Ping G20 Fairway Wood Review

by   |   June 30, 2012
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Ping G20 Fairway Wood Review GolfWRX
Performance
Playability
Feel/Sound

4.5


Here’s my take on Ping’s new line of G20 fairway woods. The exact club I tested is a G20 15* 3 wood with a TFC Tour stiff shaft.

PROS

Great forgiveness, especially when it comes to putting air under the ball due to a shallow face and some weighting EXTREMELY deep in the head. Like other G series clubs, the size inspires confidence. Excellent off the tee and good fairway lies. Excellent stock shaft choice.

CONS

Large profile and alignment aid may not appeal to better golfers. Not the longest option out there. Not made to carve out specialized shots all over the course or from non-ideal lies.

BOTTOM LINE

This is a fantastic fairway for anyone looking for consistency and a little air under the ball

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FULL REVIEW

The G20 from Ping continues their G series tradition with multiple game improvement features packed into a great looking package. Compared to the G15, they’ve added a little more size (165cc vs 154cc), a little more of a “swoop” in the profile, dropped the standard loft from 15.5* to 15*, and changed up the paint scheme.

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LOOKS

Honestly, I was surprised at how big this club looked and to find that it was only at 165cc. The swooped profile really lets the club get thin in the back and affords more of the real estate to be spread around. My copy sits very square, and in browsing the stock at my Edwin Watts, it seems that’s close to the norm. The move to the gray paint scheme doesn’t bother me at all, and I view the half crescent alignment aid as just part of Ping clubs. It doesn’t really add or detract to the look, and since it’s there, I’ll use it. I will admit that I got 100% over the initial size issue after I spent a bit of time with it. It doesn’t seem to alter the playability of the wood compared to anything smaller. The new paint scheme on the TFC tour shaft is a very cool touch. While it is a stock shaft, it doesn’t shout it like some other offerings. The headcover looks good as a standard nylon / elastic combo with a gray / black / red scheme, however it is a little tight and a pain to get on and off that head. In the end, the club really inspires confidence, is easy to line up, and should be a good fit in any bag.



PERFORMANCE / PLAYABILITY

Of course, this is where Ping shines year over year with the majority of their offerings, and it’s no different with the G20. My first swing with this club saw the ball go sailing high, tight, and straight. That pretty much summed up my first range session and the two rounds I’ve played since getting it. The ball launches into the air, under control, with the help of the TFC tour shaft, a great offering from Ping. The shaft lets me go at the ball pretty hard while maintaining a high level of control, definitely a rare thing in off the shelf shafts. I’m consistently sending the G20 higher and longer than my old 16.5* 4 wood. The length I figured would be a given, but the height is a plus since it’s nice to be able to hold a green and is the reason I’ve stayed away from 15* heads for a while. I’ve experienced zero ballooning.

Moving the ball left / right / up / down is not as easy here as should be expected with the GI head. It’s possible to work the ball, but the design to go straight will fight you a bit. On a plus note, the weighting in this head, while very far back for height is neutrally located. Definitely a plus for lower caps or anyone looking for the GI features that hates the typical heel side weighting in them. The smooth sole allows the club to glide through the fairway, but there’s nothing to cut through any sort of thick rough, so don’t expect great performance there.
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Forgiveness is exactly as expected. I’ve found that heel hits don’t cost me any control and just a little bit of distance. Toe shots seemed a bit more penal all around, but still leave satisfactory results. The sweet spot does seem to be rather large which lead me to very consistent results during my two rounds.

I do believe distance suffers just a bit with ball flight and GI features. I’ve played a few fairway models over the last seasons that were a bit longer, however they were better only on perfectly struck shots. The G20 is not by any means a short club, and I’ll take a consistent dispersion over occasional max distance any day. I’ve really enjoyed this club off the tee as it really does perform like a mini driver.

FEEL

First and foremost, the G20 delivers a very satisfying “crack” with impact. I won’t go as far as saying it sounds as good as my 510TP, but it sounds better than any fairway I’ve used before. It’s not too loud either, which is always a plus. The feel moving across the face of the club gives you slightly different feedback on misses, but I still find myself checking to see where I hit on occasion since the sound didn’t tell me. The length of the club and profile of the head give it a good visual balance, so I don’t feel like I’m praying to make contact with a tiny head on the end of a long shaft. This is especially relevant off the tee.

