PGA Tour pros are testing new Ping G30 series
For more than a decade, observers have known what to expect from Ping drivers: A consistent, oversized shape. Ping company unveiled its Ping G30 driver on the PGA Tour. It employs what appears to be a crown technology.
The G30's crown ridges have the look of airfoil turbulators and could play some role in improving the club's aerodynamic efficiency during the swing. In simple terms, the G30's large footprint and low and deep center of gravity allow it to feature one of the highest moment-of-inertia readings of any driver on the market.
Several players began testing the G30, including Mark Wilson, Derek Ernst, Jason Gore and David Lingmerth. Angel Cabrera already put both a G30 driver and Ping g30 fairway wood in his bag, and Bubba Watson, who has been testing the driver since mid-May, also is expected to put the club in play this week in West Virginia.
The adjustable G30 fairway wood is available in 14.5-, 18- and 21-degree lofts. It features a thin Carpenter 475 face insert for improved ball speed. In addition to the faster face design -- for those who want to get really technical, Ping engineers say the characteristic time reading has improved from 160 to 225 -- the club also includes turbulators on the crown for improved aerodynamics.
There's no question the Ping G-series irons have been the workhorse of the Ping iron family since they were first introduced in 2003. The latest Ping G30 irons' goal has been to provide that kind of forgiveness within a shape that does not get too extreme. It continues the search for ball speed by thinning the face on the 4- through 7-irons, which feature slightly longer blade lengths for increased stability. The company's trademark "custom tuning port" in the back cavity is positioned lower to help increase launch angle.
There are also new Ping G30 hybrid, which is constructed of a special 17-4 stainless steel that's been processed with an H900 heat treatment to improve face deflection for more ball speed. The five lofts (17, 19, 22, 26, 30 degrees) feature progressive offset and CG locations to optimize ballflight.
Finally, the G30 line of drivers, irons, fairway woods and hybrids are very welcomed now. More details on Ping G30 in golfstoreaustralian.com.