Fast and forgiving, G425 may not blow G410 out of the water but it certainly makes finding fairways seem easy once the correct model, shaft and loft combination has been discovered without sacrificing distance.
Feels more stable than G410 and produces a straighter flight and tighter dispersion, without sacrificing distance.
This will be player dependent, but we couldn't eke out any more yards with G425 Max over G410 Plus.
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The combination of high ball speeds and forgiveness with relatively low spin meant the G410 Plus driver kept its place in my bag for most of 2020. Our testing showed it was one of the fastest and most consistent of all the best drivers on the market, so we were keen to see how its replacement in the new G425 Max compared. The video and article below reveal exactly what we discovered as we put the latest iterations through their paces.
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. Those seeking a more traditional, pear-shaped look can opt for the G425 LST, which at 445cc does look significantly smaller and more workable.
Strike a few shots away and the feel remains just as powerful as before with the same booming sound we loved on G410. Testing in the same loft and shaft (8°, Ping Tour 65) on the Foresight Sports GCQuad launch monitor showed us that the headline numbers were very similar and that we didn’t get any more distance out of G425, if anything because it was spinning a touch more.
As a result, it was the G425 LST version that unlocked extra distance for us by knocking off around 200rpm of spin. Interestingly, this still wasn’t a super low spin driver and we found it to be surprisingly forgiving and consistent given its smaller size. The Max however was also very forgiving and made it into our guide on the most forgiving drivers.
We took all three out on the course and hit shots down a hole. On well struck shots, the G410 again kept up with G425 but there were more shots that finished in the rough - it seemed that G425 was generally straighter, lost less distance and curved less on mishits.
This was in its neutral weight setting too - golfers wanting to negate or encourage a gentle curve of their flight can do so by moving the adjustable weight either into fade or draw.
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. But what Ping has created here is a range of drivers that can fit for every player type to maintain distance while finding more fairways. Ask yourself what is more important to you - distance or accuracy - and the G425 will likely become an enticing prospect.
The forgiveness on offer in the G425 LST will draw in more better players this year while slicers have the option of the G425 in its draw setting or the G425 SFT. The inclusion of Arccos Smart grips as standard as well as the £450 price tag for a tour-played premium driver undoubtedly makes this an appealing package for golfers seeking more consistency.
Is Ping G425 Driver Good For High Handicappers?
In a word, yes! We have tested almost every model from every brand currently on the market and there's no doubt the PING G425 drivers are among the easiest to hit. The combination of the technology within the head and the slightly louder, higher-pitched impact sound makes this feel like you can get the ball up and away without having to swing the club too hard. It also has a larger, more confidence-inspiring footprint than something like the TaylorMade Stealth driver.
Having said the above, it is clear there is a version of this driver for every standard of player. Which head you opt for will depend on the specifics of your swing and game. For many higher handicappers the anti-slice effect of the SFT head will make it the best option.
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Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: Ping i230 4-UW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x
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