Ping G30 hybrids
To compliment the release of the new Ping G30 drivers and fairway woods, the Phoenix-based company also has unveiled hybrids designed to increase distance and provide more forgiveness.
The G30 hybrids have been cast from 17-4 stainless steel, and Ping gives it a unique heat treatment.
"We've made the face a uniform thickness to allow for more bending, but we can only do that because we've applied the strongest heat treatment we can to 17-4. Really, it effectively makes it like a high-strength steel."
According to Jertson, the face of the G30 hybrids flex enough to increase the Characteristic Time (CT) by 20 points, which translates to more ball speed.
To increase forgiveness and help create a higher initial launch angle, Ping designed the G30 hybrids with a pair of internal weight pads. Positioned in the heel and toe areas, they lower the club's center of gravity (CG), and Ping designed the CG in each hybrid to be in a slightly different position based on the club's loft. The stronger-lofted clubs have a deeper and lower CG to make it easier for golfers to hit the ball high, while the higher-lofted models have a more-forward CG that reduces spin.
The weight pads also increase the moment of inertia (MOI), so the G30 hybrids resist twisting on off-center hits more effectively.
"The hosel axis has been moved a little forward when compared to the G25," said Marty Jertson, Ping's senior design engineer. "Its face profile is also a lot like the G30 fairway wood, in that it's been made a little more squared off. We brought the heel up and the toe up so it has just a little more square look to it."
The G30 hybrid is available in 2H (17 degree), 3H (19 degree), 4H (22 degree), 5H (26 degree) and 6H (30 degree) versions. Unlike the drivers and fairway woods in the G30 line, the hybrids do not have an adjustable hosel.
The weight in the back of the sole is not designed to be adjustable by golfers. It was added to allow fitters to modify the club's swing weight more easily.
All the G30 products are scheduled to be available in retail stores the first week of August. MSRP price for hybrids: $242.50.
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