In the world of new drivers, Ping and its G Series continually push the limits of technology, fitting, and forgiveness. With the new Ping G425 drivers for 2021, Ping is once again offering golfers uncompromising distance, more custom fitting options, and greater stability.
2021 Ping G425 driver: Making great even greater
Ping has always had a relentless focus on improvement, which is why, model over model, it has provided constant improvement in almost every measurable performance category, including, most notably, stability.
The best way to explain what the designers and engineers at Ping have done to make the new G425 drivers their best yet is to look at all of the technology that has been accumulated into the three new G425 driver models—the G425 Max, G425 SFT (Straight Flight Technology), and G425 LST (Low Spin Technology).
Ping G425 driver technology
Aerodynamics: The Ping G425 drivers all feature reconfigured turbulators to improve airflow and help increase aerodynamic efficiency towards impact. The smoother and less disrupted the airflow is around an object, the faster it can move. Although not as scientifically complicated, they also offer a visual aid from address to help with alignment.
From Ping’s engineering team
“[Turbulators] are proven to delay flow separation over the driver crown by influencing the behavior of the boundary layer. The quantitative drag measurements indicated about a 25-percent reduction in drag for orientations and speeds toward the end of a typical downswing with a 100 mph impact clubhead speed.”
Dragonfly crown: Although it’s not visible from the exterior of the head, Ping’s all-titanium crown saves mass by removing material from the lowest stress areas and creating a “framed” lattice structure to increase rigidity and lower the clubs center of gravity. The extra mass saved also allows the engineers to reposition it around the head as needed depending on the model to control ball flight and boost MOI properties.
Ping is staying the course with the all-titanium construction because engineers believe it offers the most advanced way to save weight compared to carbon composite, which needs excess ledges and bonding agents to get it to stay safely in place. It’s not that they never tried it either—if you take the wayback machine to 2007, Ping had a visible carbon crown on the original Rapture.
TS 9i + forged face insert: Much like the previous G410 drivers, the G425 models all feature a forged TS 9i+ face insert to increase ball speed. This is possible because the new + material is stronger and offers 20-percent more stretch and rebound which in turn allows engineers to make the face thinner, improve variable face thickness, and maximize the high COR area around the face.
Rough face texture: When most people think about face texture and performance they think wedges, but with drivers, having a more textured face offers similar performance advantages. By increasing friction on direct strikes (wedges are more of a glancing strike) the forgiveness properties of the driver (bulge and roll paired with MOI) have a greater effect, meaning misses go straighter.
Extreme weighting properties: This is where everything comes together to make the G425 the fastest and most forgiving drivers Ping have ever made. A gram saved here and a gram saved there all add up to allowing engineers to push more weight low and back into the head. Instead of pushing for low and forward to decrease spin while sacrificing forgiveness, Ping goes the other way by pushing lower to decrease spin and build the most stable drivers in golf—truly the benchmark for the rest of the industry.
This also means when it comes to the non-CG adjustable G425 SFT, Ping can increase bias in the head further to make it the most anti-fade biased driver the company has built.
Ping G425 models
Ping G425 Max
The best way to describe the G425 Max is by calling it the secret love child of the G400 Max and the G410 Plus, both from looks and design perspective. The G400 Max, by all accounts, was a higher MOI driver than the G410, but the G410 Plus allowed fitters to dial in the center of gravity location like never before. This CG tuning means each driver put into the hands of a golfer is more ideally suited to that player, which leads to tighter dispersion, better strokes gained, and helps lead to lower scores.
The G425 Max is a 460 cc head, which features a 26g moveable tungsten weight in the rear. To put that into perspective, the G400 Max rear non-adjustable weight was 20 grams and the G410 Plus moveable CG shifter was 16 grams. This increases the G425 Max’s MOI by a very impressive 14 percent while still allowing the same amount of CG relocation.
This extra mass is also how the weight track can offer less movement on the exterior of the head while still creating the same level of movement inside the head to create a draw and fade bias.
In true Ping fashion, the G425 Max will be available in both right and left-handed in 9, 10.5, and 12-degree lofts.
Ping G425 LST
The G425 LST (Low Spin Technology) model seems pretty self-explanatory, but it’s important to help identify its differences and how it can help the golfer looking for additional spin reduction.
Coming in at 445 cc, 15 cc smaller than its big brother the G425 Max, the LST offers a more pear-shaped profile to appeal to players looking for a more traditional look. Those 15 cc’s were mostly removed from the rear of the head to shorten the driver’s front-to-back length and move the center of gravity closer to the face to lower spin—without sacrificing overall MOI as much as possible.
It has a 17-gram tungsten CG shifter to help produce a draw, neutral, and fade bias, and from a fitting perspective, the LST spins 500-700 RPM less than the G425, according to Ping’s internal player testing and 200 RPM less than the previous G410 LST. The 500-700 RPM represents a much greater separation between models versus the G410 Plus driver line, which means it is easier for golfers to find their ideal fit.
