By adding movable weights and combining past technologies, PING has created a driver that’s going to help you find more fairways, while remaining incredibly playable. In other words, exactly what you’d expect from a company with PING’s club making history.
Making a driver that allows you to hit more fairways, but doesn’t spin too much and limits distance—that’s been the goal of PING in recent years. In that regard, PING G425 is 14% more forgiving than previous PING drivers, a huge step forward for the company. With three versions right out of launch—LST for those that need to knock off some spin, and SFT for those seeking to fix that slice, PING has taken a driver line that already won many amateur golfers over in recent years, and upped the ante.
In golf parlance, forgiveness is measured by moment of inertia. And in that regard, PING engineers went a long way to make this driver better than the G410, which is pretty much the industry standard when it comes to forgiving drivers. The company increased the MOI by adding a 26-gram movable tungsten weight, which is offset by weight savings in the driver’s crown. The weight can really be targeted on the G425, allowing for three settings—neutral, draw, or fade—with a combined MOI of 10,000.
You’re going to find many of the same features you’ve found in past PING drivers. Turbulators, designed to reduce drag, are part of this line, as is the T9S+ forged face. Finally, an internal rib structure in the body offers a solid feel and incredible sound.
Arccos Caddie Smart Grip Program
PING’s owners love Arccos, the system that allows you to track every shot using sensors in the shafts. The Arccos Caddie Smart Grip (Golf Pride Lite 360 Tour Velvet) in one of four sizes (Red -1/32”, Aqua -1/64”, White/Std, and Gold +1/32”) is the standard grip on all G425 clubs. Golfers who purchase a set of six or more G425 irons in one transaction are entitled to eight free Arccos Screw-In sensors and a 90-day free trial of the Arccos Caddie App. Golfers who purchase one or more G425 driver, fairway wood, hybrid, iron (up to five) or Crossover are eligible for 14 free Arccos Screw-In sensors and the 90-day app free trial for a shipping and handling fee.
MOI to the Max
To achieve the new performance levels in the G425 Max, 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).
Is Max for me?
G425 Max is going to be the base model—and it is faster and more forgiving than any previous PING driver. If you’re looking for the most well-rounded model in the line, one that finds fairways, looks great, sounds terrific and travels great distances, this is the one for you.
Smaller head size for LST
PING made the LST (low spin technology) driver with a pear-shaped head that’s 445cc, or 15cc smaller than the standard G425. In turn it delivers a reduction of 200 rpm of spin, and assuming you launch the ball correctly, that means more distance. The driver offers a reduction of 500 to 700 rpm in spin.
Is it for me?
If you’re someone who see RPM numbers in excess of 3,000 when you’re on a launch monitor, PING’s G425 LST is going to help keep your spin numbers down and increase your distances. It is a smaller clubhead, and that won’t be for everyone, but better players might gravitate to this model.
SFT offers 25 yards of bend
For those golfers who cut across the ball, resulting in an open clubface and a slice, SFT is a game changer. PING uses 23-grams of tungsten to shift the weight closer to the heel, and use a lighter swing weight to keep your shots flying straighter.
Is it for me?
Do you slice the ball? If that’s you, SFT is worth a look. Sometimes it is easier to fix your driver than it is to fix your swing.
Available for pre-order on January 11, 2021 and in stores/online February 4, 2021.