PING G30 Irons Review

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The PING G30 iron gets a makeover in looks while still delivering the forgiveness and performance that have defined this line of irons over the years.  A truly easy-to-hit iron that makes the game more fun.

Introduction

No one in their right mind has ever accused PING’s G-series irons of being tough to play.  In fact, they’re always some of the most forgiving, most fun-to-hit irons on the market.  But, for those with “refined” (snobby) taste, they can be tough to look at.  Enter the PING G30 irons which retain the forgiveness but offer a more “refined” look at address.

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Looks

As I said above, the looks of the G30 iron are the biggest change/improvement over the previous generation.  In the past, there was little to differentiate the G-series irons from PING’s SGI irons like the K-series or the Karsten: the soles were super wide, there was tons of offset, and the top lines were thick.  While the G30’s probably won’t be mistaken for the beautiful S55’s, they are a solid step in that direction.  The soles on the G30 are thinner than in the past which not only makes them look good in the bag, but they also look better at address because there isn’t much/any sole hanging out behind the top line.

Why is this a big deal?  Because the G30 made this improvements while giving up nothing in terms of forgiveness.  That means more players who need help but want pretty clubs will be putting these in the bag and shooting lower scores.

*The pictures above show the G30 4-iron next to an i25 4-iron.

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Sound & Feel

If you’re sick of irons that feel like they’re doing to break when you hit them, the G30 is the antidote.  Like almost every GI iron on the market, the face of the G30 is very thin, but the difference is that the G30 doesn’t feel like it.  In fact, the feel leads you to believe you’re hitting the ball with a sledgehammer…and it’s awesome.

The sound is very minimal and very deep – no clinks, tinks, or other metallic sounds here.

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Performance

Are you sitting down?  The PING G30 iron is really forgiving.  I know that’s shocking news.  Feel free to take a minute.

Jokes aside, the G30 is a great game improvement iron.  It does exactly what it’s supposed to do: takes shots that are hit away from the center of the face and produces results that are nearly indistinguishable from pure strikes.  From the PW to the 4-iron, my dispersion was tighter with the G30 than with my current gamers.  Someone remind me why I don’t game these?  Oh right, a potent mix of vanity and stupidity.

There was one surprising thing that I discovered in my launch monitor testing: the strong trajectory that these irons produce.  One would expect that an iron that gets every shot airborne would also launch shots a mile into the air with uncontrollable spin.  Not so.  The G30 PW hit the exact same peak height as my i25 PW.  When comparing the 4-irons, both launched at the same height, but the G30 spun slightly less despite launching more consistently.  Damn you, PING, you’ve shot another hole in the story I tell about why I don’t play GI irons!

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Conclusion

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.

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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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46 Comments

  1. How would you compare the Ping G30 irons to the Taylormade Speedblade irons? Both received good reviews on your website. Thank you.

    • Matt Saternus

      Both are good irons. I think that more than anything, I would base a decision on subjective differences: what you prefer the look, sound, and feel of. Also, and this is anecdotal not data-based, I feel like the G30 is more forgiving heel-to-toe whereas the SpeedBlade is focused on improving misses low on the face.

      Hope that helps.

      -Matt

  2. Starting from scratch after years away from the game and comparing Ping G30’s to Mizuno JPX EZ. Need forgiveness and smooth feel. Can you compare the two? thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      I prefer the G30, but the two irons you mention are as similar as can be. Both are very forgiving and long. Test both, pick the one that feels better, and, most importantly, get fit for the right shaft and specs.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. I play to a 4, but since irons are where I need the most improvement, I’m leaning towards the G30’s (6-PW). My only concern is whether the increased offset – versus more of a “player’s” iron – will throw my shots left. Did you have that experience?

    Thanks a lot for your help – your reviews are the best out there.

    • Matt Saternus

      M,

      Thank you!

      My miss tends to be a hook, so I do steer myself away from offset irons. Though some work out well, I do feel myself “steering” the club away from that left miss.

      As for my advice, you probably know what I’m going to say: you have to try them for yourself. :) The more tests we do, the more its reinforced that everything in golf is personal. There are guys playing G30’s on the PGA Tour, so clearly good players can use them.

      I hope that helps.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Matt, you may have sent me back to the Karsten family. Thanks.

  5. Hi, Matt. How would you compare the G30 and the Nike Vapor Speed in terms of forgiveness and ease of play? Thanks in advance!

