Ping G430 Hybrid Review
Loaded with Technology and Power
I gamed the Ping G430 Hybrid for 5 rounds of golf this spring. I also tested it on the range and in the Office by Carl’s Place DIY Simulators. The combination of on course testing and FlightScope numbers proved this hybrid is full of technology which creates a power boost for this hybrid. If you want launch, carry, forgiveness and consistency, the hybird will be the ticket.
This is my definitive review of the Ping G430 Hybrid for 2023.
Hybrids are required to do so much more than other clubs because of their versatile nature. They need to hit from the tee accurately, off the fairway with power, out of the rough for a rescue, and even some creative touches around the greens might be required. While at times these have been overlooked in terms of technology, Ping packs all their wood technology into this compact club which can pretty much do it all with power. The Ping G430 Hybrid is loaded with technology and packs a punch power in order to deliver great on-course results.
The Ping G430 Hybrid is one of the bigger hybrids on the market giving Ping plenty of space to fill it with technology. Ping uses Face Wrap, Carbon Wrap, Spinsistency and an adjustable hosel. It also comes in a 2,3,4,5,6 and 7 hybrid models which means you can get virtually any loft you need in a hybrid. I went with the 3 hybrid which is 19* for the fit between my 4-iron and 3-wood. All these technologies and lofts are designed to create high launch, mid spin, strong holding power and long shots. Most of the technology is visible on the top and bottom of the club.
The Ping G430 Hybrid offers consistent spin all over the face and on each shot. This becomes critical when you are using this club for accuracy. Most often you are going to be hitting this club as long approaches into greens, or on very narrow fairways that require precise distances. Having consistent spin will help hold the ball on the green as intended. One of the more frustrating shots in golf is one perfectly struck, only to watch is cruise past the pin and off the green. The combination of high launch, long carry, and spin mean that your shots will actually hold the greens from long distance.
The Ping G430 Hybrid has Face Wrap and Carbonfly Wrap. This means the face face has driver like technology which means “the thin, high-strength maraging steel face wraps into the sole and crown to increase flexing and generate faster ball speed with a higher launch for longer carries.” Essentially the whole face is hot and transfers energy into the ball for powerful shots. The rest of the body is a Carbonfly Wrap which allows weight to be moved low and back for launch, forgiveness and straight shots. It creates a really pleasant sound at impact too which is muted but strong. The Face Wrap and Carbonfly Wrap make up the majority of this club.
The Ping G430 Hybrid has excellent carry distance. The tungsten weight on the back edge of the hybrid head is tuned for direction and distance. It creates forgiveness and launch down the line which helps keep the ball straight while getting it up in the air easily. Carry with hold is what is really important with a hybrid because of its main use as an approach club. Because of the high launch it comes into the green with a steep angle of decent. It is impressive to accurately stick the green from 225.
Sound, Feel, Appearance
The Ping G430 Hybrid is a larger hybrid that has a very nice look with the matte black crown with exposed carbon and small yellow slashes of paint. The feel is very hot with the muted carbon/stainless steel crack at impact. You can really feel this club at impact which translates into the shot. The confidence behind the ball with a face that frames the ball nicely means you will want to hit this club often.
The Ping G430 Hybrid has 4 stock shaft options. I went with the Ping Tour 2.0 Chrome 85 shaft which is their low launch, low spin shaft which paired with this head is a perfect partner for low spin and strong launch . The feel is outstanding and very stable. If you like their counterbalanced shafts, Ping is one of the companies to offer that stock. (however my swing doesn’t get along with CB shafts) They come stock with Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet shaft. There is QR code tag in the grip that allows you get Arccos tags for your Ping clubs. Since I already have them, I didn’t sign up for more, but I highly recommend Arccos if you haven’t.
Ping G430 Hybrid 19* Stats
Data from Flightscope Xi Tour Launch Monitor
➜ Spin: 3033 rpms
➜ Launch Angle: 18.9*
➜ Dispersion: 4.0 yds
➜ Club Head Speed: 97.3 mph
➜ Ball Speed: 138.1 mph
➜ Total Distance: 233.1 yds
➜ Carry Distance: 228.9 yds
The Ping G430 Hybrid offers excellent distance, low spin, high launch and consistency. It is combo for all levels of golfers depending on your loft needs. The large size offers confidence and wood like performance while the technology to hold the greens from long distance and versatility from any lie. If you want to improve your long game, the Ping G430 Hybrid has lots of technology that will help you score better from long distance.
For more information: Ping Website
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