Updated: This review was originally published July 3, 2014. 

Pros: More forgiving and lower spinning than Ping’s G25 driver. The turbulators (ridges on the front of the crown) actually work, creating an average of about 1 mph more clubhead speed in our testing.

Cons: The new adapter adds an additional 1 degree of adjustability, but it’s not compatible with Ping’s previous adjustable tips. Really high-spin golfers still might not be able to get their spin to an optimal range with the G30.

Bottom Line: Ping took golf’s most forgiving driver, the G25, and made it even more forgiving. Even more impressive is that the company was able to lower its spin, too, which was the biggest knock on the G25. With its turbulators, the G30 also delivers a novel (and real) way to boost distance. We buy Ping’s claim that the G30 is about 7 yards longer than the G25.


If we were to make a list of golf’s perfect driver, it would probably go something like this:

  1. We would want it to go really far — like farther than all the other drivers — even when we miss the sweet spot.
  2. We would want it to go as straight as possible — like straighter than all the other drivers — even on mishits.
  3. We would want it to launch really high so we could carry it over things like trees and bunkers.
  4. We would want it to look, sound and feel really good.

The G30’s predecessor, Ping’s G25 driver, was one of the most awarded drivers in our 2014 Gear Trials: Best Drivers list because it is — at least before the launch of the G30 in late July — golf’s most forgiving driver. It also happens to be one of golf’s highest-launching drivers, and more golfers do like the way it looks, sounds and feels than do not. The only real strike against the G25 was that it didn’t quite go as far as some top drivers because it tended to launch with too much spin.

Ping could have simply lowered the spin of the G25, called it a G30 and still patted itself on the back for making a great driver, but the company did what it tends to do: it engineered another classic with new, visible technology that actually works.

Click here to read our tech story on the new G30 drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons.


ping g30

The first thing golfers will notice when they pick up a G30 driver is that its crown has six small ridges that the company calls “turbulators.” You can watch the short video below to see exactly what they do, but the basics are this: thanks to the turbulators, the 460-cubic-centimeter G30 has the aerodynamics of a driver that measures about 100cc smaller. That will give golfers an average of 0.7 mph of extra clubhead speed compared to the G25, according to an internal Ping test.

Do I really want a rearward CG?

Ping also made the G30 driver about 150 rpm lower spinning than the G25 by doing exactly the opposite of what TaylorMade has been doing in recent years to make its drivers lower spinning. Ping gained 4 grams of discretionary weight with its new titanium face material, T9S, which is lighter and stronger than the G25’s Ti 8-1-1 face material. Instead of using that weight to move the G30’s center of gravity (CG) lower and more forward, Ping moved the CG of the G30 lower and more rearward.

ping g-30 driver review

When the CG is moved forward in a driver, it decreases what’s called its moment of inertia (MOI), or its retention of ball speed on off-center hits. Whether a forward CG driver is better for your game than a rearward CG driver is up for you and a qualified club fitter to decide, but with all other things being equal we’ll take a low, rearward CG everytime because it does the following:

  1. It increases MOI, which means that off-center hits won’t lose as much ball speed.
  2. It encourages a driver to swing more upward into impact, which is one of the easiest ways for golfers to add distance to their drives.
  3. It creates more face closure at impact, which helps golfers minimize their slice or fade.

Do we have your attention? Great, we’ll talk more about performance in the performance section below. For now, we’ll list the necessary specs.

ping g30 drivers

The G30 driver (9, 10.5 and 12 degrees) comes stock with Ping’s counterbalanced TFC 419D shaft, which measure 45.75 inches and weighs between 53 and 63 grams depending on flex. The shafts are available in Soft R, R, S and X flexes, and come with a new adjustable hosel that allows golfers to increase or decrease loft as much as 1 degree from the printed loft. There’s also an intermediate adjustment, 0.6 degrees up or down, on the new adjustable hosel.

The bad news? It’s not compatible with Ping’s original adjustable shaft tips.

Above: Ping’s Tour 65 shaft is shorter, stiffer, lower launching and has less torque than the stock TFC 419D shaft.

Golfers can also buy a G30 (or any of Ping’s current drivers) with the company’s new Tour 65 or Tour 80 shafts, which come stock at 45.25 inches in a driver and are a little heavier, stiffer, lower launching and have less torque. Regardless of what shaft you choose, the stock swing weight of the G30 driver will be D3 unless you specify something different.

Ping is also launching a G30 SF Tec driver (10 and 12 degrees), which stands for “Straight Flight Technology.” The drivers are nearly identical to each other with the exception that the SF Tec models have a more closed face angle and a CG that’s closer to the heel, which can help faders and slicers straighten out their ball flight. The head weight is also 3 grams lighter (203 grams vs. 206 grams), giving the SF Tec a swing weight of D1.

Both drivers are currently available for pre-order and will hit stores in late July. They carry an MSRP of $385.


According to Ping, Bubba Watson added about 10 yards with the G30 when compared to the G25 driver he used to win the 2014 Masters and you can see him demonstrate that in the short video below. But most golfers aren’t Bubba Watson, so what did the G30 driver show in our internal testing?

Ping’s improvements for the G30 created a driver that was — as much as we hate this expression in golf equipment reviews — better than its predecessor in every way. The added ball speed from the turbulators are not going to be as effective for 99.9 percent of golfers as they were for Bubba because of his PGA Tour-leading clubhead speed, which creates more drag forces than golfers who swing slower, but the gains were noticeable for us and they’ll likely be for you, too.

One of our testers, who swung a G25 at about 100 mph, saw an average of 1 mph more clubhead speed with the G30. Another, who swung a G25 driver at 114 mph, saw his swing speed increase by an average of 1.5 mph. That equated to about 2 and 3 mph more ball speed, respectively.


Since the turbulators don’t really change anything about the G30 other than the way the driver looks, there’s no reason not to have them on the club, even if your swing is not fast enough to get much benefit. After all, the G30 has a few other ways to improve your performance without turbulators.

Remember those 4 grams of weight Ping saved with its new face material? Their position lower and more rearward in the club head is said to make the driver more forgiving, but the difference isn’t so great that it was easy to notice. We saw clearly, however, the 150 rpm of spin that Ping claimed it scrubbed off the G30’s launch on our Doppler radar launch monitor. For our high-speed tester (116 mph swing speed), the G30 proved to be even a little lower spinning than that.


