Ping G430 Vs Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver Review & Comparison
“Lowering your score is all about starting each hole off on the right foot. So it’s very important that you find the right driver for your swing.”
For instance, if you have a slower swing speed with a deliberate transition, you should opt for a forgiving driver that can add to your carry distance with steeper launch angles. If you have a faster swing with a more aggressive tempo, you will likely do well with a driver that can keep spin rates at a minimum.
Today, we will be taking a look at a couple of different drivers that may help improve your score this season. Let’s take a look at them.
Ping G430 Overview
“The Ping G430 comes in three different versions: the G430 MAX, G430 LST and G430 SFT.”
For this comparison, we used the Ping G430 MAX driver. The Piong G430 MAX comes in 9, 10.5 and 12 degree loft versions so you can play with your launch even if you decide specifically on the MAX version. In addition to that, all Ping G430 drivers come with an adjustable loft sleeve that allows you to tweak the loft 1.5 degrees up or down.
For this reason alone, the Ping G430 is a great choice for a lot of different players. But how did it perform? The Ping G430 plays hot and fast. It has a forged titanium face insert that gives off a pleasing sound and feel at impact. More importantly, it seems to help increase ball speeds.
There is also an adjustable weight in the back of the head that allows you to work the ball from side-to-side. Like many Ping drivers before it, the Ping G430 is versatile. The 460cc head volume also makes it forgiving for high handicappers.
Callaway Rogue ST Max Overview
“The Callaway Rogue ST Max also comes in three different versions: a standard version, a Max D version (draw bias) and a Max LS version.”
We compared the Ping G430 MAX to the standard Callaway Rogue ST Max driver. Right away, we could feel that the Callaway Rogue ST Max was a bit lighter than the Ping G430. However, the Callaway Rogue ST Max does not have an adjustable weight so it’s not as versatile as the Ping G430.
However, the 460cc head looks great behind the ball. And it was easy to get steep launch angles from this driver because the CG is low and effective on your swing. The face doesn’t feel as satisfying as the G430 but the distance was comparable. We were averaging 234.5 yards with the Callaway Rogue ST Max and 237.2 yards with the Ping G430.
“It seemed apparent that the Ping G430 driver was more effective for our testers with a faster swing speed.”
The Callaway Rogue ST Max played almost as long as the Ping G430; but it was more forgiving than anything. We would recommend the Callaway Rogue ST Max to higher handicap players and the Ping G430 for players who want to be able to work the ball from the tee.
Ping G430 Key Technology
“In terms of features and technology, there is a lot going on with this driver.”
First of all, the Ping G430 has an interesting shape. It’s subtle; but if you look close you can see that the skirt is a bit higher than normal. This makes for a shallower face and more lateral forgiveness.
The Ping G430 also features an adjustable 25-gram weight in the back along with a variable roll radius face. Speaking of the face, it has been forged from titanium so it’s ultra-thin but still resists twisting very well.
Callaway Rogue ST Max Key Technology
“Most of the tech that went into this driver is intended to keep the CG low.”
For instance, the titanium unibody chassis effectively lowers the line of force so that it is more aligned with the sweet spot. There is also a 26-gram tungsten weight placed low and deep into the head again, to lower the CG.
The internal jailbreak bracing bars are used to increase the MOI so that the head doesn’t twist as much on impact.
Ping G430 Pros & Cons
- Very versatile
- Can accommodate fast swing speeds
- The face plays hot
- Produces good ball speeds
- Good lateral forgiveness
- Not as forgiving as the Callaway Rogue ST Max
- Heavier than the Callaway Rogue ST Max
Callaway Rogue ST Max Pros & Cons
- Very forgiving
- Good launch angles
- Feels stable at impact
- Helps correct slices
- Adjustable hosel
- No adjustable weight
- Not great for fast swing speeds
Who Should Buy the Ping G430 Driver?
“The Ping G430 would be a great choice if you’re a mid handicapper who wants to be able to shape your tee shots.”
There is a lot of room to bend the ball – or you can just keep it straight. Either way, the Ping G430 driver gives you the flexibility you need for every hole you play. What we liked the most about this driver was how it felt. You can almost feel the ball explode off the face and launch like a rocket thanks to the forged titanium face material. The ball speeds and distance we were getting from this driver were more than satisfactory.
Overall Performance: 97/100
Overall Score: 97/100
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Who Should Buy the Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver?
“The Callaway Rogue ST Max would be a better choice for high handicappers as it is definitely the more forgiving driver.”
The massive 26-gram tungsten weight cartridge and the ever-so-slight draw bias work in tandem to produce straight and high shots. You won’t have any trouble getting the ball in the air with this driver. While it isn’t as versatile as the Ping G430, beginners and high handicappers will be able to increase their drive distance with the Callaway Rogue ST Max.
Overall Performance: 95/100