    • Matt Saternus

      DS,

      I didn’t test the Vapor Speed irons extensively, but they are a great iron. That said, if you want the absolute easiest to hit clubs, I think it’s hard to beat the G30. As ever, the best answer is to try both and decide for yourself.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Hi Matt,

    Am torn between G30, Karsten and the Callaway XR. Am a beginner to intermediate category – hit mid 90s on a 18-hole course. Which one do you recommend?

    • Matt Saternus

      T,

      I don’t think anything is better than the G30 or Karsten for forgiveness. Between the two, it’s just a question of whether you want the hybrids incorporated into the set. For most players, I think the hybrids are the better play.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. Joe lombardi

    Which set of irons do you like for a mid 80s player? Callaway Big Bertha or G30s there is approx $500 difference… Also I’m 60, is graphite a no decision? I’m not that long, 7 iron 140-150 with steel..
    Thank you

    • Matt Saternus

      Joe,

      The answer is always: the one that gets better results in the fitting. I don’t think graphite it a no-brainer. There are plenty of light weight steel options out there. Work with a good fitter and you’ll have a set that will last until you’re 70.

      Best,

      Matt

  8. Hey Matt,

    Fellow Chicagoan here. Just found your website, and really enjoy it. I’ve got my eye on G30’s or I25’s. I’ve got a higher swing speed, but play to an 8-10 hdcp (mostly blame the short game). Is the G30 right up my alley? The fact that G30 flight launched the same as your I25 is great news.

    • Matt Saternus

      Ben,

      Thank you, I’m glad you like the site. The best advice is to try both and get a fitting. Either iron is a great option.

      Best,

      Matt

  9. Matt
    Looking to buy a set of game improvement clubs. I like the Karstens , how do they compare to the G30s for distance & forgiveness? I am a 16 hdc

    Thx

    • Matt Saternus

      The Karstens are PING’s most forgiving, longest iron set. The difference in distance and forgiveness isn’t huge, but it’s there. How important that difference is can only be discovered through a fitting.

      Best,

      Matt

  10. Lance Barnett

    I am getting back into the game and trying to improve. I am a 20-25 and play with TM R7’s. IYO which do you recommend G30 or TM RSI1 & why?
    Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Lance,

      I prefer the G30. I like the feel better, and I have a good history with PING irons. On the RSi1, I’ve heard about the rubber in the slots coming out which isn’t a deal breaker, but when performance is similar, things like that do tilt the scale.

      Best,

      Matt

  11. Hi

    Having read several websites I am torn between Ping G30 and Callaway XR irons. I have tried both out at the shop and both are giving me the same type shots but Pings are cheaper. I was originally driven to buy the XR but now that the G30s are in the competition I cannot decide. Occasionally I do have better distances with the XR and from the way I am doing my shots I do not need to be custom fitted for the XRs. I quite new to the game having played 10 months but have the ability to play courses on my own now. One thing I have heard is that the XRs chrome finish can get scratched quite quickly and I am hoping to keep this set of clubs until my handicap is between 10-20

    • Matt Saternus

      George,

      We haven’t tested the XR irons yet, but the G30 are easily one of my three favorite game improvement sets. Also, PINGs are some of the most durable clubs you’ll find. Good luck with your decision.

      -Matt

  12. I have been away from golf for 10 years and have been back at it for about 8 months and have my index running right around 13. I had a complete fitting and ended up with ping g30 driver, fairway, hybrids, and irons I love the entire set. I am thinking about moving to my next goal of single digit handicap and was considering ping I Irons as I think better players play with clubs like the I iron. If you were me what would you do? Stay with the g30 irons or go to the I irons?
    Ps I love your reviews

    • Matt Saternus

      Dave,

      Thanks!
      I wouldn’t change equipment that I’m playing well with unless there was a very good reason. If the i really has your interest, go somewhere that will allow you to hit your G30’s against the i’s head to head and see what happens.
      Good luck getting to single digits.

      Best,

      Matt

  13. Hi I am nearly 4 times over twenty one, still have club head speed of about 80-85. Thinking of light Ping or Callaway iron shafts instead of my present Graphites. HC 16 please advise. Thanks.

    • Matt Saternus

      The best advice is always to get a fitting to see if there’s improvement to be had. At a minimum, try them head to head against your current clubs.

