Need To Know
The highly anticipated PING G425 range has finally been announced, featuring drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons and crossovers, the new G425 family is set to make a storm in the golf industry.
The latest driver from the PING range might just be the best looking driver in 2021, but it's not all about looks, we need to know how this beauty performs!
GolfMagic's equipment guru Alex Lodge has put the new PING G425 to the test, so check out the video below and help us out by hitting like and subscribing to our YouTube channel for more golf content.
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In the G425 driver series, the primary model is named Max as it elevates the moment of inertia (MOI) to PING’s highest level in history and provide golfers the most forgiving driver in golf. Joining the G425 Max are the LST (Low Spin Technology) and SFT (Straight Flight Technology) to best match a golfer’s swing and launch conditions.
To achieve the new performance levels in the G425 Max (9º, 10.5º, 12º lofts), PING engineers combined key technologies from the G400 Max and G410 Plus. The resulting increase in MOI in the 460cc head comes mainly from a 26-gram tungsten movable weight, which is made possible by weight savings attributed to advancements in the driver’s dragonfly crown technology.
The weight can be positioned at distinctive settings over a smaller area than G410 Plus/LST to help shift the center of gravity lower and farther back without sacrificing performance elsewhere in the design. The CG-shifting weight can be secured in one of three settings -- neutral, draw or fade -- to influence forgiveness and shot shape for maximum performance. The average MOI increase is 14% across the three weight positions compared to the G410 Plus, with three combinations of weight position and loft exceeding a combined MOI of 10,000 (gm-cm²).
The LST model (9º, 10.5º lofts) is designed with a pear-shaped head and measures 445cc to deliver spin reductions of approximately 200 rpm compared to the G410 LST and 500-700 rpm versus the G425 Max. The smaller head size of the LST employs a 17-gram CG shifter with three settings (Draw, Neutral, Fade) to fit the launch conditions best suited to the golfer’s swing and desired ball flight.
For golfers who commonly miss their tee shots to the right, the 460cc SFT version (10.5º loft) is engineered with draw bias to help bring shots back on-line and into the fairway. It features a fixed 23-gram tungsten back weight that shifts the CG closer to the heel to promote a right-to-left shot bend of approximately 25 yards compared to the G425 Max model. A lighter swingweight (D1) also helps influence the ball flight correction.
To help contribute to increases in swing speed and ball speed, all three models share proven PING driver innovations, including turbulators for reduced aerodynamic drag and the proprietary T9S+ forged face to accelerate face flexing for more distance. An internal rib structure in the Ti-8-1-1 body improves acoustics for a solid and pleasing sound. Each model also features the lightweight, 8-position hosel for loft (+-1.5º) and lie (up to 3º flatter) adjustments to further dial in ball flight.
After testing both the Max and LST models, we were blown away with every aspect of the G425 driver.
In terms of looks, PING have really upped their game with the design of the G425. It looks modern, clean and mean. A winning combination.
The G425 Max model will slot perfectly into the bag of most amateur golfers, thanks to its high level of forgiveness, meaning that even those shots caught off-centre will still travel, while the ball speeds and spin rates remained consistent throughout the face.
PING have clearly placed a premium on forgiveness with this driver and the adjustability available allows golfers to tailor the club to suit their desired shot shape, something that we found worked brilliantly.
Adjustability is an important feature in the modern day driver, but we've seen in previous years that certain drivers can lose distance and performance when you start playing around with the weights, so it was fantastic to see how well the G425 performed no matter where the weights were placed.
For those of you who consider driving to be a strong part of your game, you may be leaning towards the G425 LST model, which spins significantly lower than the Max.
Using the LST model, Alex was averaging a spin of 2120 rpm, compared to 2740 with the Max model. This helped create a lower, more piercing launch which helped Alex hit the ball even further, but like all low-spinning drivers, it does mean a little less forgiveness.
If we were to use one word to summarise the PING G425 driver, the word 'complete' springs to mind. It really does feel like the complete package.
It's everything you want out of your big stick. Distance, aesthetics, forgiveness, adjustability, it's got the lot. The best PING driver we have ever tested.