Review: Ping G LS Tech Driver

A Better Gamer for 2016
Last year I gamed the Ping G30 LS for any part of the season I wasn’t testing new drivers.  It consistently performed very well for me.  I was very happy with my driving for 2015.  I wasn’t alone, it was the best selling driver last year as well so many others found what I found, on-course success.  The blend of performance and forgiveness was unparalleled by any other driver.  So how does Ping follow that up?  The make  it even better.  The Ping G LS Tec driver is an even better gamer for 2016.
Let’s start with how it can be better.  I was skeptical on how Ping was going to top the G30 LS driver.  It was excellent on all fronts last year.  It seemed like a hard task to make it better, but they did.  The “dragonfly” technology as they call it, allow them to reduce the weight of the crown and thus manipulate the CG for even better performance.  It changed things just a little bit for the better; higher flight, lower spin and better forgiveness. I was really happy to see such great Flightscope numbers with it.  The on-course testing revealed great things too.
This driver showed up for my early spring rounds.  My hope is that over the winter I can maintain some sort of golf game so that the spring feels like the fall.  The Ping G LS driver acted like I was in mid season form right off the first tee.  The forgiveness is such an important part of this driver, paired with lower spin and good launch,  it is really hard to beat this combo.  I have it set up with the Tour 65 stiff shaft and switch it out with the Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution stiff.  Both are great shafts, the Tour 65 which is a stock option is a little higher launching, slightly higher spinning, but because it is lighter, as I get tired it is more consistent, but when I am swinging hard, the 757 has just slightly performance.
The Ping G LS Tec driver does have a lot going on when you look down a the crown.  The Turbulators and the DragonFly crown are fairly busy, but at least they have a purpose.  It’s not just paint or decals, but technology that makes this club better.  It is designed to be more aerodynamic along with having a lighter crown, yet strengthened by the “beams” in the crown.  There is also the Vortec on the underside of the crown which is designed to help with airflow around the head too.  While the footprint of this driver is big, all the features that might look a little strange, actually help you swing it faster.
The Ping G LS Tec has almost the exact same specs as the G30 LS Tec driver had.  9* loft, Tour 65g Stiff Shaft, D3 SW and 45″ long.  The other stock shaft option might be a good fit for some.  The Alta 55 counter-balanced shaft looks really good and can offer some really good numbers, but for me, I can’t seem to swing a back-weighted shaft with consistency.  The stock headcover is nice and the options for grips is pretty much standard.  I think is is important to get fit because it is also possible the standard G will be a better fit for you depending on your spin numbers.  Based on what I found, the LS is a perfect fit for my game.

FlightScope Xi Tour Launch Monitor

Ping G LS Tec Driver

  • Spin: 1908 rpms
  • Launch Angle: 14.4*
  • Dispersion: 7.1 yds
  • Club Head Speed: 104.3 mph
  • Ball Speed: 155.9 mph
  • Total Distance:  285.1 yds
  • Carry Distance:  267.9 yds

It looks like the Ping G LS Tec driver is shaping up to be my 2016 Gamer.  So many things I said about the G30 LS could be repeated here.  There might other drivers that will be the Ping G in one category or another, but as an overall combo it is almost impossible to beat the new Ping G LS Tec driver.  The combination of length, accuracy, forgiveness, low spin and speed make this an even better driver.

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Quick Hits:
+Lower Spin
+Super Forgiving
+Hot Feel
+Faster clubhead speeds
+Higher Launch