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Ping G425 fairway woods, hybrid, and Crossover: Introducing Spinsistency



Ping G425 Fairway, hybrid, crossover

The all-new for 2021 Ping G425 fairway woods, hybrids, and Crossover share technologies designed to give golfers what they are always after: more distance and a more consistent ball flight.

When you combine the advancements in design and technology with the new more differentiated Max, LST, and SFT models—along with available fitting options—you get the best-performing Ping fairway wood and hybrid line to date.

Ping G425 fairway and hybrid technology

The G425 fairway woods and hybrids, share two new Ping innovations that come with the fancy titles of Facewrap Technology and Spinsistency. These technologies are designed to provide more ball speed and more consistent spin, especially from shots hit away from the sweet spot—which for most golfers is where contact generally occurs.

Facewrap is a high-strength maraging steel cup face with thinner sections placed towards the front of the crown and the sole to increase flex. Unlike the previous G410 fairways and hybrids, which had a maraging steel face insert, the G425’s cup face is one piece, which saves weight from welding allowing designers to reposition more mass.

According to Ping’s testing, the new G425 fairway woods offer a 1.5 mph ball speed increase compared to the previous model, which equates to roughly five extra yards on average. So how do golfers control and dial in this extra speed without increasing dispersion? Spinsistency!

Spinsistency is Ping’s new complex face curvature design that changes the bulge (side to side curvature) and more importantly the roll (top to bottom curvature) of the clubface to normalize or tighten the standard deviation of spin resulting in more consistent results, most noticeably with 2.5-degree decrease in loft towards the bottom of the face. The performance benefits are especially noticeable on shots hit lower on the face, which is where misses commonly occur with both fairway woods and hybrids.

Just like the G425 driver, the fairway woods and hybrids feature a tungsten sole weight strategically placed depending on the model to increase MOI and create spin and direction biases.

There is one familiar thing noticeably missing from the new G425 fairway woods and hybrids—turbulators. Ping has admitted many times in the past that this feature was always intended as an alignment aid rather than something to improve aerodynamic performance. They have been replaced with a smooth crown that uses a highly effective three-dot system. Ping has always had a focus on helping golfers align better using various techniques (see Heppler putter below).

2021 Ping G425 fairway models

Ping G425 Max

The Max model is the one that is going to fit the widest amount of golfers on the launch conditions bell curve. Instead of looking at golfers by age or other visible factors, it’s much more productive for engineers and designers to look at golfers using their launch dynamics.

The Max is a neutrally biased head and has the highest MOI for total forgiveness.

The G425 Max fairway wood is available in 3-wood (14.5 degrees), 5-wood (17.5 degrees), 7-wood (20.5 degrees), and 9-wood (23.5 degree)

Ping G425 LST

The G425 LST fairway wood, like the driver, is intended for golfers who need spin reduction.

Compared to the previous G410 LST, the new G425 spins on average 200 RPM less on center strikes and a remarkable 450 RMP on lower face strikes, thanks to improved CG location and the Spinsistency face. When you consider the average 3-wood spins between 3,200-3,800 RPM, that is a significant improvement.

Ping’s internal player testing shows this spin reduction combined with the additional ball speed from the Facewrap cup face both improves total distance by close to 10 yards and dispersion by a significant factor.

The G425 LST fairway wood is available in 3-wood (14.5 degrees) only

Ping G425 SFT

The G425 SFT fairway has been differentiated more than the previous G410 from the standard G425 Max to create more left bias in the club to help stop slicing. This is achieved with the head shaping combined with the more heel-biased tungsten weight in the back of the head.

From testing, the G425 SFT is six yards more left bias than the previous G410 SFT and almost a colossal 20 yards more left bias that the G425 Max in the standard-setting. When you include the ability to further close the face with the adjustable hosel, you get even more slice-killing power.

The G425 SFT (Straight Flight) is available in 3-wood (16 degrees), 5-wood (19 degrees) and 7-wood (22 degrees).

Ping G425 hybrids

The best way to describe the Ping G425 hybrids is as mini iron replacing fairway woods. They share all of the same Facewrap and Spinsistency technologies as the G425 fairways but are intended to launch higher and stop faster to create playable trajectories for golfers that need stopping power—all the way down to a 7-iron-replacing 34 degree.

Ping continues to offer an adjustable hosel in the G425 hybrids, allowing golfers and fitters to fine-tune trajectory and launch windows as well as helping faster players a way to create more fade bias into their hybrids by making them play flatter.

The Ping G425 hybrids are available in 2 (17 degrees), 3 (19 degrees), 4 (22 degrees), 5 (26 degrees), 6 (30 degrees), and 7 (34 degrees).

G425 Crossover

If you are a golfer looking for hybrid performance but prefer a smaller “iron-like” package, the G425 Crossover is your ticket to longer, higher-flying, faster-stopping shots.

