The “Gamer” 2015 by @igolfreviews
As someone who reviews an awful lot of products people often ask what clubs you are playing when you aren’t reviewing new ones. There is a point in the season when I’ve tried all the new drivers and need to pick the one that will be in my bag, “the Gamer”. I would say the race is tighter than ever this year, but after analysing most of the new drivers on the market, it looks like the Ping G30 LS is going to win the “Gamer 2015” title.
My game has improved over the last 15 months because of volume of practice time I’ve been able to add to my schedule. Coaching school golf gets me on the course almost daily so the practice has increased and although I’m not a high handicap golfer the easier and more forgiving a driver is to hit, it’s going to have a positive impact on my game. In 2014 the G30 came out and it became known as the “Forgivenator”. If you found the face at all, there was a good chance your drive would turn out OK; add the turbulators offering high club head speeds and it really did make a players driving game better. The spin on the previous G30 was low, but maybe not quite low enough, thus the creation of the LS Tec (Low Spin). It reduces the spin around 400 rpms. It adds a few yards to the carry and even more to the roll out, without losing forgiveness.
I went with the Tour 65 stiff shaft for this driver and it worked out perfectly. I had previously used the TFC 419D High Balance stiff and Tour 80 stiff shaft but wanted to see the comparison across the three, the Tour 65 to those shafts and it offered the right balance for me. I still think the Tour 80 is the better shaft in the regular G30 but in the new G30 LS Tec driver, the Tour 65 offers a little more feel with just a hair less weight for a better overall combo in my swing. I went with a neutral setting for the 9* head and with the 45″ stock shaft length came in at D3.
We’ve had an early spring here in so I was able to get it on the grass and get some good play time in varying conditions. At first I was a little concerned because it seemed like the launch angle went down from the G30 to the G30 LS. It started out hitting low bullets. They were straight and long, but didn’t offer as much carry as I wanted, nor did they roll out well on soft fairways. But once I got my swing back, everything fell into place as expected. Launch angle went up, carry was further and the roll out was huge. In the dry conditions at I had multiple drives get out there past 3 bills; one was over 350 (downhill aided).
The feel of this driver is really hot. It has that G series slight hollowness, which really offers “pop” at impact. The pitch is a little louder and tinnier than the normal G30, but impact sensation is like an explosion off the face. The launch is slightly flatter and lower than the regular G30.
Flightscope X2 Launch Monitor
- Spin: 2002 rpms
- Launch Angle: 13.9*
- Dispersion: 7.4 yds
- Club Head Speed: 104.2 mph
- Ball Speed: 154.8 mph
- Total Distance: 279.1 yds
- Carry Distance: 266.7 yds
Why is Ping G30 LS Tec going to be the 2015 Gamer? Confidence is the main reason. There are other new drivers with lower spin, there are some that look a little more traditional, and there are those that sound a little better, but the overall package of the Ping G30 LS Tec is almost impossible to beat. Long, straight, accurate, forgiving and hot make this my gamer for 2015.