It seems for quite some time Ping has been a non-factor in the driver market. As you’ll quickly learn from this Ping G15 driver review, they have stepped their game up and released a high quality product that lets its performance do the talking.
Whether we want to admit it or not, we want a driver the looks good. Second to our putter, its likely the club we look down at the most. Couple that with the importance of a solid game off the tee, and you want a club that screams confidence based on how it looks all alone.
The Ping G15 driver is the type of club that will without a doubt, fit a lot of players eye. With a less “comic book” graphic on top, and a slick black finish, it is comfortable to look at. On top of that, the club sets up nicely. Everything beyond its performance has me liking it at this point.
Of course, we don’t just want a club that looks nice, it has to get the job done too…
Ping G15 Driver – Performance
In comparison to the Taylormade R11, Superfast 2.0, Titleist 910 D2 and 910 D3, the G15 was the longest. I would have to credit this too Ping’s focus on limiting the penalty for off center hits.
This was achieved by two major changes in the design from their previous, G10, model. The Ping G15 driver’s face has a larger surface area, and the head has been narrowed top to bottom stretched longer from front to back.
By increasing the size of the club face, it effectively increases the size of the sweet spot. No much explanation as to what a bigger sweet post does is needed.
The reshaping of the club head is a bit interesting however. By making it longer and narrower, Ping has increased the moment of inertia. In other words, the club head will rotate less on off center hits.
(In Short: An increase in the moment of inertia requires more force to move and already rotating object. Higher MOI = less rotation caused by off center hits = Straight ball flight.)
Ping G15 – Conclusion
The improvements to the G15 from the G10 have made it longer and more forgiving. Ping however, did not add any features to the driver that might allow players to control the curve of their ball.
That is the one big gap I see still left in the whole Ping line of drivers actually.
While other club companies are adding adjustable screws that affect the trajectory and curve of the ball, Ping has yet to jump on board.
If you’re the type of player that wants a solid driver, free of any confusing adjustments, the Ping G15 should definitely be on your radar. It has a more traditional look which isn’t something that can be said for a lot of other drivers on the market today.