Ping i25 fairway wood and hybrid review

Our gear expert casts his eye over Ping's i25 fairways and hybrids

Ping i25 fairway and hybrid review
Ping i25 fairway

Our gear expert tests some Ping product and gives his i25 fairway wood and hybrid review

Above, our gear expert tests some Ping product and gives his i25 fairway wood and hybrid review.

i25 fairway wood:

The 17-4 stainless steel i25 woods now have a taller face and lower centre of gravity to increase ball speed and help reduce spin for added distance.

The taller face also enlarges the hitting area increasing confidence of the tee.

The patented race stripes help with alignment, adjustable lofts customize fitting and the first-of-its-kind PWR shaft family optimizes the trajectory and feel. The racing stripes also help assist in setup consistency.

Ping i25 fairway wood gallery

Ping i25 hybrid gallery

You can add or subtract half a degree of loft to the 14 ° or 15°, and 18° heads using Ping's Trajectory Tuning Technology, helping increase launch angle and spin rate.

Ping's proprietary PWR shafts (55g, 65g, 75g) in the i25 fairway woods vary in stiffness profile, allowing club-weight to change, but swing-weight to stay the same.

The lighter shafts will help to hit the ball higher and reduce fade-type misses, whereas the heavier versions help lower trajectory and reduce draw-type misses.

This i25 fairway is incredibly versatile from tee to green and can be adjusted to adapt to the course's condition.

Ping i25 hybrids:

The i25 hybrids combine the look of an iron with the performance and reliability of a hybrid. The compressed profile and straight lead edge make the clubs closer to an iron, enabling more ease with aim and control.

With a narrow head and squared off toe, the head design promotes better turf interaction and solid contact from all conditions.

A more-forward hosel axis than a traditional hybrid promotes a high-launch and low-spin trajectory for maximizing distance.

The PWR shaft family includes 80- and 90-gram weight versions, with six options spread across four flexes.

The i25 hybrid combines a classic, traditional shape with modern technology to create an aesthetically-pleasing product packed full of performance benefits.

Ping's i25 hybrids come in 17, 19, 22 and 26-degree models with an RRP of £185.

The hybrids and fairway woods went on sale in February 2014

Nick Bonfield
Nick Bonfield

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel with The Masters and USPGA respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x