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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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Driver: Titleist TSI3 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Black 130 MSI 60 TX

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