Ping G430 Vs Taylormade M4 Hybrid Comparison Overview
While hybrids should be forgiving and inspire confidence, not all hybrids are created equal.
Some manufacturers opt to emphasize forgiveness while others try to make a longer hybrid. It all depends on your needs as a player.
But to help you determine the all-important differences between popular hybrid clubs, we are continuing our comparison overview series. In this installation, we will be analyzing the differences and merits of the Taylormade M4 hybrid and the Ping G430 hybrid.
Ping G430 Hybrid Overview
“You can actually get a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 Ping G430 hybrid so right off the bat, you get a lot of choices.”
This is a major bonus if you are thinking of replacing all your long irons or some of your fairway woods. Beyond that though, the Ping G430 hybrid is certainly one that focuses on forgiveness above all else. They feature a variable roll radius face design that helps preserve optimal launch and spin on high-toe and low-heel shots.
The Ping G430 hybrids also feature a very nice-sounding and feeling maraging steel face. The face wraps into the crown and sole so you essentially get a bigger hitting zone to work with. This will help if you tend to top the ball or if you hit too low on face-center.
Basically, the entire face is the sweet spot. The turf interaction is sort of lacking though. Chunking was still an issue for our testers.
Taylormade M4 Hybrid Overview
“The Taylormade M4 has a sleek look at address even if you’re in the rough.”
We were surprised that we were getting virtually identical launch angles and shot shapes from the Taylormade M4 as we were from the Ping G430 hybrid. However, the Taylormade M4 had much better turf interaction – especially in the rough.
The Taylormade M4 is called a “rescue” hybrid and it really lives up to this nomenclature. It isn’t as forgiving as the Ping G430 hybrid; (and if you’re a high handicapper, you will likely get more distance out of the G430 too) but contact is so very clean in all conditions.
“The Geocoustic sole technology that went into the Taylormade M4 really does it’s job. If you’re a lower handicapper, you may also be able to get more distance from the M4. The Ping G430 hybrid is more for higher handicappers seeking max forgiveness.”