Pros: Better than G20 or 25, IMO
Cons: You won't look so cool because you don't have the latest model???
I've been playing clone clubs to stay cheap since I started playing golf in 2010, and I just started purchasing name-brand clubs after a long look last month. I'm not going to dazzle anyone here with an intense smash factor analysis or discussion of ideal launch angles, etc., but I thought it was important to write this review for avid golfers on a limited budget like myself. It wasn't too long ago that this was Ping's newest game-improvement driver (I think it was originally released in 2010), and I can't emphasize highly enough why it's absolutely unimportant and foolish in my book to buy a driver released in the same year unless money is no object or you are a narcissist. Name-brand golf clubs depreciate faster than new cars. I demoed a Ping G25 a few weeks after purchasing the G15 and for me there is no comparison - the G15 is far superior. The muted sound and feel of the G25 is awful, in my opinion. My first impression was that the club face was sheathed in chewed bubble gum. I was hitting it at least 20 yards less than with the G15. I took about 20 swings on an outdoor driving range with a rangefinder to confirm my analysis wasn't skewed by a cheap machine measuring my performance.
Maybe I should also be reviewing an Aldila 65 stiff shaft as well (45 inch), because that's what my G15 came with, in addition to a Golf Pride multi-compound grip. I purchased the club at Golfsmith on their used rack for $95. I would rate the club in "mint" condition when I purchased it. It has an uncomplicated black head with a subdued crimson alignment aid that isn't very ornate, but appeals to my minimalist sensibility. If you want artwork, this isn't your club - go get a TaylorMade R1 or Nike Covert. They put designer jets to shame. Even the Ping G25 looks far more impressive and modern, but I did not enjoy its performance at all. I noticed that the G25 (and the G20) both went to a 9.5 degree version, whereas the G15 is a 9.0. My launch angle did not seem any higher on the G25, though. I am a long hitter by nature, so perhaps the 9.0 is more me, but 20-30 yards with no loss of accuracy is a big difference.
By far the best feature of the driver is the impact sound, however. Before settling on the G15, I demoed at least a dozen drivers from all of the major manufacturers; the impressive, stentorian echoing metallic "ping" sound of the G15 lets you know you've hit a solid drive. It's the kind of sound that inspires a quick glance 20 bays down in the driving range when someone else is practicing a driver swing and their sound is a few decibels louder than the rest. You wonder if Rory McIlroy snuck in when you weren't looking.
Do yourself a favor, mid-handicapper and mid-manager with a family: if you see one of these online or in a golf store in excellent condition, give it a try. I would even recommend buying it and upgrading it with a premium shaft in the $100 range. You can get a nice UST or Grafalloy for that. When I found out today that Henrik Stenson and I both play ProLaunch blue shafts, that gave me hope! Anyway, a $100 shaft upgrade will still keep you well below the sticker price for a 2013 name brand driver from any major manufacturer.