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"If you only read 1 driver review the rest of this year...this should be the one.  Not only does this driver perform well but Ping drivers are often overlooked when golfers are buying a new driver.  So...why are they overlooked...and why should you be trying this driver for your bag?  Read our review to get the answers."

PING G20 Driver

(Written By: GolfSpy T) Listen up all you chowderheads because I'm about to drop some serious knowledge on ya'll. Year after year PING manages to produce one of the top 2 or 3 drivers in the market. That's a true story. And year after year, apart from a legion of devout PING loyalists we wonder if the rest of you bother paying attention. Yeah, they're not always the best looking club, so what?  Are you the type of guy who wanders around the hardware store looking for the prettiest hammer, or do you want a tool that will flat out pound nails? You want paint...go take a nap. You want performance, read on.

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  • Have you hit the Ping G20 driver?  If so...what were your thoughts?

The Marketing Angle

Letter for letter there's really nothing revolutionary about the G20. According to PING, the G20 features:

  • Aerodynamic 460cc head with a larger face to create forgiveness and power across the entire hitting surface.
  • External weight to help promote high launch and low spin.

It's fairly standard language for a new driver, and under other circumstances I might have fallen asleep reading it, but, PING has an outstanding track record of actually improving the performance of their drivers with each new release. With PING it's never about the paint, or tinker-toy adjustability, it's always about trying to help the average golfer perform better, which while seldom eye-catching, they never fail to produce a tool that can't get the job done.


How We Tested

The 6 golfers for whom we collected detailed performance data were asked to hit a series of shots on our 3Track Equipped simulators from aboutGolf.  As usual, testing was done at Tark's Indoor Golf, a state of the art indoor golf facility located in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Detailed data for each and every shot for which we collected data is now viewable in the interactive portion of this review. This data serves as the foundation for our final performance score.  As a supplement to our 6 performance testers, a subset of additional golfers were given the opportunity to test the PING G20 Driver and provide feedback in our subjective categories (looks, feel, sound,  perceived distance, perceived accuracy, perceived forgiveness, and likelihood of purchase).  This information, which we also collected from our performance testers, is used as the foundation for our total subjective score.  Testing was done using a 9.5° and 10.5° drivers in regular, stiff, and x-stiff flex.



Where distance is concerned, the PING G20 is sneaky long (260.58 yards average as a group). It's so sneaky in fact that the majority of our testers failed to actually notice how far they were hitting the ball. From shot to shot most of our testers would likely have told you that the G20 was average at best (a couple actually told us they think it's shorter than most drivers). Of course, this isn't my first rodeo, and I had a sneaking suspicion that when I pulled the distance numbers from the launch monitor there would be some surprises.

As it turns out, for 2/3 of our testers, the G20 proved to be one of the 3 longest drivers they've tested this season (including 2 longest overall). No other driver we've tested this year comes close to matching that distinction. And those guys who thought it was among the shortest...shocker...they're both in that 2/3 that saw their best results of the year with the G20.

Are you paying attention now?

MGS Distance Score: 94.84


Look, I'd love to tell you that from an accuracy standpoint the PING G20 proved to be every bit as straight as it long. It didn't, in part due to the fact that it's stupid long. That's not to say our testers were spraying balls around like crazy...they weren't. The reality is they were on average (16.43 yards from the center line) only slightly more on target than with most other drivers we've tested.  More on target is good, and the G20 most certainly isn't a liability when it comes to hitting the center of the fairway, but it's not quite the PING K15 either.

MGS Accuracy Score: 88.63


As you'll see below, our testers didn't think much of the G20 where distance is concerned, and there's a couple of reasons why. First, as you'll see below, nobody loved the sound and feel, which means absolutely nothing where actual performance is concerned, but actually can influence people's perceptions. The 2nd reason why the subjective numbers are so incomprehensibly off the mark that I damn near checked our launch monitor for damage is that consistency breeds a sort of contempt among golfers constantly looking for more distance.

Hit the ball all over the map, but crank one 15 yards longer and the golfer's mind goes haywire and assumes he's got the longest driver of the year in his hands. Hit the club consistently longer than most anything else, but without that single +15 yard outlier, and suddenly no one is impressed. Really? I'm about to smack somebody.

MGS Consistency Score: 95.00

Overall Performance

The numbers say that the Ping G20 is one of the top 2 or 3 drivers we've had in for review this season. Hell, you could argue that based on where it ranks for our individual testers it's the best of the lot. We might be splitting hairs here over what's truly the best, but personally I've only thought enough of 2 drivers this year to put them in my bag and take them out to the golf course. The Ping G20 is one of them.