The new G425 Crossover has been re-engineered with a thinner maraging steel face and internal geometry to deliver hybrid ball speed over a greater area thanks to a “hinge” built into the back part of the hollow head. This hinge acts as a secondary trampoline to increase launch and has allowed the face to be built seven percent thinner. This allows weight to be repositioned higher in the face, giving the new G245 a six percent higher MOI compared to the G410.

To match the aesthetic of the rest of the G425 metals line of slate and stealth, the Crossover has a new stealth hydropearl finish to repel moisture and make the club appear slightly smaller from address.

Available in 2 (18 degrees), 3 (20 degrees), and 4 (22.5 degrees).

Price, availability, and additional specs

The Ping G425 fairway woods, hybrids, and Crossovers will be available for pre-sale starting today Monday, January 11, and will be available at retail starting February 4.

The G425 fairway woods will be priced at $327.50 each, hybrids at 292.50 each, and Crossovers at $250.

Like the rest of the Ping G425 line, the fairway woods, hybrids, and Crossovers 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 club, golfers will get a 90-day free trial of the app, and then the option 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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Ryan Barath is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.



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  8. Robert f yonkers jr

    Jan 11, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    For that amount for new drivers you aren’t going to gain the yardage when allowance for ball speed coming of drivers is same for all manufacturers the hackers pay the price for the pros perks.

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Whats in the Bag

Neal Shipley WITB 2024 (June)



Driver: Ping G430 LST (9 degrees @7.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

3-wood: Ping G430 LST (15 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

3-wood: Titleist TSR3 (13.5 degrees, B2 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

5-wood: Ping G430 Max (18 degrees @16.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Black 8 X

Irons: Ping i230 (3), Ping Blueprint S (4), Ping Blueprint T (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100

Wedges: Ping s159 (46-12S, 50-12S, 54-12S, 60-08H)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100 (46-54), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (60)

Putter: Ping PLD Anser

Grips: Golf Pride ZGrip Cord

See more in-hand photos of Neal Shipley’s clubs here.

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Whats in the Bag

Bryson DeChambeau WITB 2024 (June)



Driver: Krank Formula Fire Pro (6 degrees @5)
Shaft: LA Golf Bryson Series

3-wood: Krank Formula Fire (13 degrees @12)
Shaft: LA Golf Bryson Series

3-wood: Krank Formula Fire (13 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Bryson Series

Irons: Avoda Prototype (5-PW)
Shafts: LA Golf Bryson Series

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (46-12S @45, 50-12S, 56, 60)
Shafts: LA Golf Bryson Series

Putter: SIK Pro C-Series Armlock/LA Golf Proto
Shaft: LA Golf C2L-180
Grip: JumboMax JumboFlat 17

Grips: JumboMax UltraLight XL

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Left Dash

Check out more in-hand photos of Bryson DeChambeau’s clubs here.

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Callaway launches Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver



First in our sites on the PGA Tour at the RBC Heritage in April, Callaway announced today it is bringing its Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver to retail as the competition for the “not quite a driver, not quite a fairway wood” slot in golfers’ bags continues to heat up.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver: Tech story

At 340 cc’s and designed primarily as an alternate tee club (11.5 and 13.5-degree lofts), the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver features the same Ai Smart Face technology as the Ai Smoke family of drivers — for more on Micro Deflections and Swing Code, check out our driver launch piece. Additionally, with the mini driver Callaway engineers opted for a dual weighting system (four grams and 12 grams), which can be swapped to adjust launch and spin.

Discussing the mini driver, Paul Winterhalter, Product Manager at Callaway, said, “This isn’t necessarily your “bomber” spec; this isn’t looking for extra added distance as compared to your driver. But this is an alternative club to where it’s giving you that consistent distance. It’s that smaller footprint for a player that’s probably a little bit higher caliber, looking to control.”

Added Advanced R&D Manager Nick Yontz, “What we’ve seen from a Tour aspect is that Tour players are rarely hitting their 3-woods into greens as approach shots. The 3-wood has become nearly a tee-only club, so situationally I think we’re going to see tour players lean into this at certain golf courses and certain setups as a club that they can use to hit more fairways.”

Yontz also stated the mini driver is 43.75 inches in length, two inches shorter than a traditional driver. He described it as “easier to swing and easier to hit straighter, because of that shorter shaft being able to square it up and control it a little bit more.” He also mentioned the Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 is well suited to players who struggle to hit their 3-woods, particularly off the tee.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver: Pricing, specs, availability

  • Price: $449.99
  • Lofts: 11.5, 13.5 degrees
  • Shafts: Project X Denali Blue (50, 60), Project X Cypher (40)
  • Pre-sale date: 6/11
  • At retail: 6/27

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