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Hammer Of The Gods: PING G425 Driver Review

Golf Equipment test and review: Ping G425 Driver review

 

Golf Club Tested

Club: PING G425 Driver
Shaft:
PING Alta CB Slate
Flex: Stiff

Loft: 10.5°
Loft Setting: 10.5°
Weight Setting: Fade

Golf Equipment test and review: Ping G425 Driver review

Golf Equipment test and review: Ping G425 Driver review

Golf Equipment test and review: Ping G425 Driver review

Golf Equipment test and review: Ping G425 Driver review

Golf Equipment test and review: Ping G425 Driver review

Golf Equipment test and review: Ping G425 Driver review

Golf Equipment test and review: Ping G425 Driver review


Technology:

I tested the PING G425 Max which is the primary model in the range, but there are also the LST (Low Spin Technology) and the SFT (Straight Flight Technology) versions, so it is important that you get fitted to find the best version for your golf swing.

The PING engineers have taken the technology that was available in the G400 and G410 Plus and improved on that, increasing the MOI in the new G425 for some extra forgiveness. This has been achieved by weight savings in the driver’s dragonfly crown technology that has enabled them to add a 26-gramme tungsten movable weight at the back of the driver. The moveable weight helps you adjust the centre of gravity so it can be positioned lower and further back without sacrificing the overall performance of the driver.

The moveable weight has three settings – neutral, draw or fade – and the average MOI increase is 14% across the three weight positions compared to the G410 Plus. This all helps increase the drivers forgiveness and shot shape.

All three models share PING’s other innovations, including turbulators which help reduced aerodynamic drag and the proprietary T9S+ forged face to accelerate face flexing for more distance. The internal rib structure in the Ti-8-1-1 body helps improve the driver’s acoustics at impact and all three models utilities the 8-position hosel to increase or decrease the loft by plus or minus 1.5º and lie by up to 3º flatter.

Conclusion:

I took this driver with me to test in Northern Ireland, so I could see how it performed on three different styles of golf courses – Ardglass GC is a links course, Warrenpoint GC is a parkland course and Clandeboye is a heathland course – and it certainly passed with flying colours.

Now, the sound at impact doesn’t come across on my video footage, but to be blatantly honest I really didn’t like it. To my ears it was a bit of a dull thud, but the question should be, would I sacrifice that sound at impact for how the driver performed? And the answer is yes, I certainly would.

The G425 looks great at address, I love the matt black finish and the turbulators certainly give it a no nonsense, mean look. One of the lads at my golf club who plays off a 4 handicap loves it and he certainly smashes it a long way. After tinkering with the settings I opted to have the moveable weight in the fade bias position and kept the hosel setting on 10.5° and set up to play a fade. I loved that combination as it proved perfect for me and gave me a high penetrating ball flight with plenty of distance.

Moral of the story? Don’t let the sound at impact cloud your judgement; the evidence will be in the numbers when you get fitted and you should definitely get fitted. Once you have the perfect combination for your swing and swing speed you’ll be more than happy with the distance and forgiveness that the G425 range has to offer.



Golf Equipment test and review: Ping G425 Driver review

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