PING never has and probably never will be known for producing flashy clubs. While the G20 lineup is far from ugly (we've definitely seen worse), I think most would agree that function is a higher priority for PING than flair. With that in mind, I had a pretty good idea what our subjective surveys were going to look like, what I didn't know is they'd make me want to slam my head into a car door as many times at it takes to start thinking like our testers.


While the PING G20 does have externally visible weighting, they've managed to tuck it in just enough so that it's not visible at address. It's an excellent compromise that will still appeal to those guys who want to see their technology, and won't offend those of us who don't. As is typical for PING, there sole graphics while prominent, are not flashy, and while I'm not a tremendous fan of the alignment aid on the crown (seriously...what is that thing), it serves its purpose just fine - even if it does make me want the old crescent style back.

Where shape is concerned the G20 looks every bit of its 460CCs (that's a nice way of saying it's bulkier than most). As I mentioned, one tester was a bit put off by the size, but for the most part nobody else had much to say about it. Finally, at address the face appears to have less bulge and roll than other drivers (this is true of the K15 as well). While it doesn't matter one way or the other, if your accustomed to a more prominent rounding of your driver face, the G20 will appear flat by comparison.

In general, while not a single tester was smitten with the design, none were disgusted either.

MGS Looks Score: 86.00


Perhaps its just my perception of things, but over the last several revisions, PING drivers have drifted away from the type of feel I'd associate with Titleist and TaylorMade (TM has drifted a bit themselves), and moved towards a more solid (though not harsh) feel at impact. While I personally prefer the G10 in this regard, there's nothing necessarily unpleasant about the G20. Like the K15, it's just a bit different then what I remember from PING.

Though not a single tester commented directly on the feel (or sound for that matter), the majority ranked it on the lower end of average.

MGS Feel Score: 77.94


We've talked before about sound and feel being almost the same thing. In the case of the G20 they are pretty much are. Just as with feel, I would again suggest that PING had drifted away from a sound that I would describe as...well...a PING, and over the last couple of years has become a bit more of a pop. We're a long way away from Nike or older composite territory, but once again, I'm more fond of earlier models.

MGS Sound Score: 77.94

Perceived Distance

Look I don't want to sit here and call our testers morons, but hypothetically...what would you call a guy who hits a series of shots, gets to see every bit of data from those shots, and when that data shows he's hit a driver (let's call it the G20) longer than any club he's hit all year, declares that it's 5-10 yards shorter than most anything else? Seriously?

Truth is our testers aren't morons (probably), but those who circled the lowest numbers most definitely got it wrong. The problem is that the average golfer sees what he wants to and not what's actually happening in front of him. This is exactly why data matters. It's why the subjective score only counts for 10% of the total, and why perceived distance and accuracy are going away in the next revision. It's also why I need a beer(s).

Trust the's where reality lives. Perceptions and subjectivity are nothing more than just that.

Tester Perceived Distance Score: 77.94

Perceived Accuracy

What invariably happens when our testers under-estimate distance is that they tend to either over-estimate accuracy, or basically nail it. In this case they basically nailed it. While I don't think any of our testers would tell you the Ping G20 is the most accurate driver they've ever hit, most would probably tell you it's above average. That's how I would assess things anyway. As I said, it's a relatively straight hitting driver, but it's not quite the K15.

Tester Perceived Accuracy Score:  88.69

Perceived Forgiveness

There's reality (close a face and the ball flies low and left, open it and the ball flies high and right), and there's the stuff golf companies tell you (almost slice-proof, never hook, etc.). Until the USGA decides to allow gyroscopes in driver heads there are always going to be big misses. All you should realistically hope for in terms of forgiveness is that a driver can maintain a healthy percentage of its distance capabilities when you hit the ball high on the face, or low on the heel, or high on the toe. Everything else is a pipedream.

Of course, once you get past MOI numbers and things like that, forgiveness is basically all subjective anyway (how far a golfer thinks he hit the ball, based on where he thinks he hit it). For my money, the G20 is a solid A- where forgiveness is concerned (at least that's what I told the guys as I chased a mis-hit 20 yards past them), but hey, our testers say a solid B, so we'll go with that.

Tester Perceived Forgiveness Score: 86.00

Likelihood of Purchase

It's not that the LOP score for the G20 is the lowest we've seen (far from it), but at the same time it's inconceivably low considering the actual performance numbers. Yeah, looks count, and so do sound and feel, but none of the numbers anywhere as low as LOP score. We're talking about a driver that the numbers say should go in the bags of half our testers and yet... What is it going to take for golfers to get serious about performance? Can somebody hand me a can of white paint?

