Ping has been a staple name in golf for decades. Known for technological innovation and proving to people that there is more than one way of doing things the right way. We know that in the golf equipment industry even the smallest technological advantage can turn an otherwise just released club into an obsolete piece of garage ornament. Well, it seems this time around, PING has come through with something new in hopes to earn a coveted spot in your cart bags.
We had the chance to take out the new G30 series of fairway woods; more specifically the 3 and 5 woods. But before we dive deeper into these, let’s start off with some philosophy of why these should be in your bag.
First off; the mighty 3 wood. You might be in need of reaching long par 5’s in 2, or maybe you need a club to tee off and keep neighboring fairways out of play. Either way, the bottom line is that a club can only go in the bag if it goes farther or is more playable. And how about a 5 wood? Maybe you are trying to bridge the distance gap between your 3 iron and your 3 wood, or even trying to get rid of your 3 iron all together. One thing that is for sure is that it is best to have options! Okay. Let’s proceed…
In this G30 line of clubs, PING is all about speed. Increasing club head speed that is. With the help of turbulators on the crown of the clubhead, PING promises to decrease wind drag and help you gain those extra MPHs we are all obsessed about. So we put this theory to the test. Do turbulators do the trick? The answer is yes; in theory. This is why.
Although I was very excited to rave about these clubs, I came to the conclusion that to consider a club better than another, it takes more than just performance. You need a deeper connection.
I tested the G30 3-wood against my Taylormade Jetspeed that I have been playing for a while. The Jetspeed I tend to hit it pretty well to the point where it takes over the role of my driver ¾ of the time. Definitely a club I have trust in. My normal distance with that club ranges from 240yds-260yds. For the purpose of this review, the Jetspeed 3 wood is my benchmark club. As far as the 5 wood goes, it’s a replacement to my 3 iron which I could hit 220yds-235yds. A club easy to tee off with, but a definite challenge anywhere else.
The G30 series woods both feature matte black finishes on the crown. Not only is flat black in style, it’s also a big thumbs up at helping keep glare of your face. The theme for the clubs is black and blue, unless you’re Bubba. Nothing to be crazy about, but sharp looking nonetheless. The soles of the G30’s are done in a beautiful gloss black oxide finish that stands out so nicely and is surely eye catching. The most eye popping feature are the turbulators! There is nothing out there that even comes close to looking as cool. Cool is the biggest understatement. They are beyond radical! Enough said.
Compared to the Jetspeed, the heads sit more square and neutral at address. Some of you might like that over an offset look. The clubhead size is a little bit bigger; 167cc for the 3 and 151cc for the 5. But practically unnoticeable compared to the Jetspeed. They have a good face profile, which is a bit deeper than that of the Jetspeed.
The hosel area is thicker, this was a big plus when teeing off. Overall, they look great, at first I was concerned about the turbulators, but they were able to grow on me, and now I love them.
My first thought was that it feels a tiny bit lighter than the Jetspeed. The PING grip has good traction compared to a regular GolfPride Tour Velvet. One drawback was that the G30 is .5” longer than the Jetspeed. And that was something that didn’t set well with me. Definitely something I would have wanted to change. Turbulators help slightly in alignment which added a little bit to my confidence.
I enjoyed the sound these clubs make as the give off a more dull tone than what you are probably used to from PING. They give plenty more feedback compared to the Jetspeed and also feel more forgiving. The quality of these clubs is extremely high. They are so well put together. I was very pleased and actually amazed at how well the finish on the bottom of the clubs held up after a few rounds and hitting off turf. They were left unscathed.
With the 5 wood I definitely felt confident. Compared to a 3 iron, it is a life saver. The head is the perfect size and not difficult at all to get the ball airborne. The thicker hosel added to my confidence as I feel it add stability to the head. Overall, they felt solid, gave good feedback, sounds is pretty good. Only wish they were that .5” shorter to make it easier at finding the sweet spot.
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Playability off the tee feels better than the Jetspeed due to the deeper face. This is also where I saw a definite increase in distance. Off the deck, I give the edge to my Jetspeed though. Perhaps I’m Just more familiar with it. I added about 5 yards to my carry with the G30 3 wood. These clubs flight the ball higher than the Jetspeed and did notice more spin and ballooning. The CG is placed low and far back on the face. Help with increasing MOI and better dispersion, but was launching a little too high for my liking. I adjusted the loft to -1 and was very pleased with the lower trajectory and increased distance. 275 Avg from the tee. I’d say that is plenty of distance from 13.5 degrees at 43”. The 5 wood got me about 235 yards carry with minimal roll. For the right situation, the 5 wood can be lethal. Obviously a lot higher than an Iron and less chances for a mishit. It would only make sense to bag the 5 wood. I was very happy with the playability of the 5.
Off center hits were fairly forgiving in direction. Bad shots seem to catch height but fall off the air more rapidly. Increased MOI seemed to keep the bad shot more in line, which is good.
Both fairway woods performed fine from tight lies, very comparable to the Jetspeed. although, I think they really shine off taller more fluffy lies on the rough.
I attribute the distance increase to the turbulators in theory, but in practice, the .5” longer shaft could have influenced the numbers. Turbulator technology for the G30 driver is definitely proven to work. But on fairway woods that have generally shorter shafts equivalent to less head speed and a smaller head size producing less wind drag. It’s hard to say if the turbulators really helped all that much. Overall good performance, great adjustability.
I think the G30 series fairway woods are a good choice if you’re looking for a little more confidence off the tee. The faces are hot and the profile may add confidence. It is very important though to think about what aspect of the game you are trying to improve on. These clubs could be good option, but be careful before considering the switch. They are great clubs, but I could not recommend you to order them before giving them a try first. The smartest way to pick out a new club is to start with something that looks pleasing to you and feels comfortable before falling in love with the launch monitor numbers.
For more information on the Ping G30 Woods click HERE.