Ping G430 LST Driver Overview
Knowing that the “LST” in the Ping G430 LST nomenclature stands for Low Spin Technology, I was expecting a lot heading into my test session.
That’s because I tend to do a lot better and get optimal carry distance from drivers that produce low spin numbers.
But when I got the Ping G430 LST driver in my hands, I sort of forgot about all that. I was stupefied by the good looks of this driver. If anyone remembers the Ping Rapture driver from 2007, then you’ll have a good idea of what the Ping G430 LST looks like.
But do the good looks match the performance? Would the Ping G430 LST really give me the kind of flight my swing demands? Let’s find out.
Ping G430 LST Driver Review
“The Ping G430 LST looks amazing with its matte carbon fiber crown and the crown turbulators that are supposed to cut down on drag.”
The Ping G430 LST also features a forged titanium, variable thickness face. But keep in mind that this is a 440cc driver. The compact design is part of what made the Ping G430 LST look so good to me in the first place.
I was waggling this driver with confidence and behind the ball, I felt like I could affect any kind of flight I wanted – for the most part, I was right. None of my shots were swinging wide at all but I was still able to hit tiny fades and draws with this driver.
The spin numbers were definitely low which limited the workability but worked well for my swing. The spin rates stayed in the 1800-1900 ROM range which is just a hair above my gamer driver. I was able to get an average carry of 251.8 yards out of the Ping G430 LST which is just a hair under my gamer driver.
The Ping G430 LST is definitely a beautiful driver to look at. The variable face thickness and rear tungsten weight also make it surprisingly forgiving. It didn’t play super long for me but the trajectory stayed low which is a big bonus for players with fast swing speeds and aggressive tempos.
Ping G430 LST Options
- Ping Alta CB Black 55 shaft
- Ping Tour 2.0 Chrome 65 shaft
- HZRDUS Smoke Red shaft
Who is it for?
The Ping G430 LST is a good driver for players who have just broken through the 85+ MPH swing speed threshold. If that’s you, you’ll likely get an instant boost in carry distance.