Well this is a new one for me, I have thought in the past that only a pro can review a new golf club however I have recently revisited my opinion on this topic and after discussing it with a few customers and pros I work with in my North Berwick, East Lothian custom fitting studio I have decided that my view is valid and in some ways more applicable to the average golfer than a pro reviewing a new club. Sure they can tell you what it does differently to the last club they used but can they truly comment on the forgiveness of a club or how it reacts to miss hits? I guess that’s for another discussion, so this time I am basing my comments on my swing and my game.
I hit my current driver pretty well and average 230 yards of carry distance. I currently play off 10.5 but rarely does my driving cost me more than a couple of shots a round. I have purchased this Ping G30 with my own money because that’s how strongly I believe that Ping have made a such great driver in the G30. Ping say the G30 upto 50% more forgiving than some of its rivals.
I have chosen the 9 degree head even though I was playing 12 degrees in my TaylorMade SLDR and would normally buy a 10.5 in any other brand. I went with the 9 due to earlier testing with the G25 which I found to be quite high launching, I also hoped that I could use my Accra CS1 60 M4 shaft which is a higher launching shaft from Accra. I found the CS1 a bit too high launch in my 12 degree SLDR which was another reason I went with 9 degrees in the G30.
All my testing so far has been on the course. Drivers are becoming very difficult to set up without launch monitor data but I wanted to put a few holes under my belt with the G30 and then later fine tune with the GC2 launch monitor in my North Berwick studio. I know what shafts work for me pretty well which is the only reason I decided to use this method.
First hit was great, good launch and very straight. Second was a bit from the toe but finished only 10 yards behind the centre strike. The G30 is louder than my SLDR and again like most clubs you can hear when you have hit or missed the centre of the club face. The distance with my first hit of G30 was the same as where I normally am with the SLDR. I didn’t really think I would pick up much distance with well hit shots over the TaylorMade but my reason for wanting to swap was purely based on forgiveness and the distance lost with the SLDR on my mis-hits. My bad shot with the driver is turning a fade into a slice when I try and really hit one hard, I found that a toe miss with the SLDR would slice, lose distance and often miss the fairway by a lot. Next hole – one left, one right trying to murder the ball before I had found any rhythm, my bad not the club. Onto the 16th, long dog leg right par 4, first ball smooth swing straight where I was aiming, decent high flight and plenty of roll out, about 265 yards total which is a good hit for me. More interesting than the pure strike was the second shot I hit, trying to give it a bit extra I caught it a bit near to the toe and it took off low and rightish. The difference was it stayed in the right side of the fairway and matched the distance of the pure centre strike due to it being down the right side of the dog left right. On the 18th, next par 4 and agreed it was about 1 club downwind but I still hit it high and straight down the middle, rolled out to about 280 yards and the furthest I have ever been down the 18th. I played a few more holes and at this early stage feel downwind this is longer than the SLDR and into the wind a tiny bit longer but only due to the forgiveness.
More testing will take place, I will try a couple of other shafts and I will confirm all my data on the launch monitor of the next few weeks but at this early stage I feel very positive about the Ping G30 and think that you should try one also.
Please drop me a line if you are looking at this club and I will happily discuss.