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Spotted: Ping G30 Driver



Ping’s new G30 driver was spotted on the range at The Greenbrier Classic this morning.

The G30 is Ping’s first G-series driver release since late 2012 when the highly acclaimed G25 started popping up on Tour. The Ping G25 was widely considered as one of the most balanced drivers on the market, providing a combination of distance and forgiveness that few others could match. It seems Ping has made some improvements with its new G30.


The driver has “Turbulators,” which come in the shape of six fins on the top of the black matte crown that frame the center of the club head. The turbulators are put in place to increase aerodynamics, according to discussions in our forum, and are said to reducing drag to increase club head speed and distance.


With the G30, Ping also adds more “pop” to its best-selling driver line with a bright blue color scheme. The subtle addition of a blue hue, seen with a stripe on the bottom of the driver head, becomes more apparent on the head cover.


Of course, Bubba Watson opted for a more flashy, patented-pink look with his G30. Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about Bubba’s new Ping G30 driver.


Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Ping G30 drivers in the forums

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  1. JEFF

    Jan 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Who cares, when is the G30 LS on the market?

  2. KennyD

    Jul 3, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Talked to Regional Ping Rep who said he was at the testing where the were looking at Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan’s numbers with this driver. He said he personally saw 5 and 4 mph increase in club head speed respectively. Same swing – same ball, etc. With proper spin and launch 1mph increase in club head speed equates to 3 yards gained. So Bubba picks up 15 and Hunter 12.
    Shaft is UST designed to be perfect match for G30 head based on computer model and robotic swing analysis. There will be an option for the Tour Grade UST shaft that is the exact shaft played by their tour players – he said these shafts are Ping QC Engineer tested and will outperform (in this head) just about any other shaft you could put in it. No need to put a $350 Diamana in.

  3. KennyD

    Jul 3, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I appreciate the fact that the EXACT Ping driver their tour pros are playing, you can play. No Pro model like other manufacturers. TM makes 3 versions – Standard Market, Tour Preferred and then PGA Tour Heads. Our local club’s pro was told that the PGA model driver was not available for him by the TM rep.

  4. Chuck

    Jul 2, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    So other than the “turbulators,” what else is different about the G30?

    It is a G25 with turbulators?

    (I think I need to concede that there may be a different hosel sleeve tip. Is that right? 1 degree adustability instead of .5? Okay, what else?

  5. JEFF

    Jul 2, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    WOW, Just when I thought ping was on the right track they go and add STUPID [email protected] to the top of the driver heads. We don’t need racing stripes and don’t need fins ok? Thank god I still have my plain flat black anser.And if those great asinine turbulator fins(asinine name by the way) are so great , why doesn’t everyone have them……GEEEEEEEZ!

    • Brandel

      Jul 3, 2014 at 3:39 am

      The fins work the same as dimples on a golf ball. It’s all about aerodynamics and reducing drag. The larger the club head generally the more drag you produce. With every mph gained in clubhead speed the drag coefficient is increased 4 times. I saw a car prototype that an oem built with golf ball type dimples all over the skin of the car which increased fuel efficiency by 30% because of decreased drag. Personally I think the G25 was a big club head with a lot of drag but still one of the best drivers. Aerodynamics was probably the biggest performance enhancement Ping could improve with the G30 while still maintaining the best aspects of the G25.

    • KennyD

      Jul 3, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Jeff – Actually testing of Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan showed increased club head speed of 5 and 4 mph respectively simply by the turbulator modification. Secondly the bottom of the club has corresponding wind channels that work the same as the turbulators only in reverse. Though your preferences are duly noted they do s not align with testing and the laws of aerodynamics.

  6. Fred

    Jul 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    At one time, I was considering buying either a PING i or G series driver. But after seeing so many of them in the used club racks at Golfsmith, I opted out of that idea and went with Titleist.

  7. Golfraven

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    hmm, interesting BUT

  8. Markb

    Jul 1, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Something just occurred to me. If turbulators break up the laminar flow of air over the clubhead, thus increasing clubhead speed, shouldn’t we have them on the bottom and side of the clubhead as well.

    Or better yet, don’t we already have them in the form of slots, dimples, holes, grooves, indentations, cavities, ridges and channels all over the bottoms of the every club already?

