The G425 is an excellent fairway wood that helps give greater confidence to golfers lacking consistency on long approaches and tight tee shots. It provides accuracy without sacrificing distance and performed especially well from the deck on shots struck low on the face.
Provides consistently high ball speeds
Versatile from different lies
Comes with Arccos smart grips
Experienced golfers may struggle to shape their shots with this club
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Ping G425 Max Fairway Wood Review
Ping’s fairway wood offerings have impressed us in recent years and the G425 Max continues this trend. Designed to give golfers greater confidence over the ball from long distance or on holes where hitting driver would not be a prudent play, it has multiple innovations that make it one of the easiest to use versus the competition while also offering competitive distance and versatility.
During our testing, we found that less than ideal shots hit from low on its clubface still traveled reasonable distances. That is due to the club’s low center of gravity, which is created by the addition of a tungsten weight found at the rear of the club. Ping claims that this weight's positioning helps boost the G425’s MOI, keeping its face square through impact, thereby improving its accuracy. But while many clubs might sacrifice ball speed and distance for enhanced consistency, we found the G425 provides an optimum balance of them all.
That is down to the addition of what Ping is calling their ‘Maraging Steel Facewrap’ clubface technology, which increases ball speeds across the face by up to 1.5mph. It also increases the size of the club’s sweet spot, meaning that any shots we struck just off-center still traveled good distances. Given the forgiveness built in, more experienced golfers may find it a little harder to shape the ball left or right, but there is the LS version that affords more creativity.
You’ll also notice that Ping has removed the Turbulators that were seen on the top of the G410 clubhead designed to improve the club’s aerodynamics. Instead, it has replaced them with a simple three-dot pattern on the G425, which seemed to help improve the consistency of our ball striking by centering the ball in the face at address.
Ping has also outdone itself in the design of this club, which has a very sleek aesthetic, thanks to its black and silver finish. A nice added bonus is that its grips all come with built-in Arccos Caddie smart sensors for shot tracking and game analysis. If you subscribe to Arccos and buy a Ping fairway wood, you are also entitled to claim 14 free Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors that screw in to the rest of the clubs in your bag, which would typically cost upwards of $200. This is another fantastic benefit that the G425 fairway woods deliver, giving golfers of all abilities access to the tour-quality game-improvement systems that Arccos Caddie provides. Overall the G425 is one of the best fairway woods on the market given the blend of distance, forgiveness and versatility golfers will experience.
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.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
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 87 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 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58°
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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