Ping G430 Vs Titleist TSR2 Hybrid Comparison Overview
Before I took these hybrids out to the range, then the course, for testing, I studied them closely.
On the surface, it seemed like the Ping G430 hybrid was the more technologically advanced club. It’s got a lot of bells and whistles compared to the Titleist TSR2.
This should come as no surprise as Titleist is known for keeping the design of their clubs clean and simple – they stick with what works. But what would actual testing prove? Would the more techy club perform better? Read on to find out.
Ping G430 Hybrid Overview
“The Ping G430 features a carbonfly wrap crown and variable face thickness technology.”
The carbon fiber crown is designed to keep the overall club head weight down. And let me just say that the G430 hybrid does in fact feel light throughout the swing. The variable face thickness also worked to compensate for most of my mis-hits.
In fact, it was only severe heel mis-hits that were flying off-line and coming up short. The G430 played long and was exceptionally forgiving. And I would expect nothing less from a G series club.
I tested the G430 4H in the standard 22°. It launched high with minimal effort. The spin rates were pedestrian; but it gets most of its distance with strong launch angles and strong ball speeds.
Titleist TSR2 Hybrid Overview
“The Titleist TSR2 has a low CG, adjustable loft sleeve and a long blade.”
Surprisingly, the Titleist TSR2 had a longer blade length than the G430. The face depth was also shallower than the G430. The Titleist TSR2 was laterally forgiving. Toe-side mis-hits didn’t look, spin or launch like mis-hits at all. But hitting the ball thin with this hybrid will cut your distance and mar your launch angles.
And even when I hit the ball pure, the Titleist TSR2 wasn’t going as far as pure strikes from the Ping G430. However, the Titleist TSR2 hybrid has something called “sole relief pockets” which are essentially a couple of recessed sections of the sole.
Despite the gimmicky nomenclature, this feature works. The Titleist TSR2 felt faster and cleaner through the rough than the G430.
“But the smooth turf interaction is really the only thing the Titleist TSR2 has on the Ping G430. The Titleist TSR2 wasn’t even more workable than the G430. The G430 hybrid was the longer, more forgiving hybrid with shot shaping ability on par with the TSR2 hybrid.”