PING G430 SFT Driver Review

PING G430 SFT Driver

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The PING G430 SFT driver adds more adjustability to one of the game’s best slice-busters.  Extreme forgiveness.  Improved sound.

PING G430 SFT Driver crown

Introduction

For several generations, PING’s SFT drivers have been some of the most reliable slice-busters in golf.  The only problem is that not every golfer needs the same amount of draw bias.  The new PING G430 SFT driver addresses this issue by letting players dial in their preferred level of draw while giving everyone huge forgiveness.

PING G430 SFT Driver address

Looks

At address, the PING G430 SFT driver has the major hallmarks of PING’s recent drivers.  The crown is matte black and the front edge is lined with turbulators.  The back of the crown is busier than the G425 SFT [review HERE], but, like its predecessor, it has a round, symmetrical shape that doesn’t lean strongly toward the heel.

The sole of the G430 SFT driver is dominated by geometric designs and a large, white “PING” across the center.  Small slashes of yellow at the toe and heel and the adjustable weight are the primary differences between this and the G425.

Above you see the PING G430 SFT driver next to the G430 MAX (left).  The picture – due to the camera angle – shows a greater difference than exists in reality.  Outside of the G430 SFT sitting more closed at address, I’m not sure I could tell them apart.

PING G430 SFT Driver face

Sound & Feel

The PING G430 SFT driver and the G430 MAX [review HERE] look nearly identical, and the story is the same when it comes to sound and feel.  PING put a major emphasis on quieting this driver compared to the previous version, and they succeeded.  Each strike produces a solid sound, closer to a “thud” than the hollow “pop” of the G425.  The forgiving nature of this driver is reflected in the way that virtually all strikes sound the same.

Through the hands, impact is very light and quick.  This ultra-stable head treats the ball like a bug on a windshield.  Feedback on strike location is moderate, and only the worst mishits will cause any twisting at all.

Performance

The biggest change to the PING G430 SFT driver is the addition of the movable weight.  In previous PING SFT drivers, the weight was fixed in one position.  Now there are two options: Draw and Draw+.  According to PING, the Draw position offers 13 yards of draw bias, and the Draw+ has 20.  I think this is a major addition, and I was eager to test it out.

In the Draw position, the G430 SFT driver has a very healthy draw bias.  Shots in the center of the face are almost guaranteed to turn over, and anything on the toe is definitely moving left.  If you’re not sure how this magic happens, read THIS.

The Draw+ setting, as the name indicates, puts the draw bias on steroids.  Any opportunity to sling the ball right-to-left is taken with enthusiasm.  I even banged a few shots off the deepest part of the heel that wouldn’t cut; they just flew straight and long.  If you can slice this club in the Draw+ configuration, you definitely have an issue that equipment can’t solve.

Check out the new PING G430 SFT fairway wood HERE

Moving beyond the draw bias, the G430 SFT driver is very similar to the G430 MAX.  It’s on the very short list for the most stable, forgiving driver in golf.  You can use the entire face and see only small changes in ball speed.  Just as important, the launch and spin are robust, too.  This means that whether you strike it pure or lousy, you’ll get excellent distance.  You’ll see that the launch and spin in the graphic above are higher than the G430 MAX, but that’s because of the additional loft.  The G430 SFT is only offered at 10.5 degrees; I tested the G430 MAX at 9 degrees.

Also like the G430 MAX, the G430 SFT has PING’s Trajectory Tuning 2.0 hosel.  This has eight positions for dialing in the loft, face angle, and lie that you prefer.  The hosel offers another way to dial up the draw bias or to soften it, if you prefer.

Finally, the G430 SFT driver offers PING’s High Launch (HL) build.  This includes an 11 gram backweight, PING Alta Quick shaft, and Lamkin UTx Lite grip.  According to PING, this lighter configuration helps slower swingers gain an average of nine yards off the tee.  This is typical PING, and it’s what makes them one of my favorite OEMs: rather than just offering a lightweight shaft, they engineered a cohesive build to help players get more distance.

PING G430 SFT Driver sole

Conclusion

Whether you use it to dial the draw bias up or down, the new adjustability of the PING G430 SFT driver is a win.  This club continues to be one of the best slice-busters in golf, but also has enough options to make it playable for those that just want a little help turning the ball over off the tee.  If you want to hit it high, long, and right-to-left, get fit to dial in a G430 SFT driver.

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Matt Saternus

16 Comments

  1. Matt, did you truly try to slice the everliving crap out of the ball, as in cutting way across and hanging the clubface open? I think I know a buddy that this would be perfect for. Thanks, Jason

  2. Neil Newkirk

    This is the best driver ever. I moved up from a 425 SFT driver to the 430 SFT UL driver. My swing speed moved up from 75 to 85 and gained an average of 10 yds. Pretty amazing, at age 77 hitting drives 210 yds and in the fairway!

  3. Thank you…Matt for the information on Ping 430 SFT…I’m thinking about upgrading from my 425 Max to the 430 Max… but, with the great information on the 430SFT…I’m sold!!!!!
    430 SFT UL.

    Thank you

  4. Just bought the G430 SFT with the Soft R Alta 55 shaft. I love it. My last driver was a TM Simm2 Max D. I have the Ping set to 9 degrees and get medium height drives with a bit of run out. The balance of the club is great and very easy to swing. A real fairway finder. The draw bias is real, and I just have to smile since the “rightees” left my game. It takes a little bit of practice to change your aim point, but confidence quickly comes with consecutive straight or draw shots.

  5. How does the ping g430sft compare with the Sim 2 driver in distance

  6. Tom Fallin

    Matt,
    Would this Ping Driver suit the golfer who loses drives to the right a handful of times during a round? Are there any unintended consequences for the average golfer in using a draw biased driver like this or would you expect it to improve consistency as far as fairways hit?
    Thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      Tom,

      I can’t say for certain how it will work for any given player, but if you hit most drives straight and a few to the right, this should shift that whole dispersion left.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. Can you use this with a swing speed over 100!?

  8. I bought the G430 SFT about 6 months ago and it does not cure a slice categorically not. If you slice it is your swing that produces the slice and this club will not cure that I can confirm from my own experience do not waste £500 on this club to cure a slice. get professional help to cure the slice then buy a decent club for half that price that does the job without all the false hype of Spinsistency whatever the hell that is.
    regards
    Bob

  9. Anonymous

    While I do agree with Bob about getting professional help to fix a slice, I could not disagree more that this club does not help. I routinely hit the ball to the right of target and am now finding the middle of the fairway. Extremely happy with my purchase.

    • Matt Saternus

      It’s always a marriage of swing and equipment, at every level of the game. I’m glad you’re hitting more fairways.

      -Matt

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