By ED TRAVIS
Complimenting the G430 fairways (the SFT and MAX) for 2023 Ping has announced the G430 LST for high swing speed players looking for low-spin and added distance in low profile tour-type head.
Fast Facts Ping G430 LST Fairway Wood
Better player category
169cc low profile head
Variable roll radius, less bulge radius
Variable thickness 2041 beta-titanium face
8-1-1 Titanium body
80-gram tungsten sole
Carbonfly Wrap crown
Stock loft:15°, adjustable +/- 1.5°
Stock shafts: Alta CB Black 65, PING Tour 2.0 Chrome 65/75, PING Tour 2.0 Black 65/75
Stock grip: Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet
LST stands for Low Spin Technology and this beefy 3-wood–the only available loft—is designed for Tour players and elite amateurs so don’t look for it in the bag of a guy in your Saturday foursome. It fills out the fairway wood line for Ping who introed the MAX (game-improvement category) and the SFT Straight Flight Technology (super game-improvement) models in January.
Note the titanium alloy face wraps into both the crown and sole which improves distance by additional flex at impact. The use of a carbon fiber crown and a tungsten sole lowers the center of gravity and moves it towards the rear for higher launch, low-spin hits.
The crown is an 8-layer 8.5-gram composite and saves 5.5 grams versus the more usual titanium crown and partially wraps the heel and toe parts of the head’s rear or skirt. The saved weight was moved to lower the center of gravity even further.
John K. Solheim, PING CEO & President said the press announcement, “We’re excited to bring this score-lowering technology to golfers during the heart of the golf season to give them a long and versatile three-wood to help them lower their scores and raise their enjoyment on the course. The lightweight properties of titanium and the density of tungsten open a lot of possibilities to improve performance.”
Solheim continued, “The results are phenomenal. The G430 LST 3-wood goes forever and sounds amazing. It’s already in the bags of Tour players around the world. We look forward to getting the new fairway wood in the hands of golfers who want the best of multi-material technology.”