Ping G20 Fairway Wood
The 2011 Ping G20 Fairway Wood is a very nice golf club to look at, designed with an attractive shape and some sharp graphics. Like the G20 Driver, this club sports a large face, designed to make it easier for players to launch the golf ball high and long.
The G20 wood also features Pings external weighting, which positions the clubs centre of gravity for high launch and low spin in order to maximize both distance and accuracy. More info on the technology of the Ping G20 Fairway Wood can be found at the Ping Golf website.
The available woods in the G20 range are a 3 wood with 15 degrees of loft, a 4 wood with 16.5 degrees, a 5 wood with 18 degrees, and a 7 wood with 21 degrees. Each wood is equipped with the Ping TFC 149 graphite shaft as standard, in soft regular, regular, stiff and extra stiff flex.
The model we tested was the 3 wood with 15 degrees of loft, and the equipped shaft was the stiff flex version of the TFC shaft mentioned above.
The silver head of the Ping G20 wood sits behind the ball nicely at address, the head does look rather large but this only helps inspire confidence.
And confident most what most golfers should be, because the G20 wood really is a nice golf club to swing and play with. It does not take much effort at all to get the golf ball airborne, the large club face gives you a nice big sweet spot to work with.
From both the tee and off the deck, the G20 just seems to sweep the golf ball away so easily and smooth. The ball flight is often fairly high and actually quite penetrating a lot of the time, and the golf ball seems to always fizz through the air just after impact, which is always nice on the ears.
The sound at impact is also great too, along with the lovely soft and smooth feeling you get. Ping golf clubs are known to give golfers great feel and this wood is certainly no different.
The Ping G20 wood does also offer higher handicappers the reasonable forgiveness that most will always look for in a golf club. However it isn’t greatly difficult to shape shots when you want to. Better and more skilled players in particular should definitely be able to work the golf ball when required.
In terms of distance, the G20 3 wood we tested was a reasonably long club. If you’re a golfer that is often intimidated with hitting the driver off the tee, then the Ping G20 3 wood could be a very adequate alternative, as it has a good combination of decent power and quite reliable forgiveness.
Overall there aren’t as many woods that are as easy to hit from both the tee and fairway, while at the same time producing an almost ever present high and long ball flight. The G20 really is one of Pings best woods to date.
There‘s also a nice added bonus that the club isn‘t overly expensive either looking at the market as a whole. As of 2012 one of these fairway woods will usually be priced at around £150 or $238 brand new. A good price for a great performing golf club.
|Looks || 9/10|
|Easy To Hit ||10/10|
|Forgiveness || 8/10|
|Distance || 8/10|
|Workability || 7/10|
|Value For Money || 8/10|