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In this review, I’ll be taking a comprehensive look at the PING G430 irons.
The G430 is the successor to the G425, engineered to deliver high performance in every category: outstanding forgiveness across the face, tremendous distance, a high launch, stopping power, and a compact address look.
How does the G430 iron actually perform when put to the test? How does it compare to the previous G425 model? Who is it best suited for? Is it worth putting in the bag?
Here’s what will be covered in the review:
Read on to learn what you need to know to make an informed purchase.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, stock shafts and stock grips are used when evaluating this club. In most cases, the golf clubs reviewed on Golfstead are acquired temporarily for testing purposes and are not purchased. The review that follows is based on the personal experience and research of the author. Because everyone’s swing and body are different, results with a particular club may differ from person to person.
What are the reviews like?
The PING G430 iron won a gold medal on the 2023 Golf Digest Hot List in the game-improvement category.
What People Like
- unbeatable when it comes to forgiveness
- very accurate
- impressively high launch
- soft feel
- appealing aesthetics
What People Don’t Like
- distance is a little lacking despite strong lofts
- thick soles
The key features of the G430 irons are:
- PurFlex Technology: a new badge design consists of seven “flex zones” that increase flexion and ball speeds across the face. It also works with the lower CG to improve sound and feel.
- Hyper 17-4 Face: a stainless steel face with variable thickness created through a proprietary heat-treating process. It’s 3% thinner than the previous generation, leading to even faster ball speeds and a higher flight.
- Tungsten Weights: a very high MOI is enabled by tungsten toe and shaft tip weights, improving performance in mis-hit regions.
- Optimized Shape: a shorter hosel lowers the CG, aligning it with the force line and leading to more solid impact low on the face. In addition, bounce is increased by 1° to improve turf interaction and minimize heavy strikes.
- Hydropearl 2.0 Chrome Finish: repels moisture, maximizes performance in wet conditions, and makes the head appear more compact and appealing.
The G430 irons are available in 4-PW as well as 45.5°, 50°, 54°, and 58° wedges.
The G430 iron is also available in a High Loft (HL) variant, which consists of a lighter stock shaft, lighter stock grip, and lighter tip weights in the head. The G430 HL is designed to help slower swingers increase their ball speed and launch.
An array of stock shaft options are offered at no upcharge including (but not limited to) the PING AWT 2.0, PING Alta CB Black, True Temper Dynamic Gold, and Nippus N.S. PRO MODUS 3 105. The stock grips are the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 and Tour Velvet Cord.
If you’re interested, full information on shafts, grips and other customizations can be found here.
Below are the specs of the G430 irons. Click or zoom to enlarge.
During my testing, I was very pleased with the distance results with the G430 irons. Not only was I getting a slightly higher ball speed of around 1-2 MPH, but I was also getting a higher launch by about half a degree on average, with roughly the same amount of spin.
The end result is that shots go a little longer (maybe 3-6 yards) without sacrificing trajectory or stopping power into greens. This is certainly what you want in a game-improvement iron.
Not only are the G430 irons a little longer than the G425s overall, but they’re also more forgiving, particularly when it comes to how much ball speed is preserved in mis-hit regions compared to sweet spot strikes.
The PurFlex technology and thinner Hyper 17-4 face evidently make a difference here. Many shots during my test that made contact off-center (but still in the grooved region) saw a distance loss of less than two yards, which is fantastic.
Dispersions and consistency are excellent as well, but I didn’t see an improvement over the G425. Performance seemed to be the worst high on the face.
Trajectories with the G430 irons tend to be arcing and are a touch higher than the G425. Like the G425s, I noticed a slight draw bias in the ball flight.
Spin rates are on the lower end and not what I would consider sufficient for low handicappers and elite players who demand a high level of control. High single-digit or teen handicappers, however, should be well taken care of.
Workability is impressive for a GI iron, although it’s obviously not on the level of a true better-player iron. I would say it’s even a little better than the G425, largely owing to the shorter blade length and more compact shape. It’s certainly more workable that you might expect at first glance given the width of the sole.
Make no mistake about it: the PING G430 iron looks very similar to the previous generation G425 as far as shape goes.
The blade and top line as they appear at address are virtually identical. The differences with the G430 are a slightly wider sole, shorter hosel, and slightly more compact shape.
The G430 is a slightly oversized iron, but slimmer and more compact than a typical game-improvement iron. At the same time, the deep cavity signals that the iron is all about forgiveness.
For better or worse, PING has continued the practice of imprinting the number of the iron next to the face on the toe side. While it means that players can see the iron number at a glance, it can be a visual distraction at address that ultimately affects your swing.
Perhaps most notable is the badge design with the new PurFlex zones. I’m not a big fan of how it looks, and the way the zones join together is just not to my taste, but on the other hand, it does emphasize the “trampoline effect” that really takes face speed to a new level.
The Sound & Feel
Sound & feel are overall very consistent with what PING is known for.
The G430 is very stable and responsive at impact — probably a little more responsive than the G425 — and the feel is soft. I would have preferred a little more solidness to the feel, but I’m not surprised by it given the thinness of the face.
The impact sound is crisp and a little muted, but it seems to be marginally quieter than the G425.
Shot feedback is similar to the G425 and what you’d expect for a game-improvement iron: strikes in mis-hit areas are respectably solid, and they sound decent too.
The wide sole combined with the slightly higher bounce and hydropearl finish really makes for an iron that performs well in wet conditions and minimizes the negative effects of hitting behind the ball. Conversely, those with shallow swing paths or who are playing in firm conditions may have some problems.
Where To Buy These Irons Online
Online availability of PING golf clubs is more limited than other manufacturers.
One of the best places to pick up the G430 irons (new or used) is eBay. You can typically find deals here that you can’t find anywhere else.
If you aren’t sure which dot colour is right for you, you can do the following: measure both your height and the distance from the ground to your wrist when standing naturally, and then match these two measurements to a PING colour code chart to find a lie setting that works for you.
I really can’t find much to criticize about the PING G430 irons. As game-improvement irons, they truly go above and beyond, scoring high marks in the distance, forgiveness and playability categories.
They’re easy to launch, the sound & feel are great for a PING iron, they match or surpass the performance of the previous generation G425, and they even have surprisingly good workability given how wide the sole is.
Are there longer irons out there? Sure. And the flex zones on the back of the iron are just a little bit tacky for my tastes.
However, the G430 is a fantastic option overall for high-handicappers and I think many mid and low handicappers can have success with it as well. It can definitely be worth the upgrade if you’re currently gaming the G425s, especially if you can get a good trade-in value.
Are you interested in the G430 irons? Have you played them? What’s your experience? Tell us about it in the comments below.