ClubTest 2015: Ping G30 Irons
Ping G30 Irons
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $800, steel; $900, graphite
WE TESTED: 4–PW with CFS Distance steel shaft and 4–PW with TFC 419I graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The G30 has a softer leading edge, stronger lofts and longer blades than the G25.
PLAYABILITY: Defaults to high and straight ball flight, but knockdowns aren’t much trouble; more versatile than many expect—mows through rough, hits cleanly from sand, and bails you out of trouble like your cool older brother.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: One of the most user-friendly irons in its class; incredible forgiveness that makes you better than you are; thin shots travel almost as far as those hit with square contact, and the sole makes chunks nearly impossible; overall, mediocre swings end up on the green, while good moves end up scaring the pin.
DISTANCE CONTROL: A true “let the club do the work” iron; easy distance without much effort—a handful of testers figure the G30 plays half a club longer than their current sticks; shots land softly and stay put; consistency is king, even with the long irons.
FEEL: Flattens the ball at impact with a crisp, dense crack that’s familiar to Ping fans; pretty much the same across the whole face—feels like you get every available yard out of each swing, regardless of how you catch it.
LOOK: Big, burly and matte gray; substantial at setup—the G30 looks as forgiving as it plays; quintessential Ping look should keep fans of the G-series happy.
You get plenty of metal for your money—some testers are turned off by the big, offset heads; tough to gauge around the greens—a handful of guys find it lacks the resonance and touch necessary for delicate shots; less workability than other players would prefer.
BOTTOM LINE: The archetypal game-improvement iron. Point-and-shoot consistency and auto-pilot forgiveness make the G30 ideal for weekend warriors who would rather squeeze in a quick nine than spend the time honing their games on the driving range.
BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Ping G30 irons
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