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Ping G Fairway Woods, Hybrids and new Crossover

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For most golfers, fairway woods and hybrids play a relatively limited role during a round of golf. But when they are called upon, golfers expect those clubs to be more versatile than any other in their bag.

Take Ping’s G drivers, for example. They’re designed exclusively to help golfers hit their tee shots as far as possible. Ping’s G irons also share a singular focus; they’re made to help golfers hit their iron shots as close to the pin as possible.

Fairway woods and hybrids aren’t so simple, though. Sometimes golfers need to hit them as far as possible, while other times the clubs are called on for finesse shots, or to help a golfer advance a ball from a nasty lie in the rough.

With its line of G fairway woods, hybrids and a new club Ping is calling a “Crossover,” the company is offering golfers a smorgasbord of options that aim to help them find the club or combination of clubs that will best fill the distance gap between their driver and longest iron.

The G fairway woods, hybrids and Crossover will be in stores February 11. 

Ping G Fairway Woods ($287.50 MSRP) 

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  • Lofts: 15 (3 wood), 17.5 (5 wood) and 20.5 (7 wood)
  • Size: 167 cubic centimeters
  • Stock Shafts: Ping Alta 65, Ping Tour (65, 80)
  • Length: 43 (3 wood), 42.5 (5 wood), 42 (7 wood)
  • Swing Weight: D1

Calling a modern day fairway wood a “little driver” is a fair assessment given how far today’s fairway woods fly. Unlike drivers, however, most golfers want to be able to hit their fairway woods from all sorts of lies, making head size and shape crucial elements to their design.

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The G fairway woods sit lower to the ground than G30 models (Photo Credit: Ping).

Ping’s new G fairway woods are the same size as the company’s G30 fairway woods, but they have a shallower head shape and a redesigned leading edge that Ping says will help golfers contact their shots 12 percent higher on the club face when hit off the ground. The higher contact point gives golfers a higher launch angle with the clubs, adding height that makes the fairway woods more effective from long range.

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Ping also made the new fairway woods’ club faces from a lighter, 455 carpenter steel, and returned to a Variable Face Thickness (VFT) design that is thinnest on the edge and thicker in the center to help a golfer’s bad shots fly more like their good shots.

Although the G fairway woods do not share the weight-saving, Dragonfly-inspired crowns used on the G drivers (insert link), their crowns are impressively thin. At 0.019 inches, they’re 25 percent thinner than the G30 fairway woods, which helped Ping engineers improve the shaping and internal weighting of the club heads.

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What the G fairway woods do share with the G drivers, however, is their high-friction face finish. Although it seems counterintuitive, the added face texture actually reduces spin rate when used on low-lofted clubs. The effect is most prominent in the 3 wood (14.5 degrees), which has four grooves, but no grooves in the center of the club face to increase the golf ball’s interaction with the rough surface at impact.

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There are more grooves in the 5 wood (17.5 degrees, 5 grooves) and 7 wood (20.5 degrees, 6 grooves), which are spaced progressively closer together on the club face. According to Ping, the progressive groove design helps create more consistent launch conditions for each fairway wood.

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The G Fairway Woods are also offered in SF Tec models (16, 19 degrees). They have a center of gravity (CG) that’s located more toward the heel of the club, which adds 5-8 yards more draw bias to the fairway woods. SF Tec models also have a slightly lighter swing weight (DO) and a more rounded, larger club head (180 cubic centimeters) that’s similar to Ping’s K15 fairway woods.

Ping G Stretch Fairway Woods ($287.50 MSRP)

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  • Loft: 13 degrees
  • Size: 184 cubic centimeters
  • Stock Shafts: Ping Alta 65, Ping Tour (65, 80)
  • Length: 43 inches
  • Swing Weight: D2

There is a subset of golfers less concerned with the versatility of their fairway woods, and more concerned with hitting them as far as possible. For them, Ping created the G Stretch, which has 13 degrees of loft and measures 184cc, 17cc larger than the 14.5-degree G fairway wood.

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The distance-focused design uses all the same technologies as the standard G, with the exception of its slightly more forward CG, which along with its lower loft helps reduce spin.

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Compared to Ping’s Rapture fairway wood, which was released in January 2014, the Stretch is 28cc smaller, making it more playable from the turf. Whereas the Rapture was made from titanium and tungsten construction, the Stretch’s club head is made with a 17-4 stainless steel body and a 455 carpenter steel clubface. Even at its smaller size, it will perform better on off-center hits than the Rapture, with a 6 percent higher moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of forgiveness. 