Tester Likelihood of Purchase: 72.56

I've been frustrated by the results of our subjective surveys before. Most often the numbers come back low for an average club, but the results of our surveys for the G20, in my opinion anyway, are nothing less than a travesty. I'm by no means a PING fanboy (currently zero PING clubs in my bag, although I have played their fairway woods and hybrids recently as this season), but it's well past time golfers took note of exceptional performance bundled in admittedly ordinary packaging.



Our testers aren't actually morons. They're enthusiastic golfers, who get genuinely excited about a good deal of the equipment they test for us. Like most anybody else, sometimes they just get it wrong. For whatever reason, the PING G20 just didn't get the guys all worked up (although you'd hope that after having a chance to review their actual numbers they'd rethink their positions). Each of us uses his own weighting scale to determine what's really important to us as golfers. Some willingly admit that they value distance above everything else (including common sense). The smartest guys place the premium on accuracy, while still others get so wrapped up in labels and paint schemes they forget about getting as far up the fairway as they possibly can. How good does your driver look from the woods?

We have a scoring system that is absolute and so I must abide by it. But if you want the honest opinion of a guy who has tested every driver to come through the doors at MyGolfSpy over the last 2 seasons; even if it doesn't have some of the intangible lure of some of the others, the PING G20 is absolutely one of the top 3 drivers we've ever tested.

One guy's opinion...this score should be plenty higher!



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John Bachman February 20, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Tried 2 G20s and although I liked them I wasn’t blown away by them. Finally found a used 8.5 with a Fubuki Alpha 60 shaft and bought it. The shaft really made the difference. Sneaky long is right, plus I get tons of roll out. My brother said I better never get rid of this driver and if I do it better be to him. Never under estimate a Ping driver.


John August 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm

The G20 is truly “sneaky-long.” I put it in the bag two months ago (got it cheap) and I often have a deflated feeling after I hit it down the fairway. It’s almost a feeling like I mishit the club. That is, until I walk past my buddies by thirty yards down the fairway. You won’t feel the distance from the tee. It’s kind of bizarre. I walk to where I think I hit it, then notice my ball much farther down the track. I played 8.5 and 9 degree drivers for years. Went with the 10.5 in the G20 for better accuracy, and it doesn’t disappoint. Straighter and at least 20 yards longer.


jbrown May 18, 2013 at 5:31 am

Maybe just the performance score should be posted because 89.7 is too low for this club. I waited a long time for the price to drop and when it did i didn’t hesitate to buy it. I LOVE THIS DRIVER!!!!! It’s not pretty and it’s not ugly…… and if you care about that stuff go wash your car for the third time this week. My 5th year playing this fine sport and 8 drivers have been in my bag over that time. With the G20 now in my bag, is my stupid spending habbit over? Absolutely. My longest driver ever, only comparable to the Cleveland Classic, but 10 times more accurate. When a driver is capable of lowering your handicap, you know you have something special. I know I do…(12 to 8) … and it’s staying for a long time. Great review guys


jim November 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Just picked up my new G20 driver in 9.5 tour stiff after trying a lot of drivers over the past month or so. Long and straight with great roll out, better than other models and much more consistent that the I 20 too. This is just a great club and I look forward to playing many rounds with it going forward.


Dale in Bakersfield November 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Bought this at Dick’s yesterday after comparing to 9 other drivers. I spent 2-1/2 hours in the practice booth with them, swapping back and forth. I’m not a long hitter, but this thing was reading the longest distance of all the drivers I tried (it tied with the i20), but it felt more forgiving. This, along with the price, put it in my bag. I took it to the driving range today, and in a full bucket, I mis-hit maybe 3 balls.. which is killin’ it for me. I very much enjoyed my lunchtime outing to the range. I’m a solid 18 hc, so my opinion is probably pretty worthless to you 7-8’ers. Anyways, it certaininy does not suck.


Bill November 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Just wanted to throw my 2 cents in here. I haven’t been a Ping fan and never have I tried any ping clubs. But a few weeks ago I got to try out the ping Anser with the Blur 005 shaft and it is the badest driver I have hit. We have a demo Anser at the local muny here in town were I work at on Sundays. Every time I play I leave my TH at home and play it. Waiting for the Ping G25 to come out in spring of 2013 to try it also. But right now the Ping Anser is long and straight and I been sneaky long.


Michael Little October 30, 2012 at 10:02 am

I had the TaylorMade RBZ driver (an up grade from my old Great Big Bertha) and then got fitted for Ping Irons and decided to go with the Ping Driver also (What would Bubba do?). Consistently less distance and more prone in my hands to slicing (usually hit a slight draw with the RBZ) resulting in more dispersion. Sounds worse than a tin can and just sapped the “fun” out of driving. I am now back to the RBZ and more content with my driving.


