Ping G Series irons
Ping G Series irons

We compare the new Ping GMax iron with the Ping G30 iron that remains in the range for 2015

Ping GMax iron Vs Ping G30 iron

The newly-launched Ping GMax iron broadens what was an already wide appeal of the G Series range of irons. From the very first model, these irons have always brought distance and forgiveness to the table in their own unique style.

While the G30 irons could suit any golfer from a low teen handicap to low 20s, the GMax is a true super game improver model aimed more toward higher handicappers and beginners. It takes design and performance elements from Karsten and gives them a G Series makeover, offering even more forgiveness and distance with G30-esque aesthetics.

G30 v Gmax address

What is interesting here though is that even though the shaft lengths and lofts are the same as G30, Ping say the GMax iron will perform very differently. Specifically, it should offer golfers a higher ball flight and a few extra yards as well as more forgiveness on off-centre hits – all performance traits its target golfer will be happy to benefit from swiftly.

There’s no doubting that the GMax is a larger looking iron than the G30 from all angles. The wider soles offer more forgiveness through the turf while the trailing edge relief aids what is still relatively limited playability from the rough. Another distinct difference between the two is the sound – the GMax has a much louder ‘Ping’ sound (pardon the pun) to it, which will divide opinion but certainly doesn’t detract from the hitting experience.

Ping GMax v G30

As expected before trying them out, the GMax offers everything the G30 does in a slightly larger quantity. From our launch monitor testing, parameters like spin, launch and carry distance were all higher with GMax compared to G30, which will suit the low swing speed players you tend to see at this end of the handicap spectrum to a tee.

While I am by no means the target player for either of these models, I can see the benefits of choosing either the GMax or G30 over the other. If you still want to play a relatively compact iron but still prioritise distance and playability from different lies, the G30 should still be the favoured choice. But if you’re an inconsistent ball striker that lacks distance and needs help to get the ball in the air, the new GMax iron should be very high on your test list for the rest of the year.

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Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x