Paul O'Hagan's on-course Ping G30 fairway and hybrid review
Above, Paul O'Hagan, Golf Monthly's Technical Editor, ventures onto the golf course to bring you his Ping G30 fairway and hybrid review.
Ping G30 fairway woods are designed to offer increased distance, while the G30 hybrids deliver a higher, longer flight.
The Ping G30 fairway woods are crafted from a new Carpenter 475 steel - 44% stronger than 17-4 stainless steel used in previous designs - with a uniform face thickness. This increases the face flex, translating to increased distance.
The face is also larger and taller with a flattened crown curve, creating more forgiveness and a flatter visual appearance implemented to increase confidence.
As with the Ping G30 driver, the fairway woods have 'turbulators' on the crown of the club, and while they don't have the same speed-enhancing effect as they do on the larger driver head, they assist alignment.
The centre of gravity in the fairway is designed to promote a high launch with optimal spin. The GC progresses more forward and lower in the 5 and 7 woods to ensure optimisation of launch angle and spin characteristics.
Much like the the G30 driver, loft can be adjusted up or down a degree, or at +6/10ths of a degree and -6/10ths of a degree.
The TFC 419F shaft allows for a heavier head with increased MOI for distance and accuracy, while Tour 65 and 80 shafts promote a lower trajectory for added control.
Ping G30 fairway woods essentials:
Available in: 3W (14.5 degrees), 5W (18 degrees) and 7W (21 degrees) Head size: 3 (167cc), 5 (151cc) and 7 (145cc) Materials: 17-4 stainless steel body, Carpenter 475 steel face Loft adjustability: +/- 1 degree Shaft/flex: 3 shaft options, ranging from Soft R to X-Stiff Available: now RRP: £210
Ping G30 hybrid - designed to offer a seamless transition from long or mid-irons to easier-to-hit hybrids - are available in lofts of 17, 19, 22, 26 and 30 degrees.
Each club produces a different flight and distance - a product of progressive centre of gravity and hosel positions - and forgiveness has been increased by heal and toe weighting, plus a heel pad that lowers the CG position.
As with the G30 fairway wood, the face - constructed from 17-4 stainless steel that's heated to make it thin but strong - has a uniform thickness.
The higher flight will also ensure the ball stops quicker when it lands - ideal for approaches to long par 4s or par 5s.
The new G30 hybrid face design has been given a squarer appearance at address, thanks to a flatter top rail and higher heel. This should inspire confidence and aid alignment at address
Ping G30 hybrids essentials:
Available in: 2H (17 degrees), 3H (19 degrees), 4H (22 degrees), 5H (26 degrees), 65 (30 degrees) Material: 17-4 stainless steel Shaft/flex: 2 shaft options (TFC 419H and Tour 90), ranging from Soft R to X-Stiff Available: now RRP: £175
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 email@example.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
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