Ping i15 Driver Review

Ping Golf is known for its innovations that became industry standards like club fitting, perimeter, and investment casting in the manufacturing of golf clubs. One area where you can see its commitment to club making is in its metal woods category, with the development of the Ping i15 driver. The i15 driver is Ping’s latest driver aimed at the competitive golfer who likes to shape their shots off the tee.

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Look and Feel
The i15 driver has a very traditional pear shaped 460cc body made of Titanium that features a fade-biased design, that has internal weighting and hosel position farther away from the face of the club for workability, better flight trajectory, and less spin. The crown of the i15 features a prominent alignment stripe and what Ping calls a Bulge Crown Design, meaning that the crown is very high and round like a dome. The bulge crown design is meant to help with better crown and face interaction that lead to higher ball speeds. The titanium carbon finish and burgundy accents on the sole of the i15 make the club look very stealthy and svelte. The 199g head weight and 45.75″ 60g Ping TFC 700D Graphite shaft make the i15 driver very lightweight and easy to swing. The i15 has a really nice traditional setup that any golfer would appreciate and feel very confident on the tee with this driver.

Performance
The Ping i15 driver is designed for the golfer who wants to shape their shots off the tee and want a medium-high trajectory ball flight. Shaping your shots can be a little tricky with the i15, since the face has a fade-biased designed. Hitting a fade or straight shot couldn’t be easier with the i15, thanks in part to the hosel positioned farther from the face of the club. To hit a draw with the i15, I found it took a little more practice with closing the face of the driver more at impact than I’m used too. Once you figure this out, the i15 driver is very easy shape your shots.

The i15 doesn’t use any perimeter weighting for reducing spin or high MOI, instead Ping uses internal weighting to reduce the amount of spin on your shots. What I noticed from playing the i15 is that my shots were very easy to control and produced the tour-preferred medium-high trajectory.

One thing I did notice the minute I started hitting the Ping i15 was how hot the ball was off the face of the club. The ball explodes off the deep face of the i15 driver which has been engineered to have a thin face for increased responsiveness and linger drives. By removing weight on the face of the i15 driver, Ping was able to create a driver that produces a lot of ball speed that will deliver longer drives of 4-5 yards or better on average in my tests with additional carry.

At the same time by removing the weight from the face of the driver, Ping was also able reposition the weight for an optimized center of gravity to produce that tour-preferred trajectory. The bulge crown design also helps with achieving faster balls speeds, by allowing for better crown and face interaction, and delivering that trademarked “ping” sound associated with Ping golf clubs.

The TFC 700D shaft by Ping is very lightweight weighing at 60g and provides the proper amount of torque and flex to produce the optimal ball flight and help you get that increased club head speed for maximum distance and control off the tee.

In terms of forgiveness, I found the i15 driver to do a good job on my off center hits. Is it the most forgiving driver on the market, no. But the caliber of golfer the i15 is designed for will be just fine. If you need a more forgiving driver, Ping has other models like the G15 or Rapture V2 that can help.

Overall, I was really impressed with the Ping i15 driver and how easy it is to produce medium-high trajectory drives that went long and straight. The i15 driver is a great club for a player who wants workability and distance off the tee.

Ping i15 Driver $349

Author: Rob Hayashida

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