Ping G430 Irons Review – Are They Forgiving & Good for High Handicappers?
The Ping G430 irons have been unveiled ahead of a 2023 release worldwide and a late 2022 release in Australia. We’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on them a little bit early.
Ping is one of the more subtle brands when it comes to advertising their clubs but we know that they offer plenty of performance and stability to all types of players.
Ping has made some bold claims about the new G430 Irons, stating that they are 7 – 10 yards longer and they are straighter as well.
We set out to find out if these bold claims held weight or if Ping has finally decided to resort to the marketing bluster of other club producers.
Ping G430 Irons Overview
The Ping G425 were a great success in 2022 and probably the best game improvement irons ever produced by Ping, leaving the G430’s a difficult task to outperform them.
The G430’s are certainly a game-improvement iron with their thick soles, long blades, and deep cavities at the back.
These are great for any player that wants a little extra help keeping their irons long and straight, not just high handicappers.
The G430’s have stronger lofts than the G425’s and this is probably where these distance claims come from.
The CG has also been lowered in the clubs and hosels are shorter allowing for higher ball flights which are also aided by an extra degree of bounce.
The PW is now at a 41 degree loft as opposed to 44.5 in the G425’s.
It appears that we have a lower loft on a higher number club but with the increased bounce and lower COG, it’s easier to get these clubs in the air.
We found them to be longer, but not by 10 yards although some high handicappers might see these increases when gaming the G430’s.
The face of the G430’s are 3% thinner than the G425’s which allows for faster ball speeds and longer ball flights at impact.
Purflex Multi Material Cavity Badge
The soles of the G430’s are thick and there is a deep cavity at the back.
Behind the face there is 7 hitting zones that ensure a straighter ball flight, no matter where you make contact with the ball.
The vibration-dampening, carbon, Purflex badge helps to increase the flex and forgiveness too. It allows leads to more forgiveness on off-center strikes.
A visible screw in the toe and weighting in the hosel tip, again stretches the sweet spot on these clubs and ensures fast ball speeds across the face.
Hyrdopearl 2.0 Finish
The clubs are coated in a hyrdopearl 2.0 material that ensures optimal performance in all weather conditions. Very similar to the G425’s
Sound And Feel
These irons feel amazing when hit flush on the sweet spot. The full weight on the sole gets into the shot and it produces a really pleasing sound.
While toe and heel strikes are still usually straight and long, there is a bit more of a clicky noise on contact.
The G430s Overall
Really nice improvements made by Ping with G430’s in our view. It’s not just the stronger lofts adding distance, there is a lot going on under the hood of these clubs.
These are long straight and forgiving yet also easy to get in the air and with excellent stopping power due to high spin rates.
If you are looking for a quality, new and premium game improvement iron in 2023, you’re going to have to give the G430’s a try.