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PING vs. Callaway Oversize Clubs

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author image Lyle Stefanavich
Lyle Stefanavich started writing professionally in 2005. His work has appeared in the "Olivet College Echo," "Battle Creek Enquirer," "The South End Newspaper," TellUsDetroit.com, "Warrior Within Magazine," "Dearborn Press and Guide," Dethoops.com, CSTV.com, and UCSHO.com, among other publications. Lyle holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from Wayne State University and is pursuing his Master of Business Administration.
PING vs. Callaway Oversize Clubs
Oversize golf clubs can typically help the average golfer. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Oversize golf clubs are a staple of any modern golfer's bag, and debates over golf club manufacturers typically boil down to PING vs. Callaway. Oversize golf drivers have increased length and accuracy, providing penetrating ball flights and added ball speed and power. Oversize golf irons provide dialed-in approach shots for more greens in regulation and birdie opportunities. However, the great question remains: should you play PING oversize golf clubs or Callaway oversize golf clubs?

Blasting drives with PING

PING vs. Callaway Oversize Clubs
PING oversize drivers, such as the K15, G15 and Rapture, are long and forgiving. Photo Credit driver au départ image by sylvaine thomas from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

PING's latest offerings on the driver market have created a buzz among amateur and professional golfers. PING had five driver models available as of early 2011, and each has distinct features designed to improve a specific golfer skill set. The K15 or G15 oversize drivers are forgiving and easy to hit. The Rapture is PING's other oversize model for 2011. All are staples on the professional tours, are made of titanium and offer maximum forgiveness. A major plus is the price point; these clubs can be found for less than $300, making them affordable for your average weekend golfer. The style is distinct and is a fit among the country club crowd.

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Power and accuracy with Callaway

PING vs. Callaway Oversize Clubs
Callaway Golf offers a distinct combination of power and forgiveness with its oversize clubs. Photo Credit the big driver image by Chad McDermott from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Callaway Golf has innovative driver options, including the FT-9 Tour and the FT-IZ with interchangeable head and shaft options. These clubs provide the distance of an oversize driver head but with a lower ball flight to bore the flight of the ball through the wind. But Callaway's most anticipated 2011 release is its RAZR Hawk Driver, which received a Gold Medal from Golf Digest's Hot List, a comprehensive equipment review. For that matter, the Diablo and Diablo Edge oversize drivers also captured gold medals.

PING Makes Approach Shots Easier

PING oversize irons are best suited for the mid- to high-handicapper. Designed as game-improvement irons, with larger sweet spots and massive margins for error, PING's latest offerings in the oversize irons department include the K-15 iron/hybrid set, the G15, the Faith, and the G10 sets. All these iron sets feature a thick topline, which makes the club appear larger at address, and launch with a very high trajectory, thanks to a lower center of gravity. This usually translates to an easier time with approach shots both from the fairway and from trouble lies.

Pulling the Oversize Iron Trigger

The clubs that have distinguished Callaway since its inception are its oversize irons. Widely regarded as the easiest-to-hit and most-forgiving irons in the game, Callaway differentiates itself from PING in this department with renowned sets such as the X-22 and Diablo irons. Additional options include forged clubs for each of these models. This is a process that purely sets the club into place and provides greater feedback on on- and off-center hits. Forgings are preferred among talented golfers but are also popular with high- and mid-handicappers. According to club reviews from Golf.com, Callaway pulls ahead in the battle of oversize manufacturers here.

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