The Ping G30 hybrid continues the theme of a faster face that runs through the G30 range of woods.
Unlike the G30 driver and fairway, the hybrid does not feature the Turbulators. Like the G30 fairway, the smaller head size of the hybrid means that their effect would be minimal and the crown of the club looks cleaner as a result.
The matte black crown features a glossy leading edge which helps with alignment and helps give a very classy look overall.
The leading edge of the sole is also a little straighter than the previous G25 hybrid with a flatter sole. Combine this with the slightly longer and shallower head and you get a hybrid that acts more like a long iron, whilst providing all the benefits of a hybrid.
This will make it easier to hit from tight lies, but with less camber on the sole, if you use your hybrid from a lot of uneven lies or the semi-rough a lot then it could compromise the performance a little. It will therefore depend on where you use your hybrids the most as to whether the G30 will work for you.
One thing I really like about Ping hybrids is how neutral they play. They don't have a lot of offset and very little draw bias and this makes them much straigher when hit from a tee. The G30 is excellent in this regard and the flight was middle of the range for a hybrid.
It will fly slightly higher than the G25 as the centre of gravity (CG) is deeper than before and the face has been treated with a H900 heat process to make it stronger and increase ball speeds. The CG progressivley moves forward as you go up through the lofts to reduce the spin and keep the trajectory on path for the given club.
It's hard to detect this on the course, but the solid sound and feel is as good, if not a little better, than the G25. The higher peak point of the trajectory means the ball lands a little steeper and should therefore stop a little quicker, which is important in hybrids if you are are using them for approach shots.
The long iron feel is enhanced by the fact Ping have put club numbers on the G30 hybrids for the first time. The range starts with a 2H at 17° like the G25 did, but then the remaining lofts up to the 6H at 30° are all 1° stronger in the G30. This is because the hosel position is more forward in the G30 and comibined with the deeper CG, the lofts are stronger to create the right distance gaps between each club.
The G30 comes with a TFC 419H shaft in a fetching blue colour that also has a higher balance point to allow a slightly heavier head to increase the Moment of Inertia for more forgiveness. There is also the option of a cool looking silver Tour 90 graphite shaft that has a lower torque for high spin players.
On the face of it there may not be as much technical wizardry in the G30 hybrid compared to the G30 driver but the changes are more sublte and just as good.
The lower profile, larger head and smoother lines result in a well balanced, neutral and very playable hybrid. Even though this is aimed at mid to high handicappers, I can see a lot of better players opting for the G30 over the i25 hybrid for the bigger profile and extra forgiveness.