ClubTest 2016: Ping G LS Tec Driver
CATEGORY: Better Player Drivers
WE TESTED: 9° (adjusts 8° to 10°), 10.5° (adjusts 9.5° to 11.5°) with Ping Alta 55 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The low-spin head produces 350 rpm less backspin than the standard G driver.
DISTANCE: One of the biggest hitters in the category; it's the G30 on steroids -- launches shots that seem to stay in the air forever; maintains distance when you miss the center of the face.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Its greatest strength -- head of the class; huge amount of playable real estate on the clubface makes it a breeze to hit; how can you not love a driver that just finds fairway after fairway?
FEEL: The big face lets you know if you've hit it solidly; the ball explodes off the clubface as if it's powered by TNT; lots of pop at impact without being overly loud or jarring on misses.
PLAYABILITY: The adjustable hosel allows testers to dial up their desired shot shape; lower than average ball flight that's great for windy conditions.
LOOK: Classy matte black finish seems to shrink the sizable head; turbulators on the crown look cool and work well as an effective alignment aid; a broad clubhead from front to back inspires tons of confidence at address.
The spin rates and launch are a little low for moderate speed swingers; for some testers, it doesn't generate the most rewarding feel at impact; turbulators on the crown don't look great to everyone.
BOTTOM LINE: The Ping G LS Tec driver is one of the top drivers tested. It's a strong replacement for its predecessor, the big-hitting G30 LS Tec.
HOT STIX'S TAKE: Ideally suited for players who need a lower-spinning head that doesn’t sacrifice forgiveness, the new model has added aerodynamic channels in the back of the head. Launch: Low-Mid; Spin: Low
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MORE INFO ON THE PING G LS TEC DRIVER
From GOLF.com, January 11, 2016:
Like the popular G30, Ping's new series consists of three models -- the G, G LS Tec and G SF Tec -- that come with loft adjustability (+/- 1°), a high balance point shaft, and aerodynamic ridges on the crown. The ridges combine with a more rounded transition from the face to crown plus indentations a long the back of the head, to reduce drag by 37% compared with G30. The result is faster swing speeds and up to four yards more carry.
A new crown that's 8 grams lighter allows extra mass to be placed low and rearward, which increases MOI. Compared to the G, the LS Tec spins 350 rpm less, while SF Tec has up to 9 yards of fade correction. The standard and LS Tec heads are available in 9° and 10.5° lofts while the SF Tec comes in 10° and 12° lofts. -- Michael Chwasky