Ping G430 Vs Titleist TSR2 Driver Comparison Overview
The Ping G430 drivers have been revamped. The beloved, forgiving G430’s have a new line that includes the MAX, LST and SFT drivers.
Today though, we wanted to see how the Ping G430 LST driver fared against another new driver: the Titleist TSR2.
We decided to compare the Ping G430 LST specifically to the Titleist TSR2 because they have one very important performance characteristic in common: purported low spin.
So let’s take a look at how the Titleist TSR2 and the Ping G430 LST stack up against one another.
Ping G430 Driver Overview
“The Ping G430 LST driver is the only one in the G430 line to feature a 44cc head. It’s available in 9 and 10.5 degree versions.”
When we first picked up the Ping G430 LST, we noticed right away how light it was. The G430 LST has a “carbonFly” wrap which is essentially a carbon fiber crown that stretches down into the heel.
This keeps the overall weight down and in the case of the LST version, makes way for forward weight placement.
The weight placement produces lower long game spin. The G430 LST is also outfitted with a forged titanium face. The combination of low spin and a resilient face makes for impressive ball speeds.
Shot trajectory was a bit low overall; but our mid and low handicap testers mentioned that the flight was right where they liked it.
Titleist TSR2 Driver Overview
“The Titleist TSR2 has a fixed weight that is placed low in the head towards the face.”
Like the Ping G430 LST, the Titleist TSR2 also promotes low spin off the tee. However, in the battle for low spin supremacy, the Titleist TSR2 definitely wins.
We were clocking it at an average of 2400 RPMs spin rate which was a bit lower than the spin rates we got from the Ping G430 LST driver.
However, the launch we got from the Titleist TSR2 was higher than the G430. This hurt its overall distance; but it still produced an overall distance comparable to the Ping G430 LST.
The Titleist TSR2 also features an adjustable hosel and titanium face construction.
“There is a lot to like about both of these drivers but since the difference in overall distance was so negligible (within 2.3 yards of each other) we would say the Titleist TSR2 is the better choice simply because it’s more forgiving.”
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.
The Titleist TSR2 Driver First Impressions
The first thing to notice about this club is head shaping. Titleist have gone for a more classic look in the most stable and forgiving offering in the TSR Range.
That means a Boat Trail at the trailing edge of the club and a rounder smooth curvature that Titleist Traditionalists will love, it looks like a Titleist driver.
All the frills have been removed from the sole of the club and the result again is more minimalist and clean.
Multi Plateau Variable Face Thickness allows this club to be extremely consistent in regard to ball speed and direction. It’s got an incredibly thin face in the middle with strategically thicker areas to the side.
This results in consistent ball speed and flight path when hit in common miss locations on the face.
This ensures that the TSR2 is the ‘Max’ version of this series and will suit players who struggle to hit the sweet spot every time.
This driver produces more club head speed, ball speed, and carry distance than the TSi2. It also has less spin, a lower launch angle, and more consistency resulting in an excellent new driver overall for Titleist.
The club has plenty of options for adjustments too, you can adjust the lie and loft independently with the club lofts running from 8 degrees to 11.
The TSR2 is certainly an upgrade on the TSi2 for us and is a club that will suit both tour and amateur players this season.
Ping G430 Selling Points
- Adjustable CG weights
- Forged faces
- All three models play hot
- Titanium face
- Adjustable hosels
Titleist TSR2 Driver Selling Points
- More Aerodynamic Head
- Faster Swing Speeds
- Lower Spin And Launch Angle
- Optimised Speed, Stability And Consistency
- Aerospace Grade Titanium
- Confidence Inspiring VFT 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 TSR2 Driver For
The TSR2 Driver is going to suit all golfers from Tour Professionals, to those trying to improve their handicap with longer, more consistent shots.
The TSR range is probably not going to be a good bet for a high handicapper unless they want to fork out substantial money for this amazing club in place of something second hand or less expensive.
That being said, the TSR2 is aimed at the player who struggles to hit the center of the club face consistently.
If you are a High to Mid Handicapper, this driver is likely to bring optimal consistency to your game, especially when dialled into your own personal swing dynamics.
This is a premium club for those who want the very best performance from their driver.
The club is high launching and with low spin for those that that will suit.
If you have a slice or hook, the VFT and inviting face may have a lot to offer your game.
This is also for golf who want to impress their friends and golf mates with an epic driver from the tour players’ favorite brand.
Titleist was disappointed that Tour players were not using the TSi2 and this big improvement should get more of the biggest names in golf wielding the club in the coming seasons.
The TSR Family Of Drivers
The TSR is the most accurate and forgiving of the clubs and is available now.
The TSR1 is the lightweight, further stripped down version with a lighter shaft and higher loft for seniors and those with slower swing speeds.
The TSR3 is for the players and those who strike the ball consistently already. It has a changeable Center of Gravity placement.
It has a slightly lower launch and low levels of spin too, an excellent option for the better ball strikers.
Feel & Control: 93/100