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Ping G430 Woods Review (NEW Fairways for 2023)

Ping G430 woods have been unveiled with the new fairways featuring three upgraded models in the range.

The new G430s include the Max, LST (Low Spin Technology) and SFT (Straight Flight Technology) versions of the fairway woods that also appeared in the G425 woods series. There is also now a HL (High Launch) model too.

The new G430 series also features drivers, hybrids and irons with Ping extracting more performance is the latest models of the flagship range.

In this article we take a look at the changes made in the new fairway woods, how each one differs and what type of performance you can expect in your game if adding them to the bag.

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What Ping says about the G430 Fairway Woods:

“You can size up long approach shots with 100% confidence that your G430 fairway will get you home.

“We’re introducing Carbonfly Wrap technology to deliver more distance by positioning the CG closer to the force line to maximize ball speed, resulting in higher, longer carries.

Ping G430 Max Woods

“The SFT’s larger draw-biased head produces right-to-left shot correction, and it generates more speed, higher launch and longer carries benefiting from a new weight-saving Carbonfly Wrap composite crown that lowers the CG and elevates MOI so shots find the green.

“The G430 HL (High Launch) is custom engineered with lighter head weights, shaft and grip, the overall system is lighter so you’ll swing faster and generate more ball speed for higher-launching, longer-carrying shots across the entire set.”

Ping G430 Max Woods Review

The G430 Max fairways are an upgraded version of the G425 model and have a slightly refined club head compared to the predecessor

The is the most standard of the three models, boasting the highest MOI and the most forgiveness from across the face.

This model features a Carbonfly Wrap and the 10g of weight savings have allowed Ping to lower the CG. The knock on effect is more ball speed, a higher launch and more carry and overall distance.

Ping G430 Max Woods

The G425 woods had variable thickness Facewrap and Spinsistency technologies incorporated into the design and both are part of the G430 once again. They help produce faster ball speeds and less spin.

The Max fairway wood features a fixed tungsten weight in the back of the club head to maximise the forgiveness of the woods.

The G430 Max woods are available in 3-wood (15 degrees), 5-wood (18 degrees), 7-wood (21 degrees) and 9-wood (24 degrees) lofts and have Trajectory Tuning 2.0 to create eight different hosel positions.

Ping G430 LST Woods Review

The LST model in the G430 woods range is the Low Spin Technology model and is suited to golfers with higher than average swing speeds.

The players’ model has the smallest head among the three fairway woods and builds on the explosive balls speeds the G425 equivalent offered.

Ping G430 LST Woods

The LST model not only reduces spin levels, it also produces a penetrating ball flight that generates impressive distances and is regarded as the tour-level option.

Ping have lowed the CG by adding a lightweight composite crown wrap, which saves 10g of weight, and the ball speeds have increased as a result.

The Facewrap and Spinsistency technologies combine to deliver a high launching ball than that which the G425 deliver, as well as reduced levels of spin off the club face.

Ping G430 LST Driver

The forgiveness of the LST model has also been significantly increased by the addition of an 80g sole plate.

The LST fairway woods are only available in a 3-wood loft (15 degrees), but do feature Trajectory Tuning 2.0 for eight different hosel positions.

Ping G430 SFT Woods Review

The Straight Flight Technology (SFT) model is also back in the new G430 fairway woods series following the successful inclusion in the G425s.

Just like in the G430 drivers, the SFT woods are designed to help eradicated a slice or fade by producing a much straight ball flight.

Ping G430 SFT Woods

The G430 SFTs have weighting towards a draw setting and a heel-side CG to help produce that straight flight that golfers crave.

These fairway woods also have the Carbonfly wrap to bring weight down and increased forgiveness, which is also aided by a fixed tungsten back weight.

The Spinsistency technology reduces spin levels in the SFT and variable thickness face technology has introduced more flex to generate increased ball speeds even on mishit shots.

The SFT woods are available in 3-wood (16 degrees), 5-wood (19 degrees) and 7-wood (22 degrees) loft options with the Trajectory Tuning 2.0 providing eight hosel positions.

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Ping G430 HL Woods Review

There are also a G430 HL Max fairway woods in the new range that is joined by drivers, hybrids and irons and targeted at golfers with slower than average swing speeds.

Featuring a lighter 5.5g backweight, it is suited to golfers with slower swing speeds with the lightweight design aimed at generating more clubhead speed for maximum distance.

The HL woods are available in both the Max and SFT models with the light weight replacing the standard weight. Otherwise, the drivers are identical.

Verdict: Are Ping G430 fairway woods any good?

The G430 woods – like the rest of the range – have been well thought out and provide more ball speed, distance and forgiveness whether used from the tee, fairway or rough.

Slight tweaks from the G425 range have been implemented across the three models and Ping have managed to extract more out of their fairway woods.

With the Max, LST and SFT catering for all types of golfer and swings, there is an ideal choice to cover the needs of golfers of all abilities. There is a lot to like about the newcomer.


What is the Ping G430 woods release date?

The new fairway woods were unveiled in January 2023 and will go on general sale in February.

How much do the Ping G430 woods cost?

The price of the new drivers is between $385.

Which is the best Ping G430 fairway woods?

All three offer something different in terms of ball flight, shot shape and adjustability. From the low-spinning of the LST to the straight flight of the SFT to the standard set up of the Max, you will find an option to suit your game. The HL is an interesting addition with a lighter weight in the Max and SFT versions for slower swing speed golfers.

What are the Ping G430 woods specs?

The G430 Max woods are available in 3-wood (15 degrees), 5-wood (18 degrees), 7-wood (21 degrees) and 9-wood (24 degrees) lofts, the LST woods is available in a 3-wood (16 degrees), 5-wood (19 degrees) and 7-wood (22 degrees) options.