Ping explains science of Turbulator Technology

Delegates at the Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association in Sheffield have heard how Ping’s patented Turbulator Technology can increase clubhead speed and ball velocity, improving overall driving performance. Turbulators are raised ridges on the crown of the G30 driver that says Ping can reduce aerodynamic drag by 25 percent near impact, helping players of all ability levels see measurable distance gains.

Ping’s research into the benefits of turbulators was presented to the international delegation at Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Sports Engineering Research by Erik Henrikson, PhD, head of fitting science at Ping. Henrikson delivered the findings from a paper co-authored with Paul Wood, PhD, Ping’s director of engineering, and John Hart, PhD, senior CFD engineer at the university.

G30 drivers were recently introduced to tour professionals in the United States and Europe, with Ping pros Bubba Watson, Angel Cabrera (who won with it the first week), Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Lee Westwood, and others putting the club in their bag.

Henrikson stated, “The strategy behind turbulators was to improve aerodynamics and speed without compromising performance elsewhere. We did it, proving that golfers can hit the ball farther with improved accuracy and control, which intrigued many conference attendees. Our peers at this conference are some of the smartest people in sport science; they came to see innovative ideas that produce meaningful results, with data to support our claims. We heard a lot of positive feedback from attendees, some of whom were excited to put Turbulator Technology to use in their own golf games.”