      Best,

      Matt

  14. Michael Moeller

    Matt, I am 67 y/o and play to a 19. I currently play Taylormade Burner 1.0. I would like to upgrade my irons. On your web site Bill reviewed the Adms XTD irons, and gave them outstanding remarks. In your opinion, which would be my best option, the AdamXTD’s or the Ping G 30’s

    • Matt Saternus

      Michael,

      I never tested the XTDs, so I can’t speak to those. I think a lot of the G30 irons when it comes to forgiveness. Ultimately, my recommendation is to get fit or at least try both irons to see which performs better.

      Best,

      Matt

  15. Dave Malone

    Hi Matt

    When are you going to test the new ping g irons
    I have g 30’s and want to know what you think of the new ping offering

  16. I had been using Taylor RBZ, however I have gone back to my old ping zings to get a higher flight. Does the G30 Pings have the higher flight as the ping zing and as forgiving?

    • Matt Saternus

      Gary,

      I don’t have any direct comparison experience between the G30 and the Zing. That said, the G30 is very high launching, long, and forgiving.

      -Matt

  17. Hey Matt,

    I have been using Taylormade Burner plus irons for a couple years now. I have not used any Ping products before. I am a 20 handicap. Are the G30’s more forgiving then my Buner plus? Should I make the switch?

  18. Matt, I’m looking for a good club fitter. I know about Club Champion but; they are a little pricey. Any recommendations, I live in Chicago however; willing to travel to the Burbs for a good fitting.

    • Matt Saternus

      Al,

      We recommend Club Champion. To me, there’s no value in trying to save a few bucks with an inferior fitting/product/build and being unhappy with the result. Club Champion is the best and they stand behind their fittings and their builds.

      Best,

      Matt

  19. Hi Matt,
    I bought the SLDR irons in stiff flex. I am novice started to golf just left summer. 32yrs old. Do not know my distances just yet.
    I am wondering if this is a good set to start with. Not sure if they are categorized in game improvement but maybe that’s what I need to get started. Wondering if G30 is the way to go. Or if you cOuld recommend a set or two to look into. Please shed some light. I don’t think getting fitted is an option at this early point.
    Thx

    • People have told me that stiff flex alone is difficult for an amateur let alone the club not being so forgiving. In wich group would you categorize the SLDR irons also if u can rate them out of 10 on forgiveness.
      Thx

      • Matt Saternus

        Anthony,

        Shaft flex is selected based on swing speed, tempo, load, etc, not playing ability.

        -Matt

    • Matt Saternus

      Anthony,

      Getting fit is always the best option. We wrote about that here: http://pluggedingolf.com/club-fitting-is-for-all-golfers/

      The SLDR is a basic game improvement iron that should be fine. I prefer the G30, but you may get better performance from the SLDR, the only way to know is through a fitting.

      -Matt

  20. Dave Malone

    Hi Matt

    I am still really having a great time with my complete set of my G 30 driver fairway woods hybrids and irons. I have 2 questions for you
    1. After you tested the new G irons, did you see a big enough difference in them to switch from G30 irons?
    2. I see that ping has introduced the new I blade, with my playing to a 10 Handicapp I kind of like the idea of that beautiful club, but I think it is still a blade and beyond what I should try, what say you my wise friend?
    As always you are very helpful with you sage wisdom
    Regards

    Dave

    • Matt Saternus

      Dave,

      The sage wisdom to both answers it the same, “Try the clubs and get fit.” I think there are some interesting new things in the G iron, but some people won’t see measurable differences in the results. As for the iBlades, that’s a big change from G30. I doubt that change will improve your scores, but if playing a blade makes the game more enjoyable, why not?

      -Matt

  21. Dave Malone

    Matt

    Thank you very much for your thoughts!!

  22. Eric Perreault

    Matt:
    I currently play Taylormade Speedblade irons but recently used G30’s as a rental set and absolutely loved the forgiveness and feel all the way down to the 4 iron. 4-6 with my Speedblade are not as forgiving. I have the chance to buy the G30’s to replace the Speedblades – what do you think? How about the G400’s?

    • Matt Saternus

      Eric,

      It seems like the G30 performed for you on the course, so there’s no reason not to make the switch. The G400 does offer a little more forgiveness and (in my opinion) an improved feel, but it comes down to a question of whether or not the added performance (if there is any for you) is worth the additional cost. I’d recommend demoing the G400 at least and, at best, working with a fitter.

      Thanks for the question,

      Matt

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