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As one of the most trusted names in golf, Ping produce a range of excellent drivers, all of which utilise the latest technological developments in order to achieve extra distance and a consistency of strike. The G10 driver follows on from other successful models in the 'G' series including the G2, and the G5 - but is it as good as its highly acclaimed predecessors? In terms of its appearance, the G10 looks a lot like the G5, with a large rounded head, and a patterned underside. The paint job now incorporates a 'burnt orange' trim, although the majority of the club's changes from the previous G-series driver take place 'under the hood'. Ping are said to have fiddled around with the club's weight distribution, allowing said driver to have a higher launch elevation and reduced spin on the ball.
Price & Availability
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The G10 isn't Ping's latest driver, and as such it can be picked up for a reasonable price. Ebay, for example, has a large array of G10s on the site, many of which can be purchased for under £70. Now, £70 may sound like a lot of cash for a golf club, but when it was first released, the club has a retail price of over £200.
Head & Shaft Options
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When buying a G10 (or any other driver for that matter), it's vitally important that you chose the correct shaft flex - a 'regular' flex should suit the golfer with a fairly slow swing speed, whilst the faster swingers amongst you should perhaps take a look at the stiffer option. The driver also has a number of clubhead loft options to choose from - there's 7.5, 9, 10.5, and 12 degree. 7.5 degrees will give you a lower trajectory on the ball and a lot of roll, whereas 12 degrees results in more carry and higher arc with little run. It should be pointed out that as standard, the G10 comes with a 45.75" shaft, which is actually around an inch longer than many other drivers on the market. In practice this will potentially allow you to hit the ball further - but shorter players may struggle to get to grips with the club unless it has been custom fitted.
The G10 in Use
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In my experience of hitting the club, I've found that with a centred strike from the sweet spot, the ball has the potential to travel a huge distance. It's quite difficult to compare different clubs in terms of their potential distance (due to the fact that two golf shots are never struck in precisely the same manner) - however, the G10 seems to give me roughly an extra five or so yards on my old G5. Shots struck off-centre seem to travel further than expected too, meaning that the driver is up there as one of the more forgiving on the market. Finally, it's pleasing to note that the G10 produces a nice sound when the golf ball is struck cleanly.
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The Ping G10 is an excellent driver - it's easy to hit, and feels nicely balanced throughout the swing. If you had asked me a couple of years ago, I would perhaps advised staying away from the G10, solely down to its large price tag - but if you can pick a new one up for under £70 then you've got a pretty good bargain. Highly recommended.
I was looking around for a new driver because I felt like I was losing distance with my other one and I wanted to test some other equipment out so I demo'ed the Ping G10. I automatically fell in love with this one of a kind driver. The head felt great for me not to loud and had an overall great appeal that I loved. The shaft that I had installed in this cannon was great and I had just loved it some more. When I got on the course the next day I was driving the ball at least 10 yards if not more on the course. This thing was a beast and I could feel if from the first day I had tried it. If you want to gain more yardage off the tee and have a shorter iron in your hand on every hole this driver is perfect for you. Although this driver is great that doesn't mean I won't test out other equipment.
I had been looking around for a new driver for a couple of weeks when my friend let me try his Ping G-10 on the driving range and i was amazed at how brilliant it was!
The Ping G-10 has a fantastic feel, very light and makes a cracking sound that is sure to turn a few heads in the range when your really get hold of one. Distance and accuracy are excellent, i was noticably hitting around 20-30 yeards further than with my only RAM driver, which i guess is worth less than half this one. Shows that the better makes like Ping really can make such a difference. Its a good feeling to carry the 250 yard marker on the driving range!
Its great for oncoming winds as well. I was tending to hit lower and penetrating drives i guess you could say and it was rolling for miles. I have a tendancy to hit my drivers too high and for shots to draw or fade too much in the air. The Ping G-10's lower trajectory caused much straighter shots. I think this is because i have the 9 degree draw model.
Put it up against the new Burners, Highbore XLS, FT-5, Burner TP, Cobra LD, Sumo, and Superquad. For sheer distance, accuracy, and fun it's out in front of all of them in my opinion.
The stock grip is quite thin which i dont mind, but it may not be to everybody's taste. I guess you can always get it regripped if its that much of a problem.
Deffinately worth a try if you ever get the chance at a testing range. Its a lot of money, around £200, but you can find it for £165 if you shop around, but worth it if your serious about taking your game to the next level.
Another solid product from Ping. I had the 7.5 degree with a Fuji Rombax 7Z08 X flex shaft. Great launch angle and trajectory for my needs, I'm a links player and prefer a low ball flight. Never actually been on a launch monitor with this combination, so can't give the exact specs. I would recommend going for one of the upgrade shaft options. Some are free, I think the Grafalloy PL Red and UST V2 High Launch are both available for no upcharge, and they are a significant improvement over the stock Ping shaft (I don't understand why they persist with making their own shafts to be honest). The feel/sound off this club is spot on for me, not tinny like a Cobra, or dull like a Titleist, but between the two. The headshape is great, a classic, slightly pear shape. My only niggle with this club is the half moon on the crown, which is claimed to be an alignment aid, but it doesn't do anything for me, but catch your eye when you should be focusing on the ball. However it is not as pronounced as on the G5 model. Overall, another success from Ping.