The story goes that John Solheim used a close-up of a dragonfly’s wing to convey his idea of how an exoskeleton design might be used for the crown of a golf club and ultimately it resulted in the new G Driver. Ping engineers came up with what they call Dragonfly Technology to emulate nature’s design allowing for eight grams of weight saving in the G’s crown which helped to move the center of gravity lower and deeper than any previous Ping model.
All of this accomplished while raising the resistance to twisting (MOI) and increasing the dynamic loft adding to distance maximization and forgiveness to twisting.
Observations of the flaps on the rear of 18-wheelers resulted in better aerodynamics. The Vortec Technology designed into the rear of the clubhead combines with Ping’s “turbulators” on the crown to lower drag on the downswing allowing for greater clubhead speed and therefore ball speed and distance. The face is a variable thickness construction and the hosel is adjustable plus or minus one degree.
In addition to the standard G model there are the G SF Tec (weight moved towards the heel) for a right-to-left bias and the G LS Tec with a very low and slightly forward center of gravity compared to the standard G for those who want lower ball flight. Each G model is priced with a stock shaft at $435.
Ping G fairway woods feature a lower leading edge for a higher face impact than the 2015 model G30 fairway woods and the variable thickness face plus cascading sole allow for more face flex at impact. G SF Tec fairway woods have weight closer to the heel, a lighter swing weight and higher lofts to produce right-to-left shot bend for players whose typical miss is to the right. The G Stretch 3 is custom-engineered to stretch a player’s distance off the tee and on shots into the green with its larger head, slightly forward center of gravity, 13 degree loft and reduced spin. MSRP with stock shafts is $287.50.
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