By ED TRAVIS
Ping has launched the much-anticipated successor to the G425 drivers with three G430 series models featuring distance gains in all categories.
The success of Ping’s previous driver model, the G425, for the past two years set the stage for the design of the new G430. Though prices are up $50, this simply is following the driver market trendline.
For the SFT (Straight Flight Technology) and Max models there is a custom version called the HL with a lighter back weight, lightweight Alta Quick shaft, and Lamkin UYx Lite grip. This reduces the overall club weight so players with slower swing speeds will gain distance. Ping says testing showed a gain of nine yards.
The LST (Low Spin Technology) model has a carbon fiber wrap that replaces metal on the rear of the crown and in the heel and toe areas of the skirt. Engineers relocated the weight saved to raise the MOI, lower spin while increasing ball speed which especially benefit high swing speed better players.
According to John Solheim CEO and President, “The combined distance gains throughout the entire G430 family are like nothing we’ve seen from one generation of clubs to the next. Our approach with G430 has been to find more speed and deliver it in a way that contributes to lower scores and more enjoyment on the course.”
Fast Facts Ping G430 Drivers
Spinsistency variable face roll radius
VFT variable thickness T9S+ forged face
Redesigned internal ribs
Turbulator aerodynamic crown vanes
Stock shaft: Ping Alta CB Black 55
Stock Grip: Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet
Available Jan. 26, 2023
Ping G430 Max
25g three position rear weight
Ping G430 SFT
Super game-improvement category
Two-position 22g rear weight
Ping G430 LST
Better player category
Carbonfly Wrap composite crown
Three-position 22g rear weight