Ping G25 fairway wood

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Scott Rushing
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Ping G25 fairway wood

Just bought a used (veyr good condition) Ping G25 fairway wood.  Was wanting to get something that I could hit off the deck better.  I do like how solid my Cleveland 588 3w and 5W sound when I hit them off a tee.  it's just a solid pop!  But off the deck it's a little harder to hit the 3W so I thought I'd try something else.  Just came today so it'll be tomorrow and next week before I have results.  I looked online and many people said these were excellent off the deck so hopefully they will be.  I'll do a comparison sometime next week or two.  Heading out on vacation for a week to the NC coast so not sure if I'll get a chance to post while away. 

 

 

Aimee
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Ping

Scott, you should like that club. I recall hitting it at the demo day maybe 2 years ago (?) and it was pretty solid/easy to hit well.

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DON
I find that the best way to

I find that the best way to get a fairway wood to work well off the deck or off a tee is the install a good fairway wood shaft in the head, like the ProLaunch Blue FW shaft. I have them in the four woods I carry in my bag and they perform very well in all of them. IF you can find this shaft today, it's a much better way to go then buying a new club an a good bit cheaper as well. 

Don

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Scott Rushing
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I hit the Ping twice today..

I hit the Ping twice today...once as a tee shot on a short  Par 4..  nice 5-10 yard draw nice high ball flight.  Probably went about 250-260.  Hit it off the deck once today..into the wind..Par 5 second shot..I think I was about 260 out...smooth swing..probaby hit it a net yardage of 215, into the wind.  Not much roll today either.  but loved the ball flight and how easy it was to hit.

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Scott Rushing
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have used the Ping 3W about 7

have used the Ping 3W about 7 times now over 2 rounds.  3 times off the deck and 5 off the tee.  Thus far really really happy with how easy this club is to hit off the deck.  Distance I'm still undecided on...I feel like with my Cleveland 588 3W, off the deck I get more but I have to hit it just right.  The Ping is much easier to hit.  but I might be giving up some yards...still not enough swings to really tell.  but overall I'm OK with that if it's this easy to hit.   Thus far, I'd say it's got 220ish carry off the deck...but small sample size thus far.  I felt like I could get closer to 230 with the Cleveland.  but I didn't try it often..sometimes it would 100 yard (ha!) and others 200+.    With the Ping, it's been pretty consistently about the 215-220 range with a couple of those into the wind.

Off the tee, can't complain there.  Easy to hit..been either a slight fade or draw, neither really getting out of the fairway.    Not sure of distance yet...  guessing about 240 or so..but tees where up on my course today for a tournament so not sure .  

Overall happy with it thus far though. 

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DON
Do you know what the loft of

Do you know what the loft of your Ping is compared to the Cleveland 3 wood? Most 3 woods are 15* clubs but some will vary a degree up or down from that figure. If the loft is the same, your launch angle could be one reason for the different distances, and that could have a lot to do with the shafts in both clubs. I've been installing a high launching shaft in all of my woods for years now and I've been very happy with the results from all of my woods. Most golfer do not know that the launch angle for a 3 wood is usually Lower than what you get from a 10.5* driver. With a driver with a taller club face than a 3 wood, the center of gravity is Lower than the ball at impact and this causes the ball to go higher. With a 3 wood, the certer of gravity is useally at to above the center of the ball at impact, and this causes the ball to fly lower. Turns out the extra 4.5* of loft of the 3 wood is not enough to make up for the difference in the CG of the clubs.. Golfsmith posted the launch angle numbers for all of the drivers and 3 wood heads that they sold using the exact same shaft in both. Depending on the CG of the driver head, the 10.5* driver could launch the ball a a little higher than the 15* 3 wood or it could launch the ball a degree or so lower My carbon figer crowned driver head will launch the ball a full 2 degrees higher than the same model of driver with a more normal titanium crown. This is one reason I stall play the Launcher 460 Comp driver. I get a higher launch angle and for me that means more carry off the tee. 

Don

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Scott Rushing
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lofts are the same Don.  15. 

lofts are the same Don.  15.  Shaft's I'm sure are different in terms of both being stock shafts, the performance of each is likely quite different.  What I need to do is go to the range and try them both out with about 15 balls of good contact and jsut get a sense for launch differences.   I'm not disappointed per say in the Ping at this point by any means.  Should be playing a lot of golf over the next few weeks so I'll have more input then.   At some point I may pull the shaft for a better one, but I need to first see what I like or dislike and hope to improve.

 

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Saw this: 

Saw this: 

 

http://www.golfadvisor.com/articles/portable-launch-monitors-16354.htm

Our top pick for personal launch monitors is the Swing Caddie SC 200, the latest from Voice Caddie. It's the most affordable, fairly accurate and even talks to you. The best part is that's also very easy to use.

While it doesn't actually measure spin rate (which is one of the most valuable features of Trackman, for example), it gives you plenty of other information. Like Trackman and Flightscope, it uses Doppler radar, which is amazing, considering its size is close to that of an iPhone 6. And unlike some other portable devices, it's self-contained; no need to pair it with a phone. It uses four AAA batteries and comes with a remote control.

And here are some of the cool features: It has a barometric pressure sensor to adjust for more accurate readings. You can adjust it for different lofts of clubs for more accuracy. And it will store all your statics.

As for as reading go, you can get ball speed, clubhead speed, smash factor, carry and total distance. Additionally, you can use for it practice, set it for Random or Target mode and play games and see how you score. No doubt, this makes practice more fun and productive.

Ironically, what this portable launch monitor doesn't do is report the launch angle of your shots, though that information is certainly used in the calculations of carry and distance.

FlighScope has just introduced the FlightScope Mevo, which pairs with your phone. It measures ball speed, club speed, smash factor, vertical launch angle, carry distance and spin rate.

Mevo can be used for other sports, too, like baseball and soccer, but the golf application is specific. You can even take video with your phone and add data overlay to the videos as well as share your results with your teacher.

 

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Aimee
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FW

I have to believe that if you hit the Ping more consistently, losing (maybe) 10 yards is worth it. If you had to hit the Cleveland "perfect" to get 230 yards, but you can hit the Ping with an "OK" swing and get 220...maybe you'll swing more consistently because you'll know that you don't have to put a "perfect" swing on it? Being as the 3W is generally less forgiving, if the club (head) is better, you can always tweak the shaft to get something that might kick a little more, I think your idea of playing with it for a while is a good approach. The issue with hitting at the range is realistically, looking out in the field 220 yards, I'm not sure if you will reeeaallly be able to see a 10 yard differential.

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