Ping G430 Irons vs. G425

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Ping G430 Irons

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Ping G425 Irons

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Ping updated their very popular G425 irons lineup with the G430 Irons. Both are designed to be Ping's most forgiving game improvement irons. Ping promises improved distance and forgiveness in the G430 versus the G425.

After hitting both in the simulator, I can say that there are some improvements in the distance for sure. Forgiveness was excellent on both so it was hard to really see any major differences from human testing.

Overall, I think the G430 irons represent a small upgrade over the G425 irons in terms of distance, but its not exactly a slam dunk decision because of how Ping generated additional distance.

Keep reading to see what I mean...

Ping G430 Irons

The Ping G430 Irons were promised by Ping to deliver increased distance and forgiveness for mid to high handicap golfers.

The prior model G425 irons were very popular and known for combining forgiveness with a solid feel not often associated with game improvement irons. So Ping had their work cut out for them to show significant enough improvements to make it worth choosing the new version over the (now less expensive) older version.

Ping made changes that include stronger lofts, lower cg and a thinner face. In simple terms the lower cg is supposed to help get the club up in the air (especially for slower swing speeds and less than perfect strikes) while the stronger lofts add distance. The combination is supposed to add distance without preventing the ball from stopping on the green.

Ping G430 Iron Specs

4i38 7/8″19°60.5°.27″D0
5i38 1/4″22°61°.24″D0
6i37 5/8″25.5°61.5°.21″D0

Ping G425 Iron

The Ping G425 irons were very popular when they came out and remain so today. They were one of our top choices for both high and mid handicap golfers that want industry leading forgiveness and still have their irons feel less "clunky" when hit solidly.

The G425 and the G430 have options for either "Power Spec Loft" or "Retro Spec Loft." These are fancy names for allowing you to select irons that are between 1.5° and 2° stronger (power spec) or weaker (retro spec). It's kind of Ping's answer to the growing complaints that manufacturers keep jacking up irons lofts to claim more distance.

Ping G425 Iron Specs

6i37 5/8″26.5°61.5°.21″D0
5i38 1/4″23.5°61°.24″D0
4i38 7/8″20.5°60.5°.27″D0

Testing The Ping G430 and G425 Irons

To test these clubs I used the 7 iron from each set and took them to the launch monitor to check out the stats as well as get a feel for each club.

Differences Between The Ping G430 and G425 Irons


I didn't notice a major difference in forgiveness but both irons showed minimal distance loss on mishits compared to many other irons.

Forgiveness is looked at fairly subjectively by us, mainly because we have humans testing the club instead of robots.

Ping G4300
Ping G4250

Winner: G430


Ping irons are really never going to win any beauty contests and that is still true for their game improvement irons like these. So the question for those of you that care about the look of an irons is whether either of these clubs are less ugly then the other.

I do have to say that visually, it seems like the G430 has a slightly thinner topline. I didn't get a caliper and measure it because it really doesn't matter if it's actually thinner, just how it looks.

So I will give a very slight edge to the G430 irons, but if you're looking for irons in this category, looks should be a least of your concerns.

Ping G4300
Ping G4250

Winner: G430


The G430 irons feel slightly better. It's not a big difference but there's more of a softer feel to it and the ball feels more explosive off the face.

This is an underrated thing for mid and high handicap players as it can promote a smoother and more controlled swing if you feel like you don't need to swing hard to get the distance you want.

Ping G4300
Ping G4250

Winner: G430


This is probably the category where there was a definitive winner but it comes with a bit of a caveat.

The G430 Irons flew about 2-3% farther on average, which is a pretty significant difference from one generation of club to the next.

But there important thing is how that extra distance showed up. The G430 had a lower launch angle but generated more spin. So the apex of the ball flight was a bit higher with the G430.

What this means is that in calm conditions the G430 will fly a little farther and even have a similar or slightly steeper descent angle (making it easier to hold greens).

But, if you played in windy conditions, the extra spin means your ball can get blown around a bit more. So playing into the wind, you can lose significantly more distance than you would with the lower spinning G425.

Ping G4300
Ping G4250

Winner: G430


Shot dispersion was relatively the same for both the G430 and G425 irons. I tried to look at just well struck shots to see if there were any fliers that you sometimes get with game improvement irons and end up over the green.

The dispersion was what I would have expected from good GI irons. No massive fliers but not a super tight dispersion you would see with a series of well struck players irons.

Ping G4300
Ping G4250

Winner: Draw


The Ping G430 Irons are the newer model so it makes sense that these are going to be the winners in this comparison.

They are going to give you more distance, a slightly better feeling shot, and a thinner topline that will be more visually appealing to most golfers.

But that comes with the disclaimer that the G430 gets that distance from a lower launch and higher spin that can tend to balloon in headwinds and cause both distance loss and inconsistency.

So if you play in a windy area often, then you may want to stick with the G425 irons.

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Pete is an avid golfer since he was 10 years old and currently plays to a 9 handicap. He started Under Par Goals to help other golfers all around the world improve their games and learn more about the game.