Bubba Watson may test custom pink G30 at the tournament
- PING debuted the standard G30 driver, left, as well as a custom pink model which may be used by Bubba Watson during The Greenbrier Classic this week. (Photos by Jonathan Wall/PGATOUR.COM)
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Just hours after PING's G30 driver landed on the USGA's list of conforming driver heads, the club made its PGA TOUR debut at The Greenbrier Classic.
PING brought between 10-15 drivers to The Greenbrier — one for every PING staffer in the field — to give players the chance to test the yet-to-be-released model for the first time and potentially put it in play.
One of those players was Bubba Watson, who received a custom PING G30 with a hot pink crown. It's unclear if the two-time Masters winner will put the club in play this week, but the fact that PING had one built for him means he could potentially test it this week. Watson currently leads the TOUR in driving distance, averaging 313.1 yards with PING's G25 driver.
PING declined to give technical details about the driver prior to the official launch, but close-up photos (see additional images below) taken at the course on Sunday of the new club highlight some updated technology on the crown.
According to info on the USGA's list of conforming driver heads, the six raised lines on the crown — they actually have a slight curve to them — are called "Turbulators," and run from the heel to the toe along the front portion of the crown. The Turbulators range in length from an inch to close-to two inches. It's not yet clear how the raised lines improve the design.
With the exception of the new crown design, the G30 looks very similar to its predecessor with a deep profile and PING's charcoal, non-glare matte finish on the crown.
A couple noticeable changes to the sole include three lines on the heel and toe that are significantly wider than the lines on the G25, and a splash of blue paint on the toe.
PING's Trajectory Tuning hosel was also visible on the shaft, just above the driver head. On the G25, the adjustable hosel allowed golfers to add or subtract one-half degree from the standard loft setting. Check out the gallery below to see additional detailed images of the standard PING G30 driver and Bubba Watson's custom version.