join

ULTIMATE REVIEW! – PING I20 Driver

Post image for ULTIMATE REVIEW! – PING I20 Driver

ping i20 driver review

"The short version of the story is that the PING i20 driver is now the #1 Driver in our review database, and that's pretty damn impressive. We do believe that the majority of golfers would probably be better served by PING's G20 driver - especially if you're wise enough to place a premium on fairways. But if you're willing to sacrifice just a little bit of accuracy, the distance gains offered by the i20 might be worth it.  I certainly wouldn't fault anyone for dropping the i20 in your bag today."

The Next Step Forward

This review of the PING i20 driver represents the latest small step in the evolution of MyGolfSpy's ULTIMATE REVIEW! System. We have always advocated for custom fitting (I may have suggested that off-the-rack is for chumps), and as the golf companies we work with have come to accept and support our review system, we now have the opportunity to better fit our testers for the equipment we test. We see the introduction of custom fitting is the logical progression of our review system.

For this review we worked with PING to ensure the best fit for our pool of testers. Though 2 of our test samples are basically off-the-rack models (sometimes off-the-rack does actually work), PING had the opportunity to provide any combination of shaft and i20 head. As we continue to build and evolve the ULTIMATE REVIEW System we expect custom fitting will play a role in the majority of the club tests we conduct. We don't believe golfers should buy off-the-rack, and we don't think clubs should be reviewed that way either.

PING i20 Driver

(Written By: @GolfSpy T) Perceptions are strange things. Once you have them, no matter how far away they are from reality, they can be difficult to shake. Such was my perception of PING. When I first started playing this game, none of the golfers I knew by name were PING staffers. Lots of the LPGA players had PING in their bags, and several of my more serious golfer friends had PING irons...and so my perception of PING was born. They are a club for women and serious amateurs. Boy did I get that wrong.

There are golf tournaments that really matter, and handful of others that manage to fill the field with guys you actually want to watch play, and there are others that are nice to fall asleep to on a lazy Sunday afternoon. In my mind there have been two tournaments that matter this season. The first was the Accenture Match Play Championship. While not everyone will agree with me about its significance, as the only match play event on the PGA Tour, I think it matters. It also helps me make my point so we're going to roll with it. So as I was saying...at the Accenture Match Play Championship, PING staffers finished 1,3, and 4. The dominance was so impressive it led me to start a silly little rumor that the USGA is considering banning PING clubs.

The 2nd significant tournament of the season is, of course, the Masters. While most everyone on the planet knows that Bubba Watson is a PING staff (his pink driver has gotten a little bit of press lately), many may not have realized that the guy Bubba beat in extra holes, Louis Oosthuizen is also a PING staffer. So if you're keeping track at home...on my scoreboard that's 2 big tournaments, 2 PING wins, and a whole lot of action near the top. My point is while PING might not have the biggest tour roster, and they don't crank our commercials like some of the other guys, one could make a serious argument that when it comes to the things that matter most (like actually winning a tournament) PING is the most dominant name in golf. How's that for a change in perception?

With that out of the way, can we actually talk about the Ping i20 driver? Yeah...let's do that.

The Marketing Angle

In the interest of moving this along quickly, here's what PING wants you to know about the i20 Driver:

  • Aerodynamic for Distance The crown is engineered to reduce drag for maximizing clubhead speed and ball velocity, resulting in greater distance.
  • Long, Forgiving Dense tungsten weights add to MOI and position the CG for low-spin, penetrating trajectories, and long accurate drives
  • Classic Shape A powerful-looking 460cc head design inspires confidence in golfers of all abilities.

How We Tested

For our test of the PING i20 driver  we collected detailed performance data from 4 testers who 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 viewable just below the performance section of this review. This data serves as the foundation for our final performance score.  Our testers were also asked to rate the PING i20 Driver and provide feedback in our subjective categories (looks, sound & feel, perceived forgiveness, and LOP (likelihood of purchase).  This information is used as the foundation for our total subjective score.  Testing was done using 9.5° and 10.5° drivers in stiff and x-stiff flex. Drivers were outfitted with the PING TFC 707D (9.5 and 10.5 Stiff) and the PING TFC169D Tour (X-flex), which you may recall is a stock offering on the PING G20 Driver.

PERFORMANCE SCORING

Like the last several driver tests we've conducted, tests of the Ping i20 were conducted under our updated testing protocols. Full details of our testing and scoring procedures can be found here. The short version is that scores are calculated based on a point system. Points are determined per shot using a formula of distance minus accuracy. Based on previous test results, we've assigned each of our four testers a theoretical maximum point value. The percentage of that maximum theoretical score that is achieved by each individual tester represents the individual score for the PING i20 driver. The total performance score is determined by the average score for our testers. Because only 4 testers were used for this test, no scores were dropped before calculating the overall score.

Just as a casual FYI, only 4 testers were used for this evaluation because Tim is now out for the season with injury (look for his replacement in upcoming reviews), and our senior tester did not participate because there is no loft/flex option in the PING i20 lineup that would offer even a satisfactory fit.

Distance & Launch

Given that our two shortest hitters did not participate in this review, it should come as no surprise that overall averages are higher than any previous review. Our 4 testers averaged 270.80 yards of total distance (256.17 yards carry). Noteworthy is that all 4 testers achieved distance totals that are above their historical averages, while two of our testers put up some of the biggest numbers they've ever achieved. Sufficed to say, looking at pure distance numbers, the PING i20 is at or near the very top of our all-time longest list.

