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It is always challenging for a manufacturer to improve on something really outstanding that has proved to be extremely popular. Since Ping introduced the G series of drivers way back in 2004, they have always been great game improvement drivers that were extremely popular with a very wide range of the golfing market, from the beginners up to those playing off a pretty low handicap. In this Ping G driver review we’ll take a closer look at the G driver in the series. Continue reading!
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Improving Already Good Drivers
There most recent model in the range, the Ping G30, was one of the top sellers and was well loved by many golfers. They say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The sixth driver in the range is simply known as the Ping G and they managed to make significant improvements on an already brilliant driver. The Ping G will no doubt continue to prove the first choice for many golfers.
Let’s take a look at what makes the Ping G such a great driver.
The Ping G series has always been known for its extreme forgiveness, something the majority of players find great comfort in. The G has taken that forgiveness to new heights. They have done this in a number of ways.
The main innovation comes in the form of the Dragonfly Technology, an idea that Ping CEO John Solheim conceived when looking at a photograph of the magnificent flying creature while on holiday. The Ping designers and developers worked with this concept to design the unique lattice structure of the titanium crown on the Ping G.
It consists of supportive beams that provide a solid, yet ultra light structure that gives incredible strength to the extremely thin crown. So effective is this design that it can support crown thicknesses of as little as 0.43mm in places, something that was inconceivable previously.
The Center of Gravity Move
This design looks great, in fact, it looks amazing, but the main advantage is a massive 8g weight saving, without any compromise on strength or durability. This saving allowed them to move the Centre of Gravity (CG) even further back and deeper than the already impressive CG of the G30. It has the deepest and lowest CG of any driver on the market. Yet another benefit is the design enhances the MOI and also improves airflow.
This CG positioning gives the ultimate forgiveness across the face and also goes a long way to assisting you getting a better loft as allows for a better launch. It can often let you notch your loft down which provide better ball speeds and greater distance. The variable-thickness T9S face is another feature that enhances ball speed.
The Aerodynamic Design
The other features the recent Ping G series drivers excelled at was their aerodynamic design. The G30 had Turbulators on the crown that made for smoother, faster flights through the air, greatly reducing resistance.
With the G, Ping has fine-tuned these for even better aerodynamics. They also added a Vortec to the back of the head which acts a bit like a spoiler on the back of a sports car. These changes have made the Ping G as much as 37 percent more aerodynamic than its already fast and streamlined predecessor.
These are not there for looks and do make a tangible difference. The reduction in friction turbulence means a smoother swing flight and higher clubhead speeds, leading to improved distance off the tee and improved carry.
The Different Options
As with the G30, The Ping G is available in a G. G LS Tec, and G SF Tec, where the LS will give you a spin reduction of roughly 350 rpm and the SF provides a significant amount of fade correction. The Ping G and LS models come in a 9° and 10.5° lofts and the SF offers a choice of 10° or 12° lofts.
The Ping G has an aluminum hosel that allows you to adjust the loft. They have kept the design extremely simple to operate and check your setting. The lightweight design means is does not add unnecessary weight.
The standard counter-balanced Alta shaft has a marginally narrower tip which also works with the overall aerodynamic design but more noticeable is the little extra kick it gives on impact. This design also works well with the head weight to enhance forgiveness even more. There are alternative shaft choices according to your preference and swing speed.
You will either love it or hate. The feedback suggests that most people fall into the former group and you can never please everyone with aesthetics. The most noticeable features are the turbulators and the lattice design based on the Dragonfly Technology. So yes, it is a bit busy but not in any way distracting or unsightly. It is not a traditional crown design so purists may prefer a more conservative look.
Sound and Feel
Ping put some effort into improving the sound of the Ping G as there were those who were less than thrilled about the G30 acoustics. It still has a relatively muted sound but powerful enough and it gives great feedback. The general consensus is that they achieved their objective and the Ping G has a much better sound.
Tactile feedback on off-center shots is good although the superb forgiveness means you will see little negative impact on your direction and distance.
The aerodynamics, weight, design, and CG settings make for an effortless swing that will achieve good distance without you having to try and skin the ball off the tee. The forgiveness is unbelievable and gives you greater confidence and a much more enjoyable game. The mid launch is effortless and the mid to low spin will put a smile on your face.
Ping worked hard to improve on the brilliant G30 and they achieved this remarkably well. While the improvement in performance in the new model is not radical, it is certainly more aerodynamic, faster, more forgiving, and a pleasure to drive.
If you are moving from a lower model, you will see a dramatic difference while even those who were happy with the G30 will be pleasantly surprised and impressed. The Ping G will undoubtedly dominate sales much like its predecessor. A brilliant driver that pretty much any golfer will truly appreciate.