Ping i20 Moderator review - The Driver
Unexpected goodnessThis is a continuation of my i20 series review begun here: [url="http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/587961-ping-i20-editor-review-youre-gonna-need-a-bigger-boat/"]Ping i20 Moderator review --- "You're gonna need a bigger boat" ***First date*** and a new Ping customized bag[/url]
Honestly, I've never really been a Ping driver guy. Not that I disliked Ping's products -- I actually wanted a few in the past. But in the end, I was just never moved enough to commit to buying and bagging one of their drivers. I came close with the very good Rapture V2. But comparing it to my then 9015D, the V2 couldn't beat it on the launch monitor. And I didn't see the sneaky long rollout I was getting with the 9015D. Same with the G15: similar launch monitor numbers, but real world I was a bit further from the pin. Not ... quite ... there...
[size="4"]thwack![/size] sound I prefer. Ping nailed it here (hear?). Spot on.
Launch is a bit low compared to the 9015D, lower compared to the R11TP & MachSpeed Black, and much lower compared to RBZ Tour. This head is spec'd at 9.5*, compared to 9* or 9.5* in the others. This makes sense, because...
The i20 driver is a [size="3"]low[/size] [size="4"]spin[/size] [size="5"]monster![/size]
I'm a higher spin player, always looking for help with lowering my spin. Why? For me, I think it's because I'm not a great ball-striker. More glancing blow, more spin. For many here, it's that plus added swingspeed. More speed, more spin. Whatever the cause, the i20 fixes it. Period. So much so that many will be able to go up in loft with good results. For me, the i20/AD DI knocked my spin down by about 10% over the 9015D/Altus -- 300 rpm.
hit 'n giggle (scramble) the other day using only a 90* to 90* swing -- working on a feel -- and I was out there 240/250 all day (2nd place). Well past my usual yardages with that drill. The ball really jumps off the face of the i20.
This is my first dance with the AD DI, and it is as advertised: higher launch/lower spin. The DI-6S (stiff) has a bit more waggle in the tip than I'm used to and may not suit everyone. If you like a shaft with a loady feel, this is it for you. Ping's own TFC 707D has less of that tip waggle feel with similar low spin and a bit lower launch -- good shaft. I might investigate the Kiyoshi as well: the guys at Redstone Golf Club have been talking up that shaft for months.
straight low line into the hard, crossing wind ending up 270 yards from the tee. That ball was a good 15+ paces past his Ping Rapture V2/Blueboard drive he'd powdered out there just before.
"Wow. I wasn't expecting [size="3"]that[/size]" he said with wide eyes.
Unexpected goodness, Tom ... unexpected goodness. /beach.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':beach:' />
More to come...
full disclosure: Ping provided the driver for review
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