Contrary to what many might believe, most golfers will find that the PING TFC 707D is actually the lower launching of the two stock shaft offerings for the i20 (the Project X black is the other). While our testers might generally be classified as low ball hitters, the majority posted vertical launch angles that are slightly higher than their averages (Nick has had amazing run of low bullets of late, so it was nice to see him moving closer to an optimum value - though he still has a ways to go).

As a group our testers averaged 11.44 degrees of vertical launch, with 13.27 on the high end and 9.69 on the low. In my particular case PING recommended the X-Stiff shaft, I assume, to help keep my runaway spin numbers in check.

Though it counts for nothing, I spent some time with our newest tester getting him ready to start testing for real. On one swing he carried the PING i20 almost 330 yards; the longest of any driver he hit for me...and probably the longest I've ever seen on the simulator.

Accuracy & Spin

It should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that PING's i20, a driver designed with the better player in mind isn't quite as accurate as either the G20 or other drivers with more of any everyday golfer slant. Our 4 testers missed the center of the fairway by an average of 17.65 yards. Our most accurate tester (and lowest handicap golfer) missed by 15.11 yards, while our least accurate tester missed by 21.25 yards. As you can see from the chart below, consistency, and grouping aren't quite as good as they've been in some other recent tests.

All things considered, the accuracy numbers are still pretty good. I mean...17.65...that's solid, and we're talking about a driver that's not really intended for mid-high handicap golfers.

Spin is perhaps the most intriguing of all the numbers we looked at with the G20. If anything, our tests suggest that PING's efforts to better fit our golfers (note: the fitting recommendations were based on previous results, not on a traditional, in-person fitting) resulted in spin numbers that were actually less than ideal. Though as a group our testers averaged 2460.07 RPM worth of backspin, one of our testers average just a little more than 2000 RPM, another managed an astonishing low 1678, which suggests that a softer shaft, or at least one with a softer tip, may have some benefit for him.

Still, even with lower spin numbers (good news if you're looking to reduce spin), the overall results were damn near awesome.

Overall Performance

We look at driver performance as a delicate balance between raw distance and accuracy. While the accuracy numbers for nearly all of our testers were down slightly, the big distance numbers were more than enough to offset it. Anecdotally, what we discovered is a driver that might be the longest on the market today, and does a decent job of mitigating minor mistakes (5 years ago...maybe even 3 this would have been one of the most forgiving drivers on the market). Like most any other driver, the i20 will punish you for your mistakes, but the severity of that punishment is perhaps a slightly harsher than what you'll get from some of the other drivers we've tested recently. Still, I expect many of you will take the distance and except your spanking with a smile. I would.

MGS OVERALL PERFORMANCE SCORE: 94.99

The Interactive Data

The charts below show the individual and group averages (black dotted line) for each shot our golfers took during our test of the PING i20 Driver. If you click on the "PING i20 - Test Range tab, you can see where each shot came to rest on our virtual driving range. Hovering over any point will give you all the details of that particular shot. You can use the filters on the right-hand side to show and hide individual golfer based on handicap and clubhead speed. Clicking on the " PING i20 - Raw Data" tab will show you the individual numbers and group averages for our testers.

SUBJECTIVE SCORING

PING is another company whose drivers haven't always fared well with our testers when it comes to the subjective stuff. I attribute that to design elements more than anything else. PING is known for making among the most forgiving drivers in the game, and certainly there are some associated aesthetic considerations. Of course, to PING's credit, they never really jumped on the square bus, or got involved in any of the triangular nonsense. While not always 100% traditional, the designs have always been mostly conventional...just not as pretty as some others.

Looks

It wasn't too long ago that I said something along the lines of "If PING has ever made a pretty golf club, I haven't seen it". Actually I probably said that before the Anser Forged irons came out, and after seeing the Ping i20, and listening to my tester's feedback, you'll never hear me say such a thing again.

Compared with the last two PING drivers we've reviewed (G20 & K15), the i20 is definitely more refined, more traditional...really just a whole lot nicer to look at. The most significant change/enhancement is the matte black crown (think Cleveland Hi-Bore). While companies who have moved to lighter crowns talk about contrast, what the matte finish completely eliminates both glare and shadows. No other finish does that nearly as well. It also happens to look really good.

The only knock on the crown is PING's alignment aid. Though perhaps more effective than most at its intended purpose (actually providing alignment rather than simply promoting the brand), it has never been the most popular with our testers. Quite honestly, I am slightly surprised they put it on what is offered as the driver of choice for better players.

The sole is largely smooth with only "PING and "i20" disrupting the flow of the majority of the surface area. Two tungsten sole weights are visible towards the rear. Visually they break things up a bit, which is good. They also make for visible technology, which golfers like, especially when it's the kind of technology you can only see when you want to see it.

Finally, the stock TFC 707D and Project X Black shafts make for very attractive black on black design, which is almost always popular with our testers. Honestly, I think all the elements are here for a perfect score, but get enough guys in a room, and one of them is bound to argue that Giselle Bündchen is a pig, so you know...

MGS Looks Score: 99.44

Sound & Feel

Overall our testers rated sound and feel above average, however; perceptions actually varied quite wildly. One tester, who believes he didn't hit it that well (he's wrong) told us he thought the driver was slightly loud and slightly harsh. In my estimation he's probably right...which is why I absolutely love the sound and feel of the PING i20.

In my opinion, for balls struck on the sweet spot, the PING i20 is absolutely the best feeling, and likely the best sounding driver we've ever had in for review. Seriously. The thing about the i20 is that when you miss that sweet spot by even just a little, the feel changes dramatically...it gets a little harsh, and a little clanky. You absolutely know you've missed. I love that too. There are no surprises that stem from a ball that wasn't as well struck as one thinks. Isn't that what feedback is all about?

