PING G Series Driver Review vs. PING G30 - What's different?
by Donnie Baucom - AmateurGolf.com Equipment
Ping unveiled its new G driver earlier this year at the
Hyundai Tournament of Champions with the goal of
increased aerodynamic efficiency leading to greater
distance. The G has already been added to the bags
Ping Staffers Bubba Watson and David Lingmerth and
set out to see if it’s worth adding to yours as well. I
have laid out the visual and physical changes below,
along with the trackman results from testing the G
versus the G30.
The biggest change visually is at the top of the
Ping expanded the original turbulators and added a
crown design inspired by the wings of a dragonfly.
This inspiration is called Biomimicry, in which
innovation emulates the patterns of nature. The
dragonfly wing wasn’t solely for visual purposes,
however, as the new structure allowed them to
eight grams from the crown of the club. This allowed
Ping to reposition the center of gravity lower and
further back in the driver which reduces spin and
Ping also added Vortec technology which minimizes
turbulent wake behind the club during the
for faster club head speed with increased club head
stability. According to Ping, this coupled with the
turbulators leads to 37% less drag through the
zone for sizeable distance gains from all swing
Let’s take a look at two sample results, one from
driver. For my tests I used the stock Tour 61g stiff
shaft for both drivers along with ProV1x golf balls
each shot. Each driver was set at 9 degrees with a
monitor numbers for the PING G30
The G30 launched with 2300 rpm and went nearly
yards. 15 degree launch is a bit higher than my
average but 108 mph club speed and 158 mph ball
speed is pretty normal for what was slightly off
hit shown by a 1.47 smash factor.
monitor numbers for the PING G
Looking at the numbers from the G, you can see
away that my spin went down dramatically to under
2000 rpm. While a spin rate less than 2000 rpm
recommended, it does show the effect of the lower
center of gravity.
I also noticed that with slightly less club head
still managed to have a faster ball speed than the
by just over three mph. This is likely due to the
thinner face and is a theme that was common to
peers who had also demoed the G. In fact, with
launch angle (13 degrees versus 15) I still carried
yards farther and had much more roll which led to
increased distance of 308 yards.
Also worth nothing is that on average, I swung the
107.5 mph and the G30 at 107 mph throughout the
duration of my testing.
Thus, while I’m not fully convinced that the
improvement in aerodynamics significantly
swing speed, I was impressed by the added
and lower spinner rate that the G produced. If you
someone who is looking for a lower ball flight and
roll out of their drives, upgrading from the G30 to
G is definitely worth considering.