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Ping G30 Driver - AmateurGolf.com Player Staff Review
16 Apr 2015
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Turbulators set new performance standards on the Ping G30 driver.
Turbulators set new performance standards on the Ping G30 driver.
by Alan Alsheimer, Jr. - AmateurGolf.com Player Staff

When Ping set out to create the G30, they were once again put in the familiar position of having to try and improve upon their last driver - the G25 - which many believe to be one of the all- time best drivers ever released to date.

Well, Ping pulled it off, unsurprisingly. Freakishly forgiving, freakishly long and lower spinning than the G25, the G30 is everything you could want in your hands. It comes as either a 9 or 10.5 degree with adjustability of +1/-1 degree in each direction. It’s a forgivable “fairway-finder” that produces so much less spin on off center impact, that I found most balls to just fly right or left, in the rough line, without much side-spin taking the ball offline.

The CG is lower and farther back 
than any Ping driver to date, ensuring high 
launch and optimized spin.
The CG is lower and farther back than any Ping driver to date, ensuring high launch and optimized spin.

Struck perfectly, that same spin reduction produces a high launch and deep carry with enough workability to execute your intended shot shape. Now, let’s get to the Turbulators. Through extensive testing, Ping found two things. One, the aerodynamic fins on the top of the crown work to reduce club head drag through the downswing and impact zone. Secondly, the drag reduction produced greater club head speed over a non-finned crown swung at the same speed. On Trackman, I consistently gained 1.5 mph in club head speed, pushing me up into the 115 range. I have my 9 degree adjusted down to 8.5 and have found the perfect trajectory for me. Granted, 1.5 mph may not leave you jumping up and down for joy, but it did produce over five additional yards of carry, which can be considered half a club less on your approach.

Turbulators on the crown help 
generate greater clubhead speed and ball 
velocity.
Turbulators on the crown help generate greater clubhead speed and ball velocity.

Additionally, I fell in love with the Turbulators. They frame the ball better than any top crown marking I have tried to date and that black matte finish - I cannot say enough. No glare, ball framed, longer carry, straighter flight. Are you on board yet? While the majority of Ping’s PGA Tour Staff play the G30, there are two additional offerings to help you find the right one for your game. The LS Tec sits slightly open at address and is the lower spin option. The SF Tec, has the opposite bias, a draw, which allows for greater face rotation through impact and a slight closing of the face. My advice, hit all three if you are unsure. The shaft certainly plays an important part of launch and spin characteristics, but having the right head option allows your swing to be even further dialed in to your optimal best. Whichever one you choose, you will be rewarded with what many are calling the “new” single best overall performance driver ever made.

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