And really, apart from massive distance, shouldn't there be some reward for perfect contact? With the PING i20 there absolutely is.

MGS Sound & Feel Score: 88.69

Perceived Forgiveness

Last time we tested a driver I had some pretty insulting things to say about our testers who gave a club far lower forgiveness scores than I thought they should. This time around the forgiveness scores are even lower, but I'm inclined to agree. Looking at the dispersion patterns alone on our range chart suggests our testers weren't excessively consistent with the PING i20. Small mistakes are more pronounced and big mistakes don't show up on the map.

For what it is, it's still a very forgiving driver, but when you consider that PING actually offers two drivers more forgiving than the i20, it's neither a knock nor a surprise that this one isn't among the best in the forgiveness category.

Tester Perceived Forgiveness Score: 77.94

Likelihood of Purchase

Considering 2 testers told me they didn't hit the i20 well, I fully expected LOP scores to be low. Of course perceived performance is only a small part of the LOP equation, and having a club golfers like the looks of can go a long way towards enticing them to actually drop it into their bags.

While one testers rated the club a 7 (incidentally he put up his best score ever with the Ping i20 - though it is admittedly derived more from distance than by accuracy), everyone else scored it either an 8 or a 9, which in the grand scheme of things around here, is a pretty solid indicators that our testers liked the club.

Tester Likelihood of Purchase: 86.00

While I'm not the least bit surprised that our testers still haven't found it in them to rate a PING driver an overall "A" on our subjective scale. It's pretty clear our testers like what they see in the Ping i20, as this is as close as any PING driver has come to date.

TOTAL SUBJECTIVE SCORE: 89.63


CONCLUSION

The Ping i20 is without question my favorite PING driver, and probably the first one for which I've loved the looks, the sound, and the feel as much as I've appreciated the performance. Even our testers who didn't hit the driver particularly well (or so they thought) put up some pretty impressive distance numbers. That said, it's not a driver I'd recommend to those of you who have trouble consistently finding the center of the club face (and yes...I'd count myself among you). The i20 simply isn't as straight as some of the more average joe-friendly designs on the market today, although it's unlikely you'll find a more forgiving driver targeted at better players.

If however, you're a better player...one of those annoying guys who constantly hits the center of the club face, and consequently not only hits it far, actually puts it in the fairway with regularity, then even if you wouldn't call yourself a fan of PING drivers, this is one you absolutely should be looking at. The distance is at time mind boggling, and as our testers found out, the combination of the Ping i20 head and PING TFC shaft are more than capable of dropping spin numbers to levels we've never seen.

In truth we'd be making a bigger deal about having a New #1 Driver, but we do have to allow some consideration for the custom fitting aspect, and the fact that we had two fewer testers than we normally have for drivers. Of course the majority of our testers did hit off-the-rack offerings, and, just to make sure the results weren't completely skewed I looked at a couple of "what if" scenarios. Even if our 2 missing golfers had tested the i20 and somehow posted their worst scores ever, the remaining 4 testers hit the i20 so well that it basically wouldn't have mattered. Maybe it's not #1, but it's still damn close, and that's what matters most.

Is it any wonder Bubba hits the ball so damn far?

MGS TOTAL SCORE:  94.45


If you found this review and others useful, please consider making a cash donation to help support MyGolfSpy or a contribution to our Club Recycling Program. We accept credit cards through PayPal. A PayPal account is not required in order to donate.

Choose donation amount:
Anonymous donation

Review Summary

A
94.45

{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

Rob April 19, 2012 at 8:22 am

I have had one of these for 2 months now and it is amazing. The distances are truly amazing and unlike the report I do find it flies the ball nice and straight. to summarize it is awesome !!
Go on buy one you will love it.

Reply

R. P. Jacobs II April 19, 2012 at 8:24 am

Jesus!….Fairways & Greens 4ever….

Reply

Brian April 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

G20 is an absolute beast, I’d opt for that one if I ever ditched my Titieist D2. When you put the G20 behind the ball, there is simply no question it inspires confidence. You just feel like you are going to crush it every stinkin’ time. D2 will let you know when you missed the sweet spot by a hair, not sure the G20 has a place on it that you can say is a true miss. G20 good enough for Bubba and Hunter, that’s saying plenty.

Reply

Charlie April 19, 2012 at 6:15 pm

ugh…this is the i20…

Reply

riosecc@ April 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm

LOL !!!!

Reply

blstrong (SeeRed) April 19, 2012 at 8:41 am

Continue to love the thorough reviews on MGS. I recently read through someone else’s “Hot List”, ahem, “reviews” and found myself shaking my head and wondering where the actual useful review information was. Ah well. As for this review- I’ve gamed the i20 for two months now and absolutely love it. Most forgiving it is not, as you have alluded to, but it isn’t terribly bad on my mishits. The cracking sound and feel on well struck shots is wonderful. When I went for the fitting, I hit clubs from Titleist (my old 905R and the 910D3), Taylormade (R11 and RBZ), and Adams (my 9064LS) as well. I hit the Ping last, and my reaction to it was just “Wow”. Anyway, it’s long, has a very penetrating ball flight, and looks great. I also believe it will help make you better off the tee with accurate feedback. BTW, interesting start to the article. So who’s really making the most noise on tour? I guess it depends on what you’re listening to.

