Ping G25 Hybrid Review 2023 – Is it Good for High Handicappers & Forgiving?

Ping G25 Hybrid

“The Ping G25 hybrid has a timeless look and can effectively bridge the distance gap between your woods and long irons.”

The same can be said of many hybrids though. In this particular review, you will learn of the merits and specific benefits of this hybrid.

On the flipside, we will tell you where we thought the Ping G25 hybrid came up a bit short. Let’s get into it.

What Year Did the Ping G25 Hybrid Come out?

The Ping G25 hybrid came out in 2013 and the fact that it has been a mainstay for average golfers since then is a testament to its quality.

Still, a lot has changed technology-wise in the ten years since the Ping G25 was released.

While this hybrid is a bit feature-basic compared to modern hybrids, some features are timeless because they flat-out work. Take a look at the following section to see what we mean.

Key Features

Progressive CG Placement

This is always a great feature in irons because it optimizes distance and launch based on the specific club.

For hybrids however, this is only a bonus if you intend to game more than one of the same hybrid.

D1 Swing Weight

Lightweight clubs will always be better for players who  have slower swing speeds.

The Ping G25 feels really nice on the downswing and invites you to swing outside of yourself.

Expansive Sweet Spot

Compared to modern hybrids, the Ping G25 has a deep face profile but is just as long from heel to toe.

This hybrid gives you a ton of sweet spot to work with.

Is it Good for High Handicappers?

“On the deck, the Ping G25 plays more like a fairway wood than a long iron.”

For high handicappers, that’s a good thing. You get the feeling that you’re swinging a short fairway wood because the Ping G25 feels manageable on your downswing.

Even the look of this club behind the ball is very reminiscent of a fairway wood.

The sole has a nearly flat profile so it hovers above the turf whether you are in the semi-rough or the full-on cabbage.

Again, this is good for high handicappers who are likely to find themselves in tough lies.

The only knock that we have against the Ping G25 as it pertains to high handicappers is that it isn’t the longest hybrid on the market.

Even when we nailed the sweet spot, which was very easy with this club, we weren’t getting remarkable total distance.

Part of the reason for that is because the Ping G25 doesn’t generate a lot of rollout distance.

The other side of that coin is that the Ping G25 will allow you to hold onto more greens from distance. So you sort of pick your poison with this hybrid.

Available Shafts

  • Ping TFC 189H
  • Diamana S+ Blue 92 Hybrid
  • KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype75

Is the Ping G25 Worth it?

“If you want a point-and-shoot hybrid, this is the one for you.”

We were very impressed with the straight, almost boring flight that we got from this hybrid. Again, it isn’t the longest so if distance is your main concern, the Ping G25 probably isn’t worth it for you.

If however you are like many high handicappers who struggle to stay out the trees, you will love the remarkably tight shot dispersion you get from the Ping G25.

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In 20 Words or Less

“The low CG makes for easy launch while the expansive sweet spot makes for effortlessly straight flight.”

Ping G25 Hybrid Selling Points

  • Low/back weight
  • Straight flight
  • Lightweight design
  • Progressive CG
  • Expansive sweet spot

Ping G25 Hybrid – First Impressions

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“We liked the look of the club head behind the ball.”

The crown is all-black and it bears the profile of fairway wood more than it does a long iron.

Right away, you can see that the Ping G25 hybrid is going to be forgiving.

And after you take your first swing, you will feel how light and wieldy it is. Overall, this is a great hybrid for high handicappers with a deliberate swing tempo.

Is the Ping G25 Hybrid Adjustable?

Unfortunately, no.

There is a single fixed weight positioned in the rear of the head that works to lower the CG and place it, you guessed it, in the back of the head.

This weight cannot be moved and short of screwing it out and replacing it with another weight, cannot be adjusted.

What is the Difference Between the Ping G25 and G Hybrid?

The Ping G Hybrid is a bit more technical when it comes to features.

For instance, it has a tiered internal sole which is said to allow the face to flex more at impact.

The G Hybrid also features crown “turbulators” which are supposed to reduce wind resistance, making the head faster.

However, the Ping G Hybrid has a more compact shape than the Ping G25 which is the difference we noticed almost immediately.

So inherently, the Ping G25 hybrid might be more congenial to high handicappers.

Who is the Ping G25 Hybrid for?

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“Golfers in the handicap range of 16 – 21 stand to gain the most from the Ping G25 hybrid.”

We say that because this particular group of golfers aren’t likely to need a distance machine as badly as 21+ handicappers.

Make no mistake about it: the Ping G25 hybrid is no distance machine. It is however remarkably accurate.

It will help you find the heart of the fairway and allow you to stick greens from distance.

Even if you find yourself in the rough after your drive, the Ping G25 will give you at least a semblance of hope that you will actually be able to stick the green.

The large sweet spot in particular is great for high handicappers – it’s a great confidence-booster.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 98/100

Forgiveness: 97/100

Feel & Control: 96/100

Ping G25 Hybrid

Overall Score: 96/100

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