Best Ping Drivers 2022

We run through some of the best drivers on the market which are made by Ping.

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Best Ping Drivers

Ping has delivered some of the game's most innovative products over the years, across a number of equipment categories. Indeed given the success of Tour players, Ping has clearly been creating the best golf drivers (opens in new tab) on the market for a long time now.

In fact, it's hard not to become a little misty-eyed looking back: the Anser putter, Eye 2 irons, TiSi driver... the list goes on. The best Ping drivers? Well, the G2 was a favorite and in more recent times there was the popular G driver - and we were also big admirers of the G410 range that was launched in 2019. 

When the G425 Max arrived in 2021, we were interested to see how performance had been moved on and all three heads in the range delivered the familiar Ping quality, forgiveness (opens in new tab) and impressive distance (opens in new tab). Custom fitting is a core principle of the Ping brand, so when we test the product we're always keen to stress how important it is to get the most of out the technology. Each head in the G425 has six stock shafts available, so a good custom fit will help you work out which is right for your game. 

In terms of this best Ping drivers guide, be sure to read our reviews below to find out more about each product. Alternatively if Ping is not for you, we have also created guides for other brands too – such as the best Cobra drivers (opens in new tab), the best Titleist drivers, or the best Callaway drivers (opens in new tab).

Best Ping Drivers

ping g425 max driverEditors Choice 2022

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Specifications

Lofts : 9°, 10.5° & 12°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shaft: Ping Alta CB 55 Slate (5 other options available at no upcharge)
Left Handed Option: Yes, in all available lofts

Reasons to buy

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Increased forgiveness and accuracy over G410 
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G425 has better fitting options

Reasons to avoid

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No obvious gains in distance over G410 on centred hits.

The G425 range was - and still is - a great improvement on the G410 that it replaced. It kept up from a distance perspective but we found the G425 was generally straighter, lost less distance and curved less on mishits. The G410 set such a high bar that beating it for distance was always going to be tough - if you’ve got one, there’s no need to rush to upgrade to G425. If you don't already have a Ping driver, we'd recommend hitting a few balls with this G425 to get a real sense of the straight and powerful ball flight it offers.

One huge difference versus the G410 was that Ping implemented a new 26-gram tungsten movable weight called a CG Shifter. This was made possible by weight savings from advancements in the driver’s dragonfly crown 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 per cent across the three weight positions compared to the G410 Plus.

This extra level of adjustability means this driver can suit pretty much any sort of swing or ball shape. Slicer? Pop the weight in the draw setting to aid a straighter ball flight. Duck hooker? The fade setting should allow you to hit a higher, more controlled ball flight. 

Down at address, the G425 Max certainly has a more rounded profile than the G410 Plus, which to some people will look more user friendly.

Ping G425 SFT Driver

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Specifications

Lofts: 10.5°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shaft : Ping Alta Distanza (5 other options available at no upcharge)
Left Handed Option: Yes, in all available lofts

Reasons to buy

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Impressive forgiveness levels 
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Perfect for slicers seeking a straighter flight  

Reasons to avoid

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Not suitable for golfers with a hook

For slicers (opens in new tab) of the ball, the SFT head in the G425 range is by far the best option. SFT stands for Straight Flight Technology and a consistently straighter ball flight is achieved by a fixed weight near the heel of the club for maximum slice correction. Ping claim that this weight should encourage an extra 25 yards of draw movement on your shots. While we didn't quite achieve this much during our testing, there was certainly more draw shape to be had when compared to the standard head. 

It offers even more draw bias than the G425 Max in its draw setting, which means serial slicers of the ball will definitely want to opt for the SFT head. Yes you lose the adjustability of the Max head, but if you've been slicing the ball for years you'll want this locked-in heel weight.

The rest of the club performs the same as the G425 Max which we loved when we reviewed alongside the SFT and LST model. With that in mind, we'll again stress the need for a custom fit to understand best which combination of head and shaft will suit your game the most. One final point worth mentioning is that the whole G425 range comes with an Arccos sensor embedded in the grip, creating a very competitive package for 2022.

Given all of this performance, we also included the SFT in our guide on the best golf drivers for seniors and best high handicap drivers.

Ping G425 LST Driver

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Specifications

Lofts : 9° & 10.5°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shaft : Ping Tour 65 (5 other options available at no upcharge)
Left Handed Option: Yes, in all available lofts

Reasons to buy

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Low spin ideal for faster swingers 
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Provides more workability 
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More distance than the other two heads

Reasons to avoid

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Smaller size means it lacks forgiveness versus the other models

The G425 LST model has a more pear-shaped head that the standard Ping G425 Max driver and measures 445cc to deliver spin reductions of approximately 200 rpm compared to the G410 LST and 500-700 rpm versus the G425 Max. If you're a mid-low handicapper looking at a Ping driver, this one is likely going to suit you the best. 

It employs a 17-gram CG shifter in the same three settings as the Max model to fit the launch conditions best suited to the golfer’s swing and desired ball flight. We found it offered around 300 rpm less than the Max model, which did contribute to extra carry distance while maintaining a good level of forgiveness despite its smaller size. 

