Are the Ping G30 Fairway Woods Still Good? Are They Forgiving for High Handicappers?
“Even the Ping G30 fairway woods came out nearly a decade ago, they have the air of a modern set of fairway woods.”
We recently tested the Ping G25 and Ping G20 fairway woods. So when it came time to test the Ping G30 woods, we were blown away at how much had changed.
Especially since not a lot changed between the G20’s and the G25’s.
The difference between the Ping G30 and the Ping G25’s is pretty stark. With the G30’s it seemed that Ping was really wanting to make a splash.
Still, the Ping G30’s came out in 2014. Can 9 year old fairway woods be any good by 2023’s standards? We took to the range to find out.
Are the Ping G30 Fairway Woods Still Good?
“We don’t want to give too much away too early but we have to say that we didn’t find many flaws in the Ping G30’s.”
The Ping G30 fairway woods sport a slew of new features compared to the Ping G25 woods.
For instance, now we have an adjustable loft sleeve that allows for five different loft settings. The material of the face has also been upgraded to high-strength 475 carpenter steel.
When taken as a complete package, the Ping G30 resembles modern Ping fairway woods much more closely than the Ping G25’s.
And you can get them for a price significantly lower than new Ping woods so yes, we must say that the Ping G30 woods are still good.
Speaking from a performance standpoint, the Ping G30’s still offer what the G series is known for: easy launch and forgiveness.
The Ping G30 fairway woods are every bit as forgiving as the G25’s; but with an added focus on distance.
One of the caveats that the G25 and G20 fairway woods shared was that they weren’t exceptionally long woods.
The Ping G30’s have addressed that with a lighter overall design and the crown “turbulators” that cut down on drag.
So if, like us, you love the forgiveness factor of older G series woods but always wanted more distance, the Ping G30’s may be the answer to your prayers.
Are the Ping G30’s Good for High Handicappers?
“The Ping G30 is not only good for high handicappers; we can definitely see mid and low handicappers get good use from it too.”
For now, let’s stick with high handicappers. The Ping G30 woods have a light feel in the hands and on the downswing.
For our higher handicap testers, this meant slightly faster swing speeds (1-3 MPH improvements during our testing session).
Our launch monitor data also confirmed that we were getting good club head speed as well (upwards of 99 MPH).
The Ping G30 woods also have fairly deep face profiles which makes low-face shots fly higher and farther.
The carpenter steel face can also be made to be thinner so more of the face acts like a springboard for the ball.
In reality, we were only getting punished with ball speed loss and pushes when we heeled the ball pretty seriously.
For the most part, our testers were getting consistent fades and draws with divergences in the 8-11 yard range. This kind of easy accuracy is great for high handicappers.
Even better for high handicappers is the improved swing speed which, for us, resulted in an average carry distance of 258.4 yards after three swings.
Ping G30 3 Wood Review
Off the tee, the Ping G30 fairway wood was producing carry distance akin to our gamer drivers.
It truly feels light and nimble throughout your swing so it would appear that the turbulators and thinner face really do make a difference.
The Ping G30 3-wood has a 167cc head too so it’s big and plenty forgiving.
Ping G30 5 Wood Review
The 5-wood produces a mid high launch. Our better testers were able to flight it down on punch shots too.
The Ping G30 5-wood has a 151cc head.
Ping G30 7 Wood Review
The Ping G30 7-wood was as viable out of the rough as it was on the fairway.
It launches high and features a 145cc head.