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Ping i25 Fairways and Hybrids review
01 Feb 2014
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Early in 2014, Ping unveiled its new i25 line. Complete with a driver, fairway woods, hybrids and irons, the i25 series has opened to positive reviews.

Let's dig into Ping's i25 Fairways and Hybrids:

FIRST REACTIONS

I thought that the i25 Fairway offer a great look at address. The racing stripe decals give a great alignment aide that seem to really help get you square. The club has a smooth feel along with a nice sound at impact for confidence and feedback. The new thinner, deeper face adds a noticeable increase in both forgiveness and ball speed compared to the i20.

The i25 hybrids are set up more offset than the series' fairway woods. The new hosel configuration is to account for the stronger loft than the previous i20 hybrids - - an increase of 1 degree. As a result, the new i25 hybrids deliver higher ball flight and added distance than their predecessor.

SPECS

The i25 Fairway was engineered to deliver performance that would meet the needs of a mid-to-low-handicapper. With a low center of gravity, the i25 promotes a low spin shot making an overall flatter trajectory.

Ping has kept the traditional 17-4 stainless steel as their previous models but have created a thinner and deeper face, which promotes faster ball speeds across the face. With the weight saved from the thinner walls, Ping was able to increase MOI by seven percent compared to the previous i20 model, according to the manufacturer.

PHOTO GALLERY: PING i25 FAIRWAYS & HYBRIDS


The i25 fairway woods have Ping's racing stripe decals, unique tungsten weighting on the sole, and a simple lightweight adjustable hosel. Ping offers these woods in three options: S3W (14 degrees), 3W (15 degree), and 5W (18 degree).

The Hybrid is more compact than previous Ping models and has a reduced “bulge and roll”. Reducing the “bulge and roll” means reducing the curvature of the face which give golfers more control over their trajectory. The straighter leading edge and squared toe help aide in alignment.

Ping also introduced a hosel axis that is more forward than previous models. The offset helps promote a high launch, which, when combined with the reduced bulge and roll, helps improve consistency of flight.

The center of gravity has also been strategically-placed in the i25 Hybrids. In lower- lofted models, the CG is farther back to help with a higher launch. The higher-lofted heads have a CG that's moved forward, which leads towards reduced spin. The end result, of course, is better distance gapping and more consistency and control with these versatile clubs.

The Ping i25 hybrids are available in four loft options: 17, 19, 22, and 26-degree.

Additionally, both the Fairway and Hybrid i25 models feature Ping's new PWR (Performance, Weighting, Responsiveness) shaft options, which match weights and flex to a golfer's swing and desired shot shape. The i25 Fairway Woods include the PWR 55 (R, S, 48g), 65 (R, S, Tour S, Tour XS, 56-63g) and 75 (S, Tour S, Tour XS, 65-75g) while Hybrid options include the 80 (R, S, Tour S, 76-80g) and 90 (S, Tour S, and Tour XS, 85-90g), which are designed to have a consistent swing weight regardless of weight or flex.

CONS

With golf becoming a more personalized game it would be nice to see a few more custom options. The trajectory of this fairway wood is very low, flying balls on the green and having it stop would be a challenge for some mid-to-high handicap golfers. With the i25 Hybrid, adjustability and customization are also limited.

FINAL THOUGHT

I would recommend both clubs for someone who is looking for a solid fairway wood or hybrid. The i25 Fairway is a great option for off the tee or high ball hitters, delivering great feel and sound, along with a thinner face while the i25 Hybrid offers all the benefits of a performance hybrid.

Ping i25 Fairways and Hybrids are available now and retail at $249 and $219, respectively.
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