Ping Announces New Driver, Wedge and Putter for 2015

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Scott Rushing
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Ping Announces New Driver, Wedge and Putter for 2015

A New Year and a new driver from Ping.  Haven't seen it yet but based on the reviews I've read it generates more ball speed than the G25.    Does it seem like they are pushing drivers out faster now than they used too?  Does to me.  But I guess that's the market now.  What was the best last year now isn't, so you need to buy buy buy.

 

G30 LS Tec Driver

$349

Last fall, the company debuted the G30 driver for the meat of the market as well as the G30 SF Tec for players who could use more draw bias. Now comes the G30 LS Tec for faster swingers who’d benefit from lower spin rates than in the standard G30. The club’s CG is 8 percent closer to the face than in the G30, which decreases spin on center hits by up to 400 rpm. Also, the CG is significantly lower and farther back in the head than some “low-forward” CG drivers, for more help on off-center contact.

Like its brethren, the LS Tec (stands for Low Spin technology) features a redesigned, five-setting hosel so you can tweak loft stronger or weaker by 1° in 0.5° increments. A marginally heavier head than in the G25 is counterbalanced by a lighter, high balance-point shaft, which creates higher MOI and more momentum at impact. Aerodynamic ridges on the crown (referred to as “turbulators”) reduce drag during the swing, which lets players generate faster head speeds.

 

http://www.golf.com/equipment/ping-announces-three-new-series-2015

 

 

scomac
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Yes Scott, it seems as every

Yes Scott, it seems as every manufacturer is realesing more and more club models with each successive year.  In the case of Ping, it appears that rather than have on super duper adjustable driver that can be fit (or not depending upon what you believe) to any golfer they are opting to release three versions of the same head with subtle differences to cater to a specific market segment.  They have the G30 for the masses.  The G30 SF with weighting specific to limit slicing for the higher handicap crowd.  And finally the announced G30 LS with weighting specific to reduce spin and resultant launch angles for the higher swing speed player.

It's not a bad approach as they are manufacturing a series of less complicated designs without all the moving parts, yet the base design is common amongst all three drivers.  I suspect the face is the same, the crown is the same, the hosel is the same with the only difference being the specific sole plate that is specific to each variant of weighting.  With less moving parts there is less chance for the customer to play with the settings thus defeating the fitting.  They could well win in two ways: lower production costs and a more satisfied customer base due to their relatively fixed settings of the club.  

DON
I wonder WHEN was the last

I wonder WHEN was the last year that any of the OEM's did NOT interduce a few new drivers, woods hybrids or irons?  And I can't help but ask if any of the new clubs are really all that much better than what we had 15 years ago. before all the adjustable hosel clubs came out. ONLY big difference I see in today's new clubs is the HIGHER PRICE, Is today's $400 driver really any better than say a two year old model that you can buy for around $100 still in the wrapper from a wholesaler with leftover stock on hand???

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Scott Rushing
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Well did you see TM have

Well did you see TM have taken the SLDR and made a new driver with 2 SLDR slides?  You can now move 2 smaller weights around the face of the club to better tune forgiveness or to alter ball flight.

Couple that with Cobra's new driver which has a weight you can move front to back and controls the center of gravity, there is not much that isn't tweakable on today's drivers

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DON
Callaway too.

I see that Callaway has a driver with a screw in weight that runs UP and DOWN in the head. You can move the weight on the screw up or down to change the center of gravity which will increase or decrease the Spin on the ball. Pretty clever idea.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
R15

I like the design of the new R15 with the TWO sliding weights. It gives you more options than just one weight to slide around. I wouldn' t mind trying one but I doubt I'd buy one when I doubt it's that much of an improvement over what they had before.or what I have at home.

Don

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Scott Rushing
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Soon someone will have a

Soon someone will have a eliptical slider for the weights to send the out and around the club head...but they are really getting things customizable. 

Do the SLDR irons have any adjustable weights?

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scomac
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Soon someone will have a

Soon someone will have a eliptical slider for the weights to send the out and around the club head...but they are really getting things customizable. 

It has already been done a couple of times.  Mizuno had it first a few years ago.  I'm not sure of the model, but it was an MP series driver.  Most recently, it was last year's standard version Callaway Big Bertha.

I quite liked the Big Bertha when I hit it although I never fiddled with the sliding weight.  The ball went just fine in the neutral position! 

Scott Rushing
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so much for that patent...ha!

so much for that patent...ha!   

the long game is getting to where you just about need only to be able to make a repeatable swing, and the fit the right driver, shaft and settings on the clubhead.  but wait, hasn't that alway how it's been?  And  that whole thing about a repeatable swing, that is still  the hard part. ha

 

 

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scomac
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the long game is getting to

the long game is getting to where you just about need only to be able to make a repeatable swing, and the fit the right driver, shaft and settings on the clubhead.  but wait, hasn't that alway how it's been?

I think so, Scott.  I tried the SLDR last year and no matter what they did, could not make it work; just low hooks and it felt like I was swinging a 2x4 into a frozen fence post!  I remember the course pro who fitted me to my irons said that he had gotten a meaningful yardage gain for everyone that he had fit to the SLDR.  I guess I was an outlier!  wink

It's interesting, I was reading some old posts this morning on another golf site and a fellow was talking about the original Big Bertha driver and the subsequent War Bird that replaced it.  There was some physical property about those clubs where the axes of CG were such that they lined up right behin the sweet spot making them such great clubs.  The future generations where the head size expanded beyond the original's 190 cc or so lost that and didn't perform as well although they may have been more forgiving due to their size.  Change isn't always for the better.