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First Look: Ping’s new G Driver

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Update (Jan. 5, 9:30 a.m.) Photos of Bubba’s driver, as well as an all-black Ping G driver provided by Ping.

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Update (Jan 4, 10:30 a.m.) Three new Ping drivers have been added to the USGA’s List of Conforming Driver Heads. The G30 drivers were available in the same three models (Standard, LS Tec and SF Tec). LS Tec denotes Ping’s “Low Spin Technology,” while SF Tec stands for “Straight Flight Technology,” which encourages a draw bias.

Ping G (9, 10.5 degrees)

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Ping G LS Tec (9, 10.5 degrees)

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Ping G SF Tec (10, 12)

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GolfWRXers have been talking about the follow-up to Ping’s G30 driver since September. Thanks to Bubba Watson’s video from Kapalua, we now know its name and a little bit about what it looks like.

The new driver, called G, has a pattern on its crown that appears to be weight-reducing “Dragonfly” technology that leaked in our forum.

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Photo posted in our forum by _AM_

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Other things to notice about Bubba’s new big stick, which we’re assuming he’ll use in this week’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions based on his excitement about it, is that it carries over the Turbulators from the G30 design. As evidenced from the rear weight port, the G driver also appears to continue Ping’s rear-CG design.

The pink-and-black color scheme… that’s likely a Bubba thing. Expect the G driver to be mostly black, like previous Ping drivers, when we get our first official photos of the retail version.

Check back soon. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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  1. Glenn kirk

    Feb 16, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Ping are the bomb

  2. M-Herd4

    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:47 am

    From my own personal experience you benefit more from a properly fitted premium shaft than some new radical clubhead design.

  3. Slowhand

    Jan 8, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I really enjoy Ping drivers but I was a long time TM driver buyer until a club fitting showed I hit the G30 LS more accurate with consistent distance than any other driver. I’ve used it now for almost a year and can’t see changing. Sure, all these drivers have to conform to the same standards but there are ways to push the envelope and I”m glad they do, else we’d probably be hitting persimmon right about now. If you swing the club 130mph you might see some increase due to less wind resistance but the average golfer I doubt you see much of anything, but I can feel a big difference in old drivers I kept that are 10 years old and today’s drivers, especially in the forgiveness arena.
    But for me its more about having fun, getting something new and talking smack too. I mean if we all conformed and liked the exact same thing it would be pretty boring. And most of us are not gullible and actually don’t fall for all the hype, but then again some are naive and take the bait. To each his own, as long as they feel confident in their choice.

  4. Wind tunnel approved?!?

    Jan 7, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Ideas are running low? I guess from a marketing standpoint as those have mentioned technology is maxed, unless you stand behind claims of 15 yards further every 6 months, I should be driving the ball a 1/4 mile at that rate, so do what Nike did with jumpman (airjordan)….start re-releasing retros’s from the first pair of Jordan’s in odd colors and charge double, we see eye2’s, maybe zings next? Ha….then I’ll get sucked into a Sunday “retro-bag”…(hickory would be too hipster for my taste:)

  5. Milo

    Jan 7, 2016 at 12:36 am

    I hope they come out with the pink, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

  6. KK

    Jan 6, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Hmm, more forgiving, aerodynamic and hopefully lower spin. Can’t wait.

  7. Mark

    Jan 6, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    No low or high loft versions at launch? I like the simple look of my G25. These new heads with even more ridges will be even more decisive among potential buyers. And Bubba. Drop the whole Pink thing and leave it to Paula.

  8. maatchka

    Jan 6, 2016 at 9:39 am

    yuck!!

  9. Chris Keena

    Jan 6, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Typo Schmypo. GLENN, FROM THE MAIL ROOM!

  10. SB

    Jan 6, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Darth Vador’s driver!

  11. Jeff*

    Jan 5, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I love the graphics on the crown. Perfect, that’s the line you swing on to cut it, that’s the line to draw it . I might draw those lines on my driver, that’s great.

    • fp

      Jan 6, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      No Jeff, that’s not what they are for. lmao

  12. Mike Hannigan

    Jan 5, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    To all the NIKEGOLF haters complaining about their choice of red, vapor or photo blue…you can stop now.

  13. Chuck

    Jan 5, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Another interesting release by Ping. A great, innovative company for a whole generation now.

    But honestly, if I were Ping, I think I’d find another way to introduce it other than showing Bubba’s personalized one-off pink paint job. Only one chance to make a first impression and all that…

  14. jc

    Jan 5, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    is there ever going to be a time when the designers say “Wow, that is the best we can ever do. We don’t need to make any more new models because we have reached the limit of what we can design. Now it is up to the golfer to actually learn to play better”.

    meanwhile over at taylormade, they are going to add a new decal to the head and proclaim it addes another 30 yards to the model that came out last month.

    • SS

      Jan 5, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Agreed. It’s all marketing after a certain point. Business dies if they don’t reinvent the wheel.

      • Dave

        Jan 5, 2016 at 11:21 pm

        Agreed. Like fashion, club design is a wheel. Can’t wait til eye 2 comes back…irons that is, wedges already done.

        • KCCO

          Jan 7, 2016 at 7:32 pm

          It will soon be like the Jordan shoe game…..recycle everything from the first airjordan release, charge double, seems to work….i.e. Eye2….ha…..ill take some zings for shitz and gigz

  15. David

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Let’s not forget when Bubba did that exact shot on the same hole in a tournament!!

