Review: Ping i20 Driver
During my rounds with the i20 I had very good results, except for 9-holes or so. Initially, I was hitting it really well, long and straight, for 2 rounds, but for about 9 holes in the middle of my 3rd round, my driver swing was out of
sorts and the results of the i20 was a little all over the place. After my swing came back, I was bombing the i20 again. I found that on average for 18 holes I would hit 12 awesome drives and 2 so-so drives. I think it was mostly
based on the swing, but the i20 is not as forgiving for poor swings like the g20 is.
The best part of the i20 is the solid feel. It might be the best feeling/sounding driver right now. It is so solid. The crack at impact is so pure. While the g20 was a tad on the hollow side, the i20 feels so solid; like the 2 tungsten weights on the back of the head just go all the way through the ball.
I found this to be a fairly low launching and a low spinning head. I hit really strong drives that flew on a mid-trajectory and hit the ground running. It was not extremely low launching or spinning, but just that right amount for the better players to get the most out of their driver. I spent a little time on a launch monitor with this club and got near ideal numbers. With a 9.5 degree head I was seeing 12.4* launch angle, 148mph ball speed and 2525rpm backspin.
The Project X Black shaft is new for 2012. I ‘m really impressed by this shaft. It has a little better/smoother feel than the original Project X graphite shaft. It is also a little higher launching so it will fit a wider variety of golfers. The spin isn’t quite as low as the original either, but paired with the i20 head, the numbers were just perfect for me (see above).
On a couple of my rounds with this driver, I let some other golfers hit the i20 and they fell in love with it. One golfer went out the next day and was looking into getting his own. Another was really happy hitting it too, even though his
swing wasn’t in best form. He just loved the solid feel and it was even out performing his current driver.
Ping also completes the package with a great headcover. It is nicely shaped, has a long sock that protects the shaft
and has a strap like handle that makes it easy to remove. Pings ID-8 grips are also really nice. I’ve had them now on a number of my clubs, drivers and irons and really like them. It is a version of a Tour Velvet grip, but with more
The i20 isn’t the most forgiving driver on the market but it offers incredible feel, distance and looks.
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