Here we are again, the time of the year where we get to see PING’s latest and greatest. Every time PING brings out a new product, they claim greater control, distance, and accuracy with the highest MOI possible. I must say they could not have hit the nail on the head any greater than with the new PING G30 line. The G30 lineup consists of two adjustable driver heads, adjustable fairway woods, non-adjustable hybrids, and irons. The two driver heads are the standard G30, and the G30 SFT (Straight Flight Technology).
The standard G30 comes in 9 degree and 10.5 degree static loft heads with greater adjustability than its predecessor PING G25. With the new adjustments, the G30’s loft can be increased or decreased by .6 and 1.0 degrees, while G25 could only be adjusted .5 degrees either way. By having the ability to tweak loft by these small margins, we as fitters can really fine tune the balls flight characteristics after choosing the proper head loft. Other technological advancements in the G30 are the addition of Turbulatorsand the new T9S face. What are Turbulators you ask? Turbulators are small fins on the crown of the G30 and G30 SFT which are designed to decrease drag on the club head to help maintain club head speed, providing a greater transfer of energy to the golf ball for greater ball speeds. The T9S face material is strong, lightweight and thin, optimizing face deflection for higher balls speeds and greater distance.
G30 SF Tech Driver:
G30 SFT is what we have been waiting for from PING for almost four years; a driver that just goes straight. G30 SFT was engineered for the player who continually hits the ball to the right of the target line. To help with this left to right ball flight, PING has placed more weight toward the heel which will“gear” the ball back to the left and in the fairway. G30 SFT comes in 10 and 12 degree static lofts with the same technological advances as the standard G30. SFT has turbulators and the T9S face to help make it the longest and straightest driver ever.
PING has developed state of the art shafts specifically designed for the G30 driver line to achieve the greatest results for all skill levels. The stock shaft in both G30 and G30 SFT is PING’s TFC 419 high balance point shaft. TFC 419 is available in four flexes; soft regular, regular, stiff and extra stiff. The weight range in the shaft is 53g-63g and is dependent on flex: the stiffer the flex the heavier the shaft. The high balance point on the shaft allows the CG (center of gravity) to be placed closer the grip, which allows for a heavier head, increasing MOI (moment of inertia) and lowering the CG of the head. These factors result in more energy, momentum and inertia for greater distance and accuracy. Shafts were also created for the strong player with the advent of the Tour 65 and Tour 80 shafts. The tour shafts are available in flexes regular, stiff, and extra-stiff. The Tour 65 weight range is 57g-66g and the Tour 80 range is 68g-80g. Again weight is dependent on flex
The G30 driver was tested in our Cluboratoryagainst the G25 to see what improvements were to be had. Clubs tested were the G30 9 degree adjusted to 9.6 and a G25 9.5 degree; both had their corresponding Tour Stiff 65 shaft. Club head speed was identical at 116.9 mph.
|Club||Ball Speed||Launch angle||Spin rate||Carry Distance||Total Distance|
*total distance is based on PGA tour fairways
Based on our initial testing, the PING G30 is much faster off the face than the PING G25 and spin rate has been dramatically reduced. While the chart shows only one test, many were conducted with both the standard G30 and G30 SF tech. Both drivers delivered extreme ball speeds and reduced spin rates ranging from 300-800 rpms dependent on contact. All in all the G30 family of drivers has been one of, if not the best drivers we have ever tested in terms of accuracy, launch and low spin rates. Stop by to see first-hand what PING’s latest drivers can do for you.
The new G30 fairway metals are available in 3 (14.5 deg.), 5 (18 deg.) and 7 (21deg.). Improvements made over the G25 fairways are an extremely hot face providing greater control at longer distances. A strong uniform-thickness Carpenter 475 face designed to maximize deflection while increasing ball speeds and generating greater distance and forgiveness. The fairway metals are also equipped with Turbulatorswhich are designedto help with alignment and confidence as much as club head speed in the fairway metals. With the same adjustability as the drivers, you can add or subtract 1 full degree loft to maximize trajectory.Shafts in the fairway metals are the same as the drivers but with differing weights based on shorter shaft lengths.
- TFC 419: soft regular, stiff, x-stiff (weights ranging from 63g-69g)
- Tour 65: regular, stiff, x-stiff (weights ranging from 53g-62g)
- Tour 80: regular, stiff, x-stiff (weights ranging from 64g-76g)
PING has designed their new hybrid line to be faster off the face providing great distances while controlling miss hits resulting in improved dispersion off every shot. In comparison to G2, the G30 is made to reach a greater max height for shot stopping control creating the ability to fire at pins and lower scores. The new G30 hybrid also has a progressive CG location and offsets to ensure consistent gapping and trajectories.
Shafts in the hybrids are the TFC 419 HYB and the Ping Tour 90H
- TFC 419 Hybrid: soft regular, regular, stiff, x-stiff (weights ranging from 64g-77g)
- Tour 90 HYB: regular, stiff, x-stiff (weights ranging from 73g-87g)
Progressive lengths and lofts and a thin face will help you launch the ball high yet significantly farther, while still providing the added control you need to consistently attack the flag. Faster ball speeds are provided by a Custom Tuning Port that sits very low and supports a thin face. The CTP and a low-back CG optimize launch and forgiveness while ensuring a solid feel. Slightly longer heads boost MOI and a new sole design ensures solid contact. In comparison to the G25 iron, G30 has a slightly stronger loft for greater distances across the iron set. By decreasing the loft PING has finally made a mild distance club, which is similar to Karsten, but with a much smaller profile to fit a wider range of playing abilities.
In conclusion, the new G30 line of clubs from PING is some of the best equipment out there in terms of distance and forgiveness. If you are looking to hit it straighter and longer from tee to green, get to the CLUBoratory to be fit with the latest equipment from PING and shoot lower scores today.