Simon Burns September 8, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Picked up a 10.5 big bad pink Bubba version this Spring – the shocking color never ceases to get all sorts of crude comments. That is, until I hit it in front of the commenters. Switched from a Cobra ZL, a marvelous driver, after discovering that not only is this pink beast 35 yards longer, it’s just as easy to hit. High piercing drives that carry long enough to warrant airline stickers on the ball, and i finally actually see the results of paying so much for premium golf balls (Z-Stars and Pro V1’s, Hex Black Tours) – you can feel the compression and the jump off the driver face is amazing. Don’t kid yourself, the G20 is loooong and very straight. What slice?


Clayton Bishop August 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I’ve hit the Ping G20 and have to admit that it’s an awesome club. As a matter of fact, I have one on the way to me as I write this. The sound of the club didn’t bother me, as a matter of fact it sounded like power, thrust and precision. As far as looks, very important. If you don’t like what you’re swinging, then you won’t swing it well. I tried the R11 and was really distracted by the white head…what the heck? Don’t get me wrong about Taylormade, I have the R9 irons in my bag and really like them. Buy the Ping G20!!


pC August 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm

i tried both the G20 and I20 yesterday. i think the G20 is rated way too low, some people might hate the sound or the looks of a G20, but i guess you wouldn’t care less when you are consistently hitting 300 yards and the ball is landing right on the fairway.


Joe July 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I must vent, i have been a ping customer for at least 10 years. when i ordered my custom g20 driver because i am a lefty i wanded a pink driver like bubba at the time i was told no way can not do no exceptions. Well bubba won the masters and guest what like magic ping all of a sutton they were making pink drivers avail. I called my club pro, the ping rep, and ping cust service and to no avail. they told me that i had to keep the present driver that i had, now i had to wait a longer period for my driver because i am a lefty and taller than the avg golfer but because i feel like the pop singer I CANT GET NO SATIFICATION i will never but another ping product and everywhere I go i tell golfer rather beginner or vet they dont get it done for loyal customers so to —– with ping there are other products on the market.



Chop June 21, 2012 at 6:23 am

I loved my V2/diamana, but my g20/tour/stiff 10.5 driver is easier to hit and it’s IS consistantly longer. I have a terrible swing, very homemade and i play in the 70s. Everyone outdrives me but none of my golf buddies is as consistant. Can’t get away from my x14s though. Dangit. I love the way the I20 irons look and feel.


pat June 5, 2012 at 10:11 am

any left handers try the G20 driver in both 9.5 and 10.5 degrees? If you have what was your experience?


jim r May 24, 2012 at 8:03 am

just bought the G20 after demo great feel ,great distance, love the club straight up thak you ping


Graeme May 11, 2012 at 5:45 am

just bought G20 9.5 reg. to replace my cobra x speed pro easier to hit great hang time about 10 yards carry extra but very difficult to work the ball , but who cares straight works well anyday also shots off centre of the face still go well this club just goes where you aim its just amazing what technology and engineering has done to drivers been playing since 1973 i am 40 years older but 60 yards longer


JayT April 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I was just fitted by Hot Stix. I tried eight or nine drivers – Two Taylor Made and two Callaway and bought the G20 on the spot. It was longer, more accurate and had a higher ball flight ( I hit the ball too low). It also came down at 30degrees, the optimum for roll out. Look was OK. Sound was OK. However, I couldn’t disregard the results. Much better than my old R9 460. I did spend an extra $200 for a better shaft.


Alex April 20, 2012 at 6:43 am

I’ve been using a Ping G2 for the past six years. I am a big Ping woods fan. Yesterday I hit a few shots with a G20 at the driving range. The club had a regular stock shaft and, man, I could hit it way longer and straighter than with my G2. This G20 will be in my bag for a while, I think. Thumbs up for Ping drivers, as it’s always been!


Jim E March 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I have had the Ping G5, G15 and just ordered the G20. I have hit my brothers G20, although he uses a reg shaft and I a stiff, I still hit his club a mile and didn’t drift off to the right waiting for the club face to square up like I thought I would be doing. You know, the G15 I have is a very great performing club and have been totally satisfied with the forgiveness and length. I ordered the G20 in a 9.5 with a stiff flex tour shaft, as I tend to hit a higher ball flight (maybe being 6’8″ attributes to that). Hopefully the tour shaft will lower the flight of the ball.
I play to a 11.5 hcp,, so I am a middle of the roader, punching it 280-290 on average, 57 years old, who totally loves the Ping drivers I have had.


YOHANES March 13, 2012 at 4:19 am

I’ve been looking to buy a new driver since my first driver had been a used Callaway Big Bertha. I’ve tried many drivers from Callaway, Titleist, TaylorMade, Nike. After reading this site, I finally tried Ping G20.
I have been losing so many strokes to penalty and out of bounds from slices from the tee box. With the Ping G20 which I had recently bought, I was able to hit a more straighter path launch with a little more distance added. I am more relaxed and confident when it’s my turn on the tee box.


