Ping G Hybrid Review 2023 – Is it Good for High Handicappers & Forgiving?

Ping G Hybrid

“Everyone knows that hybrid clubs are meant to be forgiving and easy to use. But some offer more assistance than others.”

Some offer better overall performance as well. If you are in need of a hybrid club to replace some of your longer irons, then you probably struggle with striking accuracy.

And while many hybrids can help with that, few can also give you the workability you need on tricky holes.

Today we will be taking a look at the Ping G hybrid. We were really intrigued by the feature list of this hybrid and wanted to see if it could afford us that nearly mythical combination of forgiveness and workability.

So we took to our local course to test this hybrid out. How did it fare? Find out in the following review.

The Ping G Family of Hybrids

“If you like Ping then you should also consider some of their other hybrid clubs.”

Particularly the Ping G400 hybrid. Like the Ping G, the G400 hybrid combines premium features with adequate forgiveness.

The Ping G400 features a maraging steel face that produces red-hot ball speeds. It also produces a satisfying crack at impact when you pure the ball. The G400 comes in 2H through 6H.

Key Features

Carpenter 455 Steel Face

This is an incredibly resilient type of steel that, for the Ping G, has been machined to various thicknesses.

The varying thickness improves ball speed and optimizes flight when you miss face-center.

Tierned Internal Sole

This was a very unique feature that we never encountered before. The inside of the sole is apparently terraced which is supposed to allow for greater face flexion.

To be honest, we couldn’t precisely determine what the performance effect of this feature was.

However, we did notice that low-face strikes were spinning less and maintaining faster ball speed than normal. Whether we can attribute that to the tiered sole design though is uncertain.

Crown Turbulators

Anyone familiar with Ping woods is familiar with the “turbulators.”

In the case of the Ping G, the first job of the turbulators is to help cut wind resistance on your downswing. But they also serve as alignment markers.

Is it Good for High Handicappers?

“Now we tackle the tough question.”

One of the defining characteristics of the Ping G hybrid is the shallow face profile. The face from crown to sole isn’t very expansive.

Toe to heel is another story though. You get great lateral forgiveness from the Ping G hybrid thanks to the squat face design.

So if you are a high handicapper who tends to mis-hit near the toe or heel, this hybrid would be a solid choice.

Another thing we noticed was the effect of the variable face thickness. On mis-hits near the high-toe area, we were still getting good ball speed – good but not great.

We also noticed that our launch angles were consistent with dead-center strikes when we in fact, missed face-center. So there is a moderate amount of forgiveness here.

We would say that the Ping G hybrid is good for high handicappers; but not great. It certainly creates a lot of distance.

In fact, this was one of the longest hybrids we have tested in a long time. However, you have to be good about making consistent contact in order to unlock that distance. It isn’t a free-for-all.

If you miss face-center, you will lose considerable distance compared to a perfect strike.

Available Shafts

● Ping Alta CB 70 (soft regular, regular, stiff, extra stiff flex available)
● Ping Tour 85 (Regular, stiff, extra stiff flex available)

Is the Ping G Hybrid Worth it?

“The Ping G hybrid does a great job of marrying distance with a premium feel. There is also enough forgiveness here to appease most mid handicappers.”

The Ping G hybrid is certainly worth it if what you are seeking is more distance off the deck. The Carpenter 455 steel face is incredibly hot and will help mid handicappers add at least 5 yards.

Moreover, you will be very satisfied with this hybrid if you are also able to make consistent contact. Those who struggle with striking accuracy may not get as much use out of this particular hybrid.

Also, keep in mind that despite its age, the Ping G still sells from anywhere between $90 and $180.

Ping G Hybrid

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In 20 Words or Less

“The Ping G hybrid feels very fast on the downswing. Average players stand to gain at least 5 yards.”

Ping G Hybrid Selling Points

  • Carpenter 455 steel face
  • Tiered internal sole design
  • Crown turbulators for cutting down on wind resistance
  • Shallow face design for lateral forgiveness
  • Low/back CG placement
  • Variable face thickness

Ping G Hybrid – First Impressions

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“At first, we really liked the sleek looks of this hybrid.”

And when we started swinging it, we realized the looks were in perfect alignment with the fast feel. Over half of our testing party recorded faster than average club head speeds with the Ping G.

Who is the Ping G Hybrid for?

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“After our testing session with the Ping G hybrid, we would say that the ideal candidate is a mid handicapper.”

Don’t get us wrong. The variable face thickness and toe to heel face length makes for a moderately forgiving hybrid.

And high handicappers would likely gain some yardage too. But the player that would get the best use out of this hybrid is the one who has little to no problem making contact with the sweet spot.

To us, that sounds like the type of player in the 12 – 18 handicap range. The Ping G hybrid would also be a good choice for anyone who loves a good, crisp sound as impact and feedback that is as clear as a bell.

This is certainly a premium-feeling and premium-looking hybrid for whatever that may be worth to you.

Distance: 97/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 97/100

Feel & Control: 95/100

Ping G Hybrid

Overall Score: 96/100

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