50 Words or Less
The PING G30 hybrid redefined my expectations about consistency in a hybrid. Easy to hit, plenty long, and a great choice for all levels of golfers.
Calling PING’s G30 series a “game improvement” line may have been fair at one point in time, but it’s a concept that’s due to be retired. With the G30 driver winning the FedEx Cup – and being the longest driver on tour – and plenty of G30 fairway woods and hybrids in play, it’s time to call the line what it is: clubs that offer incredible forgiveness and high-level performance.
The look of the PING G30 hybrid borrows heavily from the i25. There’s a thin black “top line” followed by a larger matte black crown. This look has the effect of camouflaging some of the club’s bulk.
If you look at the G30 in different lofts, you’ll notice that the size of the club head does vary. The club is slightly larger in the lower lofts and smaller in the higher lofts.
Sound & Feel
The G30 hybrid is, in my opinion, the best-sounding PING hybrid yet, and it’s among the best by any maker. The club sounds hot – there’s a nice metallic crack – but it avoids sounding brittle or hollow.
The feedback is excellent, especially for a club with so much forgiveness. It’s easy to determine exactly where the ball hit the face, and the duller sound on mishits enhances that.
“Man, I’m tired of the ball landing in the same place over and over” -No one. Ever.
As I said at the beginning, the word that defines the G30 hybrid is “consistency.” Good swings, bad swings, pure strikes, and mishits all seem to end up in the same spot with very similar ball flight. This is the club that people are talking about when they say, “Play hybrids, you’ll hit them better than your long irons.”
That unsurpassed forgiveness is what makes the G30 an excellent choice for high-handicap players, but there’s a precision engineering to these clubs that will help put them in the bags of skilled players as well. Rather than just design one hybrid and increase or decrease the loft, each loft is engineered to produce optimal ball flight and distance through progressive offset and center of gravity. That means the 17° has a lower CoG to help get the ball in the air, but the 30° has a higher, more forward CoG is control spin. Bottom line: there’s no one-size-fits-all design here, each club is engineered to perform at the highest level.
Amateurs are often told that they need to ditch their long irons for hybrids in the pursuit of more consistency. Some amateurs fight that theory, but the PING G30 hybrid may convince many of them to concede. This is truly the most consistent hybrid I’ve ever tested, and I love the fact that each loft is engineered individually to an produce optimal ball flight. If you’re ready to give up your long irons or upgrade your hybrids, the G30 hybrids should be among the first you try.