Don’t Label It, Just Learn How to Hit It
Sometimes you’ll pick up a club for the first time and on that very first strike you’ll fall in love with it, but sometime there are clubs that are “growers”, you’ll need to spend a little time with them before they show you just how good they can be. The Ping G Crossover is the latter, it is a club that isn’t only a driving iron or purely a hybrid, it’s something in between. It can be played off the tee, from the fairway or even out of deep rough. Just don’t necessarily expect to have it dialled in on your first hit.
When we first saw the new product from Ping we were excited, it looked like the perfect club to slip in to the bag, an 18 degree filler to sit between a 3 wood and a 4-iron.
HOW DOES IT LOOK?
Good! It’s something that we haven’t really seen before, it is like a fat driving iron or a skinny hybrid, and there isn’t a club on the market like it on the market right now. The all black head paired with a 90 gram Ping Tour stiff shaft offers great looks, nice weighting and a good set up at address.
HOW DOES IT FEEL?
The Ping Crossover arrived, and it went in the game bag with high hopes. After some time on the range, the first hole (a short par 4) was the perfect trial for the new Ping and it was piped right down the middle, however after this we had some struggles off the fairway an out of the rough. It was a club we really wanted to like, but after the first round we felt pretty frustrated with it, our second round with it wasn’t much better either.
So, we headed back to the range with a bucket of balls and spent some time on the swing monitor to see how the club was behaving. After deciphering how our swing was interacting with the club we came to the conclusion that we needed to hit down on the ball a little more, like a long iron, rather than a sweeping shot like a hybrid. Once we had this figured out it became a really versatile club that can be used from an array of lies, and one that hits a wide variety of shots. Off the tee you can generate quite a high ball flight but from the short stuff you can really punch shots at your target areas, it fits a niche that isn’t really available from other companies. The club is aimed at a mid-handicap golfer, but one who is going to take the time and go practice and learn how to bring out the best in it.
The Ping G Crossover has fairly solid feel for a club that has a hollow head, that’s in part to its flat sole that reduces the dig, even when you strike down on the ball like an iron. It does have a fair amount of the mass out on the toe which prevents the ball heading left and, the Ping 90 gram Tour hybrid shaft makes for an excellent feeling combo.
The Ping G Crossover doesn’t fit the conventional labels of a hybrid or driving iron. It might not even be a club you like on your first try, but once you learn how to hit it, it can add some real benefits to your game. So, take the time, get to know it, and you might find it’s the perfect club to plug the gap between your woods and irons.
Flightscope X2 Launch Monitor
- Ping G Crossover
- Spin: 4533 rpms
- Launch Angle: 16.8*
- Dispersion: 4.9 yds
- Club Head Speed: 92.8 mph
- Ball Speed: 131.4 mph
- Total Distance: 2 yds
- Carry Distance: 1 yds