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The PING G30 SF Tec Driver has all the characteristics that make the G30 exceptional, plus a little extra help for those who fight a slice.
We recently reviewed the PING G30 driver and declared it the best all-around driver in golf (full review HERE). Today we’re going to check out its brother, the G30 SF Tec driver, a driver built to help those who fight the slice, the push, the banana ball, and every other name for shots that end up right of target. While the G30 SF Tec offers plenty of help to those golfers, what makes it unique among its draw-biased competitors is the fact that it’s not just for high handicap players.
At address, you’ll have a very hard time telling the difference between the G30 and the G30 SF Tec drivers. Both have the same matte black crown with Turbulators. Both have a large, well-proportioned footprint. If you really stare, you might notice that the SF Tec is slightly larger on the heel side, a difference that’s easy to see when you flip it over and look at the sole.
Sound & Feel
Just like the G30, the G30 SF Tec has an exceptionally clean feel to it. At impact, you get a very clear idea of exactly where the ball hit the face without any unwanted vibration or shock.
The sound of the G30 SF Tec should be a crowd pleaser. It’s a little more muted and bass-y than the G25, but still loud enough to let your buddies know when you crush one.
As with the G30, the G30 SF Tec is strongly counterbalanced. As soon as you pick it up, you’ll notice that there’s more heft in your hands than usual which makes the head feel a little lighter. This is not a light weight head or club, it’s simply a matter of the way that the weight is distributed. Based on our testing, most golfers will get along with this set up really well, but there are plenty of other shaft options if you want to go away from counterbalancing.
So what does “SF Tec” really mean? Essentially, it’s a slightly shifted center of gravity (CoG). Where the G30 has a sweet spot that’s right in the middle of the face, the G30 SF Tec slides the CoG/sweet spot slightly towards the heel. Here’s why that will help you: when you hit a ball on the toe of the club, it wants to draw/hook more. By sliding the CoG towards the heel, PING essentially makes more of the club act like the toe, thus promoting a draw. If you want the full explanation of Gear Effect, check out this post HERE.
“Ok, Matt, enough science, will this help my game?” Yes, yes, it will. What I found in my testing was that the CoG shift is noticeable but not overdone. When I hit a ball in the dead center of the face, I saw nice 5-yard draws, and when I hit it slightly on the heel (a common occurrence) the ball went straight instead of moving right.
The adjustability is where the G30 SF Tec really improves on the K15, PING’s landmark slice buster and this driver’s spiritual predecessor. With the K15, you got the shifted CoG, but you were stuck with the face angle. This meant that some players weren’t getting enough help and others were getting too much. With the G30 SF Tec, you can shut the face significantly and have the shifted CoG if you’re battling the big right shot. Alternately, for players like me, you have the option to open the face but still get great results on heel strikes. This is a virtually-unprecedented combination and it makes the G30 SF Tec a viable choice for players of all abilities.
Finally, as you can see from the graphic above, the PING G30 SF Tec driver is the same high launch, low spin distance monster that the G30 is. This is awesome to see because often “Draw” versions are weak imitations of the real thing. Not so here. Whether you’ve got Bubba Watson club head speed or not, the G30 SF Tec will help you get every yard out of your swing.
If you’re buying a driver that says “G30” on it, you really can’t go wrong. That said, if you struggle to keep your ball off the right side of the course, the PING G30 SF Tec driver is probably the better choice. With its slightly shifted CoG and adjustability, the G30 SF Tec can give you exactly the right amount of help so that you stripe it down the middle every time.