Ping G430 Max 10K driver

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Yes it’s launch month but a new driver from Ping was not expected. Ping have always been on a two year driver launch cycle and last years G430 and G430 MAX are still going toe to toe with anything available on the market.

The G430 MAX is already one of the most forgiving packages available but Ping have again pushed the boundaries and added another head option to the G430 lineup with the G430 MAX 10K driver. The best way we can describe it is the G430 MAX driver only MAXIER !!

The 10k in the name refers to the MOI of the club. Working together, Ping’s technologies in the G430 Max 10K produce a heel-toe MOI of 5,860 g-cm2, which pushes up against the USGA limit of 5,900 g-cm2. Add in the up-and-down MOI, and the total reaches 10,100 g-cm2, which is why the 10K was added to the club’s name. With that number being the highest in Ping’s history, no driver the company has previously made resists twisting on off-centre hits better, so golfers can expect to see straighter shots and less distance loss on mis-hits.

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“Our new G430 MAX 10K joins the G430 driver family and earns the distinction of being the most forgiving driver we’ve ever engineered,” said John K. Solheim, PING CEO & President.

“It’s a great addition to our G430 driver line, giving golfers another custom-fitting option loaded with innovations. It has a lot of the proven performance of the G430 MAX driver, but differs in several ways from a design standpoint, including a fixed backweight, larger head profile, and a Carbonfly Wrap crown – each contributing to the new level of forgiveness.”
“It’s been a lot of fun to watch people hit the G430 MAX 10K. Everyone comments how straight it is, which ultimately leads to more distance for the golfer,” Solheim said.

“It fits a wide range of golfers, from players who rely heavily on forgiveness for more distance and accuracy off the tee all the way to tour pros, who are seeing lower spin and increased ball speed as the result of swinging more aggressively, knowing the forgiveness will help them find more fairways. We’re excited to add the MAX 10K to our driver mix. We encourage golfers to experience a PING driver custom fitting and compare their launch-monitor results to help find the G430 driver that best fits their game. Whether it’s the new MAX 10K, the MAX, the LST or SFT, we’re confident there’s a PING G430 driver for every golfer.”

The fixed tungsten backweight in the multi-material 460cc head contributes to the record-setting MOI as it drives mass down and back to increase forgiveness and optimise the centre of gravity position, lowering spin and ensuring ball-speed preservation across the clubface for added distance. The heavier backweight (28g) is in part achieved by weight savings of 5g from the Carbonfly Wrap crown (13g installed) to create a powerful combination of accuracy and distance to meet the performance needs of all golfers.

PING’s biggest head profile to date maximises the USGA-allowable heel-toe and front-back dimensions to extend the perimeter weighting, adding to the forgiveness while staying within the 460cc volume limit. The larger, confidence-inspiring head helps square the golfer to the target and produces a less muted and slightly louder sound than the G430 MAX to give golfers a sense of even more powerful, satisfying tee shots.

PING engineers advanced the face technology of the G430 driver family by thinning the forged T9S+ titanium face of the G430 MAX 10K. The shallow face height and variable face thickness (VFT) are optimised for more flexing to ensure faster ball speeds. Spinsistency, a variable face curvature innovation, delivers consistent spin across the entire face, helping preserve ball speed on mis-hits for more distance and accuracy.

G430 MAX 10K HL

The lighter overall weight of the G430 MAX 10K HL driver offers all the technology and performance of the standard version, including the record-setting MOI, for slower-swing-speed golfers who don’t generate sufficient clubhead speed and ball velocity from traditionally weighted clubs. Custom engineered and custom built at 46” with a lighter backweight (19g), ultra-light shafts (PING Alta Quick 35/45) and grip (Lamkin UTx Lite, 41g), the result is a lower overall system weight so golfers can swing faster and generate more ball speed for higher-launching, longer-carrying and straighter tee shots. Available in 9.0°, 10.5°, and 12.0° lofts.

G430 MAX 10K Driver Specifications
Head volume: 460cc
Head weight: 206g
Lofts: 9.0°, 10.5°, 12.0° (adjustable +- 1.5°)
Swingweight: D3
Std. length: 45 3/4" (Alta CB Black 55); 45 1/4" (PING Tour 2.0 Chrome/Black and optional stock); 46” (Alta Quick 35/45 for HL build)
Stock shafts: PING Alta CB (counter-balanced) Black 55 (SR, R, S), PING Alta Quick 35/45
(HL build only)
Optional stock shafts: PING Tour 2.0 Chrome 65 (R, S, X), PING Tour 2.0 Black 65 (S, X),
Mitsubishi Kai’Li White 60 (S, X), PRJX HZRDUS Smoke Red RDX 50 (5.5, 6.0), PRJX
HZRDUS Smoke Red RDX 60 (5.5, 6.0, 6.5)
Stock grip: Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet in six sizes (Blue -1/16”, Red -1/32”, Aqua -1/64”, White- Std, Gold +1/32”, Orange +1/16”)
Stock grip HL: Lamkin UTx Lite (Aqua -1/64”, White-Std, Gold +1/32”)
RRP: G430 MAX 10K will retail for €725

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