April is the first full month of spring, and with that comes the Masters and the start of the golfing season. Learning about all the new products out there is one of my favorite ways to prepare for another year on the course. This year I thought it would be fun to do my own product reviews. I did several video reviews but it quickly occurred to me that I am only one guy, while there are people out there that have been perfecting the art of club testing for years. So I’ve started this new series where I compile all the best product reviews and put them into one place to make it easy for everyone to find. I hope you find these ultimate product reviews helpful! – Matt
Club Name: G30 Irons
Price Point: $800, steel; $900, graphite
Specs: The G30 irons are available in 4-PW, UW, SW and LW. The 4 iron’s stock loft is 21 degrees, the 6 iron is 27 degrees and the PW is 45 degrees. They carry an MSRP of $110 per club with the company’s stock CFS Distance steel shafts (Soft R, R, S, X flexes) and $125 per club TFC 419i graphite shafts (Soft R, R and S flexes).
Category: Game Improvement
From PING – “Progressive lengths and lofts and a thin face optimize launch conditions and generate faster ball speeds, ensuring maximum distance and control to consistently knock the ball close. The Custom Tuning Port (CTP) contributes to a solid feel and a low-back CG for launching the ball high and straight. Slightly longer heads also boost MOI for improved off-center performance, and a new sole design promotes solid contact.
With distance also come forgiveness and accuracy. Slightly longer blade lengths help to increase MOI, most noticeably in the 4 through 7 iron. Progressive offset generates higher ball flights in the longer irons and penetrating, controlled trajectories with the scoring clubs.”
Learn more about the PING G30 series and PING’s entire family of irons by visiting their website.
Stock Shaft Specifications
1. Golf Digest: Gold Rating. The G-series iron line has been around for more than a decade, but it gets a fresh update with the G30. The lofts are stronger than the previous G25, and the sole contours and the bounce profiles more closely match the i25 players iron. Why? To prevent digging into the ground and keep it moving on its path through the turf. Also, don’t overlook the value of the stock CFS Distance shaft.This is not the prettiest-looking club in the address position.
2. Golf Magazine: Love it. 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.
3. My Golf Spy: Like It. As a tradeoff for increasing the lengths of the shafts, PING had to reduce head weight throughout the set. Lighter heads usually result in a reduction of MOI (bad). To offset that loss, PING increased blade lengths slightly. That, along with the all of that other weight relocation stuff we covered actually produces a net gain in MOI over the G25 (good).
4. Bunker’s Paradise: 4.4 out of 5. I can see why people consider these some of the best game improvement irons on the market as Ping has really improved the technology on the G30s. These clubs will really help those golfers who are looking to pick up a few extra yards without losing any forgiveness. In addition, these clubs make it easy to get the ball higher in the air, which will help anyone attack those pins knowing the ball will be landing softer, especially with those longer irons. Overall, I’d definitely recommend these irons to any golfer out there.
5. Plugged In Golf: Love It. So, the forgiveness is still here, but now the ball flight is as strong as a player’s iron and they look better than ever. Vanity and stupidity are going to have to fight harder than ever to keep the PING G30 irons out of the bag. If you’re smarter than me, I’d suggest heading out to your local PING fitter to test a set very soon
6. Golf A Lot: 5 Stars.
7. Golf WRX: Like It. With Ping irons, there’s almost always an effort to reposition as much weight around the perimeter of the iron as possible to create more forgiveness and the G30 irons are no exception. But first things first, Ping engineers wanted the G30 irons to fly a little farther, which isn’t an easy thing to do when the iron faces can’t be made to flex more. The company achieved its goal by giving the irons slightly longer shafts to help golfers create more clubhead speed and a higher launch angle. The longer shafts, along with the slightly stronger lofts, also provide better gapping throughout the set.