PING G SF Tec Driver Review

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The PING G SF Tec driver has all the advancements and distance of the new G driver with lots of help for the slicer.

Introduction

While the standard G30 driver was the one frequently dubbed “the best driver in golf,” the PING G SF Tec driver was the one that, in my fitting experience, lit up the most faces.  With a little center of gravity (CoG) shift, it was able to help lifelong slicers produce a draw.  For 2016, PING has upgraded the G SF Tec driver to make it faster and more draw-biased.

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Looks

The PING G SF Tec driver is hard to pick out of a line up with its two brothers, the G driver and the G LS Tec driver.  All three have a fairly big, round footprint and a matte black crown adorned with Turbulators and Dragonfly Technology.  When you flip the SF Tec driver over, you’ll see what makes it unique: a block of weight towards the heel that helps move the ball right to left.

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Sound & Feel

If you’re as sensitive as Tiger and Phil, you may feel the difference between the PING G SF Tec driver and the other G drivers, but most players will find it identical.  The stock Alta shaft is counter balanced to give it a “normal” swing weight and an even feel between butt and club head.  Impact produces a clean, medium volume “crack,” and the feel is slightly softer than the G30.

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Performance

The combination of a CoG nearer the heel and an adjustable face angle made the G30 SF Tec a certified slice buster.  With the new G SF Tec driver, the slice-busting ability has been turned up another notch.  The same hosel adjustability is still in place, but the CoG has been moved slightly closer to the heel.  That means that slicers will get even more help in turning the ball over from right to left.

Beyond the CoG shift, the G SF Tec driver got the same upgrades as the other new PING G drivers: Vortec Technology and Dragonfly construction.  What these do is to make the driver faster and more forgiving, respectively.  Add to that the Turbulators, and you have a driver that is forgiving, fast, and will help slicers hit longer, straighter shots.

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Conclusion

Whether you’re a chronic slicer just trying to keep the ball in bounds or someone who simply would like to hit a draw for a little more distance, the PING G SF Tec is a driver you should definitely be trying this demo season.  It has loads of forgiveness, technology that makes it fast, and plenty of help to turn the ball over.

Matt Saternus
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24 Comments

  1. I normally hit the ball left to right what Ping driver should I be looking at ?
    Thanks,Rob.

  2. I am considering purchasing a new driver and the ones I am looking at are the new Pimg G series. If I have a tendency it is to slice the drive therefore it’s the SF Tec I’m leaning towards. By the way I consider myself a mid to high handicapper. Any other suggestions?

    • Matt Saternus

      Fred,

      We always recommend a fitting.
      As far as other draw-biased drivers, the XR 16 from Callaway is good.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. I tried the ping sf tec 12 sf flex and hit the ball further than my off set driver. My question is should i get the 12 or should i get the 10? swing speed 70 isn

  4. Russell McLatchey McLatchey

    Excellent driver.

  5. Matt, i’m interested in the g sf tec driver. What shaft flex would generally be recommended to someone with a 95 mph swing speed. I love the stiff shaft in my old TaylorMade r7 but i understand all stiff shafts are different. I do plan on being fitted, but was curious as to what your opinion is. Thanks.

    • Matt Saternus

      Steve,

      There are too many variables to make a blanket recommendation: tempo, feel preference, performance needs, etc. If you look at charts, 95 MPH tends to be on the edge of regular and stiff, depending on the shaft.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Mike Henderson

    Hello Matt,
    I am an 8.5 index and have a swing speed around 81-84 mph. I have played a stock Taylormade Burner for years with a regular flex stock 50 gram shaft. I have demoed every driver and do not hit any of them better than this “old cheapy”. I recently bought a M1 and had fun buying and trying different shaft combinations. After much research I have purchased a Ping G SF 10 degree regular flex stock 55 gram shaft. My goal is to get a “controlled draw” that will roll out for extra yardage. I had this with my Burner for around 2 weeks and it was great giving me 230-240 off the tee instead of my normal 200-210. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Mike Henderson
    P.S. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb with you answer. I own and use a Swing Caddie 200 that has thought me that solid hits (smash factor) will give me added yardage and my swing speed ain’t gonna increase. I am 65 and have a bad right hip. The hope of a draw is my only chance to gain any appreciable yards off the tee.

