The Ping G430 iron adds extra distance to the performance party without compromising forgiveness or consistency. The feel is solid, lively and approach shots just seem easier to execute, which genuinely elevates your enjoyment.
- Notable distance gains from previous model
- Impressive stopping power
- Consistent on off center strikes
- Badge aesthetic may divide opinion
Gains over G410 appear to be minimal but the G425 irons continue to be inviting to hit and playable for a fairly wide spectrum of players seeking repeatable carry distances and a more neutral, consistent ball flight thanks to the high levels of forgiveness on offer.
- Produces a consistent draw biased flight
- Higher spinning that G430
- Minimal gains over G410
- Some may deem it to lack shelf appeal
Ping has long been synonymous with producing high performing irons for varying abilities of golfers.
2023 saw the launch of the G430 iron, a forgiving, distance orientated offering that Ping claims is its “longest iron ever”. These irons replace the G425 in Ping’s G range, and sit in a similar performance category as Srixon ZX4 MK II and Titleist T350. As such both irons are aimed at a similar category of player seeking ease of use and forgiveness, but does the new model justify an upgrade? Why not also check out our best distance irons.
After some comprehensive testing, we have compared and contrasted these models. Here, we take a look at them.
Starting with the technology, for 2023, the G430 claims to be Ping’s “longest iron ever” thanks to a combination of some significantly stronger lofts (up to 2.5 degrees in certain clubs) than G425 and the new Purflex technology. Essentially this is an insert which sits behind the face with seven “flex zones” to provide more ball speed on off center hits.
Ping has also added a full degree of extra bounce on the sole which will provide some useful assistance for those prone to a heavy shot. Furthermore, a slightly shorter hosel length in the G430 has allowed engineers to lower the CG, with the aim of assisting golfers with launching the ball higher.