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The R&D guys at Ping have taken their driver variable face thickness technology and applied it to the new G425 irons using a Hyper 17-4 stainless steel face. This technique has greatly increased the flex of the face, while the patented cascading sole and top-rail undercut combine to work like a hinge, flexing to launch the ball faster and higher and with that higher launch angle you are able to stop the ball quicker when it hits the green.
While developing this technology for their irons, Ping have also been able to increase the clubs’ MOI by 3% helping increase the clubs’ forgiveness and at the same time making the iron a more compact shape from heel to toe. This has been achieved by redistributing weight to the toe and hosel and a tungsten toe screw which all helps to expand the perimeter weighting for tighter dispersion.
A new multi-material cavity badge covers more of the face to help dampen undesirable noise frequencies giving the G425s a solid noise and feel at impact. The design of the G425 irons is topped off with a water-repelling hydropearl chrome finish, with the grooves of the PW, UW, SW and LW having precision milling to increase control and touch around the green.
Arccos Caddie Smart Grips come standard with this set – see issue 17 for our review of the Arccos Caddie software.
It’s been a while since I tested the Ping I20 G20 and soon as I put the G425 behind the ball the first thought that entered my mind was how can you not hit this well and when I did pull the trigger, the next thought was how I enjoyed the solid sound and feel at impact.
Ping have always been known for their game improvement irons and I would always recommend them to someone who is just feeling their way into the game, but thats not to say the G425 are just aimed at the beginner. Every player will gain from the tighter dispersion and forgiveness that comes with the G425 and the more compact head design as it sits behind the ball.
If you watch the playing clips in the video review, you will notice not just how nice the high ball flight is, but how the ball arrowed in on the pin and dropped out of the sky helping the ball to stop quickly and give me more control going into the green.