    • Matt Saternus

      Mike,

      I apologize, but I think I’m missing something. What are you looking for my thoughts on? It sounds like you found a driver that is giving you 20-30 more yards, which is great.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Mike Henderson

        Matt,
        Guess I failed to explain that the controlled draw with the Burner was achieved the old “caddy yard way” by manipulating the face with my wrist action. This lasted for around two weeks and turned into an uncontrolled hook! I am hoping to be able to regain this controlled draw (thus the gain of 20-30 yds) without manipulation but just a smooth swing with the Ping G SF. It should arrive in the next few days. You have hit this club and I am looking for your thoughts on my “plan”.

  7. What do the different weights do for you on the heel of the S F ping driver? Is there any advantage by going heavier or lighter?

  8. Hello Matt
    I just bought the Ping G SF driver reg shaft with the hopes of reducing or eliminating my fade/slice. It DIDN’T happen. I think it made it worst; maybe I’m hitting it farther put the slice is significant most of the time. I’ve done everything I can think of to fix it with no success. At address it seems with the club head is closed but the ball acts like I have come across it with a big outside in swing. I worked 30 minutes making sure I was not coming outside in, but still slicing it. My irons I’m hitting dead straight. I don’t know what to do. Is there something on the club I should change? Hope you can help.
    Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Bill,

      Two questions and I think I’ll have a pretty solid guess:
      1) Were you fit for this driver & shaft?
      2) When you say that you were “making sure [you were] not coming outside in”, how were you doing that?

      Thanks,

      Matt

      • I worked with a guy a Golf Galaxy and he put me in this club. I did the best with it compared to the Callaway XR. I’m 66, 6′ 3″, and have a swing speed in the low 90s and he thought the reg flex would be good. However, I did buy this club off the internet, but in great condition.

        I have a tendency to come across the ball, but generally I know it when I do. I then either slow the swing down, keep my elbow in, just focus on swinging inside out and can get it under control. I also went back an hit a 7 iron to see if I was fading it. I wasn’t; very straight at the target. So I was a bit frustrated I couldn’t hit the driver straight. I probably should have gone and hit my old ping g30 to see if I was still slicing it. I’ll do that over the weekend! Thanks for any insight you might have.

        • Matt Saternus

          Bill,

          Thanks for the answers.

          If the ball is slicing, one of two things is true: you’re hitting it DEEP in the heel of the club (I emphasize deep because the sweet spot is toward the heel on the SF Tec) and/or your club face is open to the path. If the ball is starting straight or left of target, your club path is left, period.

          I asked how you confirmed that you were not swinging left because no matter how much you may feel that you’re swinging right, you may still be swinging left. I’m the opposite: no matter how much I feel like I’m cutting across the ball, my path is square AT BEST.

          The reason that checking with your irons is not useful is that with your irons your angle of attack is negative which makes your path more right. With a driver, your AoA can be flat or positive, which skews the path to the left. Thus, your swing can look the same but you could draw irons and fade drives.

          Ultimately, if you’re fighting the driver this much but aren’t fighting another driver, I’d point to a bad shaft fit.

          Hope that helps.

          Best,

          Matt

          • Matt,
            Thanks for your insight, I’ll check into the things you mentioned.
            I’ll let you know what happens.
            Thanks again
            Bill

  9. Mark Lennon

    How different are the G30 SF versus the G-Series SF?
    When I miss (ususally by swinging too hard) I hit a slice. Very interested in these clubs.

    • Matt Saternus

      Mark,

      There’s some difference, but in the larger picture, they’re pretty similar. As always, the best thing to do is test them yourself to see if there’s a meaningful difference for you.

      Best,

      Matt

  10. MARK c CHILDRESS

    can a different shaft in a driver help to eliminate hitting on top of driver clubface?

    • Matt Saternus

      Mark,

      Being fit for the right shaft can absolutely help you improve your strike location/pattern/tendencies.

      Best,

      Matt

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