Callaway Paradym Irons Vs Ping G430 Irons Comparison and Review 2023


“The Callaway Paradym and the Ping G430 irons are the latest releases from their respective brands.”

In the following comparison review, we will be telling you which irons we liked more and why.

However, before we go any further, it should be noted that the Callaway Paradym irons come in two versions: standard and Paradym X. The Paradym X irons are geared more towards higher handicap players. Compared to the standard Paradym irons, the Paradym X’s have longer blades and a steeper undercut cavity.

For the sake of this comparison review, we used the standard Callaway Paradym irons to test against the Ping G430’s. And while we certainly had a favorite, we must say that there is a lot to love about both of these iron sets. Let’s take a look at them.

Callaway Paradym Overview

“The Callaway Paradym irons have a very clean look both in the bag and at point of address.”

In fact, we would go as far as to say that the Callaway Paradym irons are the nicest-looking irons that Callaway has produced in a while. They certainly have a player’s profile and shape. They aren’t too big but the blade is deep enough that they are forgiving at the end of the day.

When you look down, you don’t get the sense that you are swinging with a butter knife; but they are compact enough to be workable. And it must be mentioned that the Callaway Paradym have forged 455 steel faces which adds to the premium aura of these irons.

They have a soft yet very sturdy feel at impact and are remarkably consistent. The hollow body design helps with distance while the face provides impressive accuracy and consistency.

Ping G430 Overview

 PING G430 Irons

“The Ping G430 irons have a forged-like feel which is impressive considering that these are cast irons.”

The MOI of these irons is also very impressive. There are tungsten weights in the shaft tip and the toe so your mis-hits are stabilized to some degree. The shape of the Ping G430 irons is similar to that of the Callaway Paradym irons. The blade length is kept short and the offset is minimal. In fact, the face profile of the G430 irons is shallower than the Callaway Paradym irons so these are certainly not for high handicap players.

The Ping G430 irons feel fast and look very clean at address. One of the most prominent features is the “PurFlex” rear badge which Ping claims offers 7 flex zones that allows the face to play hot and fast.

Overview Conclusion 

“The Callaway Paradym irons will definitely have more to offer mid handicappers while the Ping G430 irons will likely only be useful to mid and low handicappers.”

The Callaway Paradym irons yielded more distance for our mid handicap testers while the same group of testers struggled a bit with the Ping G430 irons. We also felt that the Callaway Paradym irons were more consistent – even when we missed the sweet spot.

Callaway Paradym Irons First Impressions

“At first, it looked like the Callaway Paradym irons weren’t going to leave any margin for error.”

But the forged 455 steel face construction allayed those fears. Ball speeds and launch were kept more or less the same on slight mis-hits which was very impressive for irons of this size.

Callaway Paradym Key Technology

The Callaway Paradym irons were designed with premium looks and feel but the technology helps to make them more forgiving.

Forged 455 Steel Face

The forged faces are what give the Callaway Paradym irons their consistency. It also allows for a softer feel from the scoring irons.

Tungsten Weighting

The long irons have 67 grams of tungsten allocated low in the head just under the sweet spot. This allows for good shot stability and more power behind your full swings.

Hollow-Body Design

A hollow body construction allows for more face flexion so distance is not an issue with these irons.

Ping G430 First Impressions

PING G430 Irons3

“The Ping G430 irons certainly look like player’s performance irons at first glance.”

The perimeter weighting does help a bit if you struggle with accuracy though. Overall, the Ping G430’s are supremely workable.

Ping G430 Key Technology

Ping has changed things up a bit in the G400 family of irons.

Perimeter Weighting

Tungsten in the shaft tip and toe drastically increases MOI.

17-4 Stainless Steel

Heat treated stainless steel allows for a thinner face and more flex.

PurFlex Badge

Ping claims that the new PurFlex rear badge allows for even more face flexion.

Callaway Paradym Loft & Lie

Club Loft Lie
4-iron 20 61
5-iron 23 61.5
6-iron 26 62
7-iron 29 62.5
8-iron 33 63
9-iron 37 63.5

Ping G430 Loft & Lie

Club Loft Lie
4-iron 19 60.5
5-iron 22 61
6-iron 25.5 61.5
7-iron 29 62
8-iron 33 62.8
9-iron 37 63.5

Who Should Buy the Callaway Paradym Irons? 

“The Callaway Paradym irons are better for mid handicap players who are looking for a softer feel around the green with a splash of forgiveness.”

The Callaway Paradym irons are also great for players who frequently find themselves in tight lies. Turf interaction is very smooth thanks to a pre-worn leading edge on these irons. The hollow-body design also makes the long irons missile launchers off the deck.

And as you can see from the chart above, the long irons offer just a bit more launch than the long irons of the Ping G430 set so that will be helpful if you still have a bit of trouble getting air under the ball.

Distance: 97/100

Forgiveness: 95/100

Workability: 96/100

Overall Performance: 96/100

Value: 95/100

Overall Score: 96/100

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Who Should Buy the Ping G430 Irons?

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“These irons are better in the hands of low handicappers.”

The compact blade length and near-non-existent offset will make these irons a welcome site for low handicappers; but virtually no one else.

Launch is nice and low and spin is kept to a minimum so if you have a fast swing speed (85+ MPH) then by all means, give these irons a try.

Distance: 96/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Workability: 97/100

Overall Performance: 95/100

Value: 94/100

PING G430 Irons

Overall Score: 95/100

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