Rick February 25, 2012 at 9:57 am

I admit to having a Ping bias as I think they have always had a game improvement slant for us hackers (15 H). I have been playing a G15 driver since they came out and pretty happy with the game improvement it gave me. Last weekend I had a golf outing with my sales team and one of them in my foursome rented G 20’s. I couldn’t resist the urge to reach into his bag to try out the driver. I used it for 10 holes. Like the testers, I didn’t immediately notice the difference until I started measuring the distances. Even my toe misses were going going 210-220 yards. After tying a career best 39 on the back nine I bought one that day. Have played two games since and can’t believe the extra distance and accuracy I am still getting. Sure is fun hitting short irons into the green instead of hybrids.


Jerry February 18, 2012 at 11:55 am

I am buying a PING driver. I am just wondering if the G20 is worth the $100 more than the price of the G15?


Chris March 3, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Jerry, If you have not made a purchase yet, I have a G20 I will sell for $250. It is brand new and has never been hit. It is 10.5 deg with the Tour shaft in X-Flex.


Chris February 7, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I purchased a G20 as soon as it hit the stores last August. I got the 10.5 deg w/ Stiff Tour shaft. October 1st I dented the face. Got my second in November direct from Ping with the same loft only X-Stiff Tour shaft this time. Last weekend I dented the second one. Same location on the face. Just a little off center toward the toe. Ping has been great to work with on this issue but no one understands it. I should have the 3rd club by the end of the month. We will see how it holds up if I decide to keep it. I really like the club and it is longer than my G10 but I may have to look for another option just because it is annoying having to worry about it. Has anyone else heard of this?


k9kingy February 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Bought this driver 10.5 degree loft with stiff shaft this weekend. Played with it today and have added 25-30 yards onto my distance and hit all bar 2 fairways, which is a massive improvement on my older big dog.
I love this club!!!1


Shane January 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Hmm comparing the Razr Hawk data with the G20 the Razr Hawk seems longer for most testers. The shaft length is only .25′ shorter on the G20 right? Is that the possible reason or is Razr Hawk simply longer? What loft was used on each? I am hoping mygolfspy tests the Razr Fit soon.


Shane January 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm

So I am one of the “Ping loyalists” the writer is talking about, at least where drivers are concerned. My question though would be is this driver really better than the G15, which is the best thing I’ve ever hit and that includes most of the other brand’s 2012 stuff. I actually hit the G20 too real quick once as our Ping rep was cleaning up his stall at my club. I found the feel of it to be really hard and so different than the G15. I also did not “perceive” any more distance than my G15. But I’m open minded. So the question is this guy consistently longer than the G15 without sacrificing forgiveness? I never considered the G15 to be straight, so I’m not expecting much there. And I know it doesn’t feel as good, but I might be willing to ignore that if it gets me out there more consistently.


christo December 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Just replaced my Taylormade R9 Driver with a Ping G20, i now hit the ball longer, straighter and more consistant. Thank you Ping!


Gil Bloomer December 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

I have a G10 driver and it’s quite long. I’ve tried the G15 because someone praised it so highly.
I suspect this new driver has the hype that the others do. I’ve also tried all the other over-hyped “name” brand drivers on the market and there’s no question in my mind that the finest products out there at a fair price are the Cleveland products. My Cleveland driver is longer by at least 10 yards over the “name” brands. The reason I wrote in this section about this is because the golfing public gets hoodwinked by clever advertising and over-hyped manufacturers who are hawking their goods for sales dollars. Buyer beware. Try them all, you’ll be surprised by the results.


Jack December 6, 2011 at 3:41 am

I really dont understand what the testers were thinking, i work in a golf store and have seen just about every driver on shelf in the last 2 years. When the staff are allowed to test drivers, the G20 came out as one of the favorites as far as just sound and feel. Thats not the say that were bias to PING, which were not, but it is a great brand, just as good if not better than brands such as Callaway, Titliest or even Taylormade. The only reason that people go for the other brands and not PING is because there marketing is not as large as the other major brands, because there privately owned and dont feel as much pressure to advertise there products as much as Titliest, and especially Callaway and Taylormade. To be honest PING needs far more recognition.


MrPete November 8, 2011 at 6:52 am

My my view this is a clear improvement over the G15 and much better than the G10. I can’t speak for the K15 as I have never hit it, but overall it a great stick…. except….

The sound is horrible. A huge step backwards, so much so its starts to get really annoying. True, it is not Sumo or Monster loud but anyone who is used to a Ping driver will be pretty shocked at that they hear. But who cares if it performs right?

