Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by. We hope you enjoyed the Player’s Championship over the weekend. We sure did. Special congrats to Matt Kuchar, who really played solid all week. In today’s post, we’re sharing an independent review of the Ping i20 Driver. Let’s get to it!
Ping recently released the new G20 and i20 to rave reviews. The i20 has a unique all black look that differs from the dark gray color combination of the G20 line up, and was likely made to compete with the white trend we’ve seen of late (and be consistent with the all-black trend we’ve seen of late).
The i20 has a very impressive design with an eye catching black matte finish that reduces glare. They incorporate two tungsten weight ports on the heel and toe to help with off-centre hits. The look alone makes you want to put the club in your bag. The i20 features a traditional club head design with a deep face. Traditional when it comes to a clubface tends to be a good selling feature – so Ping has a winner here.
Similar to the i15 driver, the i20 will not be for everyone. If you are looking for a driver that is super easy to hit, you may want to try the K15 and G20 instead. The i20 is really best for players who want to have greater control on the their drives – and want the ability to shape them. We recommend that beginner stay clear of this driver. Personally, I preferred the G15 over the i15 due to the amount of forgiveness you get. The i20 on the other hand seems to have resolved this issue that its predecessor was plagued with.
I tested the i20 9.5 degree driver with a stiff Ping TFC 707 D stock shaft. The i20 delivers a mid to high ball flight. Compared to the G20 and K15, I felt the i20 is the longest driver in the Ping line up. Ping hit a home run by increasing forgiveness on off-center hits, while also maintaining a large degree of workability. The i20 delivers more consistent results than previous models. The best way to sum up the Ping i20 is a players club with added forgiveness.
If you hit the sweet spot on the i20 impact feels really solid. It starts to get a little clunky on toe and heel shots. Since we’re positioning it as a player’s driver, and feel on poor hits is a given, we don’t feel that this is a negative. Impact on the i20 is designed to produce an extremely low spin rate for longer drives. The weight of the i20 is about average, with a swing weight of D3 and a 62 gram stock shaft.
Ping may be the only company yet to offer an adjustable driver. While some believe a player’s club should have adjustable features, the Ping i20 performs consistent and proves you do not need adjustable features to produce a solid club. With that said, some players will simply not compromise on adjustability, and Ping has continued to alienate this market. The majority of the companies have different price point drivers and the i20 is Ping’s higher price point at $349. While this price is anything but outrageous, the competition is offering some degree of adjustability for the same or a slightly higher price.
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I am 65 years old and have a single digit handicap. I can only say this is the best driver I have hit since I was 45 years old. I have never been a fan of ping drivers, but Ping got it right with this baby! Wow, great control, great distance, and great looks. If you want to stay in the fairway with good distance this a driver you should try. I would never have hit this driver if Ken at Golfsmith had not put this driver in my hands and I am sure glad he did!
Hey J. Oden. Thanks for your review!