Ping G430 Vs Cobra Aerojet Driver Comparison Overview
The new Aerojet series of clubs from Cobra sees the company sticking to their roots while at the same time, incorporating modern design innovations.
No clubs in the new line exemplify this design structure better than the Cobra Aerojet drivers.
The Cobra Aerojet drivers come in three flavors: the standard, the Max and the LS versions. Today, we will be telling you about our experiences testing the new Cobra Aerojet drivers against the Ping G430 driver.
Ping G430 Driver Overview
“The Ping G430 also comes in three versions: the LST, Max and SFt versions.”
All three models come with a forged titanium face and an adjustable weight that can be set in draw, neutral or fade positions. For this comparison though, we focused on the LST version. The LST has a 22 gram moveable weight and is designed to be the lowest spinning driver of the bunch.
It also has an adjustable loft sleeve (as does the entire G430 line) so you get plenty of shot shaping capability. Our testers loved playing around with this driver and bending shots almost at will. The face insert felt really nice and gave that classic Ping sound.
After three swings each with the Ping G430 driver, our testers averaged 231.2 yards. The variance in distance was quite wide though because some of our slower swing speed testers were not getting good distances.
Cobra Aerojet Driver Overview
“For this specific comparison, we focused on the standard Cobra Aerojet driver.”
The Max launches the highest while the LS has the lowest launch and spin rates. The standard Cobra Aerojet driver sits comfortably in the middle in terms of launch and spin. It features a carbon fiber sole and crown which helps keep the overall weight down.
A floating, forward oriented weight in the club head keeps spin nice and low. The Cobra Aerojet driver also features a variable thickness face. Our testers mentioned that the face of the Cobra Aerojet driver didn’t feel as responsive as the G430; but they did admit that it was more forgiving on errant strikes.
“The distance of the Cobra Aerojet driver was also slightly better (233.1 yards on average). The Ping G430 driver would be a good choice if you’re swinging your drivers faster than 85 MPH. However, the Cobra Aerojet is the more forgiving driver even as it lacks an adjustable weight.”
Ping G430 Driver – First Impressions
“The Ping G430 drivers have a noticeably different design than previous Ping G drivers.”
The face has a more shallow profile yet the crown and sole have a more rounded design. Overall the Ping G430 drivers look really unique. They also have the signature “ping” sound at impact which is really satisfying and lets you know when you’ve struck the ball perfectly.
We were also impressed that all three drivers in the new line come with movable weights. This will help a wide array of players who are struggling against a draw or a fade. It’ll also help you put more power behind the area of the face that you tend to make contact with.
The adjustable loft sleeve will also help you dial these drivers in during fittings. Ping did a good job of upping the adjustability element of the new Ping G430 so that they appeal to a wider array of players. Unless you have a handicap in the 0-5 range, the new Ping G430 driver can benefit your long game in one way or another.
The Ping G430 Family
If you are a better player looking to squeeze more yards out of your drive with muted spin, the Ping G430 LST is definitely the driver for you. If you are a high handicapper, go with the Ping G430 Max. If you are struggling with accuracy off the tee, the Ping G430 SFT would benefit you most.
Cobra Aerojet Driver – First Impressions
“The Cobra Aerojet is a little understated in looks with the black carbon crown. It’s been designed like an airplane to redce drag and increase club head speed.”
The price has gotten a little bit closer to the Big boys like the Stealth 2, G430 and the Callaway Paradym but Cobra have earned their spot at the top table.
The Carbon Crown is 30% smaller than its predecessor and there is a 15 Spot A.i optimized Hot Face that delivers high ball speeds on toe and heel strikes.
The Hot Face sits on the L Shape Pwrshell cup face and there was no space left for the CNC milling in the latest Cobra iteration.
The Pwr Bridge is similar to the Jailbreak tech from Callaway except it runs parallel from toe to heel. It ensures a decent launch angle, stability, and more flex around the face alongside a better energy transfer.
There are interchangeable tungsten weights on the sole of each club which can be moved around to give you the perfect performance for your game.
This driver is right up there with the top brands in terms of distance, forgiveness and dispersion.
We can’t wait to see Bryson smashing this one down the fairway in 2023
Cobra Aerojet 2 Family
Like most 2023 drivers, the aerojet comes in 3 different versions to choose from.
The LS version has a 457cc head for more workability, it has the lowest spin and it bombs the furthest, be careful tho, it is not the most forgiving for high handicappers. It has 2 adjustable weights on the sole.
The regular Aerojet is similar to the LS except it has a slightly bigger head, launches a bit higher, and has a slightly higher spin rate. Very similar performance to the LS except it is a bit more forgiving.
The max version is the highest launching and most forgiving member of the family for high handicappers. It has two adjustable weights to get it into a draw or fade mode.
Ping G430 Selling Points
- Adjustable CG weights
- Forged faces
- All three models play hot
- Titanium face
- Adjustable hosels
Cobra Aerojet Selling Points
- Excellent Ball Speeds
- Sounds and feels powerful
- Adjustable weighting
- Cheaper than competitors
- Pwr Bridge is great for speed, launch and stability
- A.i optimized 15 zone Hot face for great shots across the face.
Who is the Ping G430 Driver for?
“With three unique models, the Ping G430 drivers will appeal to a wide variety of players.”
It would seem that the overarching goal for these drivers was to make them viable for all skill levels. For the most part, Ping succeeded at this. The only type of player that we can imagine that wouldn’t benefit from these drivers are scratch players. The Ping G430 drivers launch high and don’t allow for a whole lot of workability.
So if you are a really good player, you’re better off looking elsewhere for a new driver. That being said, the Ping G430 drivers are ideal for both mid and high handicappers looking for a good mixture of forgiveness and accuracy.
We love the new forged face design because it will help virtually any kind of player achieve better ball speeds. The Ping G430 drivers will be especially beneficial to players who need more lateral forgiveness from their driver.
Feel & Control: 95/100
Overall Score: 95/100
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Who is the Cobra Aerojet Driver For?
“The Aerojet is suitable for all golfers who want maximum speed and accuracy from a top of the range driver.”
There is a version to suit everybody. The LS will suit low handicappers looking for maximum distance.
The regular Aerojet is similar but slightly larger and more forgiving for mid handicappers.
The Max is the highest launching and most forgiving of the drivers which will be perfect for high handicappers.
Feel & Control: 93/100