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New Ping G25 irons -- will any Tour pros play them?


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#1 BenSeattle

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:12 PM

We know that even professionals will sometimes take advantage of "game improvement" irons -- especially if they're already on the Ping staff.  (And sometimes even when they're not.   See: KJ Choi and the G15's.... for about 10 minutes.)

With these sticks attracting so much attention and looking much more like a traditional "players" club than ever before, is there any word about boys of the PGA Tour giving these a go?

Didn't Lee Westwood last year finally switch from his G10 irons to the new i20's just last year?   Might he flip again?

(Correcting Westwood irons.)

Edited by BenSeattle, 04 January 2013 - 07:39 PM.


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:26 PM

Westwood played i10's before switching to i20's... with that said yes there will be guys playing G25 irons.  Definitely more S56 and i20 irons.

I have a set coming.

Edited by J.W., 04 January 2013 - 07:28 PM.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:30 PM

Lee Westwood wasn't playing g5 irons.

But maybe DA Points will put them in...That would be my first guess.

Edited by Vindog, 04 January 2013 - 07:30 PM.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:32 PM

LOL at these looking like "traditional players clubs"

That doesn't mean no one on tour will play them, but let's not lose our minds over 2/100 of less offset.
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

 KYMAR, on 04 January 2013 - 07:32 PM, said:

LOL at these looking like "traditional players clubs"

That doesn't mean no one on tour will play them, but let's not lose our minds over 2/100 of less offset.

Yeah I'd pump the breaks a little bit too.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:41 PM

Okay, sticklers.... how about if we just call them "a little LESS game improvementy and SLIGHTLY more players-looking."

Happy now?  :blush2:

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:42 PM

I think we'll see them on tour for sure. See G20's as it is and with the G25's being a smaller profile I'm sure they'll prove popular with the guys already using the 20's.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:43 PM

 BenSeattle, on 04 January 2013 - 07:41 PM, said:

Okay, sticklers.... how about if we just call them "a little LESS game improvementy and SLIGHTLY more players-looking."

Happy now?  :blush2:

Tough crowd haha!

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:43 PM

 BenSeattle, on 04 January 2013 - 07:41 PM, said:

Okay, sticklers.... how about if we just call them "a little LESS game improvementy and SLIGHTLY more players-looking."

Happy now?  :blush2:
NO I'm NOT!!!!!.

Edited by Vindog, 04 January 2013 - 07:45 PM.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:09 PM

Mayfair and Couch are using G20

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:18 PM

 pingmanmiller, on 04 January 2013 - 08:09 PM, said:

Mayfair and Couch are using G20

Yep and Couch is one of the highest club head speed, highest spin and height of anyone on tour.  Hes top 15 in club head speed and the second highest spin player on the PGA Tour.  There are tons of guys on here that won't touch an i series iron let alone a G series because they cannot be flighted down and played with by the better player.  Just goes to show that you should play what you like and you can play well no matter what the iron... blade, player's cavity or GI.

Love the driver in your avatar by the way.

Edited by J.W., 04 January 2013 - 08:20 PM.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:24 PM

I got it a few months back,Love it

I have one Pink head and one Black head both with 707 X shaftsimage.jpg
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:27 PM

 pingmanmiller, on 04 January 2013 - 09:24 PM, said:

I got it a few months back,Love it

I have one Pink head and one Black head both with 707 X shafts image.jpg

I just just given a Pink G20 as well I think I'm gonna put it on display with my signed Masters Bubba flag.  Now if I had a black one I'd play it in a heart beat.  I play a standard G20 with Tour Spec 7.2 that was built in tour... awesome club.
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:56 PM

 J.W., on 04 January 2013 - 09:27 PM, said:

 pingmanmiller, on 04 January 2013 - 09:24 PM, said:

I got it a few months back,Love it

I have one Pink head and one Black head both with 707 X shafts image.jpg

I just just given a Pink G20 as well I think I'm gonna put it on display with my signed Masters Bubba flag.  Now if I had a black one I'd play it in a heart beat.  I play a standard G20 with Tour Spec 7.2 that was built in tour... awesome club.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:07 AM

 KYMAR, on 04 January 2013 - 07:32 PM, said:

LOL at these looking like "traditional players clubs"

That doesn't mean no one on tour will play them, but let's not lose our minds over 2/100 of less offset.
Agree.I have owned G10s and G20s which are 2 of 30 primarily player CBs I have owned. For me personally I love both G models for awhile but eventually tired of the condiderable offset and I am a FAR LESS OFFSET WHINER than most here. The G25 looks interesting and I wouldn't rule out giving them a try but from pics only and checking specs the differences with past G models is really minimal.


