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Ping G25 vs Titleist 913; which to choose, tell me your story.


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#1 Sea-Hawks

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 10:41 AM

I'm one of those guys that doesn't change equipment very often without justified cause. However, my clubs are getting a little long in the tooth, a little ratty, and my wife wants to buy me some new sticks for my birthday. There, justified. :taunt:

Not sure if I will replace the driver, I'm currently using a Ping G10 9* with a Whiteboard 73s and I'm hitting it really well. Ball speeds in the range of 160mph, launch 13* with relatively low spin. May give the Ping G25 or Anser a go though.....OR....a Titleist 913D3.

Fairway woods are Titleist 906f4. Using a 15.5* with a GD YS-6 Fwy in stiff, its dead easy to get in the air, off the deck or tee its the same flight...only problem is that sometimes it spins too much and wind does have an effect. I picked up an 18.5* 906f4, but with the VS Proto 80s. It has cut down on spin, but it feels too heavy and stout to me. I'm a swinger, not a hitter, with a smooth transition, and a low single digit hcp. Just feels a little off but I still carry it 230yds on avg.

So....I'm going to start with the 5-wood and replace it. Thinking of either another 5-wood or an 18-20* hybrid. I have owned a 17* Anser, it felt good, little head heavy but my god did it go. Distance was too close to my 3-wood, so IF I went that route it would have to be a 20*.

To cut a long winded post short...I have pretty much shortlisted the G25s and 913s as the clubs I would love to compare side by side.

Looking for feedback from anybody else and their experience of both.

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 10:59 AM

For me those clubs are polar opposites. The G25 spun quite a bit more for me. It tended to land and stop. It had a nice launch, and was incredibly straight and easy to hit. The 913D3 has a lower launch and much more roll for me. The carry was similar as well, which made the D3 much longer for me. I like to work the ball of the tee, and fit the shot shape to what fits my eye for each hole, and the D3 is perfect for that. It's no where near as forgiving as the G25. Like I said they were really different animals for me. Choosing between those two would depend on your goals with the driver. In the wind the G25 was much shorter, but it's going to be straighter.

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 11:04 AM

I never tried the Ping G 25 because of the size. Prefer the 913 D3 ,sits at 440 cc's.
Also used the 910D3, so it was not much of a big change. May look at the I 25 when
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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:09 AM

I don't have any experience with Ping I got rid of my Taylormade R1 TP & R11s TP for Titleist 913 D3 & Cleveland TL 310. I prefer smaller head and feel that 440cc is perfect for me.

+1 for Titleist 913 D3!!!

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:35 AM

I recently switched from the 913 D3 to the G25.  I have played the 913 D3 since they came out, pre-ordered mine.  I ordered it because I have used and liked Titleist drivers since the 975D.  I like the shape, the old pear shape head.  I never even considered Ping drivers for years, ever since the ISI mostly due to the shape, always a little funky to me.

I was perfectly fine with the 913 D3 until I hit some Ping i20 irons.  I haven't looked closely at Ping irons since I thought they ruined them back again with the ISI.  I have been a "thin top line, no offset, blade" guy for years.  Well, the i20's are awesome.  So I started reading about the Ping G25 metal woods and I gave a G25 a shot.

I bought a used one here that was once JW's.  It came with a Fuel TS shaft in it, comparable to my 7.2 TS I have in the 913.  I did several comparisons at the range and on the course.  Here is what I see between mine, again with similar but not the same shaft:

Appearance - still goes to 913 but the G25 I can live with
Distance - G25 - especially on misses
Spin - Close to the same, maybe less with G25 but I have no LM data, just going from flight and roll
Launch - similar - I have a 7.5 913 and the G25 was digitally lofted at 9.6.  I have no clue what the 913 really is but they launch very close.
Forgiveness - hands down G25 - no contest here
Feel - very tough one - both are good but different - 913 feels more solid and G25 feels hotter, I think a lot of it has to do with sound
Sound - 913 more of a thud, muted, making it solid feeling - G25 louder more like an aluminum baseball bat - almost a Ping sound lol

I have the G25 in the bag and it is not coming out.  My 913 will be on the BST shortly.  JW played both and he is now playing a Tour Issue D2.  He gave me his opinion on the drivers and he basically had exactly the same thing I had to say.  Both are great drivers, but the G25 is much more forgiving, lower spin according to him and he as fit a bunch of guys for both drivers, and easier to hit.  He says Ping drivers are far more advanced in technology than Titleist.  The G25 is very low spin.  I thought for sure I was going to hit mine too high, but it is no where near too high.  I love the flight, it is almost a low bullet.  I am a low single digit too with a SS around 117 if that helps.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 05:10 AM

I also had the Ping G10 9* with a diamana Blueboard 63s i loved this driver but after a while I lost confidence. Last year I did the total overhaul. I got the Titleist 913 D2 with an original Diamana Blueboard 63x not Blue+ and I love it, I can work the ball and I picked up about 20+ yards.  I also replace my fairway with a Titleist 913 Fd 13.5 with the Diamana S+ 62x and I cant seem to get the feel for this club, will prob be in the market for a new fairway soon.  But my favorite purchase is my Titleist hybrid 913h 19* with Diamana S+ 82X this club is a vast improvement over the other hybrids they have had to offer in the past I can hit this one straight or work the ball, its super easy to hit. Just my opinion.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 07:12 AM

I started the year playing a 913D2.  I went to Titleist and got fitted - same driver head, but with a regular shaft.  I'm 60, i guess it was time.  I hit the ball about the same distance with the regular shaft, but I can do it with a smoother, slightly easier swing.  Efficiency is good, I guess.