Well it performs but for the 300+ sticker price it has a big problem- and that problems name is the Rapture V2. The Rapture V2 is just as long, if not longer, just as forgiving, sounds 100 times better and you can picked up a used one, or even a unused one for less than a buck and a half. It’s no contest. The G20 almost matches a driver Ping released over years ago. Maybe the G25 will finally make the step forward. It just goes to show what a legendary driver the V2 was.

I like Ping, I like the G20 (except the sound) but anyone considering it should demo it beside a Rapture V2.


Dave October 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I currently play the TiSi Tec 7deg stiff… a mid-size 323cc head that I avg. 290 yds a drive (+/-20) but have a tendency to launch them sky high. I demo’d the K15 and G15 last year on a range and LOVED the G15 but the 9 deg stiff launched even higher… no measurable improvement over what I have so it wasn’t for me. Now I’m hearing that the new G20 with the tour shaft and 8.5 degrees may be the ticket for a lower trajectory, a few more yards, a little more 460cc forgiveness for the occasional miss-hits and hopefully a drop in my 8 HC. I’ll be trying it out and a Ping Demo Day later this month at a nearby range… we’ll see.


Paul October 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I played the 8.5 with the stock Tour stiff shaft today and this thing out-distanced my 9064LS DFS by 15 yards, had lower spin (vs RIP gamma), and didn’t drop out of the sky upon descent EVERY time! 4 drives (i average around 285-290 normally) 302, 305, 312, 332. I swear! Measured using GPS! This driver is amazing and I’ve hit them ALL this year. You are doing yourself a disservice if you’re in the market for a new stick and don’t go try the demos of the G20. Simply an amazing driver. I ordered one as soon as I stepped off the course.


The White Tiger October 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Is it a big leap compared to the Rapture V2? Thanks to Ping to do drivers 12* for left handed!


Dan Capua October 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I have the G15 that I took out of my bag for the Taylormade Superfast 2.0 but cannot control it like the G15 .I am thinking about trading both of them in for the G20.,after a test drive..


John Barry October 3, 2011 at 8:30 am

I will for sure be giving this driver a testing during the winter and see how it stacks up to my current, my Adams Fast 11. I liked my G-15, but the Fast 11 was just a bit better for me, but the friend I sold it to loves it.


Nick October 1, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Great review as always. I’m one of those who passed on PING in favor of Callaway for my clubs this year (thanks to your RAZR review). You still gaming the 9064LS?


froneputt October 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Pings have always been long since the TiSi and their custom hosel. I own a G20 4 wood, and the Ping G20 Driver seems like a larger version. The FW goes straight and I would suspect the G20 driver to be a straight shooter. No, the look is not my favorite, and if I hadn’t purchased two used Superfast 2.0 drivers only a month before intro, I may have picked up the G20. But I owned a Rapture V2 for 3 years, and we didn’t exactly agree with each other. The SF 2.0, on the other hand, I like its more triangular head versus the rather pedestrian looking G20 Driver. I think the triangle is a better design for stability. Still, the G20 would be at the top of my list to demo if I was buying.

And your testers? Morons, all of them. :-)

Present company excepted… of course.


Don September 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Every time I read that people have a negative view of Ping clubs, I find it hard to believe. Everyone I know save one plays a Ping driver. Whenever I walk on with a group of strangers, 75% of them are gaming Pings. I just don’t believe people are so stupid to discount a club for the way it looks or the name brand on it, but hey more for me.

I hit the G20 and liked it. I game a K15 which is an absolute monster. I am regularly just as long as the G20, G15, and G10 in my regular group. It fits my swing fault/tendencies and I am finding way more fairways than ever. Personally, I could care less if it says Ping on the bottom or if it’s highlighter yellow and made by Powerbilt. With results like these…

Previously I have gamed Adams, Wilson, Taylormade, and Nike drivers. Ping is no different and certainly not inferior. So keep gaming what you think is longer and better. I’ll just keep bombing fairways!


Tess September 30, 2011 at 6:03 am

Great review MGS! Quite timely for me as I’m attending a Ping fitting on Oct.3 for driver and 3fw…and perhaps hybrids. The Ping HQ up here provided an excellent impression when I got a fitting for G15 irons over a year ago, so I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me this time.
I’ll report back after my fitting.


Spilly September 30, 2011 at 5:43 am

I understand the competion is hard but can we stop already with all the new everything in golf.
We had some fun this summer and we did a focus group on Drivers.Here is the catch we put a G5 ping,G10,G15 and a K15 and we covered all the markings.Our six golfers were all single digit hanicap.The answer we got that 4 players picked the G5 and the other 2 picked the G10.So by making all new clubs every year and we golfers changing every year it makes no sense.I bet if others would try Talormade products and or Callaway we would get the same results.Just tell me how different is the Ping5 from the Ping10?