    And if that is the case, will these tiny protruberances on the crown really make that much of a difference? I tend to think not. But I’ll reserve judgement until I have the club in hand and can test it against the G25 to see if it generates a higher club head speed.


      Jul 1, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      I think we cant argue with laws of physics. Aerodynamics is one of the most underrated aspect of our every day life.
      Ans yes these little dimples on golf balls, diffuser in front of a truck and polished rivets on an airplane do make a difference I assume.

    • Brandel

      Jul 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      You do not need turbulators on the bottom of the club. Much like the surface of an aircraft wing, the air going over the top of the clubhead has to travel a longer distance than the airflow going under the head. Due to the high angle created by the face to the crown of the head the airflow separates from the airfoil in a turbulent state causing drag. The turbulators are basically what the aero space industry calls Vortex Generators used on the topside of aircraft wings. The turbulators energize the airflow over the crown reducing the separation allowing it to following airfoil design which reduces drag. Cessna 172 aircraft that seat 4 people and weigh around 2500 ibs can fly as slow 55mph and with vortex generators stall speeds are reduced by 10% and cruise speeds are increased by 12% just by reducing drag. If the turbulators work on an aircraft flying 55 mph you better believe they will have an impact on a clubhead moving over 100mph.

  9. Jim

    Jul 1, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Love my G25 Driver, Fairway and Rescues just the way they are.

  10. Brandon

    Jul 1, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Does not look too bad. I have not had a ping driver since the original ISI been playing Titleist for ever but recently picked up a R1 Black and liking it seems a bit easier to hit than the Titleist and long. My brother used to work at Golf Smith and I would go in there to visit him and try clubs the Ping was always longest for me on the simulator. But ya they will probably start putting airplane wings on them next. For all the guys who announce themselves as scratch golfers in the forums I am calling BS on 85% of them. give or take %5.

    • leftright

      Jul 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      You are correct. WRX reminds me of the guy that showed up on the first tee at the Magnolia course in Orlando a few years ago. We only had 3 and he was joining us. Had nice sticks, clothes, $250 Footjoys and a Titleist staff bag. He said he was a 7 and wanted in on our game. He was horrible and probably shot over 110..but he looked the part. He was nice though, bought drinks and you could tell he was humiliated. We gave him some tips when he asked and didn’t take his money. At my college qualifier we had a guy with a pull cart, old powerbilt irons (this was 1976), fairly nice powerbilt driver, bullseye putter and a “half-glove.” He shot 4 rounds under 80 with a low of 73 and made the 6th spot. If he could chip he would be a solid scratch golfer but probably a solid 3-4. Beautiful high draws.

      • MHendon

        Jul 1, 2014 at 4:44 pm

        1976 college qualifier, damn i figured i was one of the old guys on here. I was just in 1st grade in 76. But I know what you mean a lot of posers on this site.

  11. Murray

    Jul 1, 2014 at 6:14 am

    I just hope I don’t like it and distance increase is minimal.I like my driver,3 wood and hybrid to match and my g25 woods are pretty new. Wonder if they are staying with the same half degree hosel. And elongated head.Hard to tell from photo.

    • Steve

      Jul 2, 2014 at 9:41 am

      The new 30 will adjust a FULL degree. They will also have a Draw version.

  12. NG

    Jul 1, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Very Burner Superfast like…

    • leftright

      Jul 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Not even close to Superfast look. Nothing out there looks like the Ping drivers but other Ping drivers. The weight distribution and COG’s are quite a bit different also. Ping’s spin more but are easier to get airborne.

  13. JK

    Jun 30, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Looks like the tip is the same?

  14. c masty

    Jun 30, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Next, we’ll have adjustable turbulators.

  15. BG

    Jun 30, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    What’s with the BLUE & GREY??? Again???

    • BG

      Jun 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Everybody copies TM

      • Billy baroo

        Jun 30, 2014 at 6:29 pm

        Speaking of crapily-made . Im pretty sure tom lehman was hitting another driver besides that tin can that oscar the grouch lives in r7 seems like they would be next to come out with something

        • leftright

          Jul 1, 2014 at 1:22 pm

          If you cut open a Taylormade driver then cut open a Ping driver…I promise you will be more impressed with Ping. The welds are brazed and painted and it looks better made period. The insides of TM drivers, while not affecting performance in most heads look like Chinese knockoffs. Oh, I’m sorry, Tm’s are made in China. Ping clubs are made in USA, of course GM is not making that sound anygood. Not necessarily putting down TM, I’m just saying you are mistaken to say Pings are cheaply made. They have the best quality control in the business.

