I’ve never been a fan of stock shafts, simply because the "made for the masses" shafts are typically cheap, inconsistent and rarely fit my swing. So I was skeptical of playing a G20 off the rack driver, especially as I consider all the fitting options Ping offers. But after the many rounds I’ve played with the Ping G20 driver australia, I can’t imagine getting better numbers or results with any other shaft. This driver is a cannon right off the shelf. It is a mid-launch shaft with mid/low spin. The feel is crisp and smooth.
The head itself is a full 460cc with plenty of girth front to back and side to side. It has a relatively deep face and sits square. It is painted a charcoal color on the crown, it has the Ping half-moon alignment aid and the bottom has a mostly polished sole with some red and black paint. The face of the club felt perfectly square. Some drivers on the market come a bit closed and feel like to have to open it up a bit. The G20 didn't require any type of adjustment at all. Taking any sort of doubt at address is a big plus in my book.
After a couple of swings the biggest thing that I took notice of was the weight of the club. The G20 is much lighter than my previous drivers. So not only do I have a driver that feels great at address, it also feels like I can make a good, hard pass at the ball. As mentioned earlier, PING has put a high balance point in their G20 shafts to allow you to swing a bit more mass (G20 is actually 2 grams heavier than the Ping K15 Driver for sale) at the same speed.
On the course is where you get “Bubba” with it. My first drive was so impressive. I hit an absolute bomb right down the middle of the fairway as straight as can be. It felt so hot off the face and rose gently to a mid/high launch and just carried and carried until it descended bounding down the fairway. For the rest of the rounds, it just simply was a copy of that first drive over and over. It was as consistent and long drive as any driver.
It was one of the longest drivers I’ve hit off the rack. I found it to be a great combination with my Ping G20 Fairway Wood that I was able to reach a couple of par 5s I’ve never reached before in 2. It was long for other people too. I was paired up with a high handicapper for one round and he had just bought the Ping G20 driver, similar specs to mine. He was really struggling with all of his clubs except the driver. He was bombing it far beyond his ability.
Ping’s simple changes to create the G20 made this club “Bubba” long right off the rack. If you are looking for no frills length with great sound and accuracy, check out the Ping G20 driver.