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Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:23 AM

I agree about the G25's being a minimal change compared to G's of the past.  Seems they payed attention to feedback from avid players regarding the sole width and offset concerns, but overall the new G's seem to still hold true to the family linage.  I doubt the minimal changes are going to sway many "player's club" people, particularly Tour caliber types.  Most of those guys don't need that much GI help, although it wouldn't surprise me if some of them toss in a long iron or two into their bags.  Tiger Woods caries a GI long iron and makes good use of it anyway...

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:48 AM

 Nessism, on 05 January 2013 - 11:23 AM, said:

I agree about the G25's being a minimal change compared to G's of the past.  Seems they payed attention to feedback from avid players regarding the sole width and offset concerns, but overall the new G's seem to still hold true to the family linage.  I doubt the minimal changes are going to sway many "player's club" people, particularly Tour caliber types.  Most of those guys don't need that much GI help, although it wouldn't surprise me if some of them toss in a long iron or two into their bags.  Tiger Woods caries a GI long iron and makes good use of it anyway...
To add I question swaying even us guys after the normal over excitement and proclomations annually for new models. Happens every year except the HC doesn't move,LOL.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:59 PM

Who has played G series on Tour in the past?

KJ Choi, Billy Mayfair, Jesper Parnevick, Rich Beem, Chris Couch, Chris Riley, it wouldnt surprise me at all if they all put the G25 in the bag.

Tour players can flight anything in their hands, if the soles are not as thick as previous offerings or at least since the G5's it should be easier to do than the G15's and the G20's they previously played.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:50 PM

Lots of assuming that a relieved and slightly thinner sole will result in the CG raising and moving forward for the short irons - the only way the ball flight will come down.  While I "hope" that's the case, we don't know at this point.  According to Maltby's club head data, the G5 has a lower CG than the G10/15/20, so one would think a higher trajectory.  Point is, it takes more than a slightly thinner sole to drop the trajectory in the scoring clubs.  Sorry, but even though I ordered a set of G25's, I hesitate to call them the holy grail just yet!;)
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Posted 21 March 2013 - 04:07 PM

 pingsforhacker, on 07 January 2013 - 06:59 PM, said:

Who has played G series on Tour in the past?

KJ Choi, Billy Mayfair, Jesper Parnevick, Rich Beem, Chris Couch, Chris Riley, it wouldnt surprise me at all if they all put the G25 in the bag.

Tour players can flight anything in their hands, if the soles are not as thick as previous offerings or at least since the G5's it should be easier to do than the G15's and the G20's they previously played.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 05:29 PM

In the pics from Bayhill, you could see that Tim Herron was playing one G25 iron.  It appeared to a 3 or 4 iron, as the rest of his irons were the Ansers.  Interesting to see that Lumpy has also gone back to his trusty Taylormade r7 425 TP with a Diamana Whiteboard.  That guy is not afraid to play old stuff that works.  He played Eye 2+ for his entire career before switching to the Ansers.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 06:40 PM

More guys played the G15's on Tour, up to 15 sets including Europe. I'm sure you will see the 25's popping up since they are a little better from the rough and tight lies and already have the back edge grind built in. Love mine.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:47 AM

maybe Calc will give them a go, he played EYE 2 for yrs also.
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Posted 18 April 2014 - 08:58 PM

I used to think the same thing, played titleist AP2's and thought you were not a good player unless you had a MB, or Blade Then heard KJ Choi was using them and also heard Lee Westwood played them once.

I have not hit the G25's but I play the G15's still... even though all of my friends made fun of me it was the best golf decision of my life. Went from an avg. score of high 70's to low 70's and a bad day was a 76. You can still work them, I can hit a 30 yard fade or draw with them easily. My only advice to average to above average players would be to throw a low flight shaft in them, like an X100 or KBS C-Taper.

The ONLY con to having them is it's not easy to punch out.

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 09:54 PM

Maybe ---- if all they want to do is hit the middle of the green.  :D

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