          • Brandel

            Jul 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm

            Hate to burst your bubble but most of pings stuff is manufactured in China and Taiwan. Only a limited amount of their products are made in the USA. Only a couple of putter models are made in the USA. Even the wedges are made in Asia and grooved in the USA. Replacement clubs are made in the USA so if your Chinese G30 cracks you will get a club made and assembled in the USA. I also guarantee Tour Edge Exotics equals Ping in production quality.

      • Cam

        Jun 30, 2014 at 9:18 pm

        Except Titleist

      • GB

        Jul 1, 2014 at 2:56 am

        Even the head cover looks similar to the SLDR one

      • Chammer

        Jul 1, 2014 at 9:20 am

        Ping did blue and grey 10 years ago with the G2 line. If others companies didn’t copy PING there would be no heel toe weighted putters, investment cast irons, cavity back irons, custom fitting, L wedges, and adjustable drivers and fwy woods.

        • MHendon

          Jul 2, 2014 at 11:18 am

          All great points except for the adjustable driver and fwy woods, I believe Taylormade gets credit for that one.

      • Barry Goodman

        Nov 22, 2014 at 10:33 am

        Are you kidding???
        TM copied Adams, (slot) was going to be sued by Adams, so big bad TM bought Adams so they can copy them with immunity!

  16. 3 putts

    Jun 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    It’s def not a pretty club but if it performs then people will get over it. The 2 ball was awful looking but it sold a lot for odyssey. Can’t base everything off looks.

  17. Tyler

    Jun 30, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Ping has always been true to the numbers first and foremost so you can bet it’s going to perform. At the last demo days I went to every manufacturer was represented and I tried every one of them, but the only one I came back to was Ping (me and nearly everyone else at the demo days). They just make stuff that works.

  18. tmk

    Jun 30, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I’m surprised by how much reaction there is to the turbulators. I’m a scratch golfer, and pretty traditional with regard to equipment, and I just don’t see it as a big deal. I actually like the way it looks quite a bit. I’ve not changed drivers in six years, but I’m definitely interested in this. Any info on stock shafts would be great. Aldila Tour Green would make me very happy.

    • cb

      Jun 30, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      i second that but lately it seems like ping only uses their own brand shafts as the stock shafts

      • jjk

        Jun 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm

        This annoys me more than anything with Ping. I’m sorry but to me there is no justification for Ping pricing their equipment the same as the other OEMs when they are using cheap house made shafts. So much for “customization” being most important.

        • Floor-is

          Jun 30, 2014 at 5:56 pm

          Their OEM shafts aren’t “cheap shafts” in all fairness. They’re designed with the big brands to fit the specific needs of PING.

        • Kyle

          Jun 30, 2014 at 8:41 pm

          UST or Aldila usually make their shafts, so if you want to point a finger at someone for cheap shafts and overpriced equipment, point it at TMAG.

          • Scooter McGavin

            Jun 30, 2014 at 11:10 pm

            This. Ping’s shafts are anything but cheap. Their driver shafts are USTs and are actually good quality. The remark about TMag is spot on, as they are one of the few companies still using cheap made-for shafts. Callaway and Cobra are also offender, but I would say Taylormade is the worst. At least with Callaway, you can order the legit shaft offering (from the Pro model) for the same price.

          • NG

            Jul 1, 2014 at 2:29 am

            I’m sure Fujikura will be real happy with your comment about TMAGS ‘cheap’ shafts!

          • bradford

            Jul 1, 2014 at 6:54 am

            Actually, Titleist is the biggest offender of the “Made-for” shaft world. TMAg Shafts are legit, just painted. Don’t believe the internet…

        • Chammer

          Jul 1, 2014 at 9:24 am

          Jlk the shafts PING use for their clubs are much higher quality and held to tighter specs than any other company. Ping actually design the shafts used in their clubs rather than other companies putting in the cheapest shaft they can make then putting a popular models name on it.

