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Last year, Ping released details of a new Ping i20 driver that hit the shelves in mid March 2012. The 460cc head has been designed to offer optimum forgiveness and the aerodynamic design should create greater clubhead speed through impact.
One of the key design features in the new Ping i20 driver is the crown. Designed to be more aerodynamic it should reduce drag to increase clubhead speed. The head however, should still provide Ping's trademark forgiveness thanks to the two tungsten sole weights that increase MOI and help improve launch conditions.
As with the rest of the woods in the range, the PING i20 driver has a striking matt black finish that is designed to reduce glare.
The Ping i20 driver is available with two different stock shaft options; a Ping TFC 707H for lower spinning shots or a Project X Black for a higher trajectory. The new Ping i20 driver will have a recommended retail price of £299.
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