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Ping G30 SF Tec
For about a decade, Ping has been producing outstanding drivers, managing to make at least some improvement with every iteration. The Ping G2 Driver started it all and the Ping G30 is the latest version to head Ping’s top selling line of drivers.
The most notable feature , from a technical and visual standpoint, of new G30 driver, are the “Turbulators” (always fun to hear Bubba Watson pronounce) on the crown of the club. They are placed there to reduce drag, making the club more aerodynamic, increasing club head speed. The true test comes out on the course.
I took the G30 down to our driving range, that felt like a wind tunnel at times, to put it through its paces against the previous Ping G25 driver.
With the help of Olly, a PGA Professional from The Leading Edge , we hit each club to get an average speed using Trackman and the results were very interesting. With the G25 driver the average club head speed was 105.5 mph, but with the G30 driver the average rose to 106.5 mph.
Conventional wisdom held that a smoother surface yields better air flow and a faster clubhead. The turbulators draw their inspiration, partially, from the dimples on a golf ball, which actually smooth airflow as opposed to disrupting it, as shown in Ping’s wind tunnel testing.