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Ping G425 irons: Smaller and faster for 2021

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If you looked up “forgiving irons” in the golf dictionary (not a real thing, but it should be), you would be greeted with pictures of Ping G Series irons. Since the initial launch of the G2 in 2003, Ping has continually innovated and improved its most popular and best-selling iron family, and the company is doing it again with the all-new Ping G425.

The new 2021 G425 iron builds off the success of the G410 by packing more forgiveness into a smaller package designed to not just shout from the rooftops about distance but give golfers the ability to reduce dispersions and land the ball softer into greens. An iron that goes longer isn’t very helpful if the golfer using them cant hold a green with anything over an 8-iron, and the engineers at Ping have added some very interesting technology to the G425 irons to accomplish just that.

2021 Ping G425 irons: Technologies

The most important new element of the G425 irons is the new metal wood style VFT (variable face thickness), used to increase ball speed, consistency, and launch. The new VFT is possible thanks to the Hyper 17-4 stainless steel material, which allows engineers to go thinner while still maintaining structural integrity and feel.

The most interesting aspect which separates the new VFT from the previous generation Cor-Eye technology is it is not symmetrical and is instead a more sideways egg-shaped oval. The reason for this new geometry is based on optimizing and equalizing speeds around the face to deliver better results from club to club. This allows the G425 iron to have more face deflection than Ping has ever been able to create with a cast design. When you add in the new face with an improved hinge (notice the small notch on the toe to also increase deflection) you get a diving board-like effect to send the ball higher to stop sooner.

G425 forgiveness and feel

Like the G410 from the G400, the G425 irons have gotten smaller yet more forgiving, thanks to smart engineering from the team at Ping. The weight saved from around the body has been positioned to the far heel and toe thanks to the visible tugsten weight screw in the toe and in the hosel using a tip weight.

Let me explain: Every iron on the market utilizes a tip weight, either inserted into the shaft or into a port in the bottom of the hosel. (We’re about to go deep into the weeds from a design standpoint, but stick with me). There is 100 percent nothing wrong with OEMs using tip weights to achieve desired swing weight, but when you use them you move the CG closer to the hosel/heel side of the club—not on a humanly noticeable level but certainly from a definite engineering perspective.

This is why Ping has always placed the CTP (Custom Tuning Port) in the middle of the clubhead, behind the CG. But the custom tuning ports have been replaced with better-performing, thinner badges to increase MOI while still producing a soft feeling iron. Less weight in the middle of the head allows more mass to be positioned around the perimeter, and boom—an iron with a three percent higher MOI in a smaller package.

Going from distance to precision, Ping utilizes the same machining and groove geometry of the Glide 3.0 wedge in the G425 wedges from pitching wedge to lob wedge to offer “G” golfers the same short game control and accuracy in their matching wedges.

This is not new, but it’s a unique option to be found in the game improvement category, where matching wedges are usually a bit of an afterthought in the design process.

Specs, pricing, and availability

The Ping G425 irons will be available for pre-sale starting today and will be available at retail starting February 4, priced at $137.50 each in a stock steel configuration and $150 in graphite.

G425 Specs

Shafts

The stock shaft options for the Ping G425 irons are the proprietary steel AWT 2.0, and ALTA CB slate in graphite. There are also a number of other no charge, and upcharge option available including Nippon 105 and True Temper Dynamic Gold 120.

Like the rest of the Ping G425 line, the irons will 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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  3. Kevin Ricciardelli

    Jan 12, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Notice the 3 lofts for each iron – New Standard, Power Spec (jacked) and Retro Spec (old school).

  4. Risky Plan

    Jan 11, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    PING has held it’s minimum 7 iron loft at 30 degrees, better than PXG at 28 degrees, but still absurd.

    It’s like in Spinal Tap when Nigel Tufnel claims their amps are 1 louder because they go to “11.”

