Ping G5i Putter
A golfer can feel the difference when he or she uses a . The dual-durometer insert of the G5i series provides the feel and distance control golfers wish for in putts of all lengths. With the insert, the G5i is said to have a better sound, which is an important detail for many golfers. The combination of the firm impact area and soft perimeter means that golfers can lag with confidence and be firm when it counts the most.
The addition of sole cavities and thru holes allows expanded perimeter weighting, giving rise to the high moment of inertia (resistance to twisting) for each putter in the series, an average 10 percent increase across the G5i line. The reputation of the Ping G5i putter for quality and consistency is furthered by the precision-machined insert cavity. The best-selling Ping models have been advanced with this technology, providing a golfer with options for all types of putting strokes, ranging from the popular Anser model, to face-balanced models like the Craz-E.
Alignment is improved in the G5i series putters with a ball-width, crescent-shaped top rail. This feature was first introduced in the well-liked Ping Craz-E series. In the G5i putter, the alignment system on the top rail features a piece of metal that curves outward toward the golf ball.
The G5i putter series also employs an innovative optigraphic alignment system in the back of each model to further help with alignment. The alignment system in the back has a flat blue crescent-shaped area.
An updated dual-textured blue Winn grip is standard on each model, and it feels quite good in a golfer’s hands. All models of the Ping G5i putter are available in both left-handed and right-handed options.
On the European Tour, Ping pro golfer Gregory Havret won the Johnnie Walker Championship in 2008 at Gleneagles. Havret led from the start and obtained his third career title, though he did need a par-saving ten-foot putt on the last hole. He played a Ping G5i putter. Specifically, it was a G5i Craz-E B mid-length (belly) putter. During the week of the prestigious event, Havret ranked second in putting.
Another remarkable Ping pro who used the Craz-E model of the Ping G5i putter is Lin Wen-tang, who played it, along with other Ping products, when he won at the UBS Hong Kong Open in 2008. It was his first win on the European Tour, and he was the first Asian in ten years to win this championship.
In 2006, the Ping G5i putter was the Golf Digest Hot List Editor’s Choice in the blade putter category. Furthermore, it received this recognition again in 2007.