Ping SS17 Apparel Review - Golf Monthly editor Mike Harris reviews the Ping Spring/Summer 2017 apparel collection at Old Head in Ireland
Tested by: Mike Harris, Hcp 8
Ping Zero Gravity Jacket – RRP £150
Ping Tour Eye Pant – RRP £150
Ping Hudson Mid Layer – RRP £65
Ping Harris Polo – RRP £60
Ping Lennox Trouser – RRP £75
The Stone colour on the Zero Gravity jacket was classy, understated and will go with pretty much any outfit. Standard black waterproof trousers that goes well with the other garments in the Ping range while the Harris polo is a really stylish, classy shirt that will appeal to a very broad range of golfers. Nice details on the collar and placket too.
The Zero Gravity jacket offered an excellent fit – it allowed plenty of freedom throughout the swing without feeling loose and baggy. Arm length was perfect for me but for taller golfers it might come up be a little short. Cuffs could have been a bit tighter as the heavy rain got under the material by the end of the round. I would have preferred a more fitted style on the Tour Eye pant but the extra room means they can easily be worn over trousers. No belt loops mean you do need to get the right size to avoid having to hitch them up every few holes. Variety of leg lengths caters for tall and larger golfers. Some golfers might find the material a little too close fitting on the Harris polo but I found it spot on.
All the garments were very comfortable – the jacket was incredibly lightweight. It will appeal to the golfer who likes to feel like they aren’t really wearing outerwear. The softness of the material, especially on the trousers and the polo shirt, made them very comfortable indeed.
The jacket stood up to the heavy rain at Old Head very well. Rain did get in around the collar and cuffs but otherwise it kept me dry in what were some of the most extreme conditions I’ve played in. The trousers too kept me totally dry in the heavy rain and didn’t get hot thanks to the breathable fabric.
The Zero Gravity is an excellent jacket that is perfect for the golfer who likes lightweight outerwear and an understated look. Packs away very small so ideal for the golfer who carries. I would have like belt loops and a slightly more fitted cut on the Tour Eye Pant but they did the job of keeping me dry. Easy to put on and take off thanks to the zips on the legs and soft, spacious pockets. The Hudson is a really good mid layer than looks good, fits well and keeps you warm and is shower proof. Ideal garment for golf in the UK! The Harris is an impressive polo shirt that looks good and performs well, as were the Lennox trousers.