Ping G Hybrids ($247.50 MSRP)

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  • Lofts: 17 (2), 19 (3), 22 (4), 26 (5), 30 (6)
  • Stock Shafts: Ping Alta 70H, Ping Tour 90
  • Length: 40.75 (2), 40.25 (3), 39.75 (4), 39.25 (5), 38.75 (6)
  • Swing Weight: D1

Ping’s G Hybrids are designed to help golfers do what they might not be able to do with their long irons – hit shots high and far from a variety of lies and have them stop quickly on the green.

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By not painting the center of the grooves of the fairway woods and hybrids, the clubs appear to sit lower to the ground at address, improving golfer confidence.

To make them launch higher and faster, Ping engineers gave its new hybrids the same 455 carpenter steel club faces as the G fairway woods, reduced their crown thickness by 25 percent, and added a high-friction finish to reduce spin. The new faces saved 8 grams of weight from the G30’s face design, which was used to create loft-specific CG locations (more rearward in the low lofts, more forward in the high lofts) for each of the five hybrids.

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Ping fans will be happy to hear that the looks of the G hybrids were inspired by the company’s highly regarded Anser hybrid, and the flatter, boxier face profile of the Anser is evident in the G hybrid at address.

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The G hybrid (left) and G30 hybrid at address.

Compared to the G30 hybrids, the G hybrids will produce approximately 1 mph more ball speed, a 0.25-degree higher launch angle and 300 rpm less spin. That should result in about 4 yards more distance, according to Ping.

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And of course, for the first time, Ping now has a hybrid with Turbulators. 

Ping G Crossover ($247.50 MSRP)

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  • Lofts: 18 (3), 21 (4), 24 (5)
  • Stock Shafts: Ping Alta 70H, Ping Tour 90, Ping AWT 2.0 (steel)
  • Length: 39.75 (3), 39.125 (4), 38.5 (5)
  • Swing Weight: D1

Ping’s new G Crossover clubs are designed to fill the yardage gap that’s often created when golfers transition from their longest iron to a fairway wood or hybrid.

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The clubs look a lot like oversized irons at address, but they’ll launch significantly higher and with noticeably more ball speed thanks to their hollow-bodied construction and 455 carpenter steel face inserts.

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The Crossover clubs are available in three stock lofts – 18 degrees (3 iron), 21 degrees (4 iron) and 24 degrees (5 iron) — and their selling point is their lower-spinning trajectory when compared to Ping’s G fairway woods and hybrids.

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The clubs can also be bent to specific lofts and lies, and they have the flat-face design certain golfers prefer to hybrids and fairway woods.

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The Crossover clubs are also much more forgiving than their iron-like looks indicate. According to Ping, they have a 31 percent higher MOI than the company’s Rapture driving iron, released in July 2013. To put the MOI difference in perspective, it’s like comparing the company’s blade-like S55 irons to its super-game-improvement G Max irons.

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  1. GG

    Apr 13, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Bought the standard G 3 Wood last month and it is awesome! I planned on getting the XR as I had hit it well before and I love my Big Bertha Alpha, but after hitting this club it was an easy decision to go with the G Wood instead. I’m not a long hitter but consistently hit it 230 with a nice easy swing. Mishits go far enough and straight enough.

  2. KK

    Feb 7, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Crossover iron? I’m guessing “driving iron” was too confusing for most golfers. I will have to look into this beast because my normal 5 iron left something to be desired and my new 5 hybrid as well.

  3. Alfredo Smith

    Jan 29, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Ok I’m glad we got through all of that, now back to the Ping clubs. I have hit the all 3 clubs, the driver didn’t beat out my old driver for forgiveness but the 3W & Hybrid were absolutely off the charts on forgiveness with a little more distance. My fitter says and I will agree, that the fairway woods and hybrids will be popular in 2016, you gotta hit them!

  4. Fahgdat

    Jan 15, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Will there be 6 and 7 Crossover irons?

  5. cubigred

    Jan 12, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I’m surprised Ping chose to put the club number on the bottom of the iron instead of the loft. Is 24 degrees really a 5 iron? For those that care about how clubs look at the bag drop (not me of course), do I really want the world to see my two five irons (pairing with my 26 or 27 deg 5 iron)? It seems like they are not maximizing their appeal.

    • Eric

      Jan 18, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      You’re completely missing the point. It’s not about the loft, it’s about the distance the club goes. There are so many variables that you need to consider.

  6. Will

    Jan 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    The crossover clubs look eerily similar to the Adams A7OS transitional hybrids, which are VERY easy clubs to hit…

  7. Poppa

    Jan 11, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    What

  8. Poppa

    Jan 11, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Crossover looks like Rapture DI. Are those fitting cart screws in the heel?

  9. Poppa

    Jan 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Are those fitting cart screws or “Parson Tungsten Screws” in the Crossover?