Reply

Rick S. April 19, 2012 at 8:48 am

I found a couple of new Ping Rapture V2′s with a Diamana Blue Shaft that I’ve been using. If I can hit the I20 better than the Rapture, I’ve probably found the best Driver ever for me. I’ll give it a try!

Reply

robby April 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Lets us know about your findings…like you I still play the rapture V2 with Diamana Blue shafts.
thanks

Reply

TwoSolitudes (formally Joe) April 19, 2012 at 9:16 am

Rick I think you are on target with this being the next version of the V2. I have the V2 as well and found it to be better performing that anything put out by Ping (or anyone else) up to this point. The i20 looks just fantastic and I am seriously considering it.

But with my modest 90-95mph, swing those accuracy numbers of the VR_S keep calling out to me….. ‘fairways, fairways’

Reply

Chomper April 19, 2012 at 9:32 am

Most of the Ping Driver in the past 4 or 5 years have been really good. I had an i15 for a little while and was impressed with the feel but found that it didn’t offer much more in performance over the g15 or the titleist 909/910 models. One thing I really disliked about the i15 was the durability. It seemed that the black finish on the face and sole did not hold up well. What did you noticed about the durability on the i20?

Reply

KFlare April 20, 2012 at 8:06 am

I never played an i15D, but my i20 has been holding up well for about 2 months. No wearing of the black PVD on face or sole, and the crown has no marks (after a wet cloth wipe). I play 3 times a week and I hit range balls off of mats more than on-course play, so the range is probably worst possible environment. I call it good!

Reply

Chomper April 20, 2012 at 8:23 am

Thanks KFlare. I might need to look into this stick then!

Reply

DL April 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

The i20 Driver is solid. I have been saying for awhile now the the real winner of the Accenture Match Play and the Masters was PING! I had a little chuckle seeing my sentiments in the review. I just put i20 irons in the bag and if i hadn’t just received an 8.5 Callaway Razr Fit with a Fubuki Alpha 60S i would probably be buying an I20 or G20.

PING is firing on all cylinders right now!

Reply

JA April 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm

DL
Is the Fubuki Alpha all that they say it is?

Reply

DL April 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Actually, I haven’t played a round with it yet.

I went through a fitting and the stock RIP NV had too much spin for me…. hit a bunch of shafts and the Fubuki gave me the best spin and feel…. if I remember correctly, it has a stiff butt section, softer mid section, and a stiffer/stable tip. It came down to the fubuki or a Diamana whiteboard. The whiteboard was too “blah” for feedback compared to the fubuki. I felt like I had to swing really hard with the whiteboard so I went with the Fubuki.

I’ll make a post after I take it out on the course…

Thank you for inquiring.

DL

Reply

DL May 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Having played a couple of rounds with it, the Fubuki Alpha is worth it to me. There are so many good shafts out there that its really about finding the right one for you.

There are only 7 or so companies that make all the world’s golf shafts. Its unfortunate that a $300 shaft only costs about $10 to make…..

Reply

MS65 April 20, 2012 at 6:02 am

Just got i20 irons (1 deg strong), f/w woods (3 & 5) , 20 deg hybrid and 10.5 deg driver and ping Anser wedges. Wow! do they play well or do they play well. I have gone full circle now in my golf equipment – started playing when I was 25 and bought Ping now I am 65 (h/c 9) and have played with a fruit salad of irons and drivers throughout only to go Ping again – i20′s forever!

Reply

tim April 20, 2012 at 10:39 am

I’m just curious what the best driver for someone who doesn’t hit the sweetspot on every swing? I’m below a 10 handicap, but I frequently miss the center of the clubface on my drives and I’m somewhat of a low ball hitter looking for a little higher launch…Which of these drivers would be te best, in your opinion of course. I’m still going to demo them before purchase, but I’m looking for a point in the right direction on which ones might be best for me!

Reply

GolfSpy T April 20, 2012 at 10:42 am

If you looking at PING, it sounds like the G20 is probably a better option (higher launching, more forgiving). I always find Nike drivers among the best for accuracy, but not everyone has that experience. The Callaway RAZR Fit is also a nice option, and the movable weights can help mitigate a fade or hook.

Reply

John April 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Don’t be afraid to give the i20 a try. I find I more forgiving than the i15 and the Titleist 910d2

Reply

John April 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm

This is a great review and an awesome driver. I am a 14 handicap and like the look of a more traditional club. This driver is more forgiving than pop,e are giving it credit for. I certainly don’t hi the sweet spot every time, but I am hitting about 12 fairways a round with this club. It’s at least 15 yards than the RBZ and the finish is better and much more durable. I love this club!

Reply

Yohanan April 20, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Nice review. I love this site!
Is this the appology for not listing PING in your state of the game article? Or are you just playing coy? Phoenix rates drop in May.
Who won the Humanna? MARK WILSON and he actualy is all i20 i the his bag Driver, Fw, hybrid and irons.
The longest most accurate and low spin driver for me is the Adams F12 LS. The G20 was a bettter fit for me with my overtbe top high angle of attack high spi. And low smash factor. By 10the yards in length and dispersion. Its hard to miss gang and she goes and rolls. The Fubuki a in it is so damn sweet i went and got the XTD 14.5. And that club is unreal. I would say if you are a single handicap/index the i20 driver needs a good look. Otberwise itz the F12 or F12 LS or the G20.
Unless you like white clubs? I as most of you dont.
My Dad had an old Anser putter back in tbe 70s and still does. I have had PING putters for years. I stilm have my PING iST Bi-Metal 9.5 i hit my first 300 yard drive with when i started really taking thw game and my equilment seriously 15 years ago. I will be putting i20 irons in my bag that will replace my G5′s with as soon as i pay for the Adams F12 LS & XTD.
But what makea me most happy is that tbe 400lb white gorilla has a very real and very serious competitor in my beloved PING.
Cant wait to demo the std Nome Putter!
Long Live PING!

