Since 1967, Ping Golf has been revolutionizing the golf driver market. Ping’s 2003 release of the G2 Driver introduced one of the largest and most momentous movements made to retain the traditional driver look and feel while improving the overall performance of the clubs. Recently, Ping Golf released its G10, a counterpart to the Ping Rapture. Ping’s driver line is consistently one of the most respected in the golf industry, but how does the G10 Driver compare to previous releases.
Compared to the previous drivers in the G line, the G2 and G5, very little has changed in terms of looks, but the internal distribution of weight has changed dramatically. Most of these changes have followed a common trend in the golf industry: low and back. Weight is now deeper and farther in the back to launch the ball farther and with less spin. If anyone is expecting a drastic change in looks, they will be disappointed. The outside of the G10 Driver is not much different, but you’ll certainly be able to feel the differences between the two. The G2 and G5 definitely fall in comparison to the control and power that the G10 has.
Something special to the G10 is the larger profile. The club head is 460cc, like most other drivers these days, but the profile is deeper and allows for a greater margin for error. As you can probably tell, this driver is one of the more forgiving on the market. The club shape drives all energy produced and sent by the player to the shot; very little energy will be wasted. The club shape just looks great in general; smooth and dark black paint, square face angles, and a polished chrome finish give rise to a very appealing driver that rounds any set perfectly.
Looks aside, what about the actual hitting? The Ping G10 gives a lively, yet low sound upon impact; a solid, yet exciting hit. Be careful, though. Ping Golf has designed this driver to launch the ball a bit higher than the loft degree would have people expect. It is definitely recommended that the customer try out the driver first; you might not be used to such high launching at the same loft degree. Another thing that might throw off players is the shaft length. At 45.75″, the driver is a tad bit longer than the 45″ standard. While this might take some getting used to, those who master it might be able to milk the benefits.
Overall, the Ping G10 gets a 4.22 out of 5. Ping has certainly produced a fantastic driver, a super-upgraded G5 of sorts. After some getting used to, you’ll be able to launch far, high, and straight down the middle with the latest in the Ping G line.