PING is introducing the new G425 family in North America, Europe and South America.
Engineered for golfers of all skill levels, the custom-built clubs are now available for custom fittings at authorized PING retailers around the world. Each club in the series comes standard with an Arccos Caddie Smart Grip.
“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,” said Solheim.
“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,” he said.
“The tour response to the G425 driver has been exceptional. 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,” added Solheim.
“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.,” he said.
“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,” said Solheim.
In the G425 driver series, the primary model is named MAX as it elevates the moment of inertia to PING’s highest level in history and provides golfers the most with added forgiveness.
Joining the G425 MAX are the LST (Low Spin Technology) and SFT (Straight Flight Technology) to best match a golfer’s swing and launch conditions.
To achieve the new performance levels in the G425 MAX (9, 10.5, 12 degree lofts), PING engineers combined key technologies from the G400 Max and G410 Plus.
The resulting increase in MOI in the 460cc head comes mainly from a 26-gram tungsten movable weight, which is made possible by weight savings attributed to advancements in the driver’s Dragonfly crown technology.
The weight can 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 CG-shifting weight can be secured in one of three settings – neutral, draw or fade – to influence forgiveness and shot shape. Tests indicate he average MOI increase is 14 per cent 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 LST model (9, 10.5 degree lofts) is designed with a pear-shaped head and measures 445cc to reduce spin approximately 200 rpm compared to the G410 LST and 500-700 rpm versus the G425 MAX.
The smaller head size of the LST employs a 17-gram CG shifter with three settings (draw, neutral, fade) 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 the SFT version (10.5 degree loft) is engineered with a 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 share previous PING driver innovations, including Turbulator Technology for reduced aerodynamic drag and the proprietary T9S+ forged face to accelerate face flexing for more distance.
An internal rib structure in the Ti-8-1-1 body improves acoustics for a solid and pleasing sound. Each model also features the lightweight, eight-position hosel for loft (plus/minus 1.5 degrees) and lie (up to three degrees flatter) adjustments to further dial in ball flight.
Head weights: 208 (LST), 206g (MAX), 202g (SFT)
Swingweight: D3 (MAX), D4 (LST), D1 (SFT)
Standard. length: 45 3/4 inches (Alta CB Slate 55); 45 1/4″ (PING Tour and optional stock)
Stock shaft: PING Alta CB (counter-balanced) Slate (SR, R, S, X)
Optional stock shafts: PING Tour 65, 75 (R, S, X), Alta Distanza Red (SR), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 (R, S) and 65 (R, S, X), Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 (R, S, X)
Cdn. MSRP: $670 each
G425 Fairway Woods/Hybrids
In the G425 fairway woods and hybrids, two shared PING innovations known as Facewrap Technology and Spinsistency combine for 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.
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 to normalize spin and increase ball speed for more distance.
Both player and PING Man robot testing revealed improved distance results from Spinsistency, specifically low on the face, the most common mis-hit with fairway woods and hybrids.
A tungsten sole weight strategically positioned in each club is used to increase the MOI in the stainless steel heads for added forgiveness. On the crown, a new 3-dot alignment feature provides the golfer a visual cue to address the ball to best match that person’s eye.
The fairway woods are offered in MAX 3W (14.5 degrees), 5W (17.5) 7W (20.5), 9W (23.5), LST (Low Spin) 3W (14.5) and SFT (Straight Flight) 3W (16), 5W (19) and 7W (22) options. The hybrids are available in 2 (17), 3 (19), 4 (22), 5 (26), 6 (30) and 7 (34).
Both the fairway woods and hybrids are engineered with the lightweight, eight-position hosel for loft (plus/minus 1.5) and lie (up to three degrees flatter) adjustments to further dial in ball flight.
Fairway wood stock shaft: PING Alta CB Slate 65 (SR, R, S, X)
Fairway wood no-upcharge shaft options: PING Tour 65, 75 (R, S, X), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 75 (R, S, X), Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 (R), Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 80 (S, X)
Hybrid stock shaft: PING Alta CB Slate 70 (SR, R, S, X)
Hybrid optional stock shafts: PING Tour 85 (R, S, X); Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro 80 Orange (R, S, X), Aldila Rogue Black Hybrid 95 (TS, TX)
Cdn. MSRP (fairway woods): $400 each
Cdn. MSRP (hybrids): $360 each
Alta CB Slate Shaft
The PING Alta CB Slate (SR, R, S, X) is the standard shaft in the G425 drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, crossovers and irons. Continuing PING’s belief in counter-balanced technology, the driver shaft is engineered with an eight-gram 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 Program
Arccos Caddie Smart Grip
The Arccos Caddie Smart Grip (Golf Pride Lite 360 Tour Velvet) in one of four sizes (Red -1/32 inches, 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 Screw-In sensors and the 90-day app free trial for a $19.99 shipping and handling fee.