Ping G430 Hybrid Review

After testing on the golf course, Sam De’Ath analyses the performance of Ping G430 hybrid

Ping G430 Hybrid Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The Ping G430 hybrid is a club that combines performance with immaculate looks. It’s forgiving and produces consistent ball flights even out of more tricky lies. One of the most impressive clubs we have seen released this year.

Reasons to buy
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    Plenty of forgiveness across the face

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    Clean aesthetics

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    Produced surprisingly fast ball speeds

Reasons to avoid
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    Fairly challenging to shape shots

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Ping G430 Hybrid Review

Ping has produced some of the most versatile and forgiving hybrids on the market in recent years and that trend doesn’t look as though it’s stopping anytime soon. The new G430 hybrid is all things Ping does well - clean, stylish aesthetics, along with performance that makes it easier to play your best golf more often. Two aspects that help earn it's way into our Editor's Choice 2023 awards.

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The G430 hybrid features the same new Carbonwrap technology, as seen in the G430 fairways and LST driver. A new design made to save weight in the crown to lower the CG (centre of gravity) which helps produce more launch and speed. The head is fairly compact and the lines on the face aid alignment when at address. A singular grey dot on the top line is a simple yet classy alignment tool that replaces the three dots seen on the G425 hybrid. The sole sits flush to the turf making the club look shallow which inspires confidence. The acoustics of Ping clubs have sometimes been something that deters golfers from using them, but the G430 range certainly has had the iconic ‘tinny’ Ping sound toned down to make it a much more pleasurable sound through impact.

Ping G430 Hybrid Review

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The G430 hybrid we tested was the 19° (3hy) model, but with an adjustable hosel that has eight positions, it's easy to customize and dial in the ball flight you desire. There are six loft options available ranging from 17° (2hy) to 34° (7hy), perfect for those less confident with the longer irons and looking for help launching the ball with more stopping power on the stronger lofted clubs. From testing the G430 hybrid on a GCQuad Launch Monitor with Titleist Pro V1x golf balls, we found the G430 surprisingly long for how forgiving and versatile it is. 

The G430 gave me 145mph ball speed while producing and an average of 234 yards of carry - more than enough distance to use this off the tee on tighter holes and exactly where I would want to see a three iron replacement. The average angle of descent was 42° meaning holding greens from distance was not an issue with the ball landing as if struck by a mid iron.

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The Ping G430 hybrid is also ultra forgiving on miss-hits and provides a strong, powerful flight when struck well. It also performed decently out of a multitude of lies - playing from the rough was not an issue as the ball jumped off the face and performed well from shots struck low on the face. The ease of use of the G430 hybrid is partially thanks to the tungsten backweight which was added so the perimeter could been extended to aid forgiveness and aid launch and made it one of the most forgiving hybrid clubs we have hit. Shot shaping was harder than some smaller headed hybrids although ultimately it seems crazy to complain about the ball flying too straight! Through impact golfers can expect a softer, compressed feeling off the face, which was a welcomed surprise as I feel a lot of hybrids often feel more on the firmer side.

Ping G430 Hybrid Review

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The Ping G430 hybrid is a serious contender as one of the best hybrid clubs we have hit and is made more attractive due to it suiting all levels of golfer. There are five stock shaft options featuring low and higher spinning options as well as the option to select the thickness of the Golf Pride Tour Velvet grip, allowing golfers to customize the G430 to their specifications.

The Ping G430 hybrid, with an RRP of $325/£295, is positioned more towards the premium end of the market, but we believe its outstanding overall performance justifies the cost. They will be available to purchase as of the 27th January 2023.

Sam De'Ath
Staff Writer

Sam has worked in the golf industry for 12 years, offering advice on equipment to all levels of golfers and as Staff Writer, he tests and reviews equipment throughout the bag. Sam graduated from Webber International University in 2017 with a BSc Marketing Management degree while playing collegiate golf. His experience of playing professionally on both the EuroPro Tour and Clutch Pro Tour, alongside his golf retail history, means Sam has extensive knowledge of golf equipment and what works for different types of golfer.

Sam is a member of North Hants Golf Club in Fleet, Hampshire, where he won the club championship 3 times in succession from 2015-2017. His golfing highlight to date is shooting a round of 10-under 60 at his home club, narrowly missing a wedge shot for a magical 59.

Sam’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2, 9°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus, 15°

Hybrid: Ping G430 19°

Irons: Titleist T-100 4 iron, Titleist 620MB, 5-PW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54°, 62°

Putter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x 2021