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Anyone still gaming a Ping K15 Driver?


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#1 BG5

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 05:07 PM

Hey Gang,

I am proud to say I am still gaming a ping k15 driver.  I swear this driver just cannot miss a fairway and although its not crazy long it is so predictable that I just cannot get it out of my bag.  I have been tempted to check out a ping 400 GMAX but the k15 is to consistent for me to consider another club at this time.

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Ping K15 3 Wood 16* & 5 Wood 19*
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 05:35 PM

I’m still playing it. If it ain’t broke...
PING K15 driver, 10.5*, TFC 149D shaft
PING K15 3 wood, TFC 149F shaft
PING G15 hybrid, 23*, TFC 149H shaft
PING G400 irons, 5-U, AWT 2.0 steel shafts
PING Eye 2 XG SW and LW, TFC 149I shaft
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 05:47 PM

Negative but I’ve still got the k15 16* 3 wood
TaylorMade Kingdom M4 9.5* Red 5S stiff Atmos
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PING G25 5-U
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 04:36 AM

Still playing K15 driver and three wood.
Ping 9.5 K15 with Serrano R
Ping K15 3 Wood Stock R
Ping G15 20 Stock R
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:00 AM

No, but i wish i was still playing one. Best driver i have ever had.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:04 AM

I still use a K15 10.5* and 12* depending on the golf course and I also still use a K15 3,5,7 wood.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:41 AM

Every year at demo day I try the latest in search of a new driver.  And every year my K15 out preforms the latest and greatest of the offerings.  I just wish I could get the spin down just a hair.  But it is still working for me.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:50 AM

I play the G30 SF Tec but would swap it out for a new K15 if I could find one. I’ve had both the 10.5 and 12 over the years.
Ping G400 Max 10.5 Alta CB
Ping G 5 Wood 17.5 Alta CB
Ping G400 9 Wood 23.5 Alta CB
Ping G25 27 & 31 Hybrid PWR 80
Ping G irons 7-LW TT XP95
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:48 AM

K15 10.5 LH, R flex. Have the 3w & 5w, but would only use the 3w on long par 3. I replaced the 5w with an Adams XTD Ti 5 wood bought for $20 in the Carl's Golfland used bin late last fall. Playing an old Toski 7w. I'd like to try a G30 or G driver with SFT, but haven't dropped in price enough for my poor golf budget.
Driver - Ping G400 Max 10.5°, Alta CB R flex, stock length
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Hybrid - Nickent 3DX 4h, TT Dynalite steel R, 38.75", std° lie angle
Irons - Ping G20 5-W, CFS steel R, Black dot lie, std length
Wedges - Ping Tour 50°-54°-58°, Black dot lie angle, std length
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:11 PM

I should have reported that I loved my k15 driver back in the day but it was soundly beaten by Callaway GBB Fusion by allot!!! Im hoping the M4 Twist Face beats it but .... Im not selling my Fusion as of yet.

Edited by Cwing, 13 February 2018 - 08:12 PM.

TaylorMade Kingdom M4 9.5* Red 5S stiff Atmos
TaylorMade M4 3HL 16.5* fairway stiff Atmos
TaylorMade M4 3 hybrid stiff Atmos
TaylorMade M4 4 hybrid stiff Atmos
PING G25 5-U
Cleveland RTX 54*
TaylorMade Hi Toe 58*
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 08:50 AM

Just some food for thought.  Forgive the length and detail, and as a disclaimer, I'll cop to trying to play competitive golf AND to fighting old age.  If neither of those things are true for you, then don't bother to read on.

In 2010, I was fitted to a K15, which replaced my original Rapture; both were 12* heads.  The Rapture had an Xcon5 shaft, and I had a Javlyn in the K15; both were S flex; so the K15 setup was high loft head, mid-launch shaft.  The fitting for the K15 was a full out fitting; Trackman, one of Ping's best guys in the SE at a PingNflight center, etc.  I used the K15 happily for four years, and just loved it.  Over the next four years, I tested the G20 and the G25, but they weren't as good FOR ME as the K15.  The K15, IMO, is one of the most underrated and misunderstood clubs in golf history; the masses viewed it as a draw-biased club for hacks, but that just wasn't the case.  It was the first driver I ever owned with which I could actually reliably hit a cut instead of a draw!

In 2014, I went back to the same fitter because it looked to me like the G30 SF Tec might be an updated version of the K15. I went to the fitting expecting to either stay with my K15 OR to be fitted to a 12* G30 with maybe the Tour 65 shaft, which would have been a similar setup to my K15.  Instead, I got an additional 8 yards of carry and 10 yards overall distance, plus better dispersion, with a 10* G30 SF Tec with an R flex in the TFC stock shaft, set to the big plus.  The reason was a greatly reduced spin rate from the K15, with an equally high launch.  I was also told by my fitter, and later by another top club guy, that Ping had spent a lot of time and money to get the G30 version of the TFC shaft to perform at a premium level; it was the first time I had ever gotten results with a stock shaft that were better than any of the after-markets.