It's a club you can really dial in to provide the launch conditions and shot shape you want to see, especially when you consider the wide shaft choices available. Those golfers with fast swing speeds should definitely mark this down as one to try.

Ping G Le2 Women's Driver


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Specifications

Lofts : 11.5°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shaft: Ping ULT240D
Left Handed Option: Yes

Reasons to buy

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 Lightweight for faster swing speeds 
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 Excellent and effective adjustability 

Reasons to avoid

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Striking looks may not be to everyones taste

This is the second generation of the women’s G Le range and with custom fitting being a core principle of the Ping brand, there are more fitting options in the latest edition to allow players to dial-in for an optimum fit.

It features an adjustable, eight-position hosel to alter the loft - plus there are three different settings for the lie of the club. The light titanium clubhead is designed to promote faster clubhead speed, whilst the Internal heel-biased weighting helps with right-to-left spin for straighter ball flights.  It is effortless to hit and get the ball airborne. Also, because there is minimal twisting at impact, it delivered on accuracy and importantly helped to cut out that irritating left-to-right ball flight that loses distance for so many golfers. 

We also wanted to mention the looks too, because the magenta matte-finished crown, in contrast against the silver clubface and magenta/silver sole, really looked good and we think a lot of women will enjoy this in the bag and at address. For more information, read our guide to the best golf drivers for women.

How we test

When it comes to product testing (opens in new tab), our reviews and buyers' guides are built upon a rigorous testing procedure as well as the knowledge and experience of the test team. Headed up by Neil Tappin, and assisted by Joel Tadman, both have been testing golf clubs for years and both play to a handicap of 5. Both are also able to efficiently test the vast majority of the biggest product releases and convey the pros and cons eloquently.

Getting into specifics for drivers, we first attend product launches and speak to manufacturers to understand the technology. We then hit the golf clubs indoors, usually at Foresight Sports and test the products with premium golf balls on a launch monitor.

Outdoor testing is the next port of call and this usually takes place at West Hill Golf Club, a course in Surrey with top-notch practice facilities. Ultimately, we aim to be as insightful and honest as possible in our reviews so it is important to acknowledge that no manufacturer can buy a good review. This is because our team tells it how it is.

What to consider when buying a new golf driver

You've probably already asked yourself whether you need to buy a new driver in 2022, but there's a few key things to consider when investing in a new driver, especially as a beginner (opens in new tab). Hopefully answering these questions will narrow your search down slightly and make comparing between various models much easier. 

When purchasing a new big stick, it is crucial to ask yourself just what you need from it. 

Size - Forgiving drivers tend to be slightly larger than other models for the basic reason of giving them a larger clubface and larger footprint.

When hitting, try and take note of where you are striking the golf ball with the face of the club and see if there is any performance drops. Many forgiving drivers these days are designed to perform regardless of where you strike them off the face and you being able to see and understand that in person will help you be more confident with one model over another.

The other thing to acknowledge when looking at the size is also the looks. It is important you get a driver that suits your eye especially when it is down behind the golf ball. If it is too big, that may put you off, but if it is too small this may dampen confidence. Finding the right balance is key. You also need to make sure you like the shape too because some drivers have a more rounded look, or more pear-shaped. Some also have a draw-bias too.

Draw-biased? - Speaking of draw bias, if you are a slicer of the golf ball then a forgiving, draw-biased driver could be the way to go to eradicate the big slices.

Weight - Weight has become a big factor when it comes to forgiving drivers, with most brands making models that have a weight towards the back of the head to aid forgiveness and launch. When it comes to whether you want a forgiving driver, it is worth acknowledging whether this is important to you because if not then manufacturers usually make a model without a weight there.

Adjustability - Often this weight is moveable too and adjustability has become a huge part of modern golf. Being able to tinker and change loft, lie, and many other factors, has become all the rage and if you like to try new things then plenty of new models will cater to that. However if that doesn't interest you one bit, there are also models which keep things more simple, like the Ping G425 Max.

Shaft - Some shafts have been designed to help players get as much distance as possible so it is worth thinking about which models will help you achieve those extra yards. Also check out our guide on the best driver shafts too.

Budget - Budget is obviously an important factor and thankfully there are lots of drivers coming in at different price points. This means you can go down the premium route if you want, but there is good value to be had too.

FAQs

What is the latest Ping driver?

The latest Ping driver is the G425 range for men and GLe2 range for women. We don't expect Ping to bring out a replacement for the G425 in 2022.

Are Ping drivers good?

In short, yes. Ping make some of the best drivers on the market and is one of the leading brands alongside the likes of TaylorMade, Callaway, Titleist, Cobra and Wilson. Many Tour professionals like Viktor Hovland, Lee Westwood and Tyrrell Hatton use Ping drivers. 

Which Ping driver is most forgiving?

Out of the three models in the current G425 range, the G425 SFT is the most forgiving. Check out our guide on the most forgiving drivers to see how it compares versus other brands.