Related: Ping’s G30 LS Tec driver offers a lower-spinning trajectory than the G30. 

Ping claims the G30 is 7 yards longer than the G25, and between the added speed from the turbulators and the lower-spin launch, we saw at least 7 yards of extra distance. Golfers coming from an older Ping driver will probably see even more yardage gains.

Looks and Feel

Some golfers are going to love the turbulators, but since this is the internet, I’m sure we’re going to hear from plenty of golfers who hate them. Our opinion is that they’re a pretty non-intrusive way to get extra performance, and we don’t really mind those six bumps on the front of the crown. They actually frame the ball pretty nicely at address, too.

ping g30 driver review

Traditionalists will likely continue to praise Ping’s matte black crown, which returns with the G30. Those who wanted a little more “pop” in a Ping driver should enjoy the bright blue accent colors on the driver’s sole and on the headcover.

Ping described the G30’s sound to us as “more robust” than the G25, but we actually thought the G30’s sound was a little more muted. It’s still not the quietest drive on the market, but the sound won’t cause golfers on the range to take cover either, which we think is a good thing.

ping g25 vs the g30
Above: The Ping G30 driver (left) has a 0.040-inch taller face than the G25 driver.


One thing about the G30 that’s part performance, part feel is its counterbalanced TFC 419D shaft, which has a higher balance point to help give Ping’s heavier-than-standard, 206-gram G30 driver head a conventional swing weight of D3 at 45.75 inches.

The good news about counterbalanced shafts is that players who tend to care about things like swing weight generally play aftermarket shafts that are shorter than 45.75 inches. That will work to their advantage with the G30, as installing a non-counterbalanced shaft of a shorter length in the G30 will keep the swing weight in range better than a lighter driver head.

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Above: Ping’s TFC 419D shaft, which weighs between 53 and 63 grams depending on flex.


There’s always a lot of talk about stock shafts not being as good as aftermarket models in our forum, but our high speed tester actually got very similar launch and spin from a stock X-flex TFC 419D as he did with his Mitsubishi Fubuki K 70X (tipped 1 inch) at 45.5 inches. We’re not saying that the two shafts play similarly, because different shafts work differently for different golfers, but we want to point out that there’s no reason to believe that the TFC 419D will perform any better or any worse than an aftermarket model.

Go into a fitting with an open mind, and if a stock Ping shaft shaft happens to be the best option you shouldn’t be surprised.

The Takeaway

ping g30 series

Remember that list we made at the beginning of the review of the things we’d like from the “perfect” driver? Here it is again:

  1. We would want it to go really far — like farther than all the other drivers — even when we miss the sweet spot.
  2. We would want it to go as straight as possible — like straighter than all the other drivers — even on mishits.
  3. We would want it to launch really high so we could carry it over things like trees and bunkers.
  4. We would want it to look, sound and feel really good.

The Ping G30 is going to be golf’s straightest driver when it’s released in late July (No. 2), at least until the other OEMs start to roll out their 2015 models this fall. And history tells us that it will probably continue to be golf’s most forgiving driver until Ping makes something even more forgiving.

The G30 also launches higher and carries farther than the G25 thanks to its turbulators and lower, more rearward CG, which covers No 3. As for No. 1, is it the longest driver on the market? It could be and it could not be. Go get fit and find out.

Finally, there’s not really anything bad to say about the looks, feel or sound of the G30, which satisfies No. 4.

With the G30, Ping reinvented what was already one of the best drivers on the market, keeping the forgiveness and high launch that we loved while improving what we didn’t; its tendency to spin too much.

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  1. I honestly don’t get the trolls and haters in these review threads. It is what is seriously wrong with this country these days! What a waste of time to get on here and trash or write negative things about anything having to do with this site. I am anxious to try many of the new clubs and can get a deal with value with just the slightest bit of bargaining. Whining about price of mfgs lying or stealing ideas and marketing is a complete waste of time and purely lacks intellect. Thanks to the staff here for making these reviews possible…I would like to try the ping against a slew of new drivers when time allows.

  2. My brand new G30 – i was hitting my tee ball, swing speed around 90 mph, about the 25th ball hit with the club. Ball goes 230 into the left side of fairway, PING TFC419 regular shaft SNAPPED in two- about 7 inches below the grip!!!!!
    Ping said they would NOT cover it under warranty! I went hermitile on them and they relented, sending me a new shaft. Hope it is better than the first.
    I would think a Co like PING would want to not only make the customer happy, but would want to find out why the shaft was so SHI&*Y.

  3. I was hitting the g25 made the switch to the g30 SF TEC It has helped me to straighten out my drives. I now when needed can achieve a draw on demand. My placement in the fairway is more consistent toward the middle, I am hitting the ball about 10 yards further, the low handicap players tell me they have never seen me hit the ball as well. This club is not a miracle I have still had to work at my swing however this club has helped my find my swing. It is more forgiving than any other club I own. Spin rates don’t mean much to me, what matters to me is can I stand in the T-box feel confident that I will hit this next shot and I do with this club. There are many different clubs just like there are many different golfers. We don’t all have to like the same thing and that is part of what makes the game of golf so fun. Find what works for you and swing with confidence.

  4. All you guys that don’t spin the driver must play on courses you don’t have to carry any problems and the fairways are like concrete. For carry and under wet conditions you want more spin. Physics does “not” allow a club hit at the “same swing speed, same loft, same shaft, same face degree” to go further with less spin….period. It is impossible. Players are lofting up because they heads “don’t” sping, same difference as playing less loft with more spin. The 17 at 1700 theory is just not true not unless you generate extremely high clubhead speed which 95% of golfers do not. I could hit my Stage 2 tour further than my G25 on hard fairways but that was it. The G25 I carried further and was able to take angle over traps and trees I couldn’t take with TM. If I upped the loft on the TM it went slightly shorter than the G25 so which driver is longer? Only real world conditions matter, anything else is secondary. If you think knowing a car repair book inside and out will help you repair a car it’s not until you actually work on a car that you become competent. That is why college graduates don’t make 100k a year out of college because they merely filled a discriminator checkbox that gives them the privilege of working in a job that might pay that down the road. After a certain point golf is head game anyway, psychiatry lessons would probably be more prudent than swing lessons.

