With Ping’s new G fairway woods, the Phoenix-based company aimed to build on the success of last season’s G30 clubs.
“We got great ball-speed gains with G30,” said Marty Jertson, Ping’s director of product development. “But everyone wants their fairway woods to go up in the air easily, especially from a tight lie or on a downslope. That was our No. 1 goal.”
To make that a reality, Ping kept the face height the same and reduced the bounce height by decreasing the curvature of the sole. That lowered the leading edge and made it closer to the ground, so players could get the leading edge under the ball more easily and hit higher shots.
“When we measured people’s impact locations with these fairway woods compared to G30, they were hitting higher on the face by about 10 to 15 percent,” Jertson said.
Ping says it was able to achieve that without creating a club that tends to dig.
“It really comes down to gearing” Jertson said. “When you have a deep-faced fairway wood and hit low in the face, the clubhead (tips) down and the lead edge can dig in. Lowering the bounce angle but hitting higher in the face reduces the downward gear effect. The ground impact with these clubs is really good.”
The 169cc bodies of the G fairway woods are cast from 17-4 stainless steel, and to help players generate more ball speed, Ping gave them a Carpenter 455 steel face insert. And to create more clubhead speed, Turbulators –fang-like ridges on the crown – were added to make the air flow more efficiently over the clubhead during the downswing.
A thin crown saved 7 grams of weight that designers shifted down and to the back of the club to lower the center of gravity and increase heel/toe moment of inertia by 3 percent. The top/bottom MOI increased 7 percent.
The G fairways will be offered in 14.5-, 17.5- and 20.5-degree versions, as well as two 175cc slice-fight SF Tec versions (16 and 19 degrees) intended to help straighten a slice or fade. There is also a G Stretch 3 version of the club, which at 185cc is the largest offering and designed to be especially effective off the tee.
Each club will be in stores Feb. 11 and come standard with high-balance-point Ping Alta shafts for $287.50.