OVERALL BOTTOM LINE

Ping has another winner on their hands with the G20 fairway wood. For the first time ever, I have a 3 wood in my bag that I have a high level of confidence in. While I’m sure I will hit a bad shot on occasion, everything with this so far has been acceptable. It’s a winner from the ability to get the ball in the air from many positions to the predictable distance and landing control. This club could easily be put in play by anyone. While the larger profile and GI features may lend more towards higher caps, the square face, neutral weighting, and ease of use could fit right in with lower caps who don’t need max flight control. If you’re trying this club, give the stock shafts a shot. The tour TFC really seems to be a good fit for controlling the higher flight. Like all Ping clubs, this looks to be built like a tank and the sandy range and balls didn’t do anything to the face or sole paint.

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PICTURE TIME

Look at the weight pocket…… deep and low

Topline (sorry about the trees…. totally surrounded)

Showing the face off

It’s HUGE….. That’s a Mizuno F50 on the left, G20 in the middle, and Nickent 3dx pro on the right

Check out the swoop on the G20. It’s got driver like lines

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7 Comments

  1. Andrew

    December 16, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    My Stats: 48 years old. 10 handicap. Driver speed 100 – 103. Ping G30 driver with Fujikura Fuel Tour Spec 60 gram stiff shaft. Ping G30 5 wood with Fujikura VC 7.0X shaft cut down to hybrid length. Ping I20 Irons with CFS X-stiff steel shafts.

    The only club in my bag that has consistently given me trouble is the 3 wood. I have traded at least a dozen 3 woods with my local golf store over the past 2 years. Cleveland XLS, every Callaway X-Hot model, TaylorMade R11s, TaylorMade SLDR, Cobra BioCell+….whew! I loved the control of the TM R11s, and I loved the distance of the TM SLDR, but I wanted a 3 wood that gave me both control -and- good distance.

    Last Sunday, I took the BioCell+ back to the golf store and hit every demo 3 wood I could find. When I reached for the Ping G30 3 wood, I noticed a G20 in the demo bag, so I hit it just for the sake of hitting it. Wow, was I ever surprised how good the G20 with the Tour Stiff shaft was! I immediately traded the BioCell+ for the G20 and hit the golf course 30 minutes later. Starting on hole #1, with no warm up at all, I hit a perfect shot right down the middle at about 250 yards. I played the 3 wood off the tee on the par 4′s, and for my second shot on the par 5′s, by hitting two balls each time, and I never hit a shot that I considered to be a bad shot. Even the mis-hits had very good distance. I also loved how I could swing hard at the ball without the shaft breaking down and sending the ball far to the right if my hands were slightly late, or far to the left if my hands were slightly early. The stock Tour shaft is extremely impressive.

    Lastly, I agree with the author of this review that the G20 is very easy to get the ball in the air. Even with the Tour shaft, I never once hit a low shot off the turf. And like the review author noted, if you tee the ball up, you can get driver-like performance from the tee box.

    Not as long as the Ping Rapture or the TM SLDR, but definitely the best 3 wood I have ever owned for all-around performance from the tee and the fairway.

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  3. n butler

    October 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    The g20 5 wood is by far the best 5 wood which i ever used,
    the longest and straightest 5 wood.
    beautiful club with regular shaft,
    easy swing goes 230 off the tee,
    on par 5s great club for the second shot, as position for the 3 shot is precise, the regular shaft is for me perfect, not too stiff, which is the mistake which most amateurs make.
    i will now get the 7 wood g20 to replace my 4 iron…….
    unfortunately i have the g15 3 wood, so i keep that…..but would prefer the g20 3 wood, maybe at christmas…

  4. Luke Faiwaywalker

    July 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Absolutely love this club. I tried out all of the top 3 woods at golfsmith for almost two hours before I decided to buy this one. Consistently hit it 10 yards further and on center line. Great feel and am now very confident with my 3 wood. I would recommend

  5. Aj Sprenkle

    July 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Personally I wouldn’t rate this club high, I have the new g25 and used the g20 and the g20 isn’t as forgiving as the r11 wood or the vr series woods.

  6. Z

    August 20, 2012 at 8:34 am

    After testing a handful of 3 woods, I ended up buying the ping g20 with the tour stiff shaft. Amazing club! First swing I took with it this past weekend I put a bomb down the center of the fiarway! I would reccomend this club to anyone.

  7. mark psaila

    August 6, 2012 at 6:19 am

    ping g20 driver and fairway woods awesome best clubs i have ever invested in.

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