  5. The trackman is the biggest hustler on the planet. I sucks in guys and they go spend hundreds on new drivers they can’t hit because the trackman is usually wrong and they get fit by a guy who wants to sell so many of these and so many of those and could care less what you hit or how you hit it. You have to hit the drivers in the real world with real golf balls and real tees and real weather and real fairways or driving ranges with real people watching. I don’t know about the G30 but Ping makes the best mass produced golf clubs in the world by far. They also have real good stock shaft offerings if you give them a chance. I had a TFC 129 S put a motore speeder in the closet. Golf shafts do not have to cost 400.00 to be good.

  6. I know the head makes the most impact on spin, but I have a fujikura pro shaft, 67 grams, in my g30. I play it at 45″ length d3 swingweight in an x-flex, cpm wise it plays closer to stiff. Anyway this setup is amazing, i have a 110 to 115 ss, and anything hit center line or higher on the face produces a knuckle ball. I went into golfsmith and my spin numbers were 1600 to 1800, on good strikes. Strikes low on the face were still staying in the 2400 to 2800 range.
    I hit up on the ball and hit the ball very straight, tiny draws or fades, I know this helps me keep spin down. Bottom line this head and shaft combo is long, low spinning, and the forgiveness is amazing. I think Ping has made a great club, and with the right shaft is a monster. I have never drove the ball so straight or long I hated the head shape when i got it, I have since learned to love the turbulators!!! I am also not loyal to ping, I play what i think is the best for me, Score wedges, Callaway apex irons, and TEE cb4 fairway woods. I hope this persuades some minds to try this club with some different shafts.

  7. damn these reviews are all the same anymore…what are they talking about the really high spin players can’t get optimal with this club? what are they comparing it to, a SLRD? weak, unoriginal review.

  8. I wish the article stated specifically why the G30 received an A+ similar to the review of the 915 driver which directly stated at the end of the article why it got an A-

  9. Ihave the g30 S Ftec. A good driver, But there are marks on the head already, and this is after three rounds. I look after my clubs and all have rubber covers. Sent the driver back to ping to check it out , to see if there was any flaws. Their answer was we do not send out flawed drivers. But there is still a V mark underneath the paint work .Has anyone else had this problem, if so , could you post your reply

  10. I have been loyal to Taylor Made for almost ten years. I started playing with better players recently and was getting out-driven by most of the older guys in our skins game. Frustrated, I took my SLDR with tour Oban x flex shaft to the new Golfsmith store in Las Vegas to try out different drivers. I hit the Titleist 915, Callaway BB Alpha, and Ping G30. I liked the feel, sound, and look of the Ping the best so I focused in on that.
    My average numbers with my SLDR were as follows:
    Swing Speed 105
    Ball Speed 148
    Launch angle 13
    Spin rate 3800!
    Carry 247
    Total distance 263

    Ping G30 with stock Stiff shaft:
    Swing speed 108
    Ball Speed 155
    Launch angle 11
    Spin rate 2700
    Carry 283
    Total distance 299

    You have to try it out to see for yourself, I bought one on the spot and unless you are already playing one, you might do the same. I played it yesterday and outdrove by buddy by an average of 30 yards on most holes. I also feel like I don’t have to kill it to get it to go. I can swing easy and let the club do the work.
    My Taylor Made had the worst thuddy sound as well. The Ping has a great solid (loud) sound that has literally turned people’s heads at the driving range. A couple of guys stopped their conversation and watched me hit a few.

    • In no way am I a Taylormade guy but I do look at specs and results based on a verity of swings. I’m baffled how you were able to get such high spin from the SLDR and lower spin with the G30, in any other case it would usually be the other way around as far as spin characteristics.

      G30 = highest MOI due in part to its reword weighting allowing it to be more stable on miss hits, reword weighting produces higher spin and launch.

      SLDR = Lowest MOI from my understanding so when you miss you miss, weight moved low and close to the face produces lower spin and launch.

      In now way am I saying that your data is off its just Bizarro world to me how that was even achievable. the only thing I can think of is that the difference in weight altered your swing and you were hitting more down with the SLDR.

    • looks more like more of a shaft problem than a head problem. The SLDR head will be much lower spinning than the G30 head. probably has something to do with your tempo and the way you load and unload the club. The G30 is a great driver though. Couldn’t get over the look of the driver but the 3 wood is going right in the bag

  11. I hated the thing. Super spinny and an obnoxious tink clink sound out of a dead center strike….. comes of with a higher launch than expected, looks like it’s on it’s way then falls out of the sky. Tried it w/ multiple shafts and same results. Maybe in a 7.0 or 8.0…. no thanks! I will stick to my anser!

  12. Compared my Titliest 913 D2 45 inch long Blue 62 gram Diamana shaft to the G30 recently. I am 66 with a swing speed of approx. 80 mph. Played an 18 hole demo with the G30 10.5 degree regular flex shaft and hit 7 out of 14 fairways. The following week I Demo’d the G30 SF TEC 12 degree with the soft regular shaft dialed down to 11 degrees. Although I feared that this would either hook or be hard to control I managed to hit 11 out of 14 fairways and misses were not that far off. The club felt like it was swinging itself., Not wanting to make a mistake on which one to purchase I went to see a local fitter who put me on Trackman where I saw a 2 mph gain in swing speed vs the 913 D2 which I gather came from the added .75 shaft length and the lower G30 spin with help from the head design. Bottom line is I was fitted with a 10 degree SF TEC head and SR shaft dialed up to 11 degrees . The fitter told me I actually generated more distance ( lower landing angle ) with the 10 degree dialed up a degree vs the 12 degree dialed down a degree ( drops straighter down with less roll out) . So, do yourself a favor and get fit. This club is the real deal.

  13. Recently got fitted for a G30 SF Tec by the local ping rep. He fitted me for a 12 degree with the tour 65 shaft. I currently use a Titleist 909 D2 stiff 65gm shaft ( swing speed 95/100 mph). At the fitting he told me that I was getting about 15/20 yards extra as my launch angle with the Titleist was too low at 8 degrees. When I got the club I assumed that it was tweaked to the same specs that were showing at the fitting as being the correct ones for me. Unfortunately I never saw the specs as they were given to my pro who sold me the club. Anyway to cut a long story short I started playing with the 12 degree and developed an amazing hook ( not a draw ). I noticed that the club actually sat with a hook at address and asked a guy I know who works at American Golf what I should do as my pro was too busy having a laugh at me. He told me to dial it down to 11.5 degrees . Amazingly when I did this the clubface actually opened at address and I got a nicely flighted straight strike. The ball is going no further than the Titleist but the dispersion is better. Needless to say I am not too pleased with either the rep or my pro.