GolfSpy T September 30, 2011 at 6:08 am

Spilly – Based on what I’ve observed testing clubs over the last several years; I’d say that it’s the low handicap players that show the least variance between clubs. Most are incredibly consistent, and quite frankly, I’d doubt that there’s much difference between now and 3 years ago where center of the face contact is concerned.

Once you move up to middle and higher handicap players, the larger sweet spots and more forgiving designs do actually make a difference. Don’t get me wrong, we’re talking about small evolutionary (not revolutionary steps here), but I’d venture to say that most golfers would see measurable improvement moving from a G5 to a G20. A G15…admittedly not nearly as much so.


Robert September 30, 2011 at 5:00 am

I agree with you 100%. I am in my 60’s and a swing speed in the 80’s. I played with a young man who had a Ping G15 and killed the ball, so, like most of us who are always in search of the perfect driver I purchased a G15, soft regular flex, and have been amazed at the results. I hit more fairways, longer drives and the most surprising are my miss hits, I think I just blew it, however, when I get to my ball I realize I did not lose that much in distance. The best driver I have owned (so far).
I am curious when you say:
“I’ve only thought enough of 2 drivers this year to put them in my bag and take them out to the golf course. The Ping G20 is one of them.”
What was the other one?
New York


Brian Cass September 30, 2011 at 4:35 am

I agree that Pings are often overlooked especially by driver snobs/nazis that believe PING does not make a quality driver, or that they’ve NEVER made a quality driver. That’s hogwash.
Somehow Ouisthuizen found his Rapture to be acceptable enough to win the British Open. Bubba certainly has faith is his potatoe masher. I switched from the G15 to the Titleist D2 because I wanted a dead neutral face and the G15 set up slightly shut which was helping me on balls where I was late through the hitting zone but not helping when I got slightly ahead of it. I wanted to remove the left side of the golf course and I find PING does not help you do that. That being said…the Rapture and the G10 (I also had the G10) were pretty damn neutral and good enough for former world number 1 Lee Westwood.


Krishna September 30, 2011 at 1:11 am

So, what are the other two among the top three drivers?


GolfSpy T September 30, 2011 at 4:52 am

Krishna – Although not my personal favorite, the PING K15 performed very well for us. Other standouts would be the Titleist 910, and my personal all-around favorite, the Callaway RAZR Hawk (although I greatly prefer the Tour model).


Hans 9hcp September 30, 2011 at 12:02 am

I tried a lot of Drivers on a custom fitting session since I have had problems hitting my current r7 460. Turned out that the lighter Ping G20 with reg. shaft worked out the best for my swing and I managed to square up the head much more consistently than with the other drivers. Also tried the 3 wood and loved it also. Picked up both from shop yesterday so now its time to try them on the course :)


JJ September 29, 2011 at 8:49 pm

You are so right about the psychology of an outlier. People think a driver is crazy long when they only have 1 or 2 drives that’s 20 yards longer and the rests are duds. To me what matters the most is CONSISTENTLY LONG because that’s what gives me confidence. Surprises on the course is almost never a good thing.


RC September 29, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Broke my K15 scaring a squirrel off my bag. Replaced it with a Taylor Burner. Taylor Burner felt very heavy. Tried Adams UL, then settled for Ping G20. I’m satisfied. Picked up a few yards, but the real nice thing that the review doesn’t mention is the sweet swing tempo you can put on this club!


Tony September 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I’d be interested to know the difference between the G15 and G20, I think there is probably very little between drivers these days, at least not $300 worth of difference to buy a new model.


BiG SaL September 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

As ALWAYS… Excellent Review guys, I actually own the K 15 which I’m not a huge fan of, but if I didn’t already own a Ping driver I would Definatley try the G20. As far as looks go, I’m a Huge mental’ looks’ confidence’ type of guy. If it looks Good, for some crazy ass reason i hit good. I bought the K15 for a crazy low price, which is the only reason I picked it up, cuz I OBVIOUSLY didn’t buy it for it’s looks, Lololol. Great Review Guys! Please keep them coming


Pablo September 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Maybe your testers aren’t morons, but boy do they do and belief in some moronic things! With those results, you’d think they’d actually pay attention to data when it’s available. Seems like a great driver I’ll have to demo, seeing as a season ago, when my swing wasn’t all over the place, I was bombing the 8* i15 with the stock Axivcore shaft at a demo. I almost bought it that season, hell that day.


GolfSpy T September 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Pablo – There’s a psychological component to testing (mostly people see what they want to see). Even though it’s very long on average, it’s so consistent that most of our testers didn’t have 1 or 2 shots that were significantly longer than the rest. That sort of thing does happen with most of the drivers we test, and even if over all the averages are…well…average, a couple of bombs leads to the perception of more distance overall.


