The bad news for those people who have already read the story on the G30 drivers and have started loving the Turbulators, on the irons, there aren’t any.
There is more bad news for those people who are not exactly Pings G- series irons fans, there is nothing in the G30 iron that is going to change your perception radically.
This is very much true with Ping G- series designs.
There is good news for those people who love the G20, G25, and G anything else as well as for those who might have been favoring both sides a bit. Ping is offering a series of refinements that make the G30 a compelling and worthy replacement for the G25.
Control, Forgiveness, and Distance Where it Matters.
The increasingly widespread use of distance ions, unsupported faces, offering more deflection and greater ball speeds are among the hottest trends in iron design.
The bad side of wholly unsupported faces is that they mostly negatively impact dispersion. They fly to a large distance, but never always put you closer to the pin. That is not the sort of trade-off Ping is down with.
Among the goals of Ping with the G30 was to control the bending of the face better to create an iron that gives you the required distance, while it keeps you tighter to the pin also.
The faces on the G-30 are a little thinner (compared to the G-25) and it does create a little extra ball speed, the main purpose for making the face thin was to free up some extra mass, which Ping very quickly relocated back and low.
This movement of discretionary weight to the low/rear portion of the club head is not anything you have not heard before (many times ), but it has to be mentioned. As slow and as far back as can be put, that’s where Ping wants the weight in the G30 irons.
Still very much an improvement iron in the game, the G30 is more refined than the G25, but it still looks every bit a Ping iron.
There are still large heads, turn of offset, but lines generally are softer and cleaner.
From toe to heel and top to bottom, the steel across the eyes flows just a bit better.
Ping is leveraging a soft, elastomer badge to help improve feel and sound.
An I – Series Sole On A G – Series Iron
The more important design change is the addition of an extra 2° of bounce to the G30’s sole. Ping has effectively borrowed a large portion of the G30 sole design from the i20 and i25 irons.
Ping claims that this design works very well for any angle of attack, and serves to increase the playability of the new model.
One main difference between the soul of G30 and of i25 is that the G25 is wider on the trailing edge. As far as turf interaction is concerned it’s not the portion of the sole that comes into play.
The extra width allows it to place more mass, low, and rear.
Progressive Loft and Length
Looking at the spec sheet for the iron you will notice some unusual numbers in both length and loft columns. Ping chose to use a longer 5/ 8″ progression rather than the standard 1/ 2 ” difference between irons. Many considered the gaps between lofts to be equally non-standard.
It is weird. For whatever it is worth, if you strip the numbers of the sole of the clubs, the length to loft ratio of the G30 iron is nearly identical to that of Ping’s most loved EYE 2, so this is exactly not a first for Ping.
The 6 iron from an EYE 2 set would more or less qualify today as an 8 iron.
This probably is not iron for the purist. For increasing the lengths of the shaft, Ping had to decrease the head weight throughout the set.
The heads that are lighter usually result in a decrease of MOI. To remove that loss, Ping increased blade lengths a little.
This along with all of other weight relocation stuff covered actually produces a net gain in MOI over the G 25.
Seriously…Distance Where it Matters
As you guessed, Ping created weird progressions for a reason, their idea is to give additional distance where it matters, while improving gapping throughout the whole set.
There is no practical reason for the new wedge to go any farther than your old one, so Ping more or less left wedge performance alone.
What they were doing was squeezing another 3 yards on average out of the 7 iron, and 4 yards out of the 4 iron. There is some strengthening of lofts, the Ping guys are exceptionally proud of is that they were actually able to raise the average maximum height for both the 7 and 4 irons.
The overall result of their efforts is more consistent so let’s call it better getting throughout the set. Farther, softer, higher, and somehow more forgiving there is your take away.
Specs, Pricing, and Availability
Ping G30 iron will be available in golf shops in late July or early August. $110 each steel is the retail price for the irons and for each graphite, it is $125.