Are Ping G20 Fairway Woods Still Good? Are They Forgiving for High Handicappers?

Ping G20 Fairway Woods

“The Ping G20 fairway woods debuted in 2011. Just like nearly all G series woods from Ping, they instantly endeared themselves to golfers thanks to their generous forgiveness.”

In fact, forgiveness is more or less what the G series is known for. When you pick up a Ping G series club, you know it’s going to look and, more importantly, be forgiving.

The trick is striking that elusive balance of forgiveness and performance.

When it came time for us to test the Ping G20 fairway woods, we weren’t as much concerned about how effective they would be for high handicappers.

If we’ve learned anything from our years of testing Ping woods, it’s that they can be counted on to be forgiving.

What we were really curious about was how well they stood up to modern GI woods and whether they offer anything besides forgiveness. What we discovered may surprise you…

Are the Ping G20 Fairway Woods Still Good?

“The Ping G20 woods honestly look a bit old-fashioned.”

You don’t really see a lot of fairway woods decked out with reflective, metallic soles these days. But the cosmetics were one of the few gripes we had about these clubs.

As expected, the Ping G20 looks    big and beefy. It sports a 165cc head and looks very assuring behind the ball.

The crown looks much better than the sole. It’s got a shiny black finish with a crescent-shaped alignment marker that was common for Ping woods at the time.

The Ping G20 is definitely still a good fairway wood if you’re struggling to get the ball up in the air.

And while it isn’t the longest fairway wood (especially by today’s standards) most high handicappers will likely find it long enough for their needs.

Are there newer, longer fairway woods to choose from? Absolutely. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a modern fairway wood as forgiving and as affordable as the Ping G20.

Are the Ping G20’s Good for High Handicappers?

“The Ping G20’s are only good for high handicappers.”

That may seem a little derogatory but the fact that the Ping G20 is exclusively beneficial for high and mid handicappers is a good thing.

It’s a testament to how good Ping was and still is at designing clubs that make the game easier.

The Ping G20 produces a neutral ball flight that is hard to deviate from. Yes, that means virtually no workability; but it also means straighter shots for high handicappers.

During our testing, we were seeing very tight dispersion. We never say off-line divergence greater than 11 yards.

The high spin rates will also give higher handicap players the confidence to aggressively attack the pin. Besides the aesthetics, one knock we have against the Ping G20 is the turf interaction.

As long as you’re on the fairway, you can expect smooth feel and clean contact. But the leading edge doesn’t exactly cut through the rough.

That’s not ideal for high handicappers but in all honesty, we didn’t hit many shots into the rough anyway.

The entire expanse of the large face is forgiving. Straight shots were easy to achieve from the tee or the fairway.

Ping G20 3 Wood Review

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The Ping G20 3-wood wants to fly straight.

It gives a satisfying metallic click at impact from the tee that isn’t ear-piercing loud. It’s very accurate and gives adequate distance.

Ping G20 5 Wood Review

Ping G20 Fairway Woods

We were a little bummed that the 5-wood didn’t help much from the rough.

Still, it  launched very high, very easily from almost every other kind of lie.

Ping G20 7 Wood Review

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We were really impressed that almost all of us were able to make consistent contact with the Ping G20 7-wood.

Full swings were anything but intimidating after just a few swings.

Ping G20 First Impressions

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“We were impressed with the size of this fairway wood.”

It looks big in the bag and behind the ball. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing if you’re a mid to high handicapper.

Ping G20 Fairway Woods Selling Points

  • Deep CG placement
  • Good forgiveness away from the sweet spot
  • Exceptionally easy launch
  • Ping TFC graphite stock shafts
  • 165cc head volume

Ping G20 Key Technology

“The Ping G20’s aren’t the most technologically advanced woods; but they get the job done.”

Perimeter Weighting: Perimeter weighting allows the face to remain stable on mis-hits for straighter flight.

Thin Face Design: Thinner faces flex more. More flex at impact means more propulsion for the ball, leading to better distance.

Neutral Weighting: The Ping G20 is devoid of draw or fade-biased weighting. Instead, it is weighted neutrally for straight flight.

Ping G20 Fairway Wood Specs

Club Loft (deg) Lie (deg) Length (inches)
3 Wood 15 56 43
4 Wood 16.5 56 43
5 Wood 18 56.5 42.5
7 Wood 21 57 42

Who Should Buy the Ping G20 Fairway Woods?

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“In the intro, we mentioned that we wanted to see if the Ping G20’s stand the test of time and what, besides forgiveness, they bring to the table.”

First of all, we would say that in terms of pure forgiveness, the Ping G20 woods certainly stand the test of time.

It would be a tall-order to find a modern GI fairway wood that offers more forgiveness than the Ping G20.

So what else do the Ping G20 fairway woods have to offer besides forgiveness? We were very impressed with the flight control these woods offer.

Never did we see one of our shots balloon out of control which is a bonus whether you are a high or low handicap player.

You can easily get optimal height for a slower swing speed and keep your ball out of the wind.

Last but not least, the Ping G20 is ideal for players in the mid to high handicap range who want to see straighter flight for more GIR opportunities.

Distance: 95/100

Forgiveness: 97/100

Workability: 98/100

Overall Performance: 97/100

Value: 96/100

Ping G20 Fairway Woods

Overall Score: 96/100

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