Ping G30 driver v. Ping G25 driver

Golf Monthly technical editor Paul O'Hagan looks at the differences between the Ping G25 and Ping G30 drivers

Ping G30 driver
Ping G30 driver review
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Golf Monthly technical editor Paul O'Hagan looks at the differences between the Ping G25 and Ping G30 drivers

The Ping G30 driver has undergone a number of changes, but how does it compare with the G25 driver? Paul O’Hagan tests both models to find out...

The Ping G30 launch is a particularly interesting one for me. Editing the equipment pages of Golf Monthly has meant that I have tested almost every driver that has been launched in the last seven years. I have been using the G25 driver since the first day it was launched in January 2013. I have found models that offer around five yards of added yardage out of the middle of the club but for consistency, forgiveness and overall performance I’ve found nothing to rival the G25.

With this in mind I was intrigued to see what the G30 driver would have to offer. Visually the head is a familiar Ping G shape, slightly more rounded than the G25 driver, so not as long from the top edge to the back of the crown, which gives it a shape that is reminiscent of the Ping G20. The turbulators on the crown are the obvious visual change to what was previously a very clean looking head at address. Surprisingly this change isn’t distracting at all. Instead it makes it clear where the face is pointing when over the ball.

Ping G25 driver

The Ping G25 driver

Claims that the turbulators will increase swing speed and therefore ball speed were undoubtedly proven to be true during my testing. Carry distance through the air was consistently around 5 yards longer than with my G25. Most impressively this has been achieved without sacrificing any forgiveness whatsoever. My bad shot is, and always has been, a slice. The obvious choice of G30 driver head would therefore be the heel weighted SF Tec offering, designed to help reduce a cut. I had concerns that, as with other heel weight biased drivers that I’ve tried, that this would bring an unwanted hook or pull into my game. From past experience this is disastrous if, like me, you set up to every drive expecting to hit a fade. My concerns were unnecessary as the SF Tec head helped to reduce the left to right flight, again adding distance, but still allowed me to hit a controlled fade.

The added adjustability of five loft settings instead of three will prove most beneficial when being fitted. The Ping custom fitting process is already impressive but the ability to add or takeaway up to a full degree of loft will allow the expert fitters to dial in the setup that is just right.

While new driver models often offer slight tweaks to the previous design the G30 driver offered me obvious distance gains without having to sacrifice any of the already impressive forgiveness.  These gains were clear during on course testing, even before a launch monitor backed up the gains. The ability to select a head and wide range of loft and stock shaft combinations means that the Ping G30 driver could prove an excellent option for many.

Click here to see Paul's G30 driver review

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Nick Bonfield
Content Editor

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 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