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Ping unveils G425 range

2.42pm 11th January 2021 - New Products

PING’s new G425 range of drivers, fairways, hybrids, irons and crossovers is designed to offer a complete set of custom-built clubs for golfers of all skill levels.

“We’re very excited to bring PING’s next generation of score-lowering custom fit, custom built equipment to golfers,” said PING President John K. Solheim. “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.”

“The Tour response to the G425 driver has been exceptional,” Solheim added. “It started with a win its first week on the European Tour in the hands of Tyrrell Hatton at the BMW PGA Championship and has continued with wins around the world ever since. Viktor Hovland claimed the Mayakoba Golf Classic in early December with the G425 LST and one week later the U.S. Women’s Open Champion also relied on the new driver. In all, the G425 driver already has six wins to its name, helping earn titles on all the major tours around the world. The players are instantly attracted to the clean, premium look of the clubs and even more impressed with the performance.”

Here is an overview of the range…

Ping G425 Driver (RRP £450)

As with past G series drivers, the G425 comes in several models, including the Max, LST (Low Spin Technology) and SFT (Straight Flight Technology).

The 460cc Max (9º, 10.5º, 12º) is the most forgiving in the range, with the new model offering the highest moment of inertia of any driver Ping has ever made. This has been achieved by combining key technologies from company’s G400 Max and G410 Plus drivers, which saves weight from the crown to enable a 26g tungsten movable weight to be positioned at distinctive settings over a smaller area than G410 Plus/LST to help shift the centre of gravity lower and farther back without sacrificing performance elsewhere in the design. 
The weight can be secured in one of three settings – neutral, draw or fade – to influence forgiveness and shot shape. The average MOI increase is 14% across the three weight positions compared to the G410 Plus, with three combinations of weight position and loft exceeding a combined MOI of 10,000 gm-cm².

The 445cc LST model (9º, 10.5º) boasts a pear-shaped head to deliver spin reductions of approximately 200 rpm compared to the G410 LST and 500-700 rpm versus the G425 Max. The LST features a 17g moveable weight with Draw, Neutral and Fade settings to fit the launch conditions best suited to the golfer’s swing and desired ball flight. 

For golfers who commonly miss their tee shots to the right, the 460cc SFT version (10.5º) is engineered with draw bias to help bring shots back on-line and into the fairway. It features a fixed 23-gram tungsten back weight that shifts the CG closer to the heel to promote a right-to-left shot bend of approximately 25 yards compared to the G425 Max model. A lighter swingweight (D1) also helps influence the ball flight correction.

To help contribute to increases in swing speed and ball speed, all three models including turbulators on the crown for reduced drag and a T9S+ forged face to increase face flexing for more distance. An internal rib structure in the titanium body improves acoustics, while each model also features an eight-position hosel for loft (+-1.5º) and lie (up to 3º flatter) adjustments to further dial in ball flight.

PING G425 FAIRWAY WOODS & HYBRIDS

In the G425 fairway woods and hybrids, Ping has combined its Facewrap and Spinsistency technologies to deliver more distance and spin predictability, while offering numerous options to ensure proper gapping throughout a golfer’s bag. 

With the Facewrap design, a thin, high-strength maraging steel face extends into the crown and sole to provide increased flexing for faster ball speeds that result in greater distance and high launching shots.

To bring more consistent spin performance, the faces of the fairway woods and hybrids are engineered with a complex face curvature that modifies the roll profile, mainly low on the face where the loft decreases approximately 2.5º to normalize spin and increase ball speed for more distance. Both player and robot testing revealed significant improved distance, specifically low on the face, the most common miss-hit for fairway woods and hybrids. 

A tungsten sole weight strategically positioned in each club increases the MOI in the stainless steel heads for added forgiveness. On the crown, a new 3-dot alignment feature provides golfers a visual cue to address the ball to best match their eye.

The fairway woods (RRP £299) are offered in Max 3 (14.5°), 5 (17.5°) 7 (20.5°), 9 (23.5°); LST (Low Spin) 3 (14.5°) and SFT (Straight Flight) 3 (16°), 5 (19°) and 7 (22°) options. 

The hybrids (RRP £249) are available in 2 (17°), 3 (19°), 4 (22°), 5 (26°), 6 (30°º) and 7 (34°). 

As with the drivers, the fairway woods and hybrids feature an 8-position hosel for loft (+-1.5°) and lie (up to 3° flatter) adjustments to further dial in ball flight.

Ping G425 irons (RRP £129/£139 per club, st/gr)
In a departure from recent iron models, PING’s experts re-engineered the face of the G425 iron by employing a metalwood-style variable face thickness design. This increases flex for measurable ball speed gains that launch shots higher and farther with the stopping power to hold greens. 
While shorter heel-to-toe than the G410 model, the G425 irons boasts a 3% higher MOI due to weight savings from the face that have been moved to the toe and hosel weights, which expands the perimeter weighting and tightens dispersion.
The heads feature a water-repelling hydropearl chrome finish and are available in 4-9, PW, UW, SW and LW in Standard, Power Spec and Retro Spec lofts. The grooves in the wedges are precision-milled to enhance control into and around the green.

Ping Crossover (RRP £225)
On the tee or off the ground, the G425 Crossover is engineered to offer long-iron-type performance by delivering more distance and green-finding forgiveness. The thinner face and internal geometry deliver the ball speeds to hit high-flying shots that land softly. 
Forgiveness is supplied by the toe and hosel weights that expand the perimeter weighting to increase the MOI. It is further distinguished by its functional and resilient stealth hydropearl finish that helps repel moisture and improve performance from all conditions. Available in 2 (18º), 3 (20º) and 4 (22.5º).

Shaft options
The PING ALTA CB Slate (SR, R, S, X) is the standard shaft in the G425 Driver, Fairway Woods, Hybrids and Crossover. Continuing PING’s belief in counter-balanced technology, it is engineered with an 8g plug in the end of the shaft to deliver more momentum and forgiveness. In the G425 iron, the AWT 2.0 is the stock steel shaft and the ALTA CB Slate is the stock graphite option.

Arccos Caddie Smart Grip
The Arccos Caddie Smart Grip (Golf Pride Lite 360 Tour Velvet) in one of four sizes (Red -1/32”, Aqua -1/64”, White/Std, and Gold +1/32”) is the standard grip on all G425 clubs. Golfers who purchase a set of six or more G425 irons in one transaction are entitled to eight free Arccos screw-in sensors and a 90-day free trial of the Arccos Caddie App. Golfers who purchase one or more G425 driver, fairway wood, hybrid, iron (up to five) or Crossover are eligible for 14 free Arccos sensors and the 90-day app free trial.

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