  5. Steve C

    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Long story short…Ping has once again achieved the ultimate, newest, must have clubs for anyone truly wanting to improve their game. Of course, if I wait only a few months, I’m sure sure they will be offering a newer, more ultimate, must have club that I cant live without!

    • steve C

      Jan 11, 2021 at 10:52 am

      Also…Just last week there was an article right on this same site saying newer irons weren’t necessarily better than older irons.

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PXG launches new 0311 ST Gen4 blade irons

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PXG has unveiled its new 0311 ST Gen4 blade irons crafted for the low handicap golfer who craves greater workability, enhanced control, and exceptional feel.

The new additions from PXG are triple forged from a strong 6280 carbon steel and are engineered to offer players a varied clubhead design supporting extreme workability in the scoring irons and more forgiveness in the long irons.

Speaking on the new 0311 ST Gen4 blade irons, PXG Founder and CEO Bob Parsons said

“We spent a lot of time working with our tour players and other talented golfers to understand how we could pack more performance into our solid-bodied blades. We’ve integrated everything we learned into our new PXG 0311 ST GEN4 Blades. 

And, while these beauties might not be for the faint of heart at address, they certainly deliver total control for those who can swing them.”

With less offset throughout the set compared to its predecessors, PXG has introduced a varied blade length across the short, mid, and long irons with the new tour player-inspired designed irons.

The 3 through 5-irons present a slightly larger profile and small cavity in design to boost the moment of inertia (MOI) and forgiveness.

The 6 and 7-irons offer a thin topline and moderate blade size in a bid to provide exceptional face control and maximum workability, while the 8-iron through gap wedge feature a thinner topline and shorter blade length engineered to get the ball out of the rough with ease and accuracy.

In addition, the PXG 0311 ST Gen4 Blades also incorporate the brand’s Precision Weighting Technology, which leverages a large weight located near the center of gravity (CG) on the back of the clubhead, offering golfers various head weight configurations during a fitting. 

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“New PXG 0311 ST GEN4 Blades have cleaner lines, more forgiveness, and have increased my distances shared. They gave me the confidence to shoot my lowest score ever – 60 – at the 2021 Barbasol Championship!” – PXG tour professional and PGA TOUR winner James Hahn

PXG’s 0311 ST Gen4 Blades are available in Chrome or Xtreme Dark. The Xtreme Dark provides a matte-black aesthetic leveraging a Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) Coating, which significantly increases the surface hardness of the finish in design for improved wear resistance over time. 

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Ping i210 vs Glide gap wedge – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been comparing and contrasting Ping’s i210 GW with the brand’s Glide GW. WRXer ‘Joe40’ is on the hunt for a 50-degree wedge and says:

“I recently bought a set of i210 irons 4-W. I’m now thinking I might like to add a 50* wedge (next wedge is a 54/8 Mizuno T20). Not sure whether to go for the set U wedge or the 50* Glide 3.0? I have the AWT 2.0 shafts in the irons.

Any thoughts on what, if any, differences I might notice?”

And 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.

  • nostatic: “Bounce is different by a degree (i210 has more), my hunch is the perimeter weighting is more on the i210. It looks like the elastomer insert area is smaller on the Glide 3.0, at least compared to my Eye2 grind. But I think they’d be more alike than different, at least compared to other wedges.”
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  • jbandalo: “I went with Glide’s for my PW and up as they are more versatile. If just using the gap wedge for full shots only, I’d go with the set wedge. If you need to flight shots down, chips etc., I’d go to the Glide.”
  • Tupperwolf: “I have the U-wedge in my i210 set, and it’s one of my favorite clubs. I agree with the above that it’s basically a traditional loft PW, and I treat it as such.”

Entire Thread: “Ping i210 vs Glide gap wedge – GolfWRXers discuss”

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From the seller (@circa3182): “699 Pro Irons – $450 shipped – KBS Tour 120 black stiff shafts – Lamkin Crossline grips. Pictures tell the story. In great shape.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Sub70 699 Pro irons

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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