    • Scooter McGavin

      Jan 13, 2016 at 9:24 am

      I would guess neither. That may just be the access port where they can add hot melt to adjust the weight at the factory… Or something like that…

  10. Dlygrisse

    Jan 11, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    These are some of the most ignorant comments I have ever seen. Really? REALLY? shouldn’t be on the course till you can break 90? Tell me this hot shot…..how do you learn to break 90 till you have spent time on the course?

    Attitudes like this are what turn people off from the game. BTW, I have played with people who shoot 110 who play faster than scratch players. My guess is pro golfer is one of “those golfers”

  11. Paul b

    Jan 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Fact. 95% of all golfers NEVER break 100. Of the 5% that do 95% of those never break 90. Golfers are all fisherman. Lies lies and more lies. Next time you golf with guys you have never played with , ask them what they shoot. All will say 80s,90s, none will say 100 or more. Watch
    Them move their ball for better lies. Give themselves gimmes from 4 feet etc.

  12. John

    Jan 11, 2016 at 11:41 am

    That crossover is going for a test run! I hope it is as good as it looks.

  13. Mark

    Jan 11, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Disappointed. My faithful G25 replacement won’t be anything with bumps on the top of it. And they have also ruined the clean look of the hybrids as well. They will sell but not to those of us who like our clubs to be gimmick free.

  14. west

    Jan 11, 2016 at 11:11 am

    LOVE those little bumps on the crown…said no one ever.

  15. Keith

    Jan 11, 2016 at 9:13 am

    “For most golfers, fairway woods and hybrids play a relatively limited role during a round of golf.”

    Your definition of “most golfers” is one with which I’m not familiar.

    • Eric

      Jan 11, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Cuz most golfers suck and shouldn’t be golfing, they should be at the range.

      • Progolfer

        Jan 11, 2016 at 10:33 am

        EXACTLY. If you cannot break 90, you have no business being on a golf course.

      • Billy

        Jan 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm

        I dun think there will be anybody breaking 90 if they are new to the game?

        So u started at the 80s? Impressive

        • Progolfer

          Jan 11, 2016 at 4:46 pm

          Howiejr, I think golf is suffering in interest level because a round of golf takes WAY too long (4-5 hours or longer), and people don’t have the time to play. That’s mostly because of one thing– poor golfers. Also, a lot of poor golfers or beginners quit the game because they get so frustrated playing golf and getting bad results. I think the game would grow tremendously if golfers had to pass a skill test before ever stepping foot on a golf course (an etiquette lesson, too). People not interested would quit and that would stop wasting everyone’s time and make everyone happier. Plus, those people could just go to the driving range and have fun. Those interested who cannot break 90 yet would have something exciting to work towards, and those people would probably end up spending MORE money on the game by going to the driving range during free time, and probably make them healthier by giving them more daily exercise. Ultimately, everyone would be happier and the game would be stronger than ever!!

          • Aaron

            Jan 11, 2016 at 5:46 pm

            I was wrong when I posted on another article being the worst comment that I have ever heard. What you have just posted is by far the worst thing ever written on here and we are dumber for having read it. The fact that you refer to yourself as “Progolfer” and the demeaning way you refer to people trying to grow in the game reeks of arrogance. The world of golf is not all about you sir.

          • andy c

            Jan 11, 2016 at 8:34 pm

            yeah this just doesn’t make sense (besides the etiquette part, i think more experienced golfers should fill someone in who is not cohering to etiquette on course unknowingly). i was a beginner not to long ago, and the only way i got better was actually teeing it up and playing. the range for a beginner can only do so much, i know all i use to do was see how far i could hit it, and how fast i could tee up another ball. Breaking 90 is literally impossible for anyone who is first stepping on a course, and if some jackwagon like you is blowing his stack because the beginner in front of him is having a hard time its just makes it all the less fun for all. What I do think would help the game for beginners would be to follow the tee it up initiative or find a par 3 course to learn the fundamentals of the game on a non intimidating lay out. I played the same 9 hole crummy par 3 over and over, and it really did me well, and i was glad there wasn’t a guy pretending to be a progolfer behind me.

            • Progolfer

              Jan 12, 2016 at 12:09 am

              You people are pathetic, and that includes GolfWRX. I wrote a long response which apparently the GolfWRX editors screened and didn’t allow me to publish. I’m done with this thread and I don’t have to defend myself, especially to people like you. I’m going back to my amazing life, which was built on the pillars of honest, hard work. Have fun, because I know I will!!

              • Chris

                Jan 12, 2016 at 8:23 am

                Good riddance! The GolfWRX community will be better off without you and your arrogant attitude.

          • La

            Jan 13, 2016 at 11:48 am

            @Progolfer,
            I get the time thing, but fat lazy people are happy enough to sit through a 4 hour NFL or MLB game on a Sunday. Golf takes too long? Ha. It’s more that people are lazy, and they would rather not have to be bad at the game and embarrass themselves and prefer to sit at home and be lard

          • djdrb

            Mar 7, 2016 at 3:42 pm

            You are an idiot.