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8owVDXOk6H4

  16. Dj

    Jan 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Can’t get over the look and shape of ping drivers but always hear good things. I’m sure this will sell well

  17. Emb

    Jan 4, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Sweet Jesus those socks! Makes the driver look gorgeous next to those monstrosities

    • Leon

      Jan 5, 2016 at 11:19 am

      The same feeling. I even didn’t notice that he was swinging a club

  18. B Wizzle

    Jan 4, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Your welcome

  19. G G

    Jan 4, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Yo G!

    You’re so OG.

  20. RH

    Jan 4, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    These Bubba videos with him trying to be funny are so cringe worthy.

  21. Reeves

    Jan 4, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    when we get our first official photos of the retail version…most important line in story, did anyone thinl they were buying the same head Bubba is????

  22. Mark Bainbridge

    Jan 4, 2016 at 11:52 am

    “Thanks for pointing out our typo!”?

    Forgive for being blunt but the article has only your name against it. It is your typo and yours alone.

  23. MTB

    Jan 4, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Zak –
    Do you think that bimatrix shaft is really the best fit for him? That has to be just a personal preference thing, right? There has to be something better out there he could be using…do you think he’s just ignoring the launch monitors at PING?

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Jan 4, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Because Bubba’s driver shots are so variable, he’s rarely “optimized.” But when he does hit a high draw, his Trackman numbers are basically perfect from what I’ve been told and what I’ve seen.

      • MTB

        Jan 4, 2016 at 11:53 am

        Thanks for the reply! Crazy. I’m sure a lot has been updated since they first came out, but I just always think of them as peers to the Taylormade Bubble and Carbite Putters and The Perfect Club! Ha.

  24. Mat

    Jan 4, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Minor thing, but the SFTec will be 10 and 12, not 10.5 – if it’s the same.

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Jan 4, 2016 at 11:19 am

      Thanks for pointing that out, Mat. The USGA Conforming Club List has approved the G SF Tec driver approved in 10 and 12 degrees.

  25. ph00ny

    Jan 4, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Hyundai not hyundia

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Jan 4, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Thanks for pointing out our typo!

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Zozo Championship Tour Truck Report: Phil’s new driver and 2-wood, Tiger testing a new 3-wood

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Slower week than most at Sherwood but still a couple of nuggets—and who doesn’t love a Tiger/Phil equipment update?

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Phil Mickelson: After his (two drivers in the bag) win on the PGA Tour Champions, Lefty went full gearhead and continued to test not only the new Apex MB ’21 irons (6-PW) but also put a 47.5-inch Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero in the bag. The (low-lofted) 9-degree head, set now at 8 degrees (swing weight at D7) will be equipped with either a Project X HZURDUS Smoke Green 60 6.5 or a KBS TD 60G C5 TX.

In addition, Phil is bringing back the 2-wood having put a 43.5-inch, 12.5-degree “old school” X Hot 3 Deep. The idea with both is distance gain (non-shocker) for example on Tour there are a number of bunkers, forced carries at the 300+ clip and to be able to fly by those on command is a huge advantage. Dispersion will suffer a bit in this scenario, but that’s what the 2-wood is for. The new driver set up got Phil about 8 mph of additional ball speed and on avg a 310 carry. The 2 wood is to fill the larger gap created by the driver—this new fairway metal gives Phil about 280-285 carry.

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Tony Finau: Ping G425 LST (9 @7.5 Big-) with Diamana D+ 70TX tipped 1.5

Andrew Landry: Ping G425 LST (9 @8.75, flat) with Fujikura Ventus Blue 6X (46 Inches)

Joaquin Niemann: New Ping G425 7-wood (20.5 @20) in the bag with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8X (20.5, 40.5 inches).

Titleist

Slow week, no major updates to report beyond Aaron Dill making 9,000 wedges for the players in early Augusta prep…

TaylorMade

Tiger Woods is testing a SIM Ti 3-wood with a Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana D+ 70 TX shaft. The 15-degree 3-wood is set at 14.25 and is on the upright setting. (42.5, D4, Golf Pride BCT 58R). Won’t know if it goes in play until tomorrow tee off…

 

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Tiger Woods WITB 2020 Zozo Championship (new 3-wood?)

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  • We spotted Woods with a TaylorMade SIM 3-wood in his bag, along with the TaylorMade M5 he’s had in play for more than two years. We’re told it will be a game-time decision as to which one he puts in play.

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 60 TX

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3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15  @14.25 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 @18.25 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (3-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 TW/MT Grind (56-12, 60-11)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Newport 2
Grip: Lamkin Deep-Etched cord

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord 58R

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS

 

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GolfWRX Classifieds (10/21/20): Cameron cover, Ping Hoofer tour bag, SIM Rocket 3-wood

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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 Tourseeking – Rare Cameron Maiden America cover

There are rare, and then there are really rare covers and this falls squarely in the really rare category. It’s priced according but would make a great addition to any collection.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Rare Cameron cover

Member slalomdude – Ping Hoofer Tour bag

Were used to seeing rare and hard to find, but it’s not often Ping releases something that captures attention like this. The bag is new with tags and is being offered at a great deal!

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

Member awtryau89 – TaylorMade SIM Rocket 3-wood

This is truly one of the fastest little “rocket ship” fairway woods on the market, and this is your chance to get your hands on one for a great deal with a Graphite Design BB.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Rocket 3 wood 

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

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