When looking for a hybrid, what exactly are you looking for in particular? Playability? Height? Trajectory?
Think about it for a minute as these are all important factors.
When hybrids were first launched they were predominantly introduced as game improvement clubs and don’t get us wrong – they definitely are. But they’ve turned into more than just that and now you’re wanting a bit more workability or perhaps to perfectly fill a gap between your 3 wood and 4 iron.
Our Ping G30 Hybrid Review brings all these points into the discussion, but it’s evident that Ping have focused on one in particular.
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Perfectly stepped lofts and distance gaps between each of the hybrids due to the varied CG locations in each hybrid offer playability and confidence. Playability is good although when your ball is sitting down in the rough you may struggle to get a lot of bat on ball at impact. From the tee or fairway or even first cut of rough it is easy to hit and provides you with a generally straight ball flight with high enough peak to the trajectory each and every time. The overall look of the G30 hybrid is classy. Easy to align with the glossy step near the clubface opposing the matte crown. A superb offering from a super brand. Hybrids are no longer just game improvement clubs and Ping have shown that in the G30. Similar trajectory across the board whether you are hitting a 17 or 30 degree hybrid due to the altered CG. Overall a good looking club that provides consistent strike and shot result. Great feel and sound and to top it off outstanding value for money.
Pros and Cons
- Overall a beautiful club – square leading edge with simple, but classy crown and sole
- Superb gapping between hybrids in terms of carry distance due to the altered CG depending on loft
- Great feel and sound right across the clubface, but particularly out the center
- Feedback is not exceptional with some shots not travelling quite as far as you think they have when striking it well
- Not that easy to shape, but then again what hybrid is?
Ping G30 Hybrid
Design & Appearance
A beautifully square clubface at address from the aerial view that is great to see. So many hybrids have a rounded clubface such as the Mizuno JPX850, which is a bit old school in terms of it counteracting your strike with draw spin or fade spin keeping it more on target. Obviously every hybrid or fairway wood needs to have a slightly rounded face, but not go overboard!
The crown is higher, but flatter at the same time so it definitely helps your confidence knowing there is some ‘belly’ and a fraction more height behind the golf ball. A matte black crown that has a split near the clubface helping with alignment. The sole has a glossy finish with blue detail and overall this is a classy and impressive offering looks wise.
There is just so much to speak about in this category, but we’re going to keep it concise for you! A stronger H900 heat treatment process provides the best of both worlds by keeping the clubface thin, but strong at the same time which will increase longevity. The lower lofted hybrids have the center of gravity further back in the clubhead in order to provide a more penetrating ball flight with little spin. The higher hybrids on the other hand have a CG very close to the face, which promotes a higher ball flight with lower spin. Basically what this does is keep the trajectory very similar for all the lofts, but just with a difference in spin rate and ultimately carry distance
Heel toe weighting through performance engineered internal weight paths also provide a consistent strike with consistent ball flight.
Control / Feel
Feel and particularly the sound is slightly better than it’s predecessor the Ping G25 Hybrid. Nothing against the G25 at all though as every Ping hybrid feels superb. There is a perfect blend between tingyness and pure meat and is appealing each and every time you hear it. Feedback is fair, but could be better. Sometimes I felt as though I centered it completely, but when looking at the ball flight in person and on the flightscope it didn’t fly quite as far as other times.
Very little vibration at impact too and oh is that nice! A pet hate of mine is feeling even the slightest vibration at impact when you’ve struck it half decently. This is as steadfast as they come though.
With the hosel slightly more forward in the club ie. less offset it does promote a straighter ball flight rather than a draw bias shape. The lower CG (and also varied CG depending on which loft hybrid you are using) also provides a stronger ball flight, but still with a high enough peak to it’s trajectory. The CG progressively edges forward as you go up through the lofts, which reduces the spin and keeps the trajectory similar for each. Great idea that!
The sole is very flat on the G30 and that has both negative and positive effects. The positive is that it is very easy to strike either off the tee or off a perfectly flat or bare lie. The negative is that when your ball is sitting down a tad in either the first cut of rough or is between lumps of grass on hardpan etc then you won’t easily get all of the golf ball when striking it. THAT however is a strong point for the Ping G Crossover. At the end of the day though, times have changed where you aren’t really choosing a hybrid to help you recover from trouble, but rather to help you fill a gap between fairway woods and irons making it easier for you to attack a long Par 4 or short Par 5 on your approach.
Good distance with adequate roll off the longer hybrids when using them off the tee. You are able to also give this bad boy a little more oomph and MOST of the time responds with a few extra yards of carry.
Value for Money
Perfectly stepped lofts and distance gaps between each of the hybrids due to the varied CG locations in each hybrid offer playability and confidence. Playability is good although when your ball is sitting down in the rough you may struggle to get a lot of bat on ball at impact. From the tee or fair lies on either fairway or first cut of rough it is easy to hit and provides you with a generally straight ball flight with high enough peak to the trajectory each and every time. The overall look of the G30 hybrid is classy. Easy to align with the glossy step near the clubface opposing the matte crown.
Undoubtedly our winner in terms of value for money and will help you build confidence in attacking the par 5’s with your approach shots as time passes.back to menu ↑
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Ping G30 Hybrid Review
Technology behind the G30 Hybrid and how it can benefit you
|Product Details||Ping G30 Hybrid|
|Launch RRP||From $230|
|Handicap Range||Low – High|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left|
|Lie||58° – 60°|
|Loft||17°, 19°, 22°, 26°, 30°|
|Length||38.75″ – 40.75″|
|Shaft Type & Name||TFC 419H, TFC 80H, TFC 59 Accuracy (Tour 90 shaft available at upcharge)|
|Grip||Ping 5L or 5L Cord|