  16. Bobby Stevens

    Jan 11, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Waiting for a Tour Pro to put the Crossover in their bag. Until then, I won’t buy it.

    • cliche

      Jan 11, 2016 at 10:39 am

      since i’m not a tour pro… this looks really nice and i will try it as soon it hits the shops

    • Kevin

      Jan 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Wow. I hope you are being sarcastic. Regardless, you’re in luck because I guarantee a PING staff player will game this in 2016!

    • Jay

      Jan 11, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Because you only play what tour pros play?

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Best driver under $100

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Look, we get it, golf clubs, more specifically new drivers, can be expensive. Once you factor in the potential cost of a fitting and or other shaft options you could be looking at a single club that retails for close to $1,000—that’s a lot of dough! That’s why we want to help show you what you can get for your money with the best driver under $100.

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As much as we love new clubs and new technology, at GolfWRX we still love to find the best deals to help golfers get the most value and when it comes to clubs and in this case drivers. There is a lot of value in the marketplace if you know where to look, so we did the looking for you and have assembled the best drivers you can find under $100.

** Note: Used club prices fluctuate and the clubs selected for this list we’re easily located in good shape for under the stated $100 price point ** 

Best driver under $100

Taylormade Jet Speed

As far as marketing a driver goes, I don’t think anyone has still quite figured out how or why tour player puppet look-a-likes was a great idea, but the Jet Speed driver itself was actually a really good driver that offered adjustability and mid to lower spin in a forgiving design. The best part about the JetSpeed is the current TaylorMade adapter is still compatible, so if you happen to have a few shafts kicking around you can even do some testing.

Adams XTD

The XTD was the last “premium line” driver ever produced by Adams golf, and it benefits from the fact that by this time TaylorMade had purchased the Plano, Texas-based company and it was using the same adapter tip as the current crop of TaylorMade drivers.

It was designed to produced right to the limit CT/CoR numbers, thanks in part to slots placed both on the sole but also on the crown, and because of this design, it was a bit of an acquired taste for some golfers. If you can get past the looks from address, you will have yourself a driver that keeps up to almost anything.

Titleist 910

The Titleist 910 is another driver that benefits from being older, while still using the same type of adapter as the modern models. It came in two versions; the 910D2 which was shallower and more forgiving, and the 910D3 which is a more traditional pear shape with a taller face that offers lower spin.

Both versions of the driver can be found in nice shape for under $100, and if you take some time to look around, you can find quite a few with aftermarket shafts that make this best driver under $100 seem like a complete bargain.

Cleveland Launcher DST – Distance Sub Three hundred

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The Cleveland Launcher DST drivers could be one of the best all-around options when it comes to a driver for under $100.

Like others on this list, the Launcher DST came in a couple of options; a standard model and a “tour” version featuring a lower spinning fade biased head design. For the stronger players that prefer a fixed hosel, the DST Tour came stock with a Miyazaki Kusala Black which in the aftermarket would cost around $300 on its own!

GolfWRXers discussed the best driver under $100 back in 2018 in the forums. See what they said. 

 

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GolfWRX Classifieds (10/30/20): IRONS: Mizuno, Honma, and PXG

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We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

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TaylorMade Golf has announced a new partnership with Arccos Golf – a specialist in on-course data capture, Strokes Gained Analytics (SGA) and insights driven by artificial intelligence.

The partnership launches with a special promotion beginning on November 1, 2020 (in the US only). From that date, all golfers who purchase a qualifying set of irons at TaylorMadeGolf.com will be given the option to pay an additional $99.99 and receive a 1-year Arccos Caddie subscription along with a free set of Arccos Caddie smart sensors, courtesy of TaylorMade.

In the days following the initial launch, this special offer will also be extended to golfers in the US who purchased qualifying iron sets in the months of September and October 2020.

Speaking on the new partnership, David Abeles, TaylorMade CEO said

“As a company founded on performance and pushing the limits of golf club engineering, we strive to provide data-driven solutions to help the modern golfer play better and enjoy the game that much more. Whether it’s implementing technology in the design of golf clubs or developing our own independent archive of golfer statistics, we’re constantly advancing the way we use data. Through Arccos, we’re excited to provide a select group of golfers with access to accurate and relevant real-time data to help them achieve their goals.”

Starting on November 1, 2020, custom iron sets of 6 clubs or more of qualifying stock iron sets purchased on TaylorMadeGolf.com will include the option to add on an Arccos Caddie subscription for $99.99 (plus $19.99 shipping & handling), covering the first year of a subscription. Customers will also receive a free set of Arccos Caddie smart sensors, courtesy of TaylorMade, and have the optional upgrade to bundle the Arccos Caddie Link wearable for an additional $129.99.

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