avidshotmaker, on 04 February 2013 - 02:41 PM, said:
As far as I am concerned .5 degree increments tell me Ping is still against adjustablility. They are just playing to adjustable crowd because there are those of us out there that let our equipment turn us into lesser golfers. Believe me there is some convience and validity to the technology but a bad swing is a bad swing and there is no club in the world that is going to fix a duck hook. I mean if you took the $400-$500 you spend on the lastest and greatest adjustable driver and invested in lessons instead of a club every year you would find yourself with better and more consistent results and be able to cream any ball on any tee.
Hey I played the R9 460 for 3 years and I loved the club, and I still play a TMAG Rescue 11 with a ghost tour putter. The clubs perform well, I just think its the adjustability is better served to tweak a decent swing than to try to compensate for a bad one. I think that is what Ping has done now, they gave the bare minimal adjustability to tweak your ball flight rather than reduce a 50 yard slice into 42 yard.
With all due respect, I think Ping's relatively small adjustability is consistent with what the company has always done with their fitting systems, rather than playing to the crowd. Ping isn't trying to fix a bad swing in lieu of lessons. Ping is trying, through proper fitting, to make sure that a GOOD swing gives the best possible results. If you do a fitting session with a really good clubfitter, it amazing what adjustments can be made to ballflight with very small adjustments to the equipment.
I went from green to white color code in Ping irons when I went from ISI's to i3's and then i5's, primarily because I'm 6-2 and wanted to stand relatively upright at address. The difference was a softer draw and more control. That has nothing to do with the swing work I've done with a teaching pro to try to get rid of being too steep and too shut at the top, which had to do with a faulty take-away. Two separate questions, two separate issues, two separate answers.
Ping's relatively minimal adjustability in the Anser and G25 lines seems to me to be a reflection of this. I think their engineers are saying to the consumer "If you need more than .5* either way, you need a different loft entirely to get the best results. And if your face angle needs more than a .5* adjustment from square, you need swing work to correct your swing path, not more adjustability."
In fact, all of this seems to me to be an example of the advantage of having an equipment company run by engineers rather than marketing guys. Playing to the adjustability crowd would be the drivers that let you change the face angle or the loft by very large amounts to try to turn the 50 yd slice into a straight ball, rather than figuring out why you are slicing it 50 yds to begin with.