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ClubTest 2015: Ping G30 SF Tec Driver

On The Range: Ping G30 SF Tec
ClubTester John Dottore talks about one of his favorite drivers at ClubTest 2015, the Ping G30 SF Tec.

Ping G30 SF Tec Driver

 

Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
Price: $349
WE TESTED:
10° (adjusts 9° to 11°) and 12° (adjusts 11° to 13°) with TFC 419D graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Designed primarily to aid forgiveness, the G30 SF Tec impressed testers across the board.

PROS

 

DISTANCE: One of the longest models; consistently deep for most testers—many claim they couldn’t miss, and the launch monitor backs them up; stellar numbers on all kinds of contact.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The SF Tec is top-rated in this category; the huge sweet spot instills confidence and lets players swing freely and aggressively; many testers watch their usual misses disappear, to be replaced by easy, repeatable draws.
FEEL: The highest-rated model; softness on all shots hides how powerfully the ball jumps off the face; consistently hot on shots struck almost anywhere on the clubface.
PLAYABILITY: Once again, a tester favorite—high launch with just enough workability to allow some creativity off the tee; an excellent combination of carry and roll.
LOOK: Matte black is the new shiny black; most guys find that the ridge-like turbulators on the crown frame the ball nicely at address; overall, it instills a strong sense of power and comfort over the ball.

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Ping G30 SF Tec Driver

CONS

 

A few panelists find that the high ball flight occasionally hurts distance by costing them roll; not everyone loves the look of the turbulators, but agree that the fins do frame the sweet spot.

BOTTOM LINE: The top-rated model in the test. A smooth bomber, the SF Tec topped four of five categories and had several testers admiring their launch-monitor numbers. After all, who doesn’t like high, towering drives?

HOT STIX'S TAKE: Extremely forgiving on heel or toe contact. Slight draw bias weighting helps players reduce fades and slices. One of the higher-launching heads tested.Launch - High; Spin - Mid

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Ping G30 SF Tec

NEXT REVIEW: Srixon Z 545

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