Ping Prodi G Junior Set Review
In the same way that high quality golf equipment can help adults improve the quality of their ball striking, the same must be true for juniors. As you would expect, PING takes this area of its product range very seriously and in the Prodi G line, the brand offers many of the same technologies you’ll find at play within its headline products, such as the PING G425 driver.
Custom-engineered to fit golfers aged 7-13 and between 4' 5" and 5' 2", they’re designed to help young players get the most enjoyment from the game.
To help with the testing process here I enlisted my son - a keen, fledgling 9 year-old golfer with a handicap of 36. Having started playing regularly over the last year, including getting weekly lessons, he’s developed a genuine interest and enjoyment for the game.
The first thing to say is that he immediately fell in love with the way the clubs look. The matt black finish and turbulators (with dragonfly technology) on the crown of the woods in particular were a real hit. In truth the whole set has a smart, professional green and black appearance that both parents and their children will enjoy.
We noticed an immediate jump in distance versus the assortment of different clubs he’d used previously. Without having to swing the club too fast (and lose control), he was able to find some extra flight and more distance both in terms of carry and roll. Of course, this added power ended up encouraging him to swing even faster and that caused a few issues with the strike but that’s all part of the journey every golfer needs to navigate. The best shots he’s hit have produced very impressive results and the encouragement he’s gained from this has been superb.
Our set make-up features an 22˚ 5-wood. This has become his favourite club in the line-up. Easy to hit from the tee and off the fairway, he’s been able to use this to hit some of the greens that were previously out of reach - always a good milestone!
The irons have a similar look and shape to what you’ll find from the current PING G425 model, albeit with a darker finish. These have been noticeably more forgiving than his previous irons and this, combined with the lightweight shafts have helped him improve the flight of his iron shots.
The premium look and feel of the set extends into the short game too. The VOSS putter has a classic Anser shape and the 56˚ wedge has the same familiar look you’ll find with the Glide 2.0 model. As my son develops his short game, clearly these clubs will come into their own.
For us, one of the biggest plus points of the PING Prodi G offering, you might be surprised to hear, is the bag. It is a compact stand bag but crucially it is big enough to sit on a trolley. In my experience, a trolley can really help a younger golfer get round the course and this bag has all the storage he needs without being too bulky or cumbersome to manoeuvre.
In my experience, the best golf club sets tend to come with well-made bags and this is evidence of that.
Value For Money
There’s another reason why we rate the Prodi G among the best golf club sets for kids. Ping has looked to address the frustration around the limited lifespan of junior golf clubs by offering a no-charge club adjustment service with the range.
When you buy five or more clubs in one transaction you are entitled to a one-time, no-charge service to have the clubs re-shafted or lengthened, re-weighted, and re-gripped at Ping to optimise performance as the golfer grows.
So, whilst making up a set can be a little expensive, initially, you are effectively getting two sets of clubs for the price of one – a major plus if your children get hooked on the game.
In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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