  14. I was a naysayer but tried a G30 today. I quickly got past the fins and was hitting it pretty good. The Ping fitting van representative changed me to a G30 SF Tec with a Soft Regular shaft and I started moving it out there a little better but much straighter. I also noticed it seemed easier to swing. I really wasn’t interested in a $350 driver, but I purchased one today. I’m almost 70 and have a slow swing speed. I score OK, but drivers are my frequent shortfall. It’s tough banging it from 200 out of the rough. We’ll see how it goes but for now I’m confident I’ll get a little more consistent and perhaps a few yards longer.

    • Received my G30 from Ping and it’s a real dud. I’m been down this road before and should have remembered; what you test and what you get are not the same things. As mentioned in my previous post the Demo Club and shaft fit me well. The club I received has a very weak Soft Regular shaft and I cannot stop the ball from dying to the right. I even over-emphasized a hook and it still ballooned to the right. Don’t like the shaft, the sound, or the feel.

      • If you think there’s something wrong with the club, send it back. But it is most likely your swing that is the issue. The demo woods are the same thing as the ones you buy off the shelf or order from Ping.

  15. I’m not a fan of the G30. I didn’t care for the sound, feel or ball flight. That being said, I am sure there are those who would love this club. Not all clubs are for all players in my view. That’s just the nature of the beast.

  16. I think the G30 is absolutely easy to hit. I like to be able to work the ball off the tee, and with club i can do just that. I was leaning towards purchasing the TaylorMade SLDR but now thst I’ve hit the G30, it’s definitely going in the bag!

  17. I hit the G30 the day it was released in the UK and wasn’t bowled over. Don’t get me wrong, the G30 is a great bat, but it’s no better than anything else out there. I game a Callaway optiforce 440, which incidentally claims to be designed to reduce aerodynamic drag and improve speed just as the G30 does, and there was no discernible difference. No gains, no losses. No extra distance, no less. If you’re gaming a driver from 5+ years ago then the G30 will beat it hands down but compared to any other driver from 2013-2014 it doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking. However, what the G30 does offer is forgiveness, there is no doubt in my mind it’s the most forgiving driver ever made. When I tried it I felt like I could hit it in my sleep. The G30 felt like a shotgun compared to the rifle of my optiforce- with the G30 you just have to aim in the general direction of your target and you can’t miss, whereas you really need to be on it to hit the optiforce. You won’t see players who hit the middle a lot jumping ship to the G30 but if you are a little wayward with your strike you need to try the G30.

    • I’ve now played with a half dozen players who’ve made the switch to the G30 and ALL were blown away with the distance they were getting. I’m 15-20 yards longer, and more accurate with the G30.

      I’d be careful telling people that their distance will be the same as any other driver over the last 5 years. It simply isn’t true. Frankly, I hit that Callaway Optiforce and it was dead as a doornail for me. I’d recommend that people hit all drivers and do a detailed analysis to find the driver that is best for them.

      But, this G30 is a monster. My ball rolls out an obscene amount. My trackman average was 267 carry with 293 yards total. Again, the best part is I’m right down the middle. This driver is a difference maker for me. But, we’re all different so find that best weapon for your swing.

      • horses for courses… i dont think you are able to replicate same shot to compare… and unless you are a pro than no one can… if you feel this driver works for you then perfect… but such claims has every single golf equp. company… longer – straighter – more forgiving… bla bla bla it comes down to your proper technique

  18. I like the fact that Ping only comes out with the G series or the I series every two years, not every 6 months like Taylor Made does, wait? No new Taylor Made driver since the SLDR S, and that was just to make the SLDR cheaper so more people could afford it, I wonder what they are coming out with next? Anyway, I own a G 30 driver and it’s really good, really accurate, seems as long as the G25, I don’t have tour like swing speed, only about 95 or so.

    • I am a senior playing of 4 handicap with only 93 mph swing speed. Had G25 now G30 both standard stiff, but it seems the G25 is better. Any reasson? Maybe shaft to light for swingspeed? Have anyone seen comparison between drivers for std stff shafts (not just pro tour shaftes) ?

      • I am 60 yrs old play the G25 with a swing speed of 106 mph 8 1/2 degree tuned up to 9 hit the ball 260 and roll to about 275 Got the G30 Same shaft got 9 degree staight up I can only get swing speed to 98 Ball launches higher and travels about the same. no better. Iam one of the cases where the turbulators and weight seam to slow things down , I would be disapointed but it is at least about the same, I will experiment with the lie angles and maybe shafts, Any ideas from anyone?

  19. Former 7 handicapper that has been away from the game awhile with back and elbow ailments. Trying to get back into it, and decided to start with a new driver. Did the Trackman test vs. my old similarly-equipped Titleist D2 – Wow! G30 9* Stock Stiff was +11 mph ball speed faster with a 1050 rpm drop in spin rate, +5.5 mph faster clubhead speed, +30 yds carry and +35 yds total distance.

    Couldn’t pay for it fast enough!

  20. I bought a g30 after hitting it on the range. Felt good and solid but after I got on the course I discovered it is 10 to 15 yards shorter than my callaway octane. My guess is I have the wrong shaft. I have a swing speed of 93 or 94 and swing smooth and let the shaft kick. Anyone know which ping shaft would work. I have the stiff stock shaft

    • i went from 200 to 238 (on the machine) by switching from regular to senior. swing speed went from low 80s to 87. the fitter told me i had a smooth swing so i could utilize more flexible shafts without spraying it all over the place.

      my boss has a green-headed callaway driver, 10.5, senior flex and i hit that about as far as my nike cover v1 but the callaway went way higher (i have my nike set at 8.5)

      based on my experience i’d say it’s worth getting on the machines and trying out different shaft flexes and lofts to see what happens.

    • Yes have to agree, tested G30 last week at range and the evidence of previous trialists was all too evident. Not a good long term sign and it’s not even as though Ping have nitride coated it for lower spin.