        • chris

          Jul 1, 2014 at 11:14 am

          Cheap housemade shafts? Not hardly. Proprietary yes. Excellent yes. I’ve tried Graphite Design, Mitsubishi, Fujikura, Aldila and other “premium” shafts over the years, and the stock Ping Tour Stiff shaft in my G25 driver is the most stable, well performing driver shaft I’ve ever owned. Period. And, if you don’t believe me and want a “brand name” shaft because you care about appearance more than performance, you can order your Ping driver with many different brand name shafts for the same price, not an upcharge.

          • MHendon

            Jul 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm

            Most of the people on here just follow what their favorite pro plays. Mickelson fans swear by Fubuki, Tiger fans swear by Mitsubishi blue boards except when he was gaming the Di6. It’s all about the name. Most of these guys talk like they’re some kind of expert claiming made for shafts suck, well the wear spot dead in the center of the face of my Nike VrPro lmt would seam to indicate that my made for Mitsubishi is pretty damn stable.

          • Patrick

            Jul 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm

            I have a friend that is a supplier to Ping. When he calls on them and they go out to play golf, every single one of them has the Ping shafts in their drivers. They can get any shaft they want, but they choose the ping shaft because it is designed for the head and performs better.

        • master fitter

          Jul 1, 2014 at 3:34 pm

          How Do you know they’re cheap? R&D doesn’t even know price, they’re not allowed to talk price on house shafts. The only thing that matters at ping is if it performs best under robot testing. Just because other manufacturers use house shafts as a way to save money doesn’t mean ping does.

        • TJ

          Jul 2, 2014 at 8:42 am

          if you have a chance to put an aftermarket shaft like the tour green and compare it to the stock ping shafts, you may be surprised from the results. I have the Ping Rapture 3 wood with there stock Tour X shaft in it, I bought tips and plugged a Graphite design Tour AD Di 8X in it and guess what the ping shaft out performed the Tour AD. on the launch monitor I was landing it anywhere from 255 to 260 with the tour AD and 265+ with the Stock shaft and might I add with lower spin resulting in a 15 yard difference.

          also throw a stock Ping club in with a stock taylo club into a shaft frequency measurement machine and you will see that the ping plays a lot stiffer than the taylo.

          • MHendon

            Jul 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

            “throw a stock Ping club in with a stock taylo club into a shaft frequency measurement machine and you will see that the ping plays a lot stiffer than the taylo.” That’s because Callaway first then Taylormade following their lead notice they could sell more clubs playing off the ego’s of high handicap golfers. So they started listing regular flex shafts as stiff and 10.5 degree heads as 8.5. Ping and Titleist have always stayed truer to the numbers.

    • KennyD

      Jul 3, 2014 at 7:48 am

      I am in agreement with you. I kinda like it. Ping rep told me that the shafts are UST’s that matches the particular weighting specs and swing characteristics of the turbulator. He also said that there will be an option that gets you the pro shaft UST Mamiya Tour Grade – better than what you can get off the shelf b/c they are spec controlled by Ping QC Engineers.

  19. Billy baroo

    Jun 30, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    The hybrids and fairways look pretty slick as well like the blue color but wish they had the stripes love them on my i25

  20. Clemson Sucks

    Jun 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Love the matte black head. Could probably get over the “turbulators”.

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  22. Shawn

    Jun 30, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Ummmm…. No thank you!

  23. Scooter McGavin

    Jun 30, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Can anyone clarify what the author means by Ping’s first driver release since the G25 in 2012? Wasn’t the i25 just released not too long ago?

    • cb

      Jun 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      he said its the first g-series driver since 2012. the i-25 is the i-series

  24. Tybo

    Jun 30, 2014 at 11:31 am

    currently play the g25. very interested in testing this.

  25. mpeezee

    Jun 30, 2014 at 11:26 am

    The local Ping rep claimed Bubba has added 16 yards?!?!? w/G30 driver and that he’s been begging to put it in play since before the US Open. Forgiveness has also somehow even been improved more!

    • MHendon

      Jun 30, 2014 at 11:48 am

      I’ll believe that when his driving distance stats for a year increase by 16 after putting it in the bag!

