Ping G10 Driver--A Definite Keeper! Longer and Banging.
I have used a TaylorMade 460 Burner 9.5 degree driver for over three years. It has a more conventional appearance than most high MOI drivers. It is long and straight, but not much on sound effects. I love my Burner, but I am always in pursuit of newer, better technology (in keeping with my mantra).
Recently, I re-read a golf magazine club review article that announced its testers found the Ping G10 was longer than the Burner and the other drivers. (Admittedly, I was so satisfied with my Burner, I didn't even pay attention the first time.) I decided to try one. I bought a G10 9 degree driver with a Grafalloy Pro-Lite stiff shaft on eBay.
Like a child at Christmas (Hanukkah, Kwanza, or whatever you celebrate), I couldn't wait to go to the course to try it out. I immediately noticed a lower, more boring trajectory resulting in longer drives. I also noticed the G10 produces an awesome "POW" or "BANG" when you make center contact. Love that sound! Some of my playing partners have hit my G10 and noticed longer drives, even off the toe and heel. It is easy to work the ball, too. Unlike the 460 Burner, the G10 is not quite as forgiving and, hence, a better player's club, at least with the Pro-Lite shaft.
The G10 is very aesthetically pleasing because of its more conventional club head shape. In fact, you have to look closely to notice the club head is slightly longer than the G5. The crown has the ever-present Ping "crescent" that aids alignment. The head cover is a kicking black, grey and burnt orange combination. In a word, SWEET! It is longer than the G5 and easier to hit straight down fairways. I never tried the Rapture because I suffered PTSD after my experience with the Callaway C4 composite.
I still love my 460 Burner and I still play it regularly, especially if the fairways are wet and/or the winds are non-existent. However, if the fairways are hard or the winds are pushing things around, I grab my G10. Sometimes, I hit my G10 just because I love that sound.
If you haven't hit the Ping G10 driver, I urge you to at least hit it. With a factory-installed shaft, it is probably as forgiving as the Burner and looks more like a player's club. Remember, once you hear the sound of the G10, you may never want to take it out of your bag. At least, you won't get that sound out of your head anytime soon. A definite keeper!
(Because most factory-installed shafts and grips are so cheap, I highly recommend you get fitted for a custom shaft and grip to maximum your results. Next to the clubhead, there is NOTHING that has more effect on your distance and carry than the club shaft. It is the ENGINE that drives the car.)
"Beaten by skill, but never by technology!"
33 of 34 people found this review helpful.
To stay long, keep up with technology.
I'm 77 years old and not as strong as I use to be. For that reason I feel that the driver is the one club that you need to replace maybe every two or three years to keep up with the new technology to help you stay as long as you can be. The irons are for accuracy but the driver is to get you "out there". I'm playing to a 10.2 handicap index right now and swinging easier than any time before, but with good tempo. This Ping G 10 is just what I needed. I bought the 12 deg. loft and senior flex. I have often read that a person should swing the most flexible shaft that he can still control the ball. This Ping really gets it out there. The 460 CC face gives me a big "sweet spot". Off center hits still keep me in playable territory. One other thing, when I hit a shot it doesn't sound like a sick bell being hit like some drivers.
SLOW UP THE BACK SWING AND GOOD THINGS HAPPEN.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
This is the best driver I have ever hit. I settled on the g10 draw driver with a 10.5 degree loft and tfc 129 stiff flex shaft after hitting several different drivers in the simulator at my local golf galaxy and reading all the reviews. I am typically very skeptical about reviews from others on clubs because every one sounds like an advertisement from the company: The club added 20 yards to my drive- I had a horrible slice but this club cured it completely- The club has taken 12 strokes of my golf game- and so on and so on. Here is my experience with the ping g10. The club is very light, feels solid on contact, has a great feel, provides good distance, is very forgiving,and is worthy of the praise it receives from all the reviews I have read. I am a witness that this club is everything its cracked up to be and you will be doing yourself a huge disservice if you buy a driver without at least taking a few swings with the ping g10. Hope this helps and hit'em straight.
Another Winner from Ping
This club was recommended to me by the club fitters at Cool Clubs in Scottsdale AZ. I spent about 90 minutes hitting many brands of clubs including my own Mizuno MP500. For my particular swing speed (88-90mph), launch angle, smash factor, etc. the G10 driver performed the best. After a quick EBay auction, I was the owner of a very nice used Ping G10 driver with the stock 129 Reg. graphite shaft. An interesting side note is that the demo club at Cool Clubs had an upgraded Diamana Blue Board shaft (approx $300.00). My initial plan was to replace the stock shaft with an upgrade. Surprisingly the stock shaft is performing as well or better than the demo in side by side tests. The G10 is light, swings very easily and you don't feel like you have to reach for a little extra to get more distance. Off center shots (we rarely hit those) are long and usually in play. I am finding the fairway much more often and it a pleasure playing golf using a driver and short iron again. From my experience, the G10 is a winner.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Ping G10 Driver
I read the Golf Digest review and was all pumped up about ordering the Ping G10... To my surprise the club did not perform as it was described... I lost distance and for some reason it seemed that every drive had a slight push to the right compared to the Taylormade Tour Burner... I am not sure if it was due to the longer shaft put in the club but for me it just did not set up nice or feel comfortable... As for looks the orange was fine and the moon shape alignment did not distract... I could not tell a major difference between it and the Ping Rapture... My friend that is an avid Ping guy hit it and duck hooked every shot compared to his Ping Rapture... Neither one of us were impressed with the G10... I have since went back to my Tour Burner.
Only advise I would give is to make sure you go and demo a club before purchase.
Update: (August 09)
After playing this club off and on for the last year, I still do not hit it as well as I would like... I was able to change my swing enough to have a slight draw... I also found out that the stock shaft was not a good fit for my swing and upgraded to my favorite shaft... I also had the new shaft installed at 44 3/4" for better control... I can tell you that when the G10 is hit on the sweet spot it peforms just as well as all of the other drivers on the market... The problem I have with the G10 is with forgiveness... Off center hits have a major loss in distance and direction... Unlike the Burner, the G10 is more of a player's club... It is ideal for a 9 or lower handicap that can hit the sweet spot on a consistent basis and is able to work the ball left and right.
7 of 12 people found this review helpful.