FIRST LOOK: Ping G430 drivers, fairway woods, and hybrid from Shriners Children’s Open

Ping G430 driver 2023

The all-new Ping G430 driver.

Ryan Barath

The Shriners Children’s Open has been a smorgasbord of new equipment, and Tour players are getting their first official look at what Ping has in store for consumers in 2023 with the new G430 metal wood lineup. At first glance, there’s a lot of new technology mixed in with some continuing tech, as the famous turbulators are here to stay on the driver to go along with the rear-located CG shifter.

Ping G430 LST weight 2023
Pings CG Shifter on the G430 LST driver Ryan Barath

As was rumored based on patent drawings that were uncovered by some serious equipment sleuths, the G430 LST driver has gone to a carbon crown to push the COG lower to increase launch and lower spin without sacrificing forgiveness.

Ping Carbon crown driver G430
Pings G430 driver features a carbon wrap crown Ryan Barath

Ping’s adjustable sleeve is also remaining the same, which is also music to many golfers’ ears.

Ping G430 Max driver 2023
G430 Max driver Ryan Barath

The last time Ping used carbon in one of its drivers was back in 2006 with the original Rapture driver. The green colorway of the new G430 gear is a nice little design nod to that former product line.

Ping G430 MAX fairway wood on a golf course
G430 Max fairway wood Ryan Barath

The G430 Max driver does NOT have a carbon crown, but the G430 Max fairway woods and hybrids are equipped with carbon crown technology too. Just like the driver, they offer a lower center of gravity and increased MOI.

Ping G430 Max carbon fly fairway 2023
Ping G430 3-wood crown Ryan Barath
Ping G430 hybrid 2023
Ping G430 hybrid, being testing by David Lingmerth Ryan Barath

One of the biggest pieces of feedback from the Ping reps as well as players on the range at TPC Summerlin was the lower and more muted sound from the G430 Max and LST drivers. We can likely attribute a big reason for the acoustic change coming from the carbon crown with the G430 LST model, but for the all-titanium construction of the G430 Max there is a good chance some internal geometry has been adjusted.

We don’t have any more technical details about what’s going on inside of the new G430 metal woods, but we will continue to follow this story as more details become available.

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Ryan Barath Editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive club-fitting and -building background with more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was the lead content strategist for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.