ClubTest 2016: Ping G SF Tec Driver
PING G SF TEC DRIVER
CATEGORY: Max Game Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 10° (adjusts 9° to 11°), 12° (adjusts 11° to 13°), with Ping Alta
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The G SF Tec provides nine yards more fade correction than the standard G.
DISTANCE: The G SF Tec is a big banger for many guys, while others place it in the middle of the pack; higher spin numbers make it a good fit for moderate swing speeds; mis-hits are treated to distances on par with well-struck shots.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: This one's a real fairway finder; the draw bias alleviates misses to the right -- would-be slices gently fade onto the short grass, or at least nearby.
FEEL: Lighter, well-balanced feel encourages fast, controlled swings; clubhead is extremely stable, even on the worst misses; impact is loud and explosive; most agree that the sound and feel are as good or better than previous Ping G series drivers.
PLAYABILITY: Consistently high, controlled draws are the order of the day; the hosel can be adjusted to find each testers' desired trajectory and shot shape.
LOOK: The number of turbulators on the crown has multiplied, giving it a high-tech appearance; matte black finish is attractive and won't bounce light back at you on sunny days.
All those turbulators can be distracting to look at; the large head appears too oversized for many panelists, although a few put faith in its size.
BOTTOM LINE: The G SF Tec is one of the top models tested in the Max Game Improvement class. Our testers adore the feel of the club, plus it has the right amount of draw bias to straighten out drives for higher-handicappers. Increased launch and spin rates make it a very good fit for smooth swingers looking to max-out distance.
HOT STIX'S TAKE: Designed for guys who fight fades or slices. Added weight positioned in back near the heel promotes maximum forgiveness with draw bias. Launch: Mid-High; Spin: Mid
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MORE INFO ON THE PING G SF TEC
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 and Mark Dee