The sound of Ping is music to the ears
My golf game has improved dramatically over the past few years, even with hand-me-down woods and an old set of irons. So when I bought my pass this year at the Aspen Golf Club I vowed to fulfill my promise and invest in the game I love.My primary driver, a men’s Callaway Warbird with a 7.5-degree club face, just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I wasn’t getting what I knew I could achieve off the tee box. So during my first few sessions this season at the Aspen course, the kind staff allowed me to check out a few women’s drivers. (The city course lets you swing demo clubs on the driving range to your heart’s content. And they’ve got an impressive selection.)
I finally accepted that improving my game wouldn’t come cheap. But I rationalized that I had never invested in a driver before, and there is no better time than the present to just pull the trigger. The new club turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to my game. The Ping G5L lady driver launched my game to a new level.My demo-ing came down to two clubs: The Ping and the Callaway Big Bertha 460. I went back and forth between clubs for weeks before I finally settled on the Ping. Both clubs added serious yardage to my drives, but, in the end, the pros at the Aspen clubhouse advised me on what I already knew: Over time, the G5L is the best choice to improve my game and keep it consistent. It has a lighter head and a shaft that weighs 45 grams. The key is to have a light shaft and to keep the weight of the club head in proportion. Ping knows this because it spends more time designing and constructing golf clubs. Callaway is more of a mass producer.The G5L allows my 80 mph swing to release like the typical man’s swing, which hovers between 110 and 120 mph. The result is a longer and straighter drive – not to mention a better ego at the tee box.The G5L Driver brings women in search of longer, straighter drives to the forefront of driver technology. The 460cc titanium head and fully machined thin face ensure the confidence and forgiveness to attack any fairway. The ultra-lite graphite shaft and 14-degree head combine to match slower swing speeds for higher, longer carrying shots. An offset version of the G5L promotes a right-to-left ball flight.
I finally bought my pretty pink Ping G5L last weekend at the Aspen Golf Club for $299. I kissed that club on every hole. It’s the best money I’ve spent on gear this year.
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