      • Larry

        Jun 30, 2014 at 7:34 pm

        I would not belive tour stats for driving distance, they only measure 2 par 4’s each week and many times players are trying for a target not distance on one or both those holes…..Having worked several PGA evnts I can asure the world 85 to 95% of PGA players can drive the ball over 300 yards but most of them are more interested in keeping ball within a certain area of the course…

        • MHendon

          Jul 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm

          Well it’s actually two holes each round and they try and pick holes where one is into the wind and one is with the wind. They also try and pick holes where it’s more than likely most of the players in the field will hit driver. With that said I don’t see Bubba laying back to much when both of his feet are off the ground at impact.

    • DJ

      Jun 30, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      I heard it was 1.6 yards and that’s cause he hit it straight instead of his patented cut.

    • andy

      Jul 1, 2014 at 7:57 am

      Well they wouldn’t say 16yds shorter would they?

  26. Inthejonzone

    Jun 30, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Anyone know what the stock shaft options will be?

  27. cb

    Jun 30, 2014 at 11:13 am

    not sure how i feel about the raised alignment marks, thought they were going to put the stripes on it like the i25. i do like that they are very subtle though. but if its even more forgiving/long than the g25 then it will be deadly for sure.

    • Kyle

      Jun 30, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Not alignment aids. They are turbulators to increase aerodynamics. Make the the driver cut through the air like a much smaller driver would to increase ball speed

      • Bryan

        Jun 30, 2014 at 11:46 am

        “Turbulators?” What the hell have we done to this game….
        Does Ping really think that Air Flaps on a driver REALLY make an appreciable impact on speed and distance? I can appreciate Ping and Titleist not launching drivers every 6 months like Taylormade at least.

        • Kyle

          Jun 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm

          Distance is distance. For me I’d much rather have a shorter club into the green any day. In this industry it’s innovate or die right now and it may not be that appealing in pictures, but it’s PING who arguably puts more R&D into their products then anyone. See it in person and hit it before you write it off because it’s not what a “traditional” driver normally looks like.

          • MHendon

            Jul 1, 2014 at 11:26 pm

            I think it’s more of create the illusion of innovation or die these day’s. Honestly there hasn’t been any real true game improvement innovation in years, but your right, Ping has probably been the most innovative company of any.

        • MHendon

          Jun 30, 2014 at 2:45 pm

          Here’s the thing about those turbulators, they may actually help stabilize the the head for someone with extreme clubhead speed like say Bubba, but for the avg Joe with sub 100 mph clubhead speed, not so much.

          • James

            Jun 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm

            That’s not the case for cars. I know that wind friction is greater with larger objects, but if the find even increase the club head marginally (1-2mph), that would still increase ball speed and yardage by at least 5yards.

            Ultimately, you can really knock on the performance hypothetically until you try it. But you can knock on the aesthetics all you want…

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GolfWRX Classifieds (12/4/20): Scotty Cameron X6, Cobra Big Tour, TaylorMade P7MC set



At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member coreyl – Cobra Big Tour 3-wood

If you are looking for a “big” off the tee alternative, the Cobra Big Tour 3 wood is a great option thanks in part to its larger head size and adjustable loft to get you dialed it.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cobra Big Tour

Member JoeFrigo – Scotty Cameron X6 CS putter

The Scotty Cameron Phantom series is all about stability, and this X6 CS-center shafted model has been made even more stable with a BGT Stability shaft. With this putter, you’re going to run out of excuses for missing pretty quickly.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cameron X6 putter

Member TigerInTheWoods – TaylorMade P7MC irons

Here is an almost new set of the hottest irons in golf, the TaylorMade P7MC’s. Going from 4-Pw and ready for your golf bag.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TaylorMade P7MC

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the oldest club in their bag



In our forums, our members have been discussing the oldest clubs in their bags. WRXer ‘Joe Jordan’ kicks off the thread with his my Nike VR Pro LTD Edition 3-wood. And our members have been posting their oldest club along with plenty of photos in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • EaglesGolf99: “Miura CB-57 Irons. They made their debut in early 2015 and have held off a handful of challengers the last 5 1/2 years. They will be challenged again in 2021….”
  • SmashGolfBall: “Bridgestone J33 wedges. They came out in 2005.”
  • MV8980: “My one, and only, putter:  Ping Anser3, purchased new in 1986.”
  • philly2kuk: “My Taylormade rescue dual, 16 years and counting. Just bought the tp version in brand new condition as well – can’t wait for lockdown to end!”
  • jeff657756: “Adams hybrid. just too consistent to take it out.”
  • byoshio82: “My putter Taylormade TP collection Juno. Everything else changes like the wind!lol!”

