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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 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. 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).

  2. 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.”

  3. 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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Ben Hogan adds new mallet putter and additional finishes for 2021

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Based on the success of the putter line launched in 2019, Ben Hogan is upping its putter game with new finishes and a new mallet-style putter for 2021, the BHM02.

The BHM02 is a multi-material head made from a milled aluminum face attached to a milled 304 SS body. Although the shape is familiar, the construction is not. By utilizing the various materials in the head, designers had the ability to move more mass back and towards the perimeter, making it the highest MOI putter in the Ben Hogan lineup.

“Feel is especially important on the putting green.  That’s why the original Precision Milled Forged Putter line from Ben Hogan, which debuted in 2019, was crafted from soft, 1025 carbon steel, as the forging process strengthens and purifies the molecular structure of the steel to refine and tighten the grain structure of the head which, in turn, provides for uniform density across the entire clubface.” -Scott White, CEO of BenHogan Golf Equipment Company

Also for 2021, the most popular models in the existing line, the BHB01, BHB03, and BHM01 models, will be offered with a new Platinum Nickel finish option.

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All of the Ben Hogan Precision Milled Forged putters can be found on the Hogan website and are priced at $195.00 with the choice of four SuperStroke grips

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What GolfWRXers are saying about deep faced 5 and 7-woods

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the best deep faced 5 and 7-woods. WRXer ‘Provx’ kicks off the thread, saying

“I tend to deloft quite a lot, and for this reason I use a 5 and 7 wood instead of 3 and 5. This also causes me to live in fear of popping up shallow faced woods because I hit them high on the face due to the way I present the club.

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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.

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Entire Thread: “Deep faced 5 and 7-woods”

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Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees)
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3-wood: Titleist 917 F2 (16.5 degrees @15.75, C2 SureFit setting)
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7-wood: Titleist TSi2 (21 degrees)
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Irons: Titleist U500 (4), T100 (5), Titleist 718 AP2 (6-PW)
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Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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