Ping Golf has put together a string of top notch clubs in the last four to five years and it doesn’t look like they are stopping anytime soon. They recently released the new Ping G30 line, including the Ping G30 driver, which we will be discussing here. Now if you know anything about Ping Golf clubs, you know they don’t release new golf clubs every 4 months. They tend to release a new line once a year. I imagine their engineers in a dark dungeon somewhere creating ideas and technology for new sticks all year long. I bet they were chomping at the bit to finally release the Ping G30 line because they are outstanding. In this review I’ll break down why I believe that.
Ping Golf decided to focus a large part of the Ping G30 Driver on speed. They wanted to come up with a way to create a faster clubhead speed with the knowledge that clubhead speed equals faster ball speed, therefore more distance. Introducing the ‘Turbulators’. The turbulators were engineered and then tested in a wind-tunnel to reduce as much drag as possible. Let’s see what else is going on with the G30 Driver.
- 460 cc head
- Lightweight T9S Titanium Face
- TFC 419D High-Balance-Point shaft
- CG is Closer to Grip End for low CG
- Adjustable Hosel (Thicker for better performance/stability)
- Trajectory+ Technology (Allows for Increasing and Reducing loft in intervals of 6/10ths of a degree and One full degree)
- CG Position is lowest and farthest back of any Ping Model
The Ping G30 Driver has a simple but classy look to it. It has the black matted top finish which a lot of companies are going to these day to help with glare while standing over your golf clubs. I personally love the black matted look as it adds a sense of ruggedness to the look. At address you will notice the turbulator markings, which they actually created to help with alignment as well. The turbulator markings basically all point towards the ball.
The bottom of the G30 has a two toned black finish with the blue G30 stamp, which again is simple but clean.
It has the adjustable hosel, which is easy to manipulate and set it to where you want. The one thing you will notice with the hosel is that it’s a bit larger than others. Ping created the hosel this way so you wouldn’t lose any performance from the shaft to the clubhead. It basically looks like a fixed hosel.
Ping drivers have always been a bit rough for me simply because I don’t like a hard/loud sounding driver. I prefer a more dull sound, which for some reason in my head I correlate with forgiveness. Obviously that thinking isn’t quite accurate, but nonetheless I prefer a more dull sounding driver. So I was pleasantly surprised when I hit the G30 for the first time in regards to the way it sounded. It still had a fairly loud smacking sound to it, but much less than it’s predecessors.
After my first few hits with the G30 driver I could tell that it was going to be very long and forgiving. I could feel the ball popping off the face, which gave me the sense that the ball was launching at a very high rate of speed.
What also impressed me with the G30 is how forgiving it was. I will get more into that in the performance section, but what I wanted to mention here was how mis-hits felt. My mis-hits off the toe felt pretty decent as there were no “good vibrations” going on if you know what I mean. I have hit drivers that made my hands tingle on mis-hits, which is never a good feeling.
So the G30 Driver might not be the best looking driver of the bunch, but it will be one of the best drivers you hit in 2014-15 I can guarantee that. I gave the G30 a 5 of 5 stars in this review in the performance section and it is well deserved. The Ping G30 is outstanding!
Before getting into the nitty-gritty of this review, I always like to breakdown my game so people can understand where I’m coming from. I am a 11.7 handicap golfer who is more about control than distance. My average drive is about 260 and I’m very comfortable with that distance since I generally am pretty straight off the tee. I can hit about 290 but tend to lose a bit of control. My swing speed with the driver averages from 108-115 or so, depending on how I’m feeling that day and whether or not I want to swing for the fences.
I first took the G30 out on the course prior to even hitting it in a full range session. I went to the Monterey Country Club out in La Quinta with some buddies from ForePuttz. I hit a few balls on the driving range and was completely blown away. I thought perhaps it was my new swing I had been working on that was leading to long bomb after long bomb. So I had some of my buddies take a swing and they were blown away as well. Maybe it was a fluke, so we took to the course.
I played the entire round with the G30 driver and was hitting deep bombs down the middle of fairways. I only missed two fairways. One I straight pulled it hard with a baseball style line drive into the tree-line. The other was a flat out mis-hit, which barely hit the toe of the driver. Needless to say I walked away impressed. I used the Ping G30 for two more rounds and each round was more of the same.
Video of the Wind-Tunnel Testing:
I was hitting the Ping G30 driver just as far as I have hit any other driver in the past. I will compare it to the SLDR since that is what I have been playing for the last several months. The SLDR first impressed me with it’s distance when struck well. The G30 goes just as far as the SLDR and for me was more forgiving. My average drives with both the SLDR and G30 are 260-270 so you can see the distances are about the same.
As I have mentioned in my driver reviews in the past, I tend to mis-hit off the toe. I rarely mis-hit it on the hosel or higher on the face. With the G30 Driver I was only losing about 10 yards on mis-hits off the toe. The balls wouldn’t banana at the end either, which just goes to shot how much control the driver has over side spin. The G30 performed much better in the forgiveness category than the SLDR. After three rounds of using the G30 I am calling it my ‘Fairway Finder’.
As far as performance goes, the Ping G30 is one of the best drivers I have hit.
I am perfectly comfortable in my reviews to say when something sucks, and the Ping G30, does NOT suck… not one bit. With it’s simple but clean looks most golfers will enjoy looking down at this club. But where this driver stands apart is it’s ability to create long and straight drives. When it comes to performance, you will be hard pressed to find something better.