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With its most recent models of fairway woods, PING had been happy on several fronts, most notably as it related to forgiveness, structural design, and face technology. The one addition that the company’s engineers wanted to address with the G fairway woods was to make it easier to launch the ball higher from either a tee or the fairway. To accomplish that goal, the G’s sole has been modified, as it’s now flatter and sits lower to the ground. The clubface, meanwhile, has not been altered from the G30 design, but with the new sole of the G it’s now easier for players to hit the ball higher on the clubface, which means higher launch without sacrificing ball speed. Couple the new sole with a lower, further back CG (center of gravity) and, in addition to improved launch conditions, forgiveness is maximized as well. Also of note, the G series offers a “Stretch” model, which at 13 degrees is a strong 3-wood. The Stretch was designed for distance and has an overall larger profile and deeper face, which makes it great from a tee. The other G fairway options come in lofts of 14.5, 17.5, and 20.5 degrees of loft. PING offers four different stock shafts in the G fairway woods and custom shafts are available as well.
|Models/Lofts||Strong 3W/13.5° • 3W/14.5° • 5W/17.5° • 7W/20.5°|
|Grip||PING 5L Round|
|Length||Strong 3W: 43" • 3W: 43" • 5W: 42.5" • 7W: 42"|
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Golfers of all ability levels. The PING G fairway woods are easy to hit, long, and forgiving, making them a great choice for any player. The Stretch version, meanwhile, would be a nice addition to the bag for someone who primarily hits a 3-wood from the tee, as it will deliver distance gains thanks to its stronger loft and head design. The Stretch does feature a slightly forward CG designed to bring spin down, so from the fairway it will be optimal for players with higher swing speeds.
Chris Schram of TGW talks with Anthony, a TGW customer, about the PING G Fairway.
Flattening the sole of the G fairway woods moved the leading edge lower and the result is strikes higher on the clubface, which means better launch angles. PING estimates the new leading edge leads to strikes 12 percent higher on the face than the G30 typically produced.
The Turbulators on the crown of the G reduce drag more in a driver than a fairway wood, but they remain in place to help golfers with their setup and alignment, as the center of the clubface is better framed at address by the Turbulators.
The materials used to construct the face are exceptionally strong but also lightweight, which makes for a clubface that flexes more to deliver higher launch and faster ball speeds. Additionally, friction is added to the face to reduce spin rates.
“Our primary focus from a design standpoint was making it really easy to hit high into the air. We flattened out the sole to really help the club sit lower to the ground and have a lower profile. It’s a really great fairway wood.”
Ryan Stokke, PING Design Engineering Manager
“The fairway wood, I absolutely loved it. The thing I loved about it is that there were several shots I could tell honestly I hit off the toe and I wasn’t dealing with shots that would have been sprayed all over the course. The ball really does spring off the face, so I was getting, when I hit it solidly, an extra 10 yards of carry.”
TGW customer Anthony, 12 handicap, live testing at PING, 3/7/16
“Probably the best club I hit all day - went high, landed soft. It’s so solid. It’s the best fairway wood I’ve ever hit.”
TGW customer Robert, 7 handicap, live testing at PING, 3/7/16
|PING G Fairway Shaft Information|
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