The G425 LST will be available in both right and left-handed with 9 and 10.5-degree lofts.
Ping G425 SFT
The G425 SFT is officially Ping’s greatest slice killer to date. Thanks to the fixed heel-biased 23-gram tungsten weight and adjusted head shaping, it offers 10 yards more left bias than the previous G410 SFT and a whopping 25-plus yards more fade correction than the G425 Max.
Much like the Max model, the G425 SFT comes in at an MOI maximizing 460 cc and comes in one standard loft of 10.5 degrees in both right and left-handed.
Price, availability, and additional specs
The Ping G425 drivers will be available for pre-sale starting today and will be available at retail starting February 4. All three of the G425 models are priced at $540.
The stock shafts are Ping’s proprietory Alta CB Slate 55 in soft-regular, regular, stiff and x-stiff for players with a generally smoother tempo, and Ping’s 65 g, and 75g options, in regular, stiff, and x-stiff for players with faster tempos and higher swing speeds to increase stability and lower spin.
Two new aftermarket options are Aldila’s Rogue White 130 MSI 70 in regular, stiff, and X, along with Mitsubishi’s Tensei AV Raw Orange in regular, stiff, and x-stiff which fit in well to offer a broad-ranging selection to fit almost any golfer’s needs.
The final part of the puzzle is the grip, and the Ping G425 drivers will all come stock with Ping X Arccos GP lite Caddie Smart Grip, which features an embedded sensor to record and analyze every shot taken during a round when paired with the Arccos Caddie app. With the purchase of a G425 driver, golfers will get a 90-day free trial of the app, and then the options of a $99.99 annual subscription.
Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet/Arccos Caddie Smart Grip is available in Aqua (-1/64″) undersized, White -standard, and Gold (+1/32″) oversized.
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- Lydia Ko what’s in the bag accurate as of the the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
Driver: Ping G430 LST (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana GT 50 S
3-wood: Ping G430 Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana PD 60 S
5-wood: Ping G430 Max (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana GT 60 S
Hybrid: Ping G430 (22 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD HY 65 S
Irons: Titleist T200 (5), ProtoConcept CO5 (6-9)
Shafts: AeroTech SteelFiber fc 70
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F, 48-10F @49, 54-10F, 58-08F @59)
Shafts: AeroTech SteelFiber fc 70 (46), AeroTech SteelFiber fc 80 (48-58)
Putter: Scotty Cameron TG6
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Spotted: Amy Yang’s T.P. Mills Fleetwood putter
This week, we spotted Amy Yang with a rare putter in her bag at the 2023 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. The putter was made by legendary putter maker T.P. Mills and the head shape is called “Fleetwood.” If you are not familiar with T.P. Mills, the company was founded in 1963 by Truett P. Mills, Sr. who wanted to make a better putter than what was available. His original putters were crafted with basic hand tools in his garage out of of carbon steel. His son David is now crafting the handmade putters after many years learning and working with his father. The company still offers the classic Softtail, Huey, Ming, 8802, and many more putters from his shop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The Fleetwood is considered heel-shafted and has a wide flange that blurs the line between blade and mallet. Amy’s Fleetwood features a single sightline on the wide flange and some “snow” stamping on the top of the bumpers. Those bumpers flare up at the toe and heel, pushing weight to the outside for added stability and a balanced feel throughout the stroke. The large back cavity has some snow stamping above “My Wand” text that is stamped and filled with white paint. The topline looks slightly rounded for a softer look and blends in nicely with the width of the putter. A half-shaft offset flow neck is welded to the head while the face features a shallow milling pattern and unique “Mills” stamping near the heel.
The “Super Bullet” sole contains a large oval cavity where material is removed to dial in the desired head weight of the putter. This main cavity is in combination with two additional round cavities out at the toe and heel area. Yang’s Fleetwood is milled from Swiss-German stainless steel, as that is what is stamped into the center of the sole.
A traditional chrome steel shaft is installed and the putter is finished off with a Rosemark 1.52 MFS (microfiber silicone) putter grip in a white and teal.
- Check out the rest of our photos from the 2023 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship (LPGA)
Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (9/27/23): National Custom Works wedges (Don White hand ground)
At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.
It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.
Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a set of National Custom Works wedges (Don White hand ground).
From the seller (@cronejt): “Wedges: 50, 54, 60. Wedge heads. Don White Hand Ground. Raw finish, rust can be removed if desired. Highly Custom 1 of 1 stamping. Paid $1200 ($400 per head) for the heads alone. Took same time as iron set 1. Club build was done by Mike at TXG in Toronto. Asking $1000.”
To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: National Custom Works wedges (Don White hand ground)
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