Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - GOLFING | GEARGUIDE -

Lofts: 2/17°, 3/19°, 4/22°, 5/26°, 6/30°

Stock shaft: Alta 70, Tour 90 TFC 80H

Ad­justable hosel: No

TECH: The first Ping hy­brid with ‘tur­bu­la­tors’ on the crown, which Ping say not only im­proves aero­dy­nam­ics but also aids align­ment.

WE SAY: We can’t say the tur­bu­la­tors helped raise club speeds to new lev­els, but we’re happy to agree they clev­erly helped di­rect fo­cus onto the ball at ad­dress. The real strength here is its con­sis­tency, with just seven yards of carry dis­tance drop-off be­tween mid­dle and off-cen­tre hits (for

Chris Ryan); it means the wide and long head is re­ally sta­ble and ef­fi­cient. Ping’s new coun­ter­weighted Alta shaft flighted shots higher than av­er­age for each tester and span a lit­tle more too, mean­ing the G would be par­tic­u­larly good for hit­ting ac­cu­rate ap­proaches into greens.

VER­DICT: The wider body is par­tic­u­larly suited to golfers who sweep shots off the deck. We didn’t all love the unconventional groove pat­tern, but it’s ex­cep­tion­ally easy to hit con­sis­tently well.

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