  21. Not one to post comments but couldn’t resist.
    I have played the G25 the last two years. Had some proshop credit ($200) from an event and have no need for more shoes/balls/bags/shirts etc. Figured I’d consider applying it to a new driver if it seemed worthwhile.
    Tried the G30, fitted with the local Ping rep, on a launch monitor. My G25 is stiff shaft (I’m right on the cusp with a swing speed around 92-95 mph – this too was fitted by Ping at the company HQ 2 yrs ago), 9.5 degrees.
    WIth the G30 the local rep recommended the tour 65 shaft, regular. Said that it’s lower torque, stiffer than the stock shaft so that the regular would fall between stock regular and stiff. Made sense.
    10.5 degrees was giving me less spin, higher launch, more carry, more distance overall as compared to the G25. Ordered one which has since come in and have hit it on the range side by side with the G25.
    The difference is clear as day. Definitely longer, and a fair bit so (10-15 yards I’d say) and this is without a Bubba-like swing speed. Dispersion is tighter. Like the more incremental adjustments available on loft.
    No buyer’s remorse. No regrets. None at all. Within 2 range sessions, both with remarkably similar results I’m comfortable leaving the G25 in the trunk and the G30 in the bag.
    Blue is the new red.

  22. Bought one today, tried sldr, sldr s , callaway berthas hit bout 20 balls with each and this was consistantly straighter and longer, best driver ive ever hit cant wait to try it out on the tee on saturday

  23. I hit the G30 stock stiff today. Going back tomorrow to hit it on a track man. I was crushing it long and high. Seemed way better than my G15 with a Graphite Design AD shaft. As far as the look at address, I really liked it. Let’s face it, confidence before you pull the trigger can be more important than any gimmicks.

    • Trackman numbers for the G30 today:

      Swing speed avg: 104.9
      Ball speed: 155.7
      Smash factor: 1.48
      Launch angle: 12.3
      Spin rate: 2752
      Carry: 261.5
      Total distance: 284
      Max height: 98.6

      My G15:

      Swing speed: 103.6
      Ball speed: 151.9
      Smash factor: 1.47
      Launch angle: 11.5
      Spin rate: 2102
      Carry: 247.4
      Total distance: 280.4
      Max height: 73.3

      I hit several other drivers including the Big Bertha and the. Bio Cell. I ended up buying this G 30.

      Ball don’t lie!

      • Thanks for the complete data comparing those 2 clubs.
        I have used a G20 for the past 3 years and have been very happy with this club. At the same time, I’m curious to know the numbers if someone goes to compare the G20 to the G30.

        Many thanks

      • I had been hitting an Amp Cell Pro and was not looking to change drivers. I hit the G30 driver while at the local golf store getting other things and was stunned at how straight and long it was…I took it to the range to see if the performance was the same and it blew me away.
        I was more accurate and crazy long with it. In my first round with it yesterday, I reached the fringe in two on a 560 yard par 5 after a 320 yard drive and hit two other drives over 300 yards. I occasionally reached 300 with my Amp Cell Pro but I suspect that the G30 spin numbers were a lot better. My swing speed averaged 114 last week while on Trackman but my distance was not reflective of it.
        The G30 explodes when it hits and the roll out is amazing.
        I’d already hit the G25 driver awhile back and this G30 driver is NIGHT and DAY different. Maybe it just suits my swing. But, its an amazing driver and incredibly forgiving to go along with the longer distance. If your looking for a new driver, I’d put this on your list to try.

      • You carried the 30 so much farther than the 15 but ended up with about the same numbers. Looks like the numbers say you are lauching the 30 a lot higher. Are you going to tweak it to get the launch down. You should be almost 300 yars total with the 30 based off your 15 numbers.

        • Sorry I took so long to respond to this question. You are right, I could gain additional distance by dialing down the launch angle. But the trade off is loss of some accuracy and carry. I actually enjoy being able to check out distances to bunkers and say to myself “I can carry that” as opposed to having to hit my second out of a trap. I have been hitting the G30 now for about 3 months. Big misses are way down for me. Don’t get me wrong, I still miss fairways. Just miss them fewer times and by less on average.

          I’m not saying the G30 is for everyone, but it works for me.

          On the negative side, the flat black finish has picked up quite a few scratches on the top quite easily. Does not look very good. Ping needs to do something about this on their future drivers.

  24. I went to a golfsmith event for the G30 launch and tried out the driver expecting to be impressed but i wasn’t. the first one they gave me had an extra stiff shaft and i could barely get it in the air. even with a regular shaft i could only manage about 200 yards. then i got my nike covert 1 driver from the car and was consistently hitting that 245 yards. so for me the G30 driver was a bust. but i’m 51 years old and not a big hitter.

    on the plus side i really liked the G30 irons and am thinking about getting fitted for a set of those.

    • Well Bruce I’m shocked you asked them for an extra stiff shaft when you should be using a soft or R flex. I also hope you not like 90% of the guys hitting it in the 220-245 range with a driver and playing the back tees? It’s the biggest reason for slow play and it’ll only hurt your game more and make you look bad. Unless people play at tour levels, they should not be playing tour equipment. And that goes for everything. Balls too.

      • i didn’t ask for the extra stiff shaft, that’s just what the lady handed me when i went to the demo day. it only took one swing for me to know that wasn’t going to work! the fitter at golfsmith says i have a smooth swing and that allows me to utilize the more flexible shafts.

        i don’t usually play from the tips although sometimes i’ll do it on a particular hole just for fun. i normally play in the afternoon and the golf courses here are basically deserted so no worries about slowing things down. when there’s a third set of men’s tees i’ll often use those because it’s more fun to approach with an 8 iron than a 3 wood.

      • regarding the comment about tour equipment, what equipment should amateurs be using then? i just try to find what works best that’s on offer in my local stores. with the nike covert there was a tour version and a regular and i got the regular.

        with the Ping G30 7 iron (regular shaft) i was going 166 (about 150 carry) which is better than my current 7 iron. i’d like to try it again with senior shaft.

    • i managed to win the drawing for the G30 driver. went to the store last night and tried a 10.5 regular and was only getting about 200 yards but then they gave me a 9 degree head and i asked if they had a senior flex shaft. voila. 238 which is closer to my nike covert v1 which was averaging 245. i’ll definitely try it out against my nike.

