Drivers: Ping G/LS Tec/SF Tec

Golf Digest equipment editors Mike Stachura and E. Michael Johnson discuss the Ping G/LS Tec/SF Tec, which earned gold medal honors on the 2016 Golf Digest Hot List.

Released on 2/2/2016

Transcript

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A lot of people think that club design
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is a bunch of egg heads sitting in the back room
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pouring over physics textbooks and all the like,
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but for Ping's G driver, the follow up
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to last years G 30, which was one of the best selling
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drivers in the marketplace,
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company CEO John Solheim sent his R and D team
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a picture of a dragonfly.
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Why did he send them a picture of a dragonfly?
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Because he was looking at the wings, right,
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you've got support arms within a very thin wing structure.
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Well that's exactly what they did to the crown here.
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You've got support areas but then
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you've thinned out the crown.
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What does that do?
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That saves weight.
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That means they can push the CG lower
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than any other Ping driver in history,
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and farther back, farther back means more stability
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on off center hits, lower means low spin.
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Those two things means more distance
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not only on on center hits,
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but on off center hits where I hit the ball.
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Well what they also didn't forget too
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is what made their driver so successful last year,
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were the turbulators.
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These little ridges on the crown here help the club
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go through the air more efficiently,
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better aerodynamics, and then they took it a step further,
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by coming here in the back, and doing some work back here to
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further enhance the aerodynamics, really impressive stuff.
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The other thing they did was give you three options,
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so you've got the standard version, the most forgiving,
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then you've got a low spin, LS tech version
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for higher swing speed players,
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and for those fighting a slice,
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there's an SF Tec version to keep that ball
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from going too far into the weeds.
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You forgot the other version, the pink version,
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for Bubba Watson, he put it in play at
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The Hyundai Tournament of Champions earlier this year,
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but there's no pink for you, or me,
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or anyone else, the pink is just for Bubba.
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