Reply

Yohanan April 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Sorry i promise to get a bigger phone to type on. I travel for work and read this site while traveling. Galaxy Note when verizon picks up tbe varriant. Tbis droid x is toast.
Later

Reply

Michael L. April 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm

you guys should review old drivers! ie. 983k, sq sumo 5000, r5, biggest big bertha, etc…

Reply

R. P. Jacobs II April 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

Jesus T…The first one above was for the review..This one is because you’re killin my checkbook..I never would’ve hit the I20 if not for the review..Took it out yesterday & it’s a beast..I bought it & played it again this morning..It’s staying in the bag..Great review & great club..Thanx….Fairways & Greens 4ever…

Reply

Reevo April 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Went and got custom fit today tried the new Taylormade r11 and rocketball tour matrix shaft and found these were spinning ridiculous. Next come out the ping g20 very similar to the g15 i game at the moment only diffence is the ping stock shaft is a more stable shaft and got some nice roll with it, beat the g15 by 10 yards.. Then the Ping i20 come out and it was love at first sight “stealth bomber”, comes to mind. My dispersion was better than my G15 and my drives were 30 yards longer needless to say the g15 is in the skip.. The stock shaft is amazing i used the project x shaft thinking that it would be more stable and i was so wrong, the stock shaft beat the hell out of it…
The Ping i20 is simply the best driver on the market for me, even the pro who had me on the flight scope has said he is considering changing his whole woods setup to the i20 from his Titliest 910 which he is gameing now..
Massive thumbs up from me this club just makes you want to rip it of the tee, the fairway metals are equally brilliant. Ping have nailed it..

Reply

Dan Scott April 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Just to make sure we are all informed regarding the Ping i20 driver, Louis Oosthuizen is a Taylormade R11 driver and Taylormade RBZ 3 wood and rescue user. he does use ping irons. The i20 does have a nice feel and sound and is a players club. Higher handicaps use G20.

Reply

KFlare April 22, 2012 at 7:23 am

Dan, not sure what your source is, but Louis used a Rapture V2 driver to win the recent Malaysian Open. His 2 fairways are RBZ. All PING staff pros sign the same bag requirements, which is 11 PING clubs including the putter and driver.

Reply

BM April 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

Might I humbly suggest you find new testers? When I decided to try this driver, I hit both shaft offerings (stiff) on a recently calibrated launch monitor. Lower spin and launch with the TFC winning on both counts (I’m a high launch/high spin guy). Took my new 8.5* driver to the range twice, then played last Sunday. Missed two fairways, and neither missed by much. I am a fairly consistent driver (single digit HC), with my old Ping i15 8* and WB shaft, but this thing is stupid easy to hit straight. Both of my missed fairways were attempts at working the ball, and that still needs range time to get a better feel for with this driver. As far as aesthetics (look/feel/sound) I find this driver to be far superior to those stupid shaped and colored drivers some people flock to. To each his own, I guess.

Reply

axman April 30, 2012 at 7:46 am

Had a demo day at my local golf range. Went thru the RBZ, Cleveland 265 & classic (what a sweet burgundy look on the classic!), Ping i20, and the Adams speedline. With the Ping and the Adams driver the ball felt like butter coming off the face with a sweet sound. it came down to looks and you cant beat the flat black stealth look. Felt like i was swinging a space ship with the speedline. performance was close but it came down looks between the two. Before purchasing i asked to compare my R7 numbers to the i20. back spin launch was 5000+ (whoa) and the i20 was 2500ish. 115-120 swing speed. avg (6 swings each) 280 carry with 10yards roll with R7, 300 carry with 25 yards of roll….yup its now in my bag!!! great review btw!

Reply

Jim April 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

I love my Ping i15, 9.5′, stock shaft driver. Demo day is this Thursday, and I will be comparing the i20 with my i15. Anyone here switch from the i15 to the i20? If so why.

Great review – thanks!

Reply

Valdeane W. Brown May 1, 2012 at 10:36 am

I’ve only been playing golf for 3 years, just now starting on my 4th. I’m 56 and have only ever used Ping clubs. The fitting pro at my home course has argued with me about choosing the “wrong” stats and club faces — he wanted me to replace my G10 irons with Ansers and my Rapture Driver with a K15. However, I went with S56 irons AWT stiff shafts. Tour W wedges (50, 54, 60) and I20 Fairway woods (3 & 5), as well as the I20 driver, stock shafts with 3/4″ longer in length. I’m 6′ 3″, and that extra length just feels right. Just got back from a 2 week trip to Mexico and when from a 7 handicap to scratch, playing every day. While I don’t believe those numbers, I have to say that I absolutely LOVE my clubs, esp the I20 driver. It’s all about the feedback. I really WANT to know when I mishit — I don’t want the clubs to “correct” for me. As I say, I’ve only been playing for 3 years so I really want to know what I’m doing when I swing and, as far as I can tell, even though these are supposedly the “wrong” clubs for me, it’s working pretty well. Great review. One thing to consider is to derive a “difference in length from average” score across all clubs for your reviewers. This way you could say that “X club was on average 20 yards longer for all reviewers compared to their own average, which is 4% longer” or whatever, as well as the same for dispersion, so “…with 5 yards less dispersion than their average…” Keep up the good work!

