope that they could be matched to the driver.
And I wasn’t disappointed. Results from half a dozen rounds with the club, have been very satisfying with the most crucial factor – its accuracy.
My golfing colleagues tend to describe the ball flight I create as ‘wind-beating’, inferring it’s more suited to links than exposed parkland golf, where I perhaps don’t make the most of recent wet conditions.
However, over 30 years I’ve learned to manoeuvre the ball under any wind that threatens and I’m not about to change my tendency to de-loft the club at impact.
And a slower, measured backswing – keeping the hands slightly behind the ball – enables me to occasionally negotiate the longer carries demanded on downwind holes where fairway bunkers and hazards can be a factor.
While so far, it has not been not possible to detect any serious increase in length off the tee, the G5 still enables me to keep up with some players at least 20 years my junior in blustery conditions when accuracy is key.
I’d hoped it would also pass my personal litmus test of easy launch from a fairway lie, but so far it’s not quite in the class as the Cobra SS 430, TaylorMade r7 425 and Callaway Big Bertha. But I’m working on it.
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