Ping G30 Vs Ping G425 Irons Comparison Overview
It’s a battle of old versus new.
It’s a battle of old versus new. The Ping G30 irons are almost a decade old while the Ping G425 irons represent the new wave of Ping design and innovation. But is newer really better?
When you are shopping for a new set of irons, you always have to consider your budget. So it;s worth noting that the Ping G30 irons will be significantly less expensive than the Ping G425 irons. In the following comparison overview, we will help you decide if the extra money you will spend on the G425’s will be worth it.
Ping G30 Irons Overview
“The Ping G30 irons feature the Custom Tuning Port that was very popular in the bygone Ping irons era.”
The job of the Custom Tuning Port was to help keep CG low while at the same time, enhancing the overall feel of the irons. Indeed, the Ping G30’s benefit from a truly low CG because they have a high flight.
The lofts of these irons are also pretty weak with the 9-iron checking in at 40°. Overall, this is a good combination for high handicap players who struggle to get the ball airborne. For better players, the Ping G30’s have a tweaked camber on the sole that optimizes bounce angles and helps improve turf interaction.
The Ping G30 irons also have a larger head profile than the Ping G425 irons; but they do lack more refined forgiveness features.
Ping G425 Irons Overview
“The Ping G425 irons have updated features like extreme perimeter weighting and variable face thickness.”
The G425 irons have shorter blades than the Ping G30 irons so while they do have a lot of forgiveness features, they almost look like player’s irons at point of address. They also have slightly stronger lofts than the Ping G30 irons so they produce a lower launch that better players would probably prefer.
The face of these irons plays hot and lateral forgiveness is enhanced a great deal by the tandem of a variable thickness face design and extreme perimeter weighting in the form of a tungsten toe screw.
“The Ping G425 irons are worth the extra money if you are a mid handicapper looking for a better combination of workability and distance. However, if you are a higher handicap player willing to sacrifice workability, you can save some money and get the Ping G30’s.”
Ping G30 First Impressions
“We were a bit underwhelmed with the design of the Ping G30’s because they looked so much like the previous G25 irons.”
That’s not necessarily a bad thing though. As the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The Ping G30’s play on virtually the same formula as previous G models but with a more refined look overall.
The lines of the Ping G30 irons look sleeker, the head looks more streamlined and the offset looks more pronounced.
The elastomer badge has a low profile which helps support the CG. Most players will probably take note of the straight and high flight of these irons right away.
Ping G425 Irons – First Impressions
After taking 2020 off, the G425 Irons are a much anticipated upgrade to the G410’s and the first thing you notice with these irons is that the heads are smaller and more compact.
The irons incorporate two weights, a visible screw at the front of the clubhead and a weight in the hosel. This, coupled with the wide and cascading sole allows a quality ball launch angle.
Ping have gone for the metal wood style material for the first time in a set of irons and the variable face thickness allows for a lot of forgiveness and ball speed on any strike, even when you hit the ball off center.
They also have a multi material badge filling in the cavity at the back to dampen any vibrations on mishits.
The irons have a slight bit of offset for forgiveness but you are going to get plenty of feel from these especially from Irons you would classify as game improvement.
PING G30 Irons Selling Points
- Rear muscle bar
- Elastomer rear badge
- Low CG
- Plenty of offset in the long irons
- Thin face
G425 – Selling Points
- Metal Wood Finish
- Multi Badge Material
- Small, More Compact Heads
- Perimeter Weighting
- Excellent Feel And Control
- More Performance From A Smaller Head
Who Are the Ping G30 Irons For?
The Ping G30 irons would be a good set for any player in the handicap range of 12 to 23.
They are versatile irons that look pleasing to the eye and offer good all-around performance. They bite onto fast greens really well and play a little bit longer than previous G models.
In fact, if you have been frustrated with the distance of most Ping G irons, you should definitely check out the Ping G30’s.
They produce the least long gamespin of any G series iron we have ever tested and produce the best distance.
The Ping G Family of Irons
The Ping G410 series of irons attempts to pack the same forgiveness into a head smaller than those of the Ping G30 irons.
They are more compact and offer more control around the pin – even as they are a bit less forgiving overall.
Feel & Control: 93/100
Overall Score: 94/100
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Who Are The G425 Irons For
The Ping Irons aren’t going to be for every beginner. These irons will be incredible popular for improving and better players who want to get more feel on the ball without sacrificing forgiveness and consistency.
If you are someone who wants to starting working the ball a bit more, the G425’s are a perfect choice.
Ping G425 Family Of Irons
The G425 Irons also come in a crossover version which are black in color and the steel face on the crossover maximizes the distance you can get with G425 Crossovers.