Ping G30 Hybrid Review 2023 – Is it Good for High Handicappers & Forgiving?
“The Ping G30 hybrid may be old; but it may be the hybrid you need to lower your score.”
Are you struggling to break 100? Do you not have a hybrid in your bag? Or is the hybrid you do have not cutting the mustard?
If you answered “yes” to any of the preceding questions then you need to continue reading this review.
In it, we will be telling you about our experience testing the Ping G30 hybrid. There are certainly things to love about this club – especially if you’re a high handicapper.
But there are also areas where it comes up short. Read on to get the whole story on the Ping G30.
What Year Did the Ping G30 Hybrid Come Out?
We are approaching the ten-year birthday of the Ping G30 hybrid.
It debuted in the summer of 2014 so the fact that people are still talking about it in 2023 is very telling.
Even more impressive (or perhaps disheartening) is the fact that used Ping G30 hybrids still sell for a relatively high price.
Is there any merit to the hype? Let’s find out by going over the features first.
The Ping G30 features a heat treated stainless steel face.
While this feature is a bit dated and has since been replaced with more refined steels, it still plays hot. Our testers said that they felt like the ball was launching off of a trampoline.
A basic yet effective feature. The internal weighting of the Ping G30 hybrid is placed to lower the CG and keep it in the back of the head.
However, it should be mentioned that the Ping G30 hybrids as a set have progressive CG placement.
So if you intend to put more than one of these hybrids in your bag, know that the longer (lower lofted) hybrids have lower CG and the shorter (higher lofted) hybrids have slightly higher CG’s.
The overall forgiveness of this hybrid is enhanced by the squar-ish shape of the face.
This helps correct the face angle at impact. It also deepens the face profile a bit so you get decent up-and-down forgiveness.
Is it Good for High Handicappers?
“There is a lot here for high handicappers to love.”
First of all, the Ping G30 hybrid is incredibly consistent. Once you fall into a groove with this hybrid, it will be hard to get out.
Finding the sweet spot with the Ping G30 means that you can accurately predict where your ball will land, how high it will fly and how far you play no matter what hole you’re on.
Consistency is always good for a high handicapper. But even better is a wide sweet spot.
One of the things we noticed during testing was that low-face strikes were going almost as far as pure strikes.
However, we do feel like some distance is lost to spin rates. Our spin rates were on the high side with the Ping G30.
While this is great for attacking the pin on long approaches, we doubt that most high handicappers are concerned with that.
No, high handicappers are thinking about distance. Distance is one arena in which the Ping G30 doesn’t necessarily shine.
Our testers were averaging 169.2 yards with the Ping G30 4-hybrid which is nothing to scoff at; but it’s likely that modern hybrids would eclipse the G30’s distance.
The only stock shaft that the Ping G30 was paired with when it was released was the Ping TFC 419H in stiff, regular, senior, or extra stiff flex.
Is the Ping G30 Worth it?
“The Ping G30 is certainly worth a fitting if it seems that an inability to make consistent contact is what’s hindering you from breaking 100.”
After a few swings, you will feel a lot more confident about your ability to hit face-center. There is clean feedback too so you will know where on the face you made contact.
However if you’re adamant about getting the Ping G30 hybrid you are more than likely going to have to settle for a used one.
And the price for a pre-owned Ping G30 hybrid varies widely – from about $90 to $180.
Ping G30 Hybrid
In 20 Words or Less
“What the Ping G30 hybrid lacks in distance it makes up for in consistency and forgiveness.”
Ping G30 Selling Points
- Heat treated stainless steel face
- Large sweet spot
- Deep face profile
- Mid/high launch
- Good stopping power
Ping G30 Hybrid First Impressions
“The first thing we noticed about the Ping G30 hybrid is the head size.”
Compared to later entries into the G series of hybrids, the Ping G30 has a pretty big head.
So workability is almost non-existent in this club. The offset is noticeable but becomes less pronounced in the higher lofted hybrids.
Is the Ping G30 Hybrid Adjustable?
It is not adjustable. While there is an internal weight that helps lower CG, it is fixed. There is also no adjustable hosel to alter loft and lie.
What is the Difference Between the Ping G30 and G400 Hybrid?
The Ping G400 has a more refined, pear-shaped head.
The head also has a smaller footprint than the Ping G30 hybrid.
The face of the Ping G400 hybrid is also shallower than the G30 so it offers less high/low-face forgiveness.
And in place of stainless steel, the Ping G400 features maraging steel in the face.
Who is the Ping G30 Hybrid for?
“The Ping G30 would be a good hybrid for beginners and high handicappers.”
Specifically for beginners. Why?
Because it is confidence-inspiring at address and is a great gapping club to go between your woods and long irons – clubs that are known to give beginners a lot of trouble and in many cases, cause them to give the game up altogether.
Feel & Control: 95/100