Ping G Crossover review

Golf Monthly's Ping G Crossover review, a new category of club said to offer the spin and flight of a long iron with the distance and forgiveness of a hybrid

PING Crossover, Best Golf Hybrids And Utility Clubs 2017
Golf Monthly Verdict

Ping have opened up a new category with the Crossover and it’s an exciting addition to the G range. While mostly better players will gravitate towards it, the extra distance and versatility it offers over long irons as well as the stronger flight and lower spin compared to a hybrid make it a club mid handicappers should also consider at the top end of their bag.

Reasons to buy
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    A versatile, forgiving option off the tee and fairway that fits the gap between your long iron and fairway wood.

Reasons to avoid
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    It's target golfer may have preferred less offset

Golf Monthly's Ping G Crossover review, a new category of club said to offer the spin and flight of a long iron with the distance and forgiveness of a hybrid

Ping G Crossover review

The new Ping G Crossover has been designed to offer the ball speed and distance of a hybrid along with the penetrating flight and spin of a long iron.

Ping are keen to stress it’s not a driving iron but it certainly looks similar to one behind the ball at address due to the amount of the rear of the clubhead you can see. There’s significant offset and a thick topline as you would expect from a club of this type and it comes in a dark finish.

Ping G Crossover

Where this club differs significantly from a driving iron is the height of the trajectory. Driving irons tend to fly quite low whereas the Crossover offers a much higher ball flight, slightly lower than a hybrid of the same loft.

It also differs in the forgiveness it offer. The Crossover offers much higher levels of forgiveness than a long iron or driving iron and as a result there’s arguably more abilities of golfer that could potentially put one in the bag.

A case can be made that the Crossover solves the problem for golfers who don’t hit their long irons long or straight consistently, perhaps their four irons goes a similar distance to their five iron, and the Crossover therefore offers the extra distance and stopping power as well as less of a tendency to miss to the left.

Ping G Crossover toe weighting

Distance was certainly impressive. We tested the 21° 4 Crossover and experienced distances totaling 235 yards. So if you want to replace your 4-iron, the 5-Crossover should still give you the extra distance, while fitting in nicely between your 5-iron and hybrid or fairway wood.

The versatility of the Crossover is also worth mentioning. It’s much easier to hit than a long iron off the tee and the larger face makes it a viable option on tight par fours and long par threes. The relative low spin also makes it a strong option in windy conditions.

The Crossover iron will come with either the Alta High Balance Point graphite shaft or the Ping AWT 2.0 steel shaft and with loft options at 18° (3), 21° (4) and 24° (5). The RRP is £180 and it will go on sale from February 11th.

Joel Tadman
Joel Tadman

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. 

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSi3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and a Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x