Ping G vs. Taylormade M2 – Driver Review & Comparison

Ping vs TaylorMade – two of the biggest names in golf clubs have brought incredible drivers to the market. Ping’s G driver picked up where the G30 left off and has really put its focus on being a more forgiving club. TaylorMade’s M2 driver may be the hottest club of 2017.  Need proof? Ask Rahm, Garcia, McIlroy and Woods; all have been seen on tour this year carrying the driver in their bags.

The Ping G followed the G35 while TaylorMade’s M2 is in its second year of existence and has only improved upon previous designs. In my opinion they’re both great clubs but I took a look at both of them to see which club could be called the better driver.

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TaylorMade M2 Pros and Cons

PROS

  • Extremely forgiving
  • Built for distance
  • Low spin
  • Looks cool!

CONS

  • Not everyone may be a fan of the head’s feel

Ping G Driver vs. TaylorMade 2017 M2  Driver – Key Features

Ping G

  • Forgiving club that produced stable drives
  • Stability paired with forgiveness results in consistently long drives
  • Turbulators on top from and back of club head reduce drag, allowing for quicker club head speed
  • Available in 9° or 10.5° loft
  • 460cc club head volume

TaylorMade M2

  • Low center of gravity helps with high rotational inertia
  • Extremely forgiving head leads to consistent drives
  • Club head produces very low spin
  • Available in 9°, 10.5° or 12° loft
  • 460cc club head volume

Ping G vs. TaylorMade M2 Driver – Appearance 

Ping G has a great looking club on their hands that wouldn’t look out of place in Marty McFly’s golf bag. I don’t know what would happen if you get it up to 88mph but it’s impressive nonetheless. The design, which is rumored to have drawn inspiration from a dragonfly’s wings and a semi-trucks’ wind resistant technology, really does offer a superior swinging experience. I really dig the blue accents that Ping has decided to stick with which is probably a result of others liking it as well.

TaylorMade’s M2 – I’m a big fan of their decision to go with neon green. Somebody had to take up the neon colors after Nike bowed out of the golf market and I think players who enjoyed their flare will enjoy the M2’s appearance. The club will certainly look great in any bag it’s added to.

Ping G vs. TaylorMade M2 Driver – Feel 

The G may be Ping’s best driver yet and that’s really saying something. While I do love what the M2 has to offer the G certainly holds its own in the feel category. The club is easy to fall in love with after a few swings with the improved club head. The head is very forgiving and reminded me of the M2 in that it is equally easy to swing. The club’s face and its sweet spot are big pluses when it comes to the G; something higher handicappers will love.

The M2 grabs your attention by its weight distribution and its club head feel. Swinging the club feels effortless and upon impact the sound and resonation through the club does a great job in communicating what kind of drive you just hit; which is almost always a pleasurable experience.

Ping G vs. TaylorMade M2 Driver – Distance 

I was able to produce some sweet distance with Ping G. The head produces a decent amount spin off of the face and although I wasn’t able to get the same distance as I did with the M2 the Ping still gave me some great strikes. As previously mentioned, the predictable shots are a result of the clubs forgiveness and I had multiple balls pass the 275 yard mark; a great feat for me.

My favorite part about TaylorMade’s M2 driver was its ability to produce consistent shots that resulted in a predictable flight path nearly every time. Unless I made a serious mistake in my swing the club allowed me to hit reliable shots that were above 285 yards – some of the longest I’ve ever been able to hit! The most reassuring part of this was consistent distance and trajectory that I was hitting; all within 15 yards of each other. I chalked this up to the M2’s club head speed and large sweet spot.

Ping G Review

Very much like the M2, the Ping G is a forgiving club that is a pleasure to swing. It almost seems difficult to make bad ball contact with the head and the sound at impact consistently sounded great. The trajectory on every shot I hit was consistent which is reassuring to a player like me who at times doesn’t know what direction my drive is going in. In terms of technologically advanced construction, the Ping may be the leader in the driver market. The club’s turbulators on the top front and the back of the head are intended to reduce drag during the swing which is intended to increase club head speed. In regards to feel, the G felt great in my hands and it will probably suit many different types of golfers. Because the club is easy to strike it can be great for players who aren’t going to make it on tour anytime soon but at the same time its results and smoothness make it a club that is used by many top PGA pros.  

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See a detailed review of Ping G driver by PGA Golf Pro in the video below

TaylorMade M2 Review

Very much like the M2, the Ping G is a forgiving club that is a pleasure to swing. It almost seems difficult to make bad ball contact with the head and the sound at impact consistently sounded great. The trajectory on every shot I hit was consistent which is reassuring to a player like me who at times doesn’t know what direction my drive is going in. In terms of technologically advanced construction, the Ping may be the leader in the driver market. The club’s turbulators on the top front and the back of the head are intended to reduce drag during the swing which is intended to increase club head speed. In regards to feel, the G felt great in my hands and it will probably suit many different types of golfers. Because the club is easy to strike it can be great for players who aren’t going to make it on tour anytime soon but at the same time its results and smoothness make it a club that is used by many top PGA pros.  

Want more information?

See a review of M2 driver in the video below

Conclusion 

The Ping G and TaylorMade M2 drivers are very similar clubs. Both have a great feel to them, offer plenty of distance, look great and give great results. However the biggest trait that I found they share and in my opinion the important is their playability. I’ve mentioned this a few times but the biggest distinguishing trait after using both drivers is the forgiveness; resulting in consistency in shots produced. The beauty in these clubs is that they are both very versatile and would work out nicely with a wide range of players. Players who struggle from a slice in their drive should enjoy either club as I found that both tend to favor a draw. More experienced players will enjoy the distance that is capable with either club. If I had to choose one for myself I would have to go with the M2 based on the distance I was able to achieve with it. Although the Ping G was very impressive I think it may have been the higher amount of spin with the Ping that resulted in slightly less distance. Some players may disagree with me and that’s a good thing; no two golfers or their swings are exactly alike. But for me the M2 produced more distance so I would have to go with the TaylorMade. If you’re in the market for a new driver I would always suggest getting professionally fitted and test the two clubs to see which one gives you better numbers but today it was TaylorMade’s M2 that favored my swing.

Have you tried Ping G or TaylorMade M2 driver? Let us know in the comments below!

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Chris Oliver

Hi, I am Chris and I am a golfer and a writer. Besides golf I enjoy reading (particularly anything by Bill Bryson), watching films (especially those made by Chris Nolan) and amateur wrestling.

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