Say the word Ping to a golf purist or old-timer and they’ll probably talk about the classic putter that actually made a “ping” sound at impact, and they’ll certainly tell you about their first set of beryllium copper Ping Eye’s, how much they cost, and where they bought them. The Arizona based manufacturer has been one of golf’s top 3 brands since their inception by Karsten Solhiem in 1959 in his California garage. While they are still among the finest when it comes to irons, wedges, and putters, it’s been their woods that have enjoyed the most success over the last few years. During the 2019-2020 season, both Taylormade and Titleist lead the PGA Tour with 11 driver wins each. Ping was close behind with 10 victories by players using their driver. The recent rage began with the G400 in 2018 and that version can still be found in bags on tour; most notably by last week’s winner Harris English. The 3 models of the G410 family followed suit and tested among the best in off-center hits. So you can imagine the anticipation for the G425 series that went up for preorder this week. The G425 is the best of both the 400 and 410 in a sleek and sexy package.
“We’re very excited to bring PING’s next generation of score-lowering, custom-fit, custom-built equipment to golfers. Our engineering teams have made significant performance improvements in the G425 family, which we are confident will appeal to long-time, loyal PING players while attracting other golfers looking to play better and enjoy the game more, including those brand-new to the game. As is our engineering philosophy, we don’t introduce a new product unless it’s measurably better than its predecessor. The G425 family exceeds that standard in both performance and appearance.” – John Solheim, Ping President
The MAX is going to be the flagship model of the 3 drivers in the new G425 line. It will be the most forgiving and boast the highest MOI (moment of intertia) in Ping’s history. This is due to taking key technologies from both the G400 and G410 and putting them in play here. The 460cc MAX head saw such an increase in MOI due to the 26-gram tungsten moveable weight. This weight was able to be heavier than before due to all the weight saved with crown constructed with DragonFly technology. This weight can me positioned in 3 distinct settings, fade, draw, and neutral, over a smaller area than G410 to shift the center of gravity lower and farther back without sacrificing performance elsewhere. The average gain in MOI is 14% across the 3 different settings.
The LST model is a 445cc pear-shaped and made to reduce spin for the higher speed player. It launches with approximately 200 rpm less than the G410 LST and 500-700 rpm less than the G425 MAX. The smaller head employs a slightly lighter adjustable weight at 17 grams. This too can be moved into 3 settings; draw, fade, and neutral.
Slicers rejoice because the G425 SFT has got you covered. This draw bias model features a fixed 23 gram weight which shifts the CG closer to the heel. This promotes a more right-to-left shot bend and help reduce that right side-spin on a miss. A lighter swingweight of D1 also helps the average player with a proper release through impact. This design equates to almost 25 yards of shot correction compared to the MAX.
Swing speeds and ball speeds are increased in all 3 models due to reduced drag thanks to the Turbulators featured on the crown. The T9S+ forged face accelerates flex across the entire face for exceptional distance even on the most mediocre of strikes. The 8-1-1 titanium body houses an internal rib structure which leads to improved acoustics and a solid, pleasing sound at impact. The G425 line will still feature the 8-position adjustable hosel to allow the player to dial in loft and lie.
Ping has expanded the stock offerings to include 5 shafts with no upcharge.
Ping ALTA CB Slate – Counter-balanced, mid weight, mid launch
Ping Tour 65/75 – Heavier, mid-low launch
Alta Distanza Red – Ultralight, high launch (only available in senior)
Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55/65 – mid weight, stiffer at butt end, mid launch
Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 – Heavy, low torque and flight, high speed players
The G425 fairway woods are offered in the same 3 models with the same ball flight and game characteristics as the drivers. The woods and hybrids and feature FaceWrap and Spinsistency technology. The FaceWrap design extends a thin, high-strength maraging steel face into the crown and sole. This strengthens the face and increases flexing for higher ball speeds and a higher launch on miss-hits. Both human and Ping Man robot testing showed greatly improved results with hits struck low on the face, the most common spot for amateurs when hitting off the ground.
Ping takes wood-like ball speeds into the re-engineered face of the G425 irons with VFT (variable face thickness). This enhances distance and launch while still offering green-stopping power you demand from your irons. Normally a high MOI iron would have to be made larger, but the G425 is more compact and shorter from heel-to-toe than the G410, yet boasts a 3% higher MOI. The new face geometry allowed more weight to be allocated to the heel and toe for more perimeter-weighting. The multi-material cavity delivers an exceptional feel and sound. A new water-repelling hydropearl finish is present in both the irons and the new G425 Crossover irons. This repels moisture and improves performance in all conditions. The Crossover is a popular option among better players who want a forgiving long iron but don’t want to play hybrid.
The Ping G425 lineup is available to preorder now on GolfHQ.com and is currently scheduled to start shipping February 4th.
Fantasy picks Always great to see the season pick back up at Kapalua in prime time while was all freeze our calzones off in the east. My picks fared well as I didn’t really get too fancy with them. Tony Finau notched a tie for 31st, DJ finished t-11, and Xander grabbed a top-5 for the 3rd year in a row. The tour stays in the 50th state and says aloha to the Sony Open. The golf courses couldn’t be any different as Kapalua has beautiful vistas for miles and 100 yard fairways that receive 400 yard drives while Waialae CC is flat and features doglegs around palm trees. Winner Harris English Why not? This would technically be his 3rd win in a row and he has top-10 finishes here in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Will contend Webb Simpson Old school course for an old school player. Sleeper Michael Thompson Not long and doesn’t need to be here. Great short iron player and putts Bermuda greens well.
Enjoy the game and each other,
Seth Zipay – Head Golf Professional