While 2 to 4 mph added ball speed may not sound like much, the result is greater distance — and who doesn't want to hit the ball farther?
PING: G430 Family
The Drop: Speed and distance are at the core of Ping's new G430 family. According to John K. Solheim, Ping president and CEO, the tour rollout of the driver saw players gaining between 2 and 4 mph in ball speed.
What They Are Saying: "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. That includes providing a level of forgiveness that remains unequalled. The powerful combination of distance and forgiveness wins out when golfers are properly fitted. We see that every day in our research and we’re excited to get the G430 into the hands of golfers so they can see the same benefits." — John K. Solheim
> The three models are LST (Low Spin Technology), MAX (460cc) and SFT (Straight Flight Technology).
> The added ball speed in all three models comes from a shallower and thinner forged face design that features Spinsistency, which creates less loft low on the face to improve performance on thin shots by reducing spin and increasing ball speed for added distance.
> The MAX model remains the most forgiving and fits the widest range of golfers.
> The LST model has the exclusive Carbonfly Wrap, which is an eight-layer, one-piece composite that saves four grams and weighs 11.5g fully installed.
> LST also features a 22-gram, high-density tungsten backweight that can influence shot shape plus/minus 7 yards between the draw, neutral and fade settings.
> The SFT is also getting its own uniqueness as it has a two-setting, moveable tungsten backweight (22g) that positions the CG to deliver 13 yards of right-to-left shot bend in the draw setting and another 7 yards in the draw-plus setting (20 yards total).
> Head weights: 208g (LST), 206g (MAX), 200g (SFT)
> Swingweights: D3 (MAX), D4 (LST), C9 (SFT)
> Standard length: 45 3/4" (Alta CB Black 55); 45 1/4" (Ping Tour 2.0 Chrome/Black and optional stock)
> Stock shafts: Ping Alta CB (counter-balanced) Black 55 (SR, R, S); Ping Alta Quick 35/45 (HL build only)
> Optional stock shafts: Ping Tour 2.0 Chrome 65 (R, S, X); Ping Tour 2.0 Black 65 (S, X); Mitsubishi Kai’Li White 60 (S, X); Prjx Hzrdus Smoke Red RDX 50 (5.5, 6.0); Prjx Hzrdus Smoke Red RDX 60 (5.5, 6.0, 6.5)
> Stock grip: Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet in six sizes (Blue, -1/16”; Red, -1/32”; Aqua, -1/64”; White standard, Gold, +1/32”; Orange, +1/16”)
Price: G430 MAX and SFT, $600 each; G430 LST, $630 each.
> Company reports distance gains of approximately 7 to 10 yards thanks to a multi-material design that combines a lower Center of Gravity (CoG) with stronger, custom-engineered lofts and a thinner face that delivers up to 2 more mph of ball speed.
> Irons have a PurFlex cavity badge with seven flex zones that permit more free bending to increase ball speed across the face.
> Stronger lofts across the set resulted in the addition of a 41° PW to ensure proper gapping options and allowed for standard lofts in the traditional scoring wedges (45.5°, 50°, 54°, 58°).
> Available: 4-9, PW 41°, 45.5°, 50°, 54°, 58° in 10 color-coded lie angle. Black color code is standard.
> Loft Options: Standard, Power Spec and Retro Spec.
> Stock Shafts: Ping AWT 2.0 steel (R, S, X), Ping Alta CB Black graphite (SR, R, S), Ping Alta Quick 35/45 (HL build only).
Optional Stock Shafts: Dynamic Gold (S300, X100), Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300), Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100), KBS Tour (R, S, X), Nippon NS Pro Modus Tour 105 (R, S, X) and Elevate MPH 95 (R, S).
Stock Grip: Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet in six sizes (blue, -1/16”; red, -1/32”; aqua, -1/64”; white standard, gold, +1/32”; orange, +1/16”.
Price: $170 per club with stock steel shaft; $185 per club with stock graphite shaft.
G430 Fairway Woods
> The fairways use a Carbonfly Wrap to deliver more distance by positioning the CG closer to the force line to maximize ball speed. This creates higher, longer carries, whether fit for the MAX or SFT model.
> A lightweight composite crown wraps into the heel and toe sections of the skirt, creating weight savings of 10 grams, which are reallocated to achieve the lower CG and increase ball speed.
> Facewrap and Spinsistency technologies carry over from the previous generation.
> The MAX fits the widest range of golfers with four options, while the slightly larger head size of the SFT is offered in three lofts with lighter swingweights to help square the face at impact.
> Trajectory Tuning 2.0 provides eight hosel positions, adjusting for loft (±1.5°) and lie (up to 3° flatter than standard.
Available: MAX 3W (15°), 5W (18°), 7W (21°), 9W (24°); SFT 3W (16°), 5W (19°), 7W (22°).
> Swingweight: D1 (MAX), D0 (SFT).
> Stock Shafts: Ping Alta CB Black 65 (SR, R, S), PING Alta Quick 35/45 (HL build only).
> Optional Stock Shafts: Ping Tour 2.0 Chrome 65/75 (R, S, X), Ping Tour 2.0 Black 65/75 (S, X), Mitsubishi Kai’Li White 70 (S, X), Prjx Hzrdus Smoke Red RDX 60 (5.5), Prjx Hzrdus Smoke Red RDX 70 (6.0, 6.5).
Stock grip: Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet in six sizes (blue, -1/16”; red, -1/32”; aqua, -1/64”; white-standard, gold, +1/32”, Orange +1/16”).
Price: $385 each.
> The hybrids come with the Carbonfly Wrap, Facewrap and Spinsistency.
> Ideal mid- and long-iron replacements.
> Says Solheim: "The popularity of our hybrids continues to grow. They’ve quietly become one of our most successful categories."
> Available: 2H (17°), 3H (19°), 4H (22°), 5H (26°), 6H (30°), 7H (34°).
> Stock shafts: Ping Alta CB Black 70 (SR, R, S), Ping Alta Quick 35/45 (HL build only).
> Optional stock shafts: Ping Tour 2.0 Chrome 85 (R, S, X), Mitsubishi Kai’Li White 80 (S, X), Prjx Hzrdus Smoke Red RDX 70 (5.5), Prjx Hzrdus Smoke Red RDX 80 (6.0, 6.5).
> Stock grip: Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet in six sizes (Blue -1/16”, Red -1/32”, Aqua -1/64”, White-Std, Gold +1/32”, Orange +1/16”)
Price: $325 each