• G family to get ball in the air 'quickly & easily'
• Turbulators back in woods and make debut in hybrids
• Designers go 'back to basics' with fairway & hybrids
When Ping set out to design its fairway woods and hybrids it found that all golfers think getting the ball in the air easily with their 3-wood is critical.
With such an overwhelming reaction to a market research question, it was clear for Ping’s engineers what they had to achieve.
They began with a mission statement ‘We want to make these clubs easy to hit’. From there, they started work.
In the fairway woods, the angle produced by the curve of the sole was reduced, allowing the club to sit lower to the ground. This makes it easier to sweep the ball off the turf, as well as lessening the chance of topping the ball.
The crown is a whopping 25% thinner than it was in G30, a weight saving of 7g. By making more weight available for use elsewhere, Ping has allowed itself to put more weight lower in the head, helping the clubhead to launch the ball into the air more easily.
For fans of the G30 fairway wood, the G is an easier to hit version that performs better, too. It has all the ball speed you were getting from the G30 fairway wood, but is easier to get into the air. What’s not to like?
Read more - Ping G: Meet the G30 successor
There’s also a rougher texture on the face. You can feel it when you run your finger across it and this helps to lower the spin of the ball, preventing it from ballooning into the air. This feature also has an added advantage for Scottish golfers who, all too regularly, are faced with windy conditions. By lowering the spin, Ping creates a ball flight that flies slightly lower, keeping it more ‘under the wind’.
Unsurprisingly, Turbulators make their return on the crown, and they now work together with the grooves to improve the distance you can hit the ball.
That’s exactly what Ping says it has achieved with the G hybrids. It believes a lot of brands have moved towards the better player style for stronger ball strikers and that is making it more difficult for club golfers to get the forgiveness and help they need from their hybrid.
The biggest change from G30 to G has been the addition of turbulators to the hybrid for the first time. While, they also offer benefits in terms of clubhead speed, the turbulators act as a guide to where the centre of the face is.
Ping had heard from a lot of golfers that they struggle with pulling their hybrids left and Ping’s research found that a lot of golfers were struggling to line up the ball with the centre of the hybrid face. That’s no longer a problem now thanks to the turbulators.
Ping G fairway woods and hybrids - pricing, specs and availability
Lofts (adjustable +/- 1 degree):
G - 3-wood (14.5º), 5-wood (17.5º), 7-wood (20.5º)
G SF-Tec - 3-wood (16º), 5-wood (19º)
G Stretch - 3-wood (13º)
Shaft: Alta 65 High Balance Point (X, S, R, SR)
Lofts: G - 2H (17º), 3H (19º), 4H (22º), 5H (26º), 6H (30º)
Shaft: Alta 70 High Balance Point (X, S, R, SR)