Demoed this club today
Appearance: The matte black finish is still the best looking driver in golf. Just can't beat it. I love non-glaring drivers. The racing stripes are not very noticeable, but they fit nice. I was worried they would stand out to much, but like ping they have mastered the art of subtlety.
Feel: Kinda crappy feeling really. I think it has to do with the shaft. Cause the i20 was an awesome feeling club. This one doesn't seem to much different.
Shaft: This is were I think Ping absolutely BOMBED I mean nose dive 300 mph into the ground BOMBED this club. The shafts are just TERRIBLE for this club. The i-series has always been a better player line of clubs for Ping. Better players tend to have higher swing speeds. This club does not do well for higher swing speeds. Yes it is lower spin with the clubhead, but the shaft is just crap. I don't know what they did, probably has to do with how they designed the weight distribution to maintain the same swing weight. There is no good feel with this driver. Every shot is very clanky. Nothing like how soft the i20 was. I got maybe 1-2 good soft solid strikes, then the ball is going to far left or to far right. The dispersion is not nearly solid enough.
Honestly if you look at the stats, a torque of 4.6 to 3.7 for their heavier shafts is way to much. Most torques for extra stiff 70+ gram shafts should be 2.5-3.5 degrees. This shaft is way to weak for higher swing speeds. I had the PWR 75 x-stiff. I couldn't go stiffer or stronger with the stock shaft they were offering, and it was totally no stout enough. The shaft totally defeated the purpose of the driver, causing it to spin to much. Honestly I would love to see the numbers for a guy who swings at 100 mph or less. For a line of clubs that is meant for better players, it is does not match.
adjustablility , honestly 0.5 degree change is just crap. Ping just threw it in there just to not look like they are behind the times. Oh well. If they did maybe 0.5 increments for up to 1-1.5 degrees, that would let people really hone in their launch numbers.
Overall I rank this i-series version from ping a C-. I just can't get past the crappy shaft. Golf shaft is what translates everything from the strike to the hands, and these shafts are horrid. I wish I had some custom shafts I could demo in them. I would love to see this club in a Fujikura Speeder, like the SLDR has. I think it would really shine then. If a person has an i20 and wants to upgrade, keep the i20 shaft and put it in the i25.
Honestly I would not recommend this club unless it happens to fit you perfectly.
SADLY DISAPPOINTED BY PING!!!