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Totally Turbulator, PING G30 Speed-Generating Tech

Totally Turbulator, PING G30 Speed-Generating Tech

Totally Turbulator, PING G30 Speed-Generating Tech

PING’s Turbulator design on its 2014 G30 line of golf clubs is making waves with its wind-tunnel tested higher swing speeds — and greater distance.

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Seen here in exclusive wind-tunnel testing photos, PING says its new design on its G30 metalwoods, Turbulators, are proven to increase swing speed by being more aerodynamic.

Back in early July, 2014, PING unveiled its new G30 series, including fairway woods, hybrids, irons, and two driver options – standard and SF Tec (Straight Flight Technology). 

The drivers were developed with innovative “turbulators” on the clubhead crown, designed to emphasize speed, while not sacrificing forgiveness or accuracy.

According to PING, the Turbulators are unique, patented geometric features that influence the airflow around the face and crown, keeping the air more closely attached to the crown.

Marty Jertson, PING’s esteemed director of product development, told 2nd Swing Golf Blog that the result is less wake and improved drag coefficient meaning faster clubhead speed.


PING’s revolutionary Turbulator design at address on a 2014 G30 Driver.

“Our extensive wind tunnel and player testing indicates that the average golfer will get at least an extra 0.7-1.0 mph as compared to the G25, but some players will get more depending on their exact swing characteristic,” Jertson said.

“The most exciting part is that these gains are simultaneously combined with center of gravity (CG) and forgiveness improvements,” Jertson said.


A look at PING’s aerodynamic Turbulator grooves on the sole of a 2014 G30 Fairway Wood.

Not surprisingly, the collaboration and creative process involved in conceiving and developing the Turbulator technology took several years.

During that time, PING’s scientists performed a tremendous amount of computer analysis, including flow computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and spent a great deal of time at the wind tunnel.

Closer to production time, PING’s G30 design team and process engineers figure out exactly how best to optimize the design and manufacture it in scale, often the hardest part of commercializing a technology like this, Jertson said.

So how much do these Turbulators really impact aerodynamics and performance on the PING G30 Driver (See exclusive 2nd Swing Golf Blog independent review HERE.) and Fairway Wood?


Perhaps the Turbulator’s dual-sided design is most obvious on the sole of a G30 Driver.

“With the driver, because the head is 460cc and the shape is optimized for an industry leading low-deep CG placement with high moment of inertia (MOI), the turbulators have a drastic influence on the drag coefficient, and reducing the wake, as we’ve proven in our wind tunnel and player testing results,” Jertson said.

“Because the fairway wood is smaller and players don’t swing it as fast, the turbulators have a smaller aerodynamic affect, but really help capture the ball and inspire confidence,” Jertson said.

The Turbulators are just one part of what PING said are substantial improvements in the 2014 G30 series product launch designed to deliver distinct, real performance gains in every category.

The PING G30 family metalwoods are characterized by innovations in materials, aerodynamics, and fittings. Included with the increased clubhead speed from the turbulators, the PING G30 Driver boasts improved sound/feel from the body design (a better fit with PING’s new lightweight hosel), and improved MOI/CG resulting from the new, lightweight T9S face material. 


PING didn’t just create Turbulator tech for its 2014 G30 line. Here’s a look at the G30 Fairway Woods’s new uniform face design for more consistent hits.

In addition to offering first-time adjustability, the G30 Fairway Wood uses a Carpenter 475 high strength face that delivers a 65-point increase in characteristic time (CT). Most golfers, Jertson said, are seeing about a 2 mph ball speed increase.

In the G30 Hybrid, PING uses a uniform face and unique heat treat process to make the face strong and flexible resulting in more ball speed while making the clubs easier to launch high.

Impressively, PING was able to introduce the new adjustability options on the driver and fairway wood without impacting weight or hosel size.

“We are out for simple, meaningful adjustability that doesn’t sacrifice performance and you don’t need a user’s manual to adjust,” Jertson said.

“We use a very strong high strength 7075 Aluminum to make our sleeve, and we were able to push the design and manufacturing limits even further with the G30 Trajectory Tuning + to enable us to deliver plus or minus 1-full degree of loft tuning (and two intermediate lofts of plus or minus 0.6 of a degree,” Jertson said.


The entire summer 2014 PING G30 series; hybrid, fairway wood, driver and irons. (Turbulators not included — of course — on hybrid and irons.)

Out on Tour, a majority of PING’s players switched to the G30 in the first few weeks, including a win by Angel Cabrera at the Greenbrier.

“When our Tour players gain 2-4 mph more ball speed like they have with the G30, it’s quite easy to convince them this technology is real,” Jertson said.

Just ask Bubba Watson

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