PING G Hybrid Review

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The PING G hybrid takes the ultra consistent G30 hybrid and makes it longer.

Introduction

It makes sense for a driver to be as long as possible.  For many players, it even makes sense for fairway woods to simply go as far as possible.  But hybrids?  Should they just be long and ignore consistency, accuracy, and forgiveness?  PING doesn’t think so.  Their new G hybrid starts with consistency and forgiveness, and adds new technology to put it into the conversation with some of the longer hybrids on the market.

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Looks

The size and shape of the PING G hybrid are similar to the G30 hybrid, but there are a couple of noticeable differences at address.  First, the G hybrid has Turbulators like the G and G30 drivers and fairway woods.  Also, the thin, dark grey “top line” has been replaced with a crown that’s entirely matte black.

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Sound & Feel

The sound that the PING G hybrid makes at impact is right in the middle of the hybrid spectrum.  It’s not a mini fairway wood – hollow, metallic, hot – but it’s also not entirely iron like – dull, solid, quiet.  The sound is a little more bass-y, only slightly metallic, and medium volume.  The feel is a bit hotter than the sound would indicate while still being solid and providing good feedback.

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Performance

The PING G hybrid has received a number of upgrades over the G30, all geared toward making it longer.  The face is now made of Carpenter 455 which is stronger, thinner, and faster.  Also, inside the club, there’s a Tiered Internal Sole which is designed to increase the flexing of the face and add ball speed.  Finally, the most noticeable change is the addition of the Turbulators, designed to make the head more aerodynamic and faster.

All together, these additions take what was already one of the most consistent hybrids and turn it into a very consistent AND very long hybrid.  It’s not as long as some of the massive, draw-biased super game improvement hybrids out there, but it will certainly keep pace with any of the hybrids geared towards average-and-better players.

For players that like the G hybrid, you’ll be able to put plenty of them in your bag.  This club is available in 17, 19, 22, 26, and 30 degree versions, allowing it to replace everything from a 5W to a 6I.

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Conclusion

If you follow PluggedInGolf regularly, you’ve read a lot of positive reviews of the new PING G clubs, and this one is no exception.  But you don’t need to take my word for it that the PING G hybrid is worth checking out – in its first month at retail, more golfers bought the G hybrid than any other.
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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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13 Comments

  1. Mike Robertson

    Nice review. Good description without getting too purple. I’m a 30 year Ping fan planning getting the G irons this year. Thanks for the info.

  2. Thanks for the review! Matt, what do you think about the draw bias of the G30 hybrid vs. the G? Similar? Noticeably less?

    Currently have the G30 in the bag. I’m debating those two hybrids or a crossover for my 4-iron spot. I’m high spin, high trajectory and tend to miss left, but I do like some friendly MOI.

    Thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      Mitch,

      I think they’re pretty similar in that regard. I never found the G30 to be problematic in that regard, and it’s something I’m usually pretty sensitive to.

      FWIW, the G Crossover just took the 4I spot in my bag.

      Best,

      Matt

      • I agree – the G30 has been one of the better hybrids for forgiveness AND not hooking the ball. I’m definitely going to give the crossover a hard look – it’ll be fun testing them out!

        Thanks Matt!

  3. Hey Matt, any recommendations for a high flying, forgiving rescue hybrid? I’m looking to replace my 4 iron (22 degree) with something that is a bit easier to strike.

    Keep up the great work!
    Damon

  4. How would you compare the G hybrid versus the Callaway Apex in terms of length and draw bias. I naturally have a right to left ball flight and tend to hook my i25 hybrid too much of the time. I’ve hit the Apex and like it a lot but prefer Ping.

    Any opinions?

    • Matt Saternus

      Andy,

      Both are quite good in terms of being neutral. The Apex was a bit longer for me, but that’s largely a matter of fit. Give them both a try or see a fitter.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. Hi, Thanks for your good well-made reviews. I thinking of buying a G Hybrid and was curious which shaft you tested? My options as a costumer wanting a stiff shaft is either Alta 70 or Tour 90. Interested in which you tested and if you know any differences between them.

    I’m also offered the Ping G30 Hybrid at a reduced price, read your review (http://pluggedingolf.com/ping-g30-hybrid-review/) of that club as well. How would you compare them, is anyone of them more suitable to a low-to-middle handicapper (101mph swing)? Thanks in advance

    • Matt Saternus

      Hampus,

      The Tour 90 is heavier and stiffer-tipped than the Alta 70. I tested mine with the Alta.

      As to the G vs the G30, I don’t think one is geared more toward a better player. It’s all about individual fit which is best found from working with a qualified fitter.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Thanks for your reply! Yes, visiting a fitter would definitely be the best thing to do, but the supply of brands and golf-fitters is unfortunately limited where I live so I’ll have to order it without trying them first.
        The Nike Vapor Fly hybrid also recieved your praise, would you say that they are aiming for the same group of golfers (i.e. skill level)? Thanks again

        • Matt Saternus

          Hampus,

          Yes, broadly speaking all those hybrids are meant to be easy to hit and usable by a wide range of players.

          Best,

          Matt

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