Reply

Jim May 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I read the reveiw two days ago as I have been eagerly waiting for my i20 to turn up. It turned up yesterday and I took to the course for a mid week 9 hole event. The club was nothing like the demo I ordered from (which after I tried this at a demo day, I took it on the course (advice from our Club Pro) over 3 rounds and felt I could land it on an ice cream container at 220 metres). Huge disapointment and this is now the second time this has happened to me with Ping demo days. The club pro will assist in sorting this out but I would warn anyone who orders from a demo day that what you hit and what turns up once you have paid might be totally different. A massive disapointment which has done nothing to enhance my confidence in quality control or consistency in this companies product. FYI, I am a single figure player over the last 12 years and currently off a h/cap of 4

Reply

Valdeane W. Brown May 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm

That’s really weird. All Ping clubs come with a serial number so that Ping can exactly reproduce any club — as long as the club heads are in stock. Older drivers and fairway woods may get interesting in that regard but current driver, like the I20, I really don’t understand how they couldn’t exactly reproduce whatever club you Demo’d — if you had the serial number. And, if it was on a Demo Day, with a Ping rep there, it would be easy to track down and sort it all out.

Reply

Jim May 24, 2012 at 1:07 am

I’m not sure what the process would be but this afternoon I spent half an hour with the driver on the range with our club pro (Steve Tieck), as well as the club he had let me use from the fitting set. As it turned out, Steve tested the shaft on a tension board against the demo I had been using and the shaft supplied was much lighter than the demo (I can’t comment on this but obviously Ping needs to look at this). Steve also said that now and again because demo clubs have a thread and screw system for fitting, when the club is ordered Ping (and other companies) use a standard shaft and glue it in, so there is a weight difference in the tip. Apparently HG are one of the only fitted clubs which use the screw system on both the demo and finished clubs to avoid this problem. Steve has let me keep the fitting club (demo) that I have been using, which I am extremely grateful. Thank goodness for good club professionals. If I had purchased this through the web or from another source other than the Pro Shop at the club, I would have been left out of pocket with this (as happened to me when I purchased a G10 a couple of years ago). I have swapped from a Titlist 910 which has been reasonably good for me. Now I have a club that I can hit with confidence thanks to terrific service from a club professional.

Reply

KFlare May 24, 2012 at 5:28 am

Jim, it’s good to hear that things worked out in the end. Had you tried contacting PING about this issue? They’re pretty well-known for their customer service and they probably would have been willing to make things right.

Also, PING’s demo heads are specifically designed to account for weight of fitting threads/sleeve to provide a realistic test. I assume this is how all fitting systems work. They also build the demo shafts using standard components and tipweights to accommodate different shaft designs (just like a normal driver). During a tour, I watched them do this on the same assembly line as standard drivers.

Reply

RAC May 29, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I just tradded my RBZ Tour for the I20 this morning and played a round with it. The distance for both are the same, my longest drive was just over 300 yards. I averaged was 280 to 290. I had a 270 yard drive into a brisk wind. I found the I20 more forgiving then the RBZ. I purchase the 8.5 with the 707 stiff. I usually fit the ball high, but with this combo I hit it lower with a more boring trajectory. I hit some nice controlled power fades with this club. Prior to getting the RBZ, I had the G20 with a 8.5 and the stock tour stiff shaft. That club was very accurate but it lacked the power to get it out there. With the G20 I would average 260 to 270. If your looking for a no nonsence driver that doesnt leave you woundering if I should change the loft or the face angle after each shot then you should take a look at the I20

Reply

TFC July 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I’m a beginner (4 years total, only last one playing regularly) and am making slow steady progress (first started posting scores to a 38 hc few months ago, now down to 28). I play with a G10 set (10.5 deg driver, 17 and 22 deg hybrid, and 4-9 irons, PW, SW, LW). My biggest problem is my driving. Either I choke up and hit it straight(ish) only 200-220, or I hit it fully then often my beginner slice, occasional straight(ish) 225-250, rare hook. My drives are generally low.

I obviously need to continue to focus on lots of beginner stuff (swing plane, alignment, etc) but now that I’m finally making progress, I’ve been advised by some good golfers to go get some newer technology clubs. I would prefer to stay in Ping family. Obvious choices are G20 vs i20. I will start by getting new driver (and maybe hybrids). My best longer club is my 22 deg hybrid (185-195, often straight).

Since I want to increase distance, should I consider i20 or is my game still not ready for that? Although G20 may seem like the logical choice for a high-hc player like me, I’m not sure it gives me much more than the G10? I could even get the i20 and keep 2 drivers in bag (only 13 clubs now but prob should get a gap wedge).

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

Reply

axman July 30, 2012 at 6:28 am

Save your money. Dont waste it on a $400 dollar driver just to get 10-20 yards. Spend it on a range membership and become a range rat for a season and thats where you’ll see the scores dropping from your game! side note, i play the i20 irons…super forgiving on toe and miss hits.

Reply

Robb Busheay September 28, 2012 at 5:44 am

I agree…..or take a series of lessons and find “your” swing first…..once you get that…..match the equipment to your swing……for example……i play a slight draw….with a 105 swing speed……most drivers are square to closed because most folks fade the ball……i need a slightly open face……stiff shaft…..mid bend point……so spend your money wisely!!! I play an I20 driver…..which is the best in my opinion……but learn first and have fun!!!!

