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The PING G30 fairway wood builds on the performance of the G25 with more adjustability and more speed thanks to the Turbulators.
In a recent review, I dubbed the PING G30 driver the “best all-around driver in golf.” I’m not the only one who loves it: Billy Horschel just used one to win the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup, and Bubba Watson is using one to lead the PGA Tour in driving distance.
With all this buzz around the driver, it would be easy to forget about the fairway wood, but in the case of the G30, that would be a mistake. Just as with the driver, PING has taken a club that was already a standout and made it even better.
The most noteworthy thing about the look of the G30 fairway wood is the addition of the Turbulators. They’re a bit more noticeable on the fairway wood than on the driver because they’re larger, relative to the size of the head. Nevertheless, I don’t think they detract from the look of the club, and they actually frame the ball nicely.
The club head itself actually looks a touch smaller than the G25 – there’s a little less bugle in the toe and it appears a bit smaller from front to back. I don’t have exact measurements to confirm the latter, but, at a minimum, the shaping makes it look that way. Overall, it has an average-sized foot print and a medium face depth that should promote confidence from the tee and off the deck.
Sound & Feel
Just as with the G30 driver, my main impression when hitting the G30 fairway wood was how “clean” the impact feel was. In the past, adjustable clubs have been knocked for creating unpleasant impact sounds, but PING has the G30 dialed in beautifully without any extra vibration or noise. The sound is prototypical fairway wood – fairly quiet, a little metallic with a“tink” on well-struck shots. The sound also helps with feedback – it’s a bit duller on mishits.
For most golfers, the biggest question surrounding a fairway wood is, “Can I get it airborne?” With the PING G30, the answer is almost always going to be, “Yes!”. Just as with the past few G-series fairway woods, the G30 is incredibly easy to launch, even for players who are not skilled with fairway woods. That isn’t to say that the G30 is just a retread; in fact, there’s a lot of important new stuff going on.
First, there’s the addition of the Turbulators. As I said about the driver, I can’t prove that the Turbulators work, but I can say that my ball speeds were higher than with any non-titanium fairway wood that I can remember. For those that are just joining the class, more ball speed means more distance which means happier golfers.
Additionally, PING has ratcheted up the adjustability of the G30. In the past, you could only add or subtract 0.5° of loft. Now, you have the ability to add or subtract 0.6° or 1°. These loft changes will also affect the face angle which can help correct undesirable ball flights.
Overall, the G30 is a fairway wood that just doesn’t have any weaknesses. It’s easy to hit, but also relatively low spin. It’s forgiving, but you can work the ball if you want to. It’s also solid regardless of the situation – fairway, rough, or tee.
I hate to recycle material, but PING has given me no choice but to repeat what I said about the G30 driver: the G30 fairway wood has taken an already superior product and made it even better. This is one of the very few clubs that I would recommend to players of all ability levels because it has great performance but also plenty of forgiveness.