PING gives a nod to nature with 2016 G Drivers
A close-up photograph of a dragonfly taken by Solheim was the inspiration for the primary innovation in the driver. Solheim was intrigued by the wing structure and shared the photo with a group of engineers.
Inspired by biomimicry, an approach to innovation that emulates nature’s time-tested patterns, they created Dragonfly Technology.
The complex exoskeleton design yields PING’s thinnest (0.43 mm) and lightest crown to date, saving eight grams while creating an intricate and stable structure.
The weight savings helped drive the centre of gravity lower and deeper than any PING driver, increasing dynamic loft and elevating MOI significantly for maximising distance and forgiveness.
Researchers also studied the base flaps that minimise large-scale vortex shedding behind 18-wheel semi-trailers and integrated their learnings into the G drivers to improve aerodynamics and increase speed.
Vortec Technology on the back of the club and turbulators on the crown contribute to reducing drag 37% in the impact zone, yielding greater clubhead speed and ball velocity for measurable distance gains from all swing speeds. The variable-thickness T9S face has a high strength-to-weight ratio, allowing for a thin face to increase ball speed.
2016 PING G Driver
Golfers can optimise launch conditions prior to a round by adjusting loft up to +/- 1º with five settings utilising a lightweight, aerodynamically efficient and high-strength 7075 aluminium hosel sleeve.
The G SF Tec driver is custom-engineered with weight closer to the heel to produce a right-to-left shot bend (for right-handed golfers) and steer the ball back into the fairway.
The G LS Tec driver features a CG that is extremely low (slightly forward of the standard G driver), for the player who desires low, stable spin with forgiveness.
- Lofts: 9° & 10.5° in standard and LS Tec heads, 10° & 12° in SF Tec head. Lofts adjustable +/- 0.6° or 1°.
- Std. Length: 45.75″, D3, 206g (standard), D4, 207.5g (LS Tec), D1, 203g (SF Tec), 460cc
- Stock graphite shaft: PING Alta 55 (SR, R, S, X)
- Optional PING shafts: Tour 65 & Tour 80 (R, S, X). Std length with Tour Shaft 45.25″
- AU RRP: $700 (standard shafts)
- AU RRP: $740 (with Tour Shaft)