Reply

Peter August 1, 2012 at 2:31 am

My beloved R9 460 driver recently cracked across the top of the club. I was horrified as i thought this to be the only driver for me. I have purchased the Ping i 20 with 62g shaft and 4.1 torque in the shaft (TFC 707D)This club must be the best kept secret in the world. It is very forgiving, great to look at and scary long. I have gained at least 15m in length of the tee and was not the shortest hitter before this. Great club, I reckon it is as long if not longer than the Taylor Made RBZ and a damn site better looking. Who needs adjustability when you swing on the right plane?

Reply

Robb Busheay September 28, 2012 at 5:20 am

ok ….here’s the deal…..I gamed the PB citation persimmons forever…..loved them till i wore them out…….I tried every new metal driver out there and settled on a Callaway GBB 8* which I rocked for yrs with a proforce 65 s…..have 4 long drive trophies with 383 being the longest…..bag was crushed in a wreck….and I have been searching for a new driver for 3 yrs now…..you name it….i’ve hit it….every yr at the Hall of fame in St.Aug demo…..just have not been able to find that great combo (head/shaft) again….909/910′s-ft’s-razr-r9….all of them….nothing stood out…….UNTIL…..this Ping I20….wow!!! I bought this club on a whim after a bad day …..It just looked great at setup and felt wonderful…..didn’t even hit it, but remembered MSG review and said what the hell……i bought the 9.5 …707d s stock shaft….went and played cold the next day….wow….the feel/sound is perfect and my 1st swing was a slight miss…..250 with my small draw…dead center…..hmmmmm…..next swing was great…small draw…midflight…315 dead center……what???? lol….I’m 59 now and I don’t hit them that far anymore….I did not miss a fairway….was at least 5yrds by everyone all day…..one par 4 I’m always at 150+ out…446 yrds…..I was inside the 100yrd marker….are you kidding me with this club??? I’m in heaven and feel 40 again……thank you guys for your review……right on the money for the best driver….and the shaft info…….for me at a 105 swing speed …it’s perfect….plus….I can work it…..draw is my shot….but a baby fade is easy…..and when I jump on it…..lol…..it goes straight!!! wow again…..NO DRIVER has ever felt / looked and played this well…..ever…..for me!!!!! Total confidence is a great thing!!!

Reply

Scott October 10, 2012 at 7:07 pm

So, would you say if you wanted the best driver for overall distance AND forgiveness it would be the G20? I know you say some would be better served with the G20 so I wonder where THAT would show up on your review

Reply

Robb Busheay October 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

hey scott…….you said G20 twice……..hmmmm……for me….the I20 is the ticket for distance and forgiveness…….I hit the G20 at a demo day…..was good and much like the G15…..nothing like the I20……not as loud and the ball jumps off the beautiful head……2 of my friends hit it last weekend……and both said….wow…..Ha!!!!! go to a shop and try both……you’ll know real soon which one you like

Reply

Scott October 28, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Hi Robb, yes I meant to say G20 twice. The review said some might be better served by using the G20….and they said the I20 was longer…so my question was if you wanted to give up a little distance and wanted max forgiveness, would the G20 be the better choice. Say the G20 is 6 yards shorter but more forgiving, I would take that. I have enough distance but sometimes don’t exactly know where it is going…ha ha.

Anyway, I hear the Anser driver may be the ticket all around anyway.

Reply

Robb Busheay October 29, 2012 at 5:29 am

SCOTT………NOW THAT I’VE HIT BOTH THE G-20 AND THE I-20……IN MY OPINION THEY ARE PRETTY CLOSE TO BEING THE SAME HEAD WISE IN FORGIVENESS……HEEL-TOE SHOTS………….TO ME I’D GET MY SWING CHECKED AND FIND THE RIGHT SHAFT FOR YOU…….BEND POINT-TORQUE-STIFFNESS-WEIGHT…….WHICH TO ME IS JUST AS IMPORTANT……….A DRIVER TO ME IS LIKE A PUTTER……HAS TO FIT JUST RIGHT AND YOU LOVE IT…..CONFIDENCE IS HUGE…….FIND A PRO FITTER OR HIT THEM ALL SIDE BY SIDE…..YOU’LL KNOW

Reply

Scott October 29, 2012 at 6:03 am

Robb, probably a good idea, I hit the I20 only for a minute at a demo day and initial reaction was not positive, although I did not give it much time. I played with the G20 one day and we all know when you get in a groove most likely any driver would work, anyway, just crushed it. so you are saying they both are equal with forgiveness yet the I20 is longer correct? That being said then, the I20 would make more sense.

However, the Anser review is coming hear soon and first blush I hear it was pretty good

Brad October 24, 2012 at 8:47 am

Here is a little info about me before I pick your brains. Play to about 5.5 index. I don’t have access to be fit for golf clubs anywhere within a 5 hour drive. Our Golf Town has screens that we can hit into but all of the drivers available have stock shafts. I’m not interested in stock shafts. I do not know my swing speed. I play MP-58′s and I hit my PW about 145 actual avg. I’m around a 300 – 305 actual drive avg. with the other drivers I have owned in the past all with aftermarket shafts but played a stiff. At times, I could pump it out to 320 or 330 regularly. With my current driver (r9 with Fuji Speeder x-stiff) my distance has dropped. My actual avg. is around 285 – 295 with my best drives maxing out at 310 or so.

Has anyone owned the r9 and the i20? I’m curious because I have an r9 with x-stiff Fuji Speeder in it and I think it’s time for an upgrade. My current driver is great, it’s very accurate and does exactly what I want it to. I attribute most of that to the shaft. However, the distance with this club is lacking, and even when it feels like I pound it, it still doesn’t jump of the face. With the already less than explosive club face, it makes the mishits that much worse.