Entire Thread: “The oldest club in your bag?”

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Golf 101: 5 Tips to building your golf bag with CH3 (+ Charles Howell III WITB)



I think at this point it’s safe to say that Charles Howell III is the adopted son and patron saint of WRX.

Not only is he a member of the site and visits regularly, but he’s also an avid club nerd and tester. I’ve become friends with CH3 over the past couple of years and have had some fun gear geek sessions with him. Want to know the coolest thing of all? He’s still as passionate and curious about gear as we are and not just Titleist (who he is on staff with) he’s curious about it all.

So who better to ask about how to build a great golf bag than with a man who knows it, does, and plays for his livelihood week in and week out?

These are 5 Charles Howell III golden nuggets that any golfer can learn from—and oh yeah, his take on the future is spot on.

Rule #1: Stability over speed no matter what

“Even for the guys on tour, stabilizing the clubface is paramount to good driving. One of the reasons I love testing shafts so often is to see if there is that magic combo of speed and control. However, the stability of the clubhead and shaft have to be there—I could find a combo that’s 20 yards longer, but if it’s something I can’t control, it doesn’t have a place in my bag. Extra yardage is fun until it isn’t.”

Rule #2: Find wedges that can do it all

“I chose the Vokey SM8 M Grind in the 56 and 60, because as the grind spectrum goes, they fall dead in the middle for me but everyone is different. I discovered that finding a middle ground grind wise solves the “different wedges for different grass problems” some players find themselves in. Even at Augusta, there was more Bermuda sticking out than normal which made shots from behind 15 different for example a little trickier. Not only are you chipping back towards a downslope with water behind, but it’s also now into the grain. Knowing I had wedges to combat either scenario made it that much easier. As a player, you have to put all the grinds through the paces and see what one checks off the most boxes. It might be something you never considered.”

Rule #3 Forgiveness looks different for every player

“Iron set makeups have changed so much in recent years. Pay attention to the soles when choosing your irons, even in the longer irons. It would be easy to think that bigger heads wider soles would be a no-brainer to hit, but to be honest, it’s not that simple. Sometimes finding a sole that will help the club get in and out of the ground easily will get you that center contact you were looking for. Although guys on tour may choose beefier long irons, it’s pretty rare to find one with a really wide sole. Soles that large encourage a player to try and sweep it off the turf which is counter-intuitive with an iron in your hand. When getting fit, pay attention to attack angles and center contact with your longer clubs; you may find that thinner soles help you more than anything else.”

Rule #4 Enjoy the process of learning and testing

“Obviously playing for a living gives me the advantage of testing a ton of stuff, but it’s just as fun doing the research at home (online) and understanding what certain equipment can do and the idea behind it. I still rely on testing as much as I can to see what works but it’s the pursuit of knowledge that keeps it all fresh week in and week out. Technology is so good these days but like anything you have to ask questions, look around try some stuff and then make a decision. Remember it’s your golf bag, take some pride in demanding that every inch of it works for you.

Eyes on the future…

“I think as we go down this Bryson/distance chase, the ultimate result on tour will be a lot of two driver bags. Look at it this way, having a 47-inch driver for long bombs, and a 44.5 inch for tighter drives, and a 4-wood isn’t all that hard to imagine. Players can tweak lofts in the irons and wedges easily to adjust to gapping. It’s not rocket science, and I don’t think we are that far from seeing multiple players on tour doing it that way.”

Charles Howell III WITB

Driver: Titleist TSI3 (10.5 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)

Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD XC 6 TX

3-wood: Ping G425 LST (14.5 degrees)

Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec 8 X

7-wood: Ping G425 Max (20.5 degrees @20)

Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec 9 X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-6) 620 MB (7-9)

Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5 (hard stepped)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (48-10F @47, 52-12F, 56-08M, 60-08M)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron 009M

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

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