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In this driver test, Joel Tadman and Mike Harris put the Ping G up against the G30 driver it replaces having been custom fit for both to see which is the best overall package
Before we go into the results of our head-to-head testing, let’s look at some numbers from Ping that differentiate the two models. Both the Ping G and G30 are 460cc in size but the new Ping G is said to have a six per cent higher top-bottom MOI (impact locations directly above and below the sweetspot) and a one per cent higher MOI on heel and toe strikes.
The new Ping G is also said to create 8-14 per cent less drag than the G30 during the downswing thanks to the turbulators being angled out slightly more and a new Vortec on the back of the clubhead.
Both Golf Monthly technical editor Joel Tadman and editor Mike Harris went through a full fitting with the new Ping G driver have recorded some base numbers with the G30 model for which we had both been fitted for previously.
Testing the LS Tec version in both, Joel gained both distance and accuracy with the new G driver over the G30. While his swing speed only went up by 0.2 mph, his spin came down by 350 rpm and his average dispersion came down from three yards average off line to a sensational zero!
In contrast, Mike experienced a much larger increase in clubhead speed of 2.5 mph, leading to an overall distance gain of five yards, helped by a reduction in spin of just under 100rpm.
Interestingly, both Mike and Joel found that using slightly less loft with the G model compared to G30 also created a stronger ball flight, perhaps down to the difference in CG location within the head; the new Ping G has a CG location that is lower and further back in the head.
In summary, while most will experience some sort of improvement with G over the G30 driver, golfers with drivers that are two or three generations previous like the G20 and G25 will experience the biggest improvements. As always, if you’re interested in benefitting from modern technology, we recommend you go for a custom fitting session with a PGA Pro on a reputable launch monitor to get the best from your swing.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58°
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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