      • with the regular shaft my clubhead speed was in the low 80s but it went up to 87 with the senior flex. i wasn’t trying to kill it so maybe i could do 90. woo hoo. senior tour for me :-;

    • In your opinion Bruce SLDR i game is 25 yds longer than G30 I’ve stock shaft on my TM tried stock Ping shaft, not even in the ball park for me so your comments make little sense in my mind

  25. Purchased the new Ping G30 driver, it arrived today, and I spent a good part of the afternoon at the PGA learning center hitting it.

    One word……….AMAZING!!! Without a doubt the best and most consistent driver I have ever hit!

    Previous drivers were a Big Bertha, SLDR, G25. Totally impressed with my new Ping G30 :)

  26. This driver feels great. Just got fit for the 9 degree in the -1 setting with the tour 65 X stiff shaft in 45.25 inches. Previous driver was an I20 with an 80-x Bimatrx. The head feels great, looks good, and on my toe mis-hit is much straighter. I highly recommend this driver. Cant wait to get it in.

    • Abba, where are you?

      You are the loudest, misinformed person in this thread. Let me shed some light for you. TaylorMade buys the count. Do a little research and tell me how many players on the PGA Tour play a TM Driver and don’t get paid for it? The number would be very close to zero, if not zero. The reason that we as amateurs should not be playing the TM SLDR is because it is the lowest (by far) MOI driver on the market. The reason the TOUR guys can get away with playing it is because they don’t miss. All of the rest of us do. Go hit a G30 and see your ball speed go up vs your precious TM driver….and…hit a lot more fairways

      • I beg to differ. This G30 was not for me. Fits some to a T but not everyone. People need to quit with the “this driver is the best driver, hands down” comments. Because everyone has different swings.

  27. My club has some demo G30’s. I have not tried any club in the last couple of years that was better that my g10 – until now. don’t focus on the turbulators; this club is longer and straighter than anything else I have tried. BTW, the one I’m referring to is the SF tec model.

  28. The turbulators may look a little odd but have you ever really looked at the bottom of any Taylor Made driver? They look like the cockpit of a 767. I’m always scared the bottom of those drivers are going to get caught in the turf on my downswing.

  29. “Turbulators” I know this may sound funny to all of you, but this is the same technology they have introduced with the new Toyota Camry but they call them “Vortex Generators”. According to the sales pitch before we bought ours, with the addition of the vortex generators, the new Camry has a 0.27 drag coefficient which supersedes the McClaren sports car at 0.28. GOOGLE IT!

    At any rate, I am a PING guy through and through and am not ashamed to admit so. I think its kinda cool…worth the upgrade? maybe not, but I admire PING for making sure their new technology actually works before they give it to the public.

    Anywho, dont bash until you try it. :)

    • Well I’ve tried it and I think its great. I don’t get the noisy reference at all – this is not a loud club and if anything, has a duller impact sound than the G25. I like it.

      I’m actually not that bothered about extra length but I do want to hit more fairways and this club felt and went really well.

      Mine is now on order, waiting for the UK release date of 1 Aug. It will also have the shaft shortened by half an inch at no extra cost.

    • i agree that my nike covert v1 has a sound that scares wildlife and little children. but i didn’t feel that way about the G30, at least in the fitting booth. i’ll see how it is when i get it out on the course.

  30. One of our testers, who swung a G25 at about 100 mph, saw an average of 1 mph more clubhead speed with the G30. Another, who swung a G25 driver at 114 mph, saw his swing speed increase by an average of 1.5 mph.

    So, for the vast majority of golfers who have a swing speed of below 90 mph, there will be an almost zero difference from the G25 to G30.

    • I am a chick that hits about 200 average with my G25. I compared and contrasted my G25 stock shaft at 10.5* and the G30 with both stock and tour shafts – also at 10.5* today. All were regular flexes. Results:

      Swing average for all 80 mph.

      Club club head mph Ave Drive Distance
      G25 119 209
      G30 Tour 114 205
      G30 Stock 121 215

      The moderate increase in difference – while cool – is not yet worth the $349 price tag. Maybe with a sale and trade in special …

      Hope this helps!

    • I just tried a my trusty 9.5 G25 head with the new G30 shaft, and found it softer than the stock G25 shaft TFC (non tour). The G30 (blue shaft) tip is softer, that explains why the ball goes higher, and right…. The G30 has a better sound. I swing 96 to 99 MPH. The G30 goes higher and spins >30 to 90 rpm less for me, that makes it 3~7 Yards longer than my G25. Ball velocity was the same, may be a bit higher with my G25 because I trust it more. I will wait for the G35 with the Hydrostatic perturbators.

  31. I am a mechanical engineer, golf ‘geek’, club aficionado who trys every single club on the market. Yesterday I had the opportunity to hit the G30 driver, in a 10.5 set to the 9.5 position. First let me state that when I heard about the turbulators, I thought ‘gimmick’ and was surprised that Ping would promote this, that is until I saw and hit it.
    The ‘turbators’ really don’t look bad, and a lot less gawdy than I thought they would look, and they actually work! The club is a straight up bomber…. I like the look a little better than the G25 and the it sounds and feels more solid than the G25. I also had a pro state that it was the first club that he has hit in a long time that has made him say ‘wow’ and he now plays a TM. Give it a swing before you bash it. Ping is on to something here and it works. This will be one of the top rated drivers of the year.

  32. Your article states G30 comes in 9, 10.5, and 12 degree lofts.
    Ping website doesn’t indicate a 12 degree G30, only a 12 degree G30 SF Tec.

    Will this change?
    Thank you.


  33. I love PING Drivers… always have. However, for a company that is such a positive advocate for helping golf be easier (through proper fitting and easy to hit products)… Why does PING insist on 45.75″ as the standard length of its drivers? This is ridiculous. Make the standard about 44 or 44.5″ if you want the average golfer to actually hit the center of the club face on a regular basis. Second, PLEASE offer up the custom tuning port weights for sale through your authorized retailers! You make your drivers way too long, force golfers to shorten the shafts, and then make it a pain in the you know what to get our hands on the CTP weights. Sell them like TMAG has done historically. Thank you! By making these simple changes, you’ll make a great PING Driver offering even better.