So my questions to you are:
1. Is the i20 more or less forgiving than the r9?
2. I think I know the answer to this one already, but assuming each driver has the same shaft, which one is going to be the longest.
3. Is it possible that the shaft I’m currently playing is too stiff or do you think the loss of distance is from the r9 clubhead itself?

Sorry for the long winded plea for help, but I do not have access to the same services and facilities you gentleman have. I am stuck resorting to picking people’s brains, and here is the best gathering of people who are truly interested in results rather than the typical brand hoing(although it does exist on the site). Hopefully I haven’t left any important info out. Thanks for reading.

Reply

Robb Busheay October 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

HEY BRAD……I HAVE AN R9 SITTING HERE WITH A GRAFF PROLAUNCH RED S……AND A TITLIST 910 D2 / RIP S……….NEITHER ARE AS FORGIVING A THE PING I20….AND MINE IS A 9.5….AND THE BALL JUST JUMPS OFF THE FACE OF THE PING……AND NOT AS LOUD EITHER…….BUT WHAT I REALLY LIKE IS THE SOUND WHEN YOU NUT IT…….PERFECT TO ME……………..I THINK IF YOU DROPPED THAT MUCH DISTANCE……IT’S NOT THE RIGHT SHAFT FOR YOU………MY SWING SPEED IS 105…..AND I’M ALWAYS LEARY OF STOCK SHAFTS……BUT THE 707D PING (S) SHAFT IS PERFECT FOR ME……I WAS STUNNED….EVEN WHEN I JUMP ON IT……STAYS TRUE………..MY BALL FLIGHT IS A BIT MID- HIGH……BUT IT’S WHAT I WANT…….AND I’M BACK TO 300YRDS EVERY 4 OR 5 SHOTS…….AND I’M OLD!!!! LOL GAINED 30YRDS ON THE 910……FOR REAL…………………….SOME GUYS AT MY CLUB HAVE A PROJECT X 6.0…..AND A 5.5……IN AN I20….I HIT THEM BOTH WITH THE 6.0 CLOSE TO MINE JUST A LOWER BALL FLIGHT………BUT DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU LIKE…….MID….OR MID-HIGH……..I’D GO WITH THE PING 707D STIFF…….EVERYONE WHO HAS TRIED IT……LOVES IT………IT’S A KEEPER…….HOPE THIS HELPS MAN

Reply

Brad October 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Thanks!

Reply

Adam Huckeby December 28, 2012 at 7:51 am

I’ve just switched from the Anser to the I20 I think the sound and feel fit my preference a bit better plust I (and I’m apparently one of the only ones) hit the PX I20 shaft much better than any of the other stock pings and I tried them all. Sound and feel are close but id swear the Anser is just a hair louder and a hair harsher….possibly the PX makes it quieter. I should say that the PX allowed me to more easily switch to a draw swing …which i’m going back to as my “go to” swing

I think its very forgiving but my misses my not be as bad as some I tend to get it in between the linest…what happens after that is another story ;)

Reply

Andy June 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm

I just picked up this driver and took out to the golf course for the first time last night, all I can say is WOW! what a difference. Straighter, higher, and much much more distance. I was having a hard time justifying a new driver, but after playing with one last night, it was defineatly the right decision. 10.5 RH Stiff Shaft 707. AWESOME!

Reply

Jordan J. Caron September 18, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Ping’s golf clubs have always been made with very high quality and attention to detail. However they have never done it for me in terms of the looks.

But that’s changed. The i20 and Anser drivers are as sexy as the new Titleist 913′s. Looking forward to purchasing one used.

Thanks for the review.

Reply

Fred October 7, 2013 at 11:50 am

I’ve had the i20 driver (10.5) for a few months. At first I thought I made a mistake and threw a couple hundred bucks away. After putting it aside and them coming back to it I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. The key is take your time and of course practice, practice, practice and I’m getting +15 to +20 yds on all drives. It can exaggerate a slice so be patient and take your time. I don’t know how Ping (or anyone else) could come up with a better big-dog.

Reply

amarjot October 20, 2013 at 12:14 am

i buy alot of stuff on the recommendations and reviews on this site.
wedges – hybrids… never been happier.

but for the i20 and the k15 3w.

this isnt the place for the k15 3w but it IS the most accurate 3 w but not even close to the other brands as far as distance goes…

as for the i20, i have the i20 and the g20..
one thing os bang on g20 10.5 most accurate driver i have hit.. had bought the head and got the shaft seperate the new tfc 189.

while the i20 9.5 came with the standard shaft 707d.
i hit both, th g20 gave me staright but very very high shots, while the i20 much lower butna wee bit of fade. and maximum 10 yards extra.

so i interchanged the shafts.. the i 20 became higher and more accurate, the g20 became even better, lower but as staright.

BUT the i 20 and the g20 have very little difference in the carry ie 230 yards. both stop dead for me while the g20 still goes higher the distance of the i20 is just 5-10 yards longer maybe but not as accurate.

also i find the callaways are way longer, but very inaccurate for me. by way longer i mean the same fairway if i hit a callaway diablo, i20 and the g20 , and they do go staright, g20 10.5 would be at 225, i20 9.5 at 230-235, while the callaway 9.5 would be at 250+.
but on a regular day (when they behave the way they domwhen i hit them), g20 would be wee bit right of mu target, i20 right with fewer slices, while callaway maybe two on the fairway and all others int he rough on the right.

just my two bits.

Reply

White Tiger December 30, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Is it me or the head is heavy? I see à big difference between the i20 and my Rapture V2…

Reply

Leave a Comment