Rolled out to its staff players at the start of last week, there was a real buzz created in the lead up to the global launch in Germany at the end of the week. Angel Cabrera then topped off the week in style by winning his first non-major title on the PGA Tour at the Greenbrier Classic with the G30 driver and 3-wood in the bag.
This week, the European Tour’s circus has moved to Royal Aberdeen, where a world-class field is competing in the Scottish Open. There, we spoke to Dominic Griffiths, Ping’s European Player Manager, on the range about rolling G30 out to the guys on tour and their first impressions of the new gear.
Griffiths said: “We first gave it to the guys in France last week and at the Greenbrier in the US and we got a lot of positive feedback.
“The reaction has been great. A few of the players were a little bit cautious with the turbulators at first, but when you tell them what they actually do, why they’re there and how they’re used in other industries, people are able to understand why it is being used.”
In the eyes of Ping, Cabrera couldn’t have timed his win any better, but Griffiths doesn’t expect many players to put it in play until after the Open Championship.
He continued: “As long as they’re driving well, we won’t really want them to change. We’re in the middle of a big few weeks with the French last week, Scottish this week and the Open next week, so obviously the players aren’t really thinking about putting new clubs in the bag, and to be honest, there aren’t many chances to use the driver over the next two weeks anyway.”
England’s Simon Wakefield is one of Ping’s staff professionals on the European Tour and he was seen on the range at Royal Aberdeen comparing his current i25 driver with the new G30 model.
Wakefield spoke highly of the quality of Ping’s drivers and is looking forward to seeing what the G30 can do once it’s dialled in.
He said: “I first got the chance to try out the G30 driver last week in France and managed to get a couple of swings in. The club looks great and feels really good, I’ve just not quite managed to get it fitted right for me just yet.
“I just tried it out with Dom [Griffiths] again there but he wouldn’t let me see the numbers on the Trackman because the shaft wasn’t quite right.
“I’ve got the i25 driver in the bag just now and I’ve been driving the ball really well. Apart from the last couple of weeks I’ve been leading the driving stats in accuracy and that’s a real credit to Ping and the quality of product they produce.”
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Originally published on bunkered on July 10, 2014.