  34. If the doggone thing works like Ping says it does, who gives a turkey about a couple of bumps on the crown? If a driver keeps me down the middle and delivers shorter approach shots I’ll get used to it quickly! Lots of pretentious golf snobs out there going on and on about nothing! GET A GRIP and embrace what technology is doing to make our great game more enjoyable.

  35. Argh! Another stock shaft that needs to be shrunk at least .5 to .75 inches. I would normally jump at the opportunity to to try the g30 but why bother when I already know that the final cost of the club is going to be bumped up an additional 33% to obtain a club in a usable length.

      • If you want to lose 3 points of swingweight! PING needs to either 1) get rid of ridiculous length stock shafts… Or allow golfers to easily buy custom tuning port weights to add weight to the head when they inevitably shorten the shaft or use a custom aftermarket shaft at a shorter length.

        • Big deal if losing 3 points of swingweight really bothers you that much wrap a little lead tape around the butt end before you putt on the grip. Hell I cut 1.5″ of my driver and it went from really good to great and couldn’t feel the difference in weight.

          • MHendon: You don’t put the lead tape on the butt end. That would make the swingweight even lighter. Lead tape goes on the clubhead to bring the swingweight back up.
            And for those of you worried about flex change, trimming from the butt end has almost no change in that regard.

        • You’re getting upset over losing the weight of a half inch of graphite, something you’d not feel holding in your hand? This is the definition of a snob golfer. IMHO.

    • OK…and I am Santa Claus and obviously you don’t need anything this Christms. LOL.

      Gotta hand it to you…your tongue-in-cheek post was the funniest I have read in a month.

  36. Now we are seeing the new direction golf companies are going to go. I can see the future now, “Rudder Fins” to keep the square through impact with highest MOI ever!! Haha.

  37. I hate the ribbed crown thing – yuck…I’ve play many, many Ping Drivers…this looks like something TM would do…plus the move to blue after years of a black and red motif, looks desparate after TM went blue with the SLDR, and then the Callaway BB went blue…I’m waiting for a Titleist 915 D2, a driver that i’m sure will quietly exceed all expectations and match meet the requirements of the “perfect driver” list proposed in the story

  38. yes, I can’t wait to go out and spend 400 bucks for a 1.7 difference in swing speed and 4 more yards…I will then trade all my g25 fairway woods and hybrids in also because blue paint goes further than orange paint.

    Then I will go on tv and buy the hammer..

    • Don’t hate, progress comes in small steps. If you’re saving your $400 for them to release something that magically adds 100yds of distance over last year’s model, spend it on a nice golf weekend instead.

      • Progress? Carrying the ball the same yardage as it’s predecessor and rolling two and half yards further isn’t small steps. Should of measured it in feet instead of yards might of got to a double digit number distance.

        • Fine. Exactly how many yards further would you say it needs to go beyond its predecessor in order for it to be worth putting on sale?

          All I’m saying is the expectations here are a bit unrealistic, as are the implications that improving aerodynamics and reducing drag are nothing but a “gimmick.” Furthermore, no one is putting a gun to your head telling you to buy a new driver every year. But if every year they add a couple yards then guess what, when you replace your 5 year old driver you’ve got 10 extra yards. That’s an 8 iron instead of a 7 iron for your second shot.

          Again, progress comes in small steps.

          • I think the problem is there was this company not to long ago claiming to add 17 yards with their new club from the previous model just 6 months earlier and a lot of people actually believed it? Where the hell are those people when I’m trying to sale them some beach front property in Oklahoma? lol

          • No one is putting a gun to my head to buy it but if Ping wants to sell drivers they better come out with a driver that hits it 5-10 yards further. Who gives a crap about the guy that buys a driver every five years. That’s a small market. You want to captivate the golfer that buys a driver EVERY YEAR! Over 1 million Golfer’s buys a new driver every year. That G30 needs to CARRY farther and be longer in total distance to move buyers. Your telling me that they can give out all these stats (ie ball speed, spin, carry) but not total distance. Their is probably a good reason for it – it’s not further. Everyone wants to hit the driver FARTHER! I along with everyone else am not looking to turn my 7 iron approach to an 8 iron five years from now. I want to do that now and the Ping G30 is not the answer based on those numbers!

  39. A little annoyed with people comparing it so much to TM because of the turbulators and color. For one TM and PING have completely different philosophies on how to make products and marketing. The electric blue color was introduced in hoofer and pioneer lines last year as a new and limited color option so it was introduced before the SLDR released. Secondly TM is a company built on marketing through the tour and spending money to get the most brand recognition in the big box stores. Not saying TM products don’t go far, but when PING says, we can help you pick up a few extra yards, with their R&D, they probably mean it.

        • Problem is based on these stats I don’t think the G30 is farther than the G25. So your telling me PING should market their new driver on the fact that it’s two yards further than the G25? That makes a lot of sense. Hey upgrade to the new G30 and we promise to get you 72″ down the fairway. Trust me 72″‘sounds better then 2 yards. Being realistic and saying that it’s not 20 yards further is fine but your product better perform better then the model before and according to the stats above this one does not! #Turbafailure

      • That’s a good point, but one must keep in mind that many golfers aren’t going from a G25 to a G30.
        Many have a five year old driver, could be any brand.
        So this advertising is for them as well, trying to convince them that the new G30 would be the best way to improve their driving.

    • guys, think back for years in times of G2 and G5… it is all about this poppy blue. be happy, G30 is looking great and as always it performs very well

  40. That’s great…but….where is the landing gear for this airplane?
    I’m sure it does improve something like 1.23% but it’s 20% more distracting at address. not a fan

  41. Question for the author. After swinging the G30 can the author tell me if the club is less, more, or the same with the respect to the “wind” noise the club makes on the way to the ball during the downswing. I for one have always looked forward to drivers that are quiet during the downswing. For whatever reason that matters to me and for whatever reason TM drivers for the past 5-6 years have been the loudest. The faster I try and swing R1, R11s, etc, the more resistance they seem to have and the more noise they make and it just makes me want to swing harder with bad results. I’ve stuck with Cleveland drivers as they deliver and are silent during the downswing. The turbulators have me interested to at least try it.

  42. Disappointing to see that the Tour shaft options cost more, you would think a company with custom fitting a main belief could offer a few alternative shafts at no additional cost. The additional cost to Ping for what is their own design shafts would be minimal.

