Before we go into the results of our head-to-head testing, let’s look at some numbers from Ping that differentiate the two models. Both the Ping G and G30 are 460cc in size but the new Ping G is said to have a six per cent higher top-bottom MOI (impact locations directly above and below the sweetspot) and a one per cent higher MOI on heel and toe strikes.
The new Ping G is also said to create 8-14 per cent less drag than the G30 during the downswing thanks to the turbulators being angled out slightly more and a new Vortec on the back of the clubhead.
Both Golf Monthly technical editor Joel Tadman and editor Mike Harris went through a full fitting with the new Ping G driver have recorded some base numbers with the G30 model for which we had both been fitted for previously.
Testing the LS Tec version in both, Joel gained both distance and accuracy with the new G driver over the G30. While his swing speed only went up by 0.2 mph, his spin came down by 350 rpm and his average dispersion came down from three yards average off line to a sensational zero!
In contrast, Mike experienced a much larger increase in clubhead speed of 2.5 mph, leading to an overall distance gain of five yards, helped by a reduction in spin of just under 100rpm.
Interestingly, both Mike and Joel found that using slightly less loft with the G model compared to G30 also created a stronger ball flight, perhaps down to the difference in CG location within the head; the new Ping G has a CG location that is lower and further back in the head.
In summary, while most will experience some sort of improvement with G over the G30 driver, golfers with drivers that are two or three generations previous like the G20 and G25 will experience the biggest improvements. As always, if you’re interested in benefitting from modern technology, we recommend you go for a custom fitting session with a PGA Pro on a reputable launch monitor to get the best from your swing.