Oldplayer September 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I became a G15 convert after reading mutiple great reviews and it has proved to be the absolute best driver I have used. Could the G20 really be an improvement? I think the G15 will go down in contempory history as one of the best drivers EVER made, like the legendry 905R. In my mind a hard act to follow. BTW I have been playing for many years and still manage a low cap. Currently 3.7. So in my opinion it is a driver for ALL golfers.


Downtown Brown September 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Great job with this G20 line Ping. I am a Ping man all in my bag. I just made a wise investment with the G20 driver, 3 wood, and 20 degree hybrid. They feel solid on contact and fly straight as an arrow ! I play the G15 irons with Ping cushioned shafts, the 54 and 60 degree Tour S wedges, and I seal the deal with my 1959 Karsten, Anser 2 putter. I am loving golf life, and it’s getting better! Thanks again Ping. Keep up the great work !


Stewart September 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I’ve been playing PING for a number of years (currently playing a K-15) and although I’ve tried other drivers, I still come back to Ping for distance, accuracy and feel.
Looks? Who cares what it looks like? Guys much younger than me still consider my drives “stupid long.”


schamp401 September 29, 2011 at 11:46 am

I ordered the G20 9.5* diver, 3 wood and 20* Hybrid all with the new tour X flex shaft. These clubs replaced Titleist 909 d2’s. I have played 2 rounds since, 75, 75 these are my two lowest rounds this year by 3 strokes. Made my first Eagle this year. I am 50 years old and my HC index is 7.4. Also, I switch from AP2’s to G20 irons at the same time. If I keep scoring like this… I don’t care what they look like.


mygolfspy September 29, 2011 at 11:53 am

Tough to convert golfers to think with their head and not the marketing that goes along with most of the clubs in the market. So I am glad to hear that you went with what worked best instead of being concerned with what looked best.


schamp401 September 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

It was a decision I had thought about for over a year. I am a huge traditionalist. Love my forged ap2’s and 909’s… I am kind of a Titleist snob. I love the results with the G20’s. My Saturday group all poked a little fun at me until it came time to divide the money after the round. I became a little quiet!!! As far as distance goes… I used my sky caddie to mark off 3 of my drives. 310, 287, 283 the 310 was slightly down hill. The G20 Driver is long and accurate.


mygolfspy September 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm

If all golfers were engineers Ping would be the number one selling drivers on the market.


skip October 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm

If all golfers were engineers, I think Ping would be the # 2 selling driver and Adams would be #1. Pings now tends to follow the industry, whereas Adams tends to lead it in innovation.


Lee September 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Right on mate. I got the absolute same results at the start of the season when I changed from a Titleist driver to a G15 and Mizuno MP58’s to G15 irons. Shooting in the low 70’s and have come down from 6.2 to 4.6. Get over the looks and focus on your scores and your mates faces when they are paying out after the round.


GolfSpy T September 29, 2011 at 10:17 am

Dave – I can only speak for myself, and honestly I’m probably a poor example, but… The tour shaft (which we had in X-flex) brought my spin numbers down by a fair amount. I sometimes struggle with a slight descending angle of attack which complicates things (I generate too much spin with the majority of stock shafts anyway).

When I compared the numbers (primarily distance), I was longer with the Tour model, so that’s the one I used when I collected my data.


Golfspy Dave September 29, 2011 at 10:06 am

I immediately liked this driver when I demoed it. May have some pro-PING diver bias as I used to bag a Rapture V2.

What was your take on the tour vs. non-tour shaft? I was not hitting them on a monitor and subjectively it seemed like the tour was a touch lower launching, but not by much…


Berniez40 September 29, 2011 at 9:33 am

I really have to agree with you on this one. In my more subjective field tests, and mind you, I do not bag a Ping Driver (Adams F11), nor do I bag Ping Irons, (Wilson Staff Ci9’s), I have hit plenty of both. This is by far Ping’s best driver for “The Average Joe All The Way To Pro” Category since the days of the TiSi Tech Craze. I’m not sure what your testers were feeling, but I found this new Titanium Alloy they are using in the face to have a “POP” similar to the first wave 0f Beta Ti faces that came out on the old Orlimar 420 series, while possessing that split second of “Cling” at impact that made Mizuno Drivers so tempting to put in the bag, despite their lack of “POP”. Maybe we’re both crazy, and I need to go slam my head against the car door a few hundred times.Pop + Cling + Distance = AMAZING in my book—so I just don’t get it either.


stevenhw8 September 29, 2011 at 9:04 am

Testers are morons! 😀


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