Ping G30 driver review

The new drivers features turbulator technology for higher ball speeds

Ping G30 driver
Ping G30 driver review
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Golf Monthly's Paul O'Hagan gives his Ping G30 driver review

Above, Golf Monthly's Paul O'Hagan gives his Ping G30 driver review.

The Ping G25 was one of the best drivers on the market. The combination of forgiveness, distance and control meant it appealed to golfers of all abilities.

The new Ping G30 driver is designed with an emphasis on added speed, but with no sacrifice in other areas.

In order to increase ball speeds, the brand's engineers have added ‘turbulators’ to the crown, which improve aerodynamics by reducing drag forces and create efficient airflow. On the Ping G30 driver, they also assist with alignment.

Ping engineers have opted for a classic low-and-back centre of gravity position. In fact, the G30 driver features the lowest and farthest back position of any Ping model to date, to increase the moment of inertia (MOI) and energy transfer in order to create maximum forgiveness.

In the Ping G30 driver, the adjustable hosel has the same mass and diameter as the brand's fixed-hosel models, translating to increased adjustability with no performance sacrifice.

What's more, the Trajectory Turning Plus allows up to five settings with a full 2 degrees of adjustability, enabling the user to increase or reduce the Ping G30 driver's loft in intervals of 6/10ths of a degree and 1 full degree.

For the first time, Ping have produced 2 ‘G’ drivers. As well as the standard model, a new G30 SF Tec (Straight Flight Technology) model features weight positioned near the heel and a lighter swing weight. These factors help produce a right-to-left ball flight, ideal for those who struggle with a slice.

The TFC 419D shaft features a high balance point - courtesy of the CG being placed nearer the grip - which allows a heavier head to be used without affecting the feel of the club when swinging.

In addition, both Ping G30 drivers feature a new T9S face material. It's thinner - with a better strenght/weight ratio - and 4 grams lighter; weight that's been reallocated to help better position the CG and increase MOI for more forgiveness.

Ping G30 driver essentials:

Head size: 460cc Materials: Ti 8-1-1 body, T9S titanium face Standard length: 45.75" Standard model lofts: 9 degrees and 10.5 degrees Ping G30 SF Tech model lofts: 10 degrees and 12 degreesLoft adjustability: +/- 1 degree Shafts: 3 options, fron Soft R to X-Stiff

Both Ping G30 drivers come with an RRP of £299 and are available to buy now.

Nick Bonfield
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Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x