Ping has always made excellent fairway metal that tend to be on the low profile side which lowers the CG and helps with elevating the ball easier than some of the deeper faced fairway metals out on the market. The G30 has a slightly taller face this year when compared to past offering, but still offers the low back CG. The Turbulators off the G30 driver are present to reduce drag on the crown of a simple flat black colorway. The head sat very square to my eye, but still look slightly low profiled. I really enjoyed the feel and sound of the G30 driver, but I did not get the same sound and feel with the 14.5 degree head that I tried.
Off The Deck
Ping fairway metals have always been easy for me to play off the deck and the G30 was no different, though I did see a slightly lower launch angle than in the past. For me, I saw a mid launch angle that penetrated thru the air.
Off The Tee
My launch angle increased some with a tee in the picture, but still not high enough for those long bombs that these modern day 3 woods can provide. Control was excellent as was the forgiveness.
Out Of The Rough
The G30 has one of the flattest soles that I tested, which can lead to wrapping up in the rough if too deep. I would suggest light rough or a super lie for these to excel when playing out of the rough. Of course, one can loft up to 18 or 21 degrees to help solve this problem.
Who’s It For?
Its always fun to find a club that will fit a wide spectrum of players and the G30 is right there. Better players will love the slightly lower penetration flight, while higher handicap players will love how easy the club plays in all the conditions that a fairway metal is called upon.
The Final Take
I thought very highly of the G30 Driver so I had high expectations for their fairway metals. I just did not get the same feelings as I did with the driver, though the club was solid, easy to hit and forgiving.