So I used the G30 SF Tec for 3 years plus, and then in January of this year did a fitting with ALL club brands to see if I could steal some yardage.  (I'm 65 and still trying to play a lot of competitive golf, and yardage with no dispersion loss is just critical to me.)  I hit the M1, the Epic, each with several different shafts, and the G400 in both the regular and the SF Tec versions.  The fitting lasted nearly two hours, and the result was that with the G400 SF Tec 10*, stock shaft, R Flex, set to the neutral position, I got 3 mph more clubhead speed than with anything else, including my G30, and with slightly better dispersion than anything else except the G30.  3 mph doesn't sound like much, but it's worth 5-10 yards of distance, which is gold to me.

My point in all of this is that, while the K15 was a great, great club, technology has marched on in the 8 years since.  I think the SF Tec versions of the G30, G, and now G400 drivers are, in fact, updated versions of the K15, with lower spin rates AND adjustability added.  The adjustable feature allows you to tweak dispersion significantly, and that is a big deal for some golfers.  Additionally, the stock shafts on the Ping drivers since the G30 are just night and day better than the old Ping stock shafts.  (And all of this is, of course, not limited to Ping; I got almost as good a result at the fitting from the Epic, but it was "almost" and the Epic cost $100 more!)

As I said, food for thought.  Our bodies and our swings change over time, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse, and technology not only changes, but the ability to match the technology to the individual golfer is evolving, too.  In general, I think that anybody that is using a driver that is more than about 5 years old is leaving available improvements in both distance and dispersion on the table.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 09:49 AM

Bluedot, thanks for the input. Now I'll have to start watching for a G30 SF Tec to try.
Driver - Ping G400 Max 10.5°, Alta CB R flex, stock length
FW - Adams XTD Ti 5W, 18°, Matrix Red Tie R, Toski Target 7 wood 22°, UST Proforce V2, R
Hybrid - Nickent 3DX 4h, TT Dynalite steel R, 38.75", std° lie angle
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:29 AM

The K15 is as relevant as any driver out there for me. I have one and I've tested it against my 2015 GBB and G30. It's a great club.
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 11:17 AM

This was my favorite driver.  Had my best drives with it

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 11:38 AM

I'm still using mine ! 12* with a Grafalloy Pro Launch Blue at 45 inches.
I also have it's brand new identical twin in the closet, just in case.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:36 PM

I still have one, its like new, i bought new when the hype of this driver was out there. Haven't really played it lately or ever.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:39 PM

I started with a 12* K15 when they came out in 2010.   I then went to the 10.5* to lower launch.  I tested it against the M1 and Epic and the K15 won hands down.   Though my launch and resulting lack of roll was a concern.

Enter 2018 and I found the Ping G SF Tec was longer (10-20 yards in my case) and just as straight as my K15.  Though the K15 is still much more forgiving.   I use the G every single day until my swing goes to hell in a hand basket and I back off to the 10.5* K15 until I get my swing back.

The K15's are fairway machines all day long. I still have both of them in the "golf equipment room".

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 06:41 AM

I can hit pushes with the K15, but very rarely slice it.  Can anyone share their experience with how much "left help" the K15 has versus modern SF TEC drivers?

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:22 AM

View PostBogeyParBogey, on 15 May 2018 - 06:41 AM, said:

I can hit pushes with the K15, but very rarely slice it.  Can anyone share their experience with how much "left help" the K15 has versus modern SF TEC drivers?

I used the K15, then the G30 SF Tec, and now the G400 SF Tec.  Got each after careful fittings, and they are all great clubs.

I always felt, and still do, that the K15 was a really underrated and misunderstood club; I've hit a draw forever, with my default flaw being a hard hook, and that stuff got BETTER with the K15, not worse.  And these three drivers are the first ones with which I've been able to hit a semi-reliable fade when necessary.  So I never felt like they were especially "draw-biased" anyway, especially the K15 and the G30; the G400 is a little bit different story.

My take on it is this: the G30 SF Tec is an updated, adjustable version of the K15.  I say updated because it spins far less, and launches higher as well, so I got extra yards of carry and overall distance with no loss of accuracy; I even moved from a 12* loft in the K15 to a 10* in the G30, which really surprised me.

The G400 SF Tec, on the other hand, seems to me to be at least a somewhat different club than the other two, and I would rate it as significantly more draw-biased than the K15 or G30, in addition to the smaller club head size and a little bit of extra speed.  For instance, while the K15, like all glued Ping drivers, was slightly closed at address, and while I was fitted to the big plus in the G30, I was fitted to the neutral position in the G400 SF Tec, and still hit it left more often than either of the other two.  I hit a few balls in the big plus setting on the G400, and the hook was startling; I may even experiment with the little minus setting when I get a few days with no tournaments or interclub matches to worry about.  In short, if somebody wanted what you call "left help", I can't imagine that you wouldn't be able to find it with the G400 SFT.

You'll note that I left the G SFT out of this; I never hit it.  I called the guy that I did fittings with, and he said it was marginally more forgiving than the G30, but no different otherwise and not to bother.  He did NOT say that when I asked him about the G400; his words were, "It's certainly worth a try."  And so it was...

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