Ping G30 LS Tec driver review

Our equipment expert casts his eye over a new offering from Ping

Ping G30 LS Tec driver

Check out Golf Monhtly Technical Editor Paul O'Hagan's Ping G30 LS Tec driver review

Above, you can check out Golf Monthly Digital Editor Neil Tappin's Ping G30 LS Tec driver review.

The new model joins the standard G30 driver and the G30 SF tech, which were both unveiled in summer 2014.

As the name suggests, LS stands for 'low spin'. This is achieved by moving the centre of gravity slightly further forward than the standard G30 driver.

It will suit more accomplished players with faster swing speeds who are seeking more distance and control.

Ping's latest driver should spin at 400rpm less than the original G30, creating a lower launch angle and less spin, which translates to longer drivers.

As with the standard G30, crown turbulators reduce aerodynamic drag to increase clubhead speed and ball velocity. What's more, a thin face maximises the spring of the face to again driver faster ball speeds.

The Ping G30 LS Tec driver comes in both 9º and 10.5º heads, with four extra loft settings available through the adjustable hosel. These are +0.6º, +1º, - 0.6º and -1º.

Shaft options will include the TFC 419d, the Ping Tour 65g and the Ping Tour 80g, all of which encourage a lower launch with less spin.

In the video above, Neil also tries out two different shaft lenghts to see if that has an impact on distance and dispersion.

The likes of Ping staff players Lee Westwood, Billy Horschel and Bubba Watson all use a slightly shorter shafts than the majority of pros on tour.

The new driver will retail at £299 and it is available to purchase now.

Golf Monthly's technical gurus Neil Tappin and Paul O'Hagan have also produced a video explaining the differences between the G30 LS Tec, the standard G30 and the G30 SF Tec.

 

 

 

Nick Bonfield
Nick Bonfield

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 with The Masters and USPGA 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