Ping G5 driver

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Wed, 29 Mar 2006

Ping G5 driver
Contact:www.pingeurope.co.uk
Technology:460cc standard titanium head; internal weighting to re-positions the centre of gravity for lower spin rates and sharper launch angle. Offered in 7.5, 9, 10.5, 12 and 13.5 loft and TFC100D (standard), Aldila NV 65 and Grafalloy ProLaunch 65 shafts. G5 Offset driver also available in 9, 10.5 and 12 degree lofts for right-handers.
Price:£249


Ping G5 driver – one of the best

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.

The Golfmagic Verdict
Rating:8.5/10
Summary: This club’s G2 predecessor never quite got my attention as it has other GM members (as the most reviewed driver on Golfmagic.com) but with its confidence-inspiring 460 cc head and forgiving standard TFC100D graphite shaft, it’s among the top half-dozen drivers I’ve tested in the past two years.

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