    This issue is compounded with the significant price hike over the previous G20 and G25 models.

  43. Will the lower spinning of the G30 still benefit swing speeds in the low 90’s or not? The ball you play can lower/raise driver spin as well. What golf balls do you test with GolfWRX ? thx.

  44. Ping sells engineering and performance. Taylormade sells funny names (rocketballz, graphics, speed slots that they bought Adams to get , etc) and hype. Depends on what you want in your equipment.

      • In case you have not noticed, Taylormade pays more pro’s to play there drivers than any other company by far. Taylormade’s CEO admitted to paying 92 pro’s no less than $50,000 a year to play there driver. All the major OEM’s make very good equipment it just comes down to personal preference. Moral to this story is, don’t buy into statistics that are financially determined.

        • Average tour guy makes over a million dollars on the tour. Don’t sit there and tell me that titleist, ping, Callaway, etc tour players are not getting paid close to 50,000 to play their product. Fact is if these guys get paid a HELL OF A LOT more to place in tournaments with the best product in their hands instead of the 50k to play a particular company’s product. That 50k is chump change compared to what they make on the tour (unless your tiger woods) nike gives him a few bucks. They play the product because it’s the best product!

          • Sure to most of these guys 50,000 is chump change but if you have (A) driver which is really good but to play it you get know money then you have (B) driver which is really good and they’ll pay you 50,000 to use it which one do you think your going to play? Point is they all make great drivers and will work with a pro for hours to make it just right but Taylormades CEO said and I quote we want to be the number one driver on tour and they pay anyone who uses their driver at least 50,000. That’s anyone not just a Taylormade staffer. Not all those guys have big endorsement deals. 50,000 will probably cover their travel cost for the year or pay their caddy. So believe what you want but that’s why Taylormade is number one on tour in driver use.

          • My explanation for them being the #1 iron in golf is they weren’t, Titleist was. Hell half the guys with Taylormade staff bags don’t even have Taylormade irons in them. Look don’t get me wrong I can tell your a Taylormade fan and I think they make fine equipment. If I were in the market I would definitely consider the SLDR driver and fairways along with the tour preferred CB irons but they do buy their number one status in driver use. Your right in assuming if their drivers sucked $50,000 wouldn’t be enough to get guys to use them, they wouldn’t. But that’s also why Taylormade has several versions not available for retail so they can fine tune what each player wants. Trust me every OEM can make a driver for these guys they’ll love but they won’t all pay them to use theirs. On another note, the driver heads the guys use on tour from Titleist and Ping are the same ones available for retail. They may have some different weights in them or hot melt but the heads are the same.

          • Also Ping has the highest standards when it comes to the number of their clubs in the bag. I believe they have to have 12 clubs in the bag in order to be sponsored by Ping.
            Other companies pay players to put their name on the bag but may or may not have any clubs in the bag.

            Don’t be nieve, Taylormade pays the most that is why there is so many golfers using their product.
            Yes they produce a good product, but no where near the best.

          • TM makes a great product for better players, and I haven’t heard of many better players and pros who don’t like the SLDR.

            At the same time, all manufacturers make great product, and TM is known for a large stable of Tour Pros. When push comes to shove, even if you like one product a bit more than TM, that $50k in your pocket is the push. Pros are people, too. They rationalize that the TM product is better, even if the other club may perform better on the course. They can talk themselves into thinking the TM product is better.

            But you can make a similar argument with any product. Irons? TM is paying a lot of people. Like I said, pros are human. They rationalize just like us. TM persuades them that they can make their irons perform just like the Pro’s old Titleist, Ping, etc. And TM has more money. So why not go to the dark side?

      • Muzuno had a sliding bar three years before Taylormades’.
        Look it up.
        Taylormade steals from smaller companies, when they are threatened to be sued, they buy up the smaller company.

  45. Good write up…However, I would disagree about the G25 head being too high spin. This is obvious in how almost all their tour guys switched to it immediately, including from the very low spin Anser. I do demo day events for spin and the head being too high spin was virtually never a complaint or an issue when using a launch monitor. The proprietary shaft could be argued was too high torque in the Tour Stiff and X, with G25, but not the head.

    Enjoyed the write up though, just disagree with that being listed as a con from the G25.

    • I just tried a my trusty 9.5 G25 head with the new G30 shaft (new socket), and found it softer than the stock G25 shaft TFC (non tour). The G30 (blue shaft) tip is softer, that explains why the ball goes higher, and right…. The G30 has a better sound. I swing 96 to 99 MPH. The G30 goes higher and spins >30 to 90 rpm less for me, that makes it 3~7 Yards longer than my G25. Ball velocity was the same, may be a bit higher with my G25 because I trust it more. I will wait for the G35 with the Hydrostatic perturbators.

  46. I think the turbulators are ugly. Then again, I also think the eye-2’s are hideous. The bottom line is PING only cares about what works, and that’s why they’re an industry leader.

  47. I have to laugh at the comments about the “looks” of the turbulators or the look of the club in general and people who won’t be caught dead going to the Tee box with it.

    Thirty years ago, we would have laughed at the idea of 460 cc Drivers…. or putters, even some from PING and Scotty Cameron, that look like a kitchen utensil or something you’d spackle a wall with.

    Regrettably, there is no room for “tradition” anymore unless you dare to go back to using a Bulls Eye Putter and a persimmon driver.

    • …Which is also a great driver. In the right hands there are any number of drivers that will find the fairway a long way out – SLDR, Big Bertha, BIO Cell…

      I don’t think this is blowing smoke though (except in the wind tunnel test) I think this is just another great option for people looking to upgrade.

      • Your right Frank and that’s what I’ve been saying all along but so many people have strange allegiances to company’s that don’t pay them a penny, instead take their money to use there equipment. The fact is major advancements in technology ended over 10 years ago and most of the things manufactures are doing is more gimmicks then anything. Sure these turbulators do work, physics prove it to the tune of 1 whole mph. Nothing really significant in my opinion.

  48. I’m impressed. You can’t beat Ping’s engineering. They have a brief they believe in and they stick to it. I’m starting to like those turbulators too! Ping, you’ve done it again!

  49. I’m sold on the tech but those turbulators just look so wrong to me.. I’ll try it out when I can and if the performance is really great then my r1 which has been just perfect for so long might get kicked out of the bag.