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2021 Ping G425 Launch Day Report: Everything you need to know about the new equipment from Ping

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Today was the official launch day of the all-new 2021 Ping G425 line of clubs which includes drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, and irons. To quickly summarize the new releases, Ping is upping its game when it comes to offering the most stable drivers in golf, and for their fairway woods, hybrids, crossovers, and irons its about improved consistency in spin rates and ball speeds to help golfers play better.

If are looking for in-depth information, on the ins and outs of the new designs and the technology that makes them possible be sure to check out our full launch pieces below.

2021 Ping G425 drivers offer greater stability, performance across Max, LST, SFT models

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 fairway woods, hybrid, and Crossover: Introducing Spinsistency

Ping G425 Fairway, hybrid, crossover

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.

Ping G425 irons: Smaller and faster for 2021

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.

Perspectives from the GolfWRX forums

  • caller: “G425 MAX might cover a lot of golfers. Great looking stick.”
  • awtryau: “Really excited to start seeing more people get this driver in their hands and some comparisons. I played another round yesterday albeit, in the mid 40s, wet and windy conditions and I had 4 layers on and could barely swing. This driver is definitely lower launching for me. Thinking many may loft up. I hit some terrible drives, and I mean inch off-center that went much farther than expected and stayed in the fairway. The ones I did catch well did put me in places I see in the summer, which tells me it’s going further.”
  • dhen9: “Had a chance to put a couple of swings on the 7 irons today. Decently clean at address and what you’d expect from Ping. Seems similar offset and blade length as 410. I have never really gamed a Ping iron since g700 first came out but have demoed and even owned a couple of sets that never got gamed. All that being said, the two biggest takeaways were the sound is very similar to G710, which was a surprise. Second, mishits just don’t lose distance, and there were a few strikes that were nearly a ball’s width to the toe side of the sweet spot.”
  • Warrick: “Love that shallow, minimalist 3 wood.”
  • endy: On the 3 wood: “They look great! 3 Dot alignment is growing on me, even though I actually liked the turbs. For some reason, I cannot get on with the hybrids though. Something about the scoring lines/setup makes it look closed at setup to my eye, even if it’s not.”

Ping G425 Max driver

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GolfWRX’s resident equipment tester, Brian Knudson of the Club Junkie podcast, had this to say

G425 Max driver: Very stable and forgiving with a high launch as you would expect from the Max. Shots hit off-center still produce good ball speed and stay online, keeping you in play when you don’t put a perfect swing on it. Better players will love that you can use all the adjustments to take the draw out of it and play it neutral.

G425 LST driver: Produced a flat, penetrating trajectory that wasn’t affected by a headwind. Ball flight was straight and skilled players will be able to work with ball on command. The LST offered great feel—you could really feel the ball compress on the face. The smaller profile and square, slightly open, face angle will attract even the pickiest players.

G425 Max 3-wood: Very impressed with how easy it was to elevate off the turf. Seemed effortless to hit high, soft landing shots over and over again. While the sound was louder than I would have liked, the face is responsive and you can easily tell the difference between center and non-center strikes. Like the driver, the Max is very forgiving and takes some of the right side out of play.

G425 hybrid: With a high/mid launch and consistent carry distance, well struck shots are a pleasure to hit. Distance is long, not crazy, and you should be able to fit these into your gapping easily. Thin and toe shots flew lower than I expected, but still produced good total distance.

G425 Crossover: Really good feeling utility iron, softer than I expected it to be. Traditional shots were high and long, but you could flight it down with no problem to hit into the wind. Toe misses lost some distance, but held their line really well.

Here’s what the biggest YouTube testers and reviews have to say on the newest Ping G425 line

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If you are looking for another way to digest the practical applications of the Ping G425 line, on the most recent episode of the “On Spec” podcast presented by GolfWRX, host Ryan Barath goes through all the new clubs in the Ping G425 line with the goal up helping you understand how they can potentially help your game.

Ping G425 Max driver face

Ping G425 Max driver crown

Have you had a chance to hit anything in the Ping G425 line yet? What are your initial impressions? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Charlie

    Jan 11, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    I hit it today. LST model. Felt hollow and cheap. Looked hollow and cheap.

  2. Dom

    Jan 11, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    Great collection of reviews, videos, social media posts, etc. Thanks!

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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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