Gear: Ping G430 Max 10K driver
Price: $650 with Ping Alta CB shaft, Project X HZRDUS Red Smoke RDX shaft or Mitsubishi Kai’ Li White shaft and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grip
Specs: Forged titanium face and body with carbon fiber crown and adjustable hosel. Available in 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees of loft.
Available: Jan. 9
Who It’s For: Golfers who want to maximize forgiveness and stability and moderate-swinging players who want a higher launch and lower spin off the tee to maximize distance.
The Skinny: Along with having the largest carbon fiber crown in company history, the Ping G430 Max 10K has an exceptionally high moment of inertia to help the club resist twisting on off-center hits to promote longer, straighter drives.
The Deep Dive: Driver prices have crept up over the years, but don’t let the 10K in this driver’s name scare you into thinking it will cost $10,000. That figure, 10K, refers to something else, but this addition to the Ping G430 driver family could be priceless to golfers who struggle with consistency off the tee.
Starting in the mid-2010s, Ping drivers became synonymous with stability and forgiveness, with clubs like the G30, G and G400 Max helping golfers who struggle to find the center of face hit straighter tee shots. With the release of the G430 Max 10K, the Phoenix, Arizona-based company boasts that it has made its most stable driver ever.
Like other Ping drivers, the G430 Max 10K has a 460-cubic-centimeter volume, which is the maximum allowable size, but dimensionally, from heel to toe and front to back, it is larger than the other G430 drivers.
The crown is designed using carbon fiber, and the material wraps over the edges and into the sides of the head. Ping refers to this design as Carbonfly Wrap, and it helps save 5 grams of weight from the top of the club and lower the center of gravity. Previously, Carbonfly Wrap had only been available in the G430 LST driver.
The driver was designed with a variable-thickness, forged titanium face that has a unique curvature. Although you may not always see it, driver faces curve vertically and horizontally. In the G430 Max 10K, Ping reduced the roll curvature in the lower portion and increased it above the center of the hitting area. This helps…