Then I tried a G25 with a regular shaft on a whim.  It was even easier to hit the ball straight, and because the head is lower spinning, I picked up some distance into the wind.  Distance into the wind is a good thing.

On another whim I tried my son's G25 - the head is 1* more loft, and the shaft is a stiff.  I found that I can hit that easily too, maybe a bit straighter.  Now I have a dilemma: which G25 should I play?  On the website, my distance with a driver is right at the cut-off between regular and stiff.

That's my story.  I really like how many times I can just aim down the middle of the fairway, and hit my ball there.  I have never been as long and straight with a driver.  Easy.

And I was a committed Titleist guy....
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Posted 09 October 2013 - 07:53 AM

Gvogel... maybe a regular shaft tipped slightly to play stiffer?

I'm partial to ping and would recommend the g25

Had practically same numbers as my I20 but much more forgiving and slightly louder on impact

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 08:55 AM

My past experiences . I start with titleist will go to ping for another 10 yards , will start hitting ping bad eventually and will revert back to titleist.
Titleist is a safe bet straight may be 5-7 yard short ,with a good shaft will keep you in fairway . I am not even going to try the Ping series this time and stay with 913 .
SLDR has me intrigued though.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 09:02 AM

I just went through a custom fitting and hit both. I ended up with the 913D3.  I would rate them as follows:
  • Looks - 913D3
  • Forgiveness - G25
  • Feel/Sound - 913D3 (the G25 is suprisingly loud, much louder than the G15 or G20)
In the end, I went with the 913D3 mainly related to the cost of upgrading the shaft in the G25. I was fitted into the stock D+ 72 Stiff in the 913D3 and it was a cheaper option than going with the G25 with an upgraded shaft.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 09:19 AM

As interesting as all those posts are... i'm pretty sure the OP was asking about 913 and G25 hybrids and fairways to replace his 5 wood.

But hey, who doesn't like talking about the big dog... Right ?!

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 09:23 AM

You are right, at least someone is paying attention

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 11:26 AM

View Poststuey01, on 09 October 2013 - 09:19 AM, said:

As interesting as all those posts are... i'm pretty sure the OP was asking about 913 and G25 hybrids and fairways to replace his 5 wood.

But hey, who doesn't like talking about the big dog... Right ?!

Ha! I never said I knew how to read! Anyway, for me the difference in the 913 fairways and hybrids to the G25 fairways and hybrids is basically the same as with the drivers, except that I would call the G25s the best on this or any other planet for ease of hitting it off the ground and hitting it straight. The 913 line is improved for its forgiveness over previous models, but the G25 are going to be more forgiving with a higher launch and more spin. The adjustability of the 913 is an advantage to me, as someone who prefers to be able to open a face up and flatten the lie angle to help fight off an unwanted hook and to promote a fade. The Titleist products also have a better selection of stock shafts to choose from. Ping's shafts are not bad, but they charge to change the stock shaft to almost anything, and Titleist has a big advantage there. Kind of depends what you are looking for. High and straight or workability and custom tuning?

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 01:57 PM

IMO, hands down the 913.  Clearly won't be as easy to hit as the ping but doesn't sound like that would be a problem for you....
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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:06 PM

View Poststuey01, on 09 October 2013 - 09:19 AM, said:

As interesting as all those posts are... i'm pretty sure the OP was asking about 913 and G25 hybrids and fairways to replace his 5 wood.

But hey, who doesn't like talking about the big dog... Right ?!

Hahaha. I was just about to post why I like my 913 driver better. Can the OP start with replacing his driver first?

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 04:01 PM

View Poststuey01, on 09 October 2013 - 09:19 AM, said:

As interesting as all those posts are... i'm pretty sure the OP was asking about 913 and G25 hybrids and fairways to replace his 5 wood.

But hey, who doesn't like talking about the big dog... Right ?!

Thanks for spoiling it Spuey. I was happy to read that this was focused on the Drivers. I used a 913D3 in a rental set last month and really liked the driver. Was fully planning to switch to the the G25 next spring but now deciding between it and the 913. The FW and Hybrid are firmly planted for now.

If you read between the lines, I think the Op was really asking about drivers...wink ...wink...
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Posted 09 October 2013 - 07:49 PM

LOL....ok guys, thanks for all the replies, even the ones about the drivers!!
I did want to start with replacing the 5-wood and working my way to the driver...so that info is still valid in the end, just something I'll tuck away for a little while.

In doing more research I am leaning towards the Titleists. I play Ping S56 irons for alot of different reasons, but I have always like the way a Titleist looks, feels and plays. The G25s just look friggin cool and have great reviews.

Appreciate the feedback so far.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 07:59 PM

My Story

913D2 -> G25 -> 913D2

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