Martin Hopley

The Ping G25 driver is the next evolution of Ping G range of drivers, but as with all products that are the number 1 sellers in the market, it can leave you with the conundrum of how you can continue to evolve it without messing with the formula that made it so successful in the first place.

Ping have added adjustability the the G25 driver for the first time and this is a good thing. When Ping added adjustability to the Anser driver, the designers were under strict instructions not to change the shape or internal dynamics of the head. They managed this and came up with Ping's adjustbale hosel that weighs the same as the previous one and this now appears in the G25 driver.

The hosel works on the principle of locking the shaft in place through contours on the shaft tip rather than grooves and it can sometimes be a little stiff to remove the head because of this. However as it is only 0.5 degrees up or down it is more of a fine tuning option to help bridge the gaps between all the various head lofts to give you the trajectory that suits you the best.

There are some sublte changes to the head shape of the G25 driver from the G20 driver. It is slightly longer front to back and now looks a fraction triangular. It is also taller at the face and the sole weight at the back is less pronounced and not as tall. These are all small changes to improve the performance of the club, but unfortunately it does not do much for the sound which as a result of the new shape is a little more piercing than before.

The driver sits well at address and even though it seems to want to fall open when you ground it, it does stay square. This could be because the more subtle shaping around the sole weight allows the camber of the sole to work with the adjustable hosel as the change in loft changes the lie fractionally.

The Ping G25 driver still gives you all the forgiveness you are used to from their G drivers. The trajectory of the G25 driver was similar to the G20 and the flight was maybe a little stronger. The G25 comes with a very good TFC189 shaft that is the same weight as the previous TFC169 at 58 grams in the stiff flex we tried. It's stability seemed good although for some reason it did feel a little heavier when swinging the club even though everything else is the same.

Visually the charcoal finish looks good and you could be forgiven for thinking you had picked up a 'lite' version of the Ping Anser driver. And that is the issue with the G25 driver. The Anser will cost you more, but it has the same adjustability in a driver that sounds, feel and goes better. So start saving.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars
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Ping G25 Driver - Product Details

UK Launch15 February 2013
USA Launch15 February 2013
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°
Right Handed Lofts8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°
Head Volume460 cc
Weight205 grams
Club Length45.75 inches
Swing WeightD3
Shaft NameTFC 189D or TFC 80D
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft WeightSoft Regular (48g), Regular (53g), Stiff (58g), Tour Stiff (60g), Tour X-Stiff (64g)
Grip360 ID8
Manufacturer's WebsitePing Website

User Reviews

August 2018

Five years later, this club beats the newer clubs I have tested and owned. Long and forgiving, I should have bought this 5 years ago!

Oh, Man... What a difference!
February 2018

I've been a wreck off of the tee my entire golfing life. I keep golf ball companies in business. I fall into the category of "Wow - that would have been a great drive. If it went straight." I've bought, tested, and tossed drivers by every manufacturer... You get the picture. Most recently I had been hitting a Cobra Fly Z. Same result. I hated driving on intersecting fairways. Eventually I gave up, hit the 3, and avoided eye contact. Last year I decided yet again to try something else. I got a good deal on the G25. And. Have. Not. Looked. Back. I'm pretty sure I've lost 5 or so yards in distance. But I can't lose a ball. What used to slice just ends up in the right of the fairway. What used to hook - the left. I love this club and will not replace it. Ever.

December 2017

I had great luck with Callaway, Cobra, and TaylorMade drivers over the years until I tried an used Ping G25 with 53gr R shaft and I love it ever since. Purchased the used one for only $99 at a local PGA Super Store and it is THE best driver in my collection. Thanks Ping...I need to remember to tee up the ball higher than usual then I am able to hit the sweet spot every time. My swing is only 85mph but I can achieve a distance between 245 - 260 yards.

February 2017

Driver launches ball a little high into the wind. Very playable on off center hits. Toe hooks flatten out.

January 2017

Absolutely love G 25 driver. Better than the G30 and the new G.

January 2017

I had been playing a Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond driver and it was just too low spinning for me. I had been hitting balls in the practice bay at a PGA Superstore close to my home. The bays are close to the used club racks. I saw and hit a Ping G25 driver several days in a row. It was consistently one of the longest drivers I hit. Definitely, one of straightest - if not the straightest. It was loud - which put me off a little at first. i went back this morning hoping it was still there. It was! To be sure I hit several used drivers and the new Callaway Epic. The Ping gave me the longest drive - with the possible exception of the Epic. I went ahead and got it.

January 2017

Hit a used one at the golf store and it was incredibly straight and long. It was so easy to hit.

December 2016

Ping can't do anything wrong in my opinion. The G25's are the best clubs I've used especially the irons. Don't know weather its a coincidence or what but my handicap has dropped 5 shots since I have purchased these clubs into single figures now and loving it

December 2015

5 star driver. Make sure you pay attention to the shaft selection if your a strong player consider a custom shaft in the 75 gram + range as I found the Tour Stiff 64 g shaft in my G25 to be too light.

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