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

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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 part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He 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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  1. 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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2021 TaylorMade Spider X, EX, S, and SR putters offer improved roll, feel, and forgiveness

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Building putters is about creating options and incorporating technology. For TaylorMade’s all-new Spider putters for 2021—including the Spider X Hydro Blast, EX, Spider S, and SR—it’s the little details that make big differences.

“With this new class of Spider putters, we focused on removing two of those variables: aim and alignment … While each putter brings something unique to the table, they are bonded by a foundation of forgiveness, stability, and True Path alignment that makes it easier to aim.” – Bill Price, Product Creation, Putters & Wedge

The idea of a “classic” golf club or putter shape won’t generally have people reminiscing about a TaylorMade Spider, but the design has been around for well over a decade—and although it has gone through some design tweaks over the years, the modern Spider is here to stay

Spider X Hydro Blast

This putter is all about small changes to an already great design with the most notable being the Hydro Blast finishing process. The new Spider X also features

  • The classic Spider X head shape, available in both a face-balanced double-bend and a smaller slant neck with 21 degrees of toe hang.
  • Multimaterial construction to offer maximum stability and increased MOI.
  • White True Path for a high-contrast look that is easy to align

Availability and Price

Preorder for the Spider X Hydro Blast starts today, March 2, with putters arriving at retail starting March 12 with a price of $279.99.

The new Spider X will be available in stock lengths of 33″, 34″, and 35″ be completed with a KBS Chrome C-Taper Stepless shaft and Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.

Spider EX

With the Spider EX, TaylorMade is flexing its putter design capabilities when it comes to face technology to improve roll and feel. The Spider EX features a new co-molded insert made of white TPU urethane and small aluminum beams angled at 45°. This combination of materials gets the ball up and rolling quicker and also creates a soft yet solid feel to improve player feedback.

Speaking of feedback and feel the Spider EX has a newly designed “Fluted feel” shaft with a more flexible portion starting 5″ below the tip to add stability while also maintaining a softer feel through the stroke,  and is slightly larger than the Spider X to increase MOI.

Availability and price

Preorder for the Spider EX starts today, March 2, with putters arriving at retail starting March 12 with a price of $349.99 – See chart for full color availability.

The stock options will include lengths of  33″, 34″, and 35″, the TaylorMade Fluted Feel shaft and to top it off a Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.

Spider S and SR

It’s about options and alignment. The Spider S uses geometry and topline sights to help golfers who prefer to use the width of the ball for accurate sighting.

The Spider S also offers the same Fluted Feel shaft and white TPU Pure roll insert to create a soft feel.

The Spider SR is the “Stability Monster” of the 2021 TaylorMade putter lineup and utilizes multiple weights around the head to raise MOI.

While the Spider S’s alignment system is for players who use the front of the putter, the SR places the True path alignment away from the face and between the wings. This allows golfers to use the clean topline and parallel wings to line up to the intended path while still offering a visual aid to behind the ball.

Availability and Price

The Spider S and SR putters will be available for preorder March 2 and will land at retail beginning April 9, with a price of $279.99. The stock configurations will include lengths of 33″, 34″, and 35 and they will be completed with a TaylorMade Fluted Feel shaft and to topped with a Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.

Spider S options

Spider SR options

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‘Can’t seem to chip with forged wedges’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been trying to help out WRXer ‘RkoDavey’, who is struggling to chip with forged wedges. ‘RkoDavey’ kicks off the thread saying:

“For most of my golfing life, I’ve struggled to chip with my sand wedge but usually have no trouble when I use my gap wedge, and I’m starting to wonder if this is related to my equipment. My gap wedge is part of my P790 iron set, but no sand wedge is available, so I play an Adams Tom Watson forged 56-degree wedge (bounce is 13 degrees).

 I can’t tell you how many times I chunk little greenside chips with my Adams wedge, but if I chip with my gap wedge, the club seems to glide right through the turf, and I have much better results. My problems arise when I have little green to work with and need the ball to stop quick–my gap wedge simply isn’t the right tool for that type of shot.”

And he poses two questions for fellow members to help him out:

“First, is there something about forged wedges that makes them radically different from your typical gap wedge that comes with a set of irons? I had this same issue with the previous irons I owned, and I wonder if it’s my equipment or if it’s all in my head.

Second, what recommendations can you give for a 55 or 56-degree sand wedge that will perform similar to my gap wedge?”

Our members have been sharing their thoughts in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • IPA4me: “Check the bounce. Also, consider cavity back wedges for the added forgiveness.”
  • mootrail: “You’re comparing your super hot face hollow body set wedge to an ancient stamping with zero modern wedge design parameters. They might be perfectly fine for some, but the first thing to do is to toss them out. There are a few hollow body wedges out there, but it’s your swing and conditions first. You need to get to the shop and test them out.”
  • jomatty: “I’d check the leading edge between the two clubs.”

Entire Thread: “‘Can’t seem to chip with forged wedges'”

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: GtiClay

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of GtiClay.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: GtiClay

GtiClay WITB

“I used to do the WITB more often here. It’s been a REALLY long time. Maybe more than 10 years, and I, unfortunately have only 1 year where I played more than 20 rounds in a year since then. I’m gonna play more… a lot more in the coming years as I’m turning 48 this year and want to have a damn good birthday week at Bandon when I turn 50.

My goal is sub 5 handicap by then. I have still been mostly playing i3 blades and TM 300s. But I want to convert to ‘legal grooves’, so I just picked up my first new set of irons in maybe 15 years. The i210’s… so here’s my current WITB.”

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (10.5 degrees turned a bit to “lower” as I like a slightly open face at address)
Shaft: Ozik Matrix 80M Black Tie X @ 44.5″

3-wood: TaylorMade R9 paintbreak TI (15 degrees)
Shaft: Tipped Ozik Matrix 80M Black Tie X

5-wood: Tour Edge Exotics “ladies edition” (18 degrees)
Shaft: Tipped OG Aerotech SS85 X

Irons: Ping i210 (3-9i)
Shafts: KBS Tour 130X

Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 46 @ 47*, 54 @ 53*
Shafts: KBS Tour 130X

Callaway PM grind 60*, shaft TBD

(note – this is cold weather setup.  I plan to drop the 3 wood and add my 2019 PM grind 58* and 64* with S400 when it warms up and I need it.)

Putter: Scotty Cameron JAT, TaylorMade Ghost Marenello 355g, both at 34″.

The JAT is somewhere else and due to Covid I haven’t been able to get it, but as soon as I can, I’ll put it into play.

Grip: Stock Pistol

Golf Ball: I love the Callaway HX balls in the wind, but will play most any premium urethane ball that is on sale.

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord BCT midsize with 2x extra tape.

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

 

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