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ClubTest 2015: Ping G30 Fairway Woods

On the Range: Ping G30 Fairway Woods
ClubTesters talk about one of their favorite new clubs of the year, the Ping G30 fairway wood.

Ping G30 Fairway Woods

 

Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
Price: $250
WE TESTED:
3 (adjusts 13.5° to 15.5°), 5 (adjusts 17° to 19°), 7 (adjusts 20° to 22°) with TFC 419F graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The G30’s Carpenter steel face flexes more than the G25 face for livelier contact.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: A high degree of workability—testers hit fades or draws off the tee and produce a consistent, penetrating, medium-high trajectory; shots launch easily from tight lies, rough and hardpan; the 7-wood is especially versatile from trouble—it even works on greenside shots.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Pretty high marks; shots hit near the heel and toe won’t kill you; it reduces sidespin so mis-hits hold the line.
DISTANCE: As long or marginally longer than the rest of its class; slight yardage loss on mis-hits but it’s so consistent that players know what to expect.
FEEL: Light overall, although it’s well-balanced and easy to track through the swing; very stable and comfortable on center and off-center hits; impact imparts a Goldilocks feel—not too hard, not too soft, but just right, with a “ping” that sends the ball flying.
LOOK: The innovative alignment system stands out on this medium-size, glare-resistant head—raised fins called “turbulators” point toward the impact zone and combine with white grooves on the face to help the setup.

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Ping G30 Fairway Wood

CONS

 

Some guys prefer a higher ball flight; works better with smooth tempos than super-aggressive swings; alignment aid system and “turbulator” design aren’t for everyone.

BOTTOM LINE: One of the top-rated models in the test. The G30 boasts a stellar combination of maneuverability, distance, feel and accuracy. Almost anyone would benefit from them.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Ping G30 Fairway Wood

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