Ping G425 Max, Max LS, and Speed Driver Review

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The Ping G425 family of drivers feature cutting-edge technology that’s meant to improve the games of everyone, from the world’s best players to weekend warriors that are just starting out.
The G425 Max, LST, and SFT are some of the most forgiving drivers Ping has ever made. Since their introduction, they’ve been touted for their high MOI, low spin, and slice correction.
Whatever level of player you are, there’s little doubt that one of the drivers in the G425 family will benefit your game.

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Ping G425 Max, Max LS, and Speed Driver Review
Ping G425 Max, Max LS, and Speed Driver Review

$499.00

Description

If there’s a company in golf that’s stood the test of time more than Ping, I haven’t heard of it.  For decades, the Solheim family has helped golfers of all levels, just like you, “Play Your Best.” 

Unlike a lot of the other major manufacturers that blaze your television screen with fancy lingo, bright lights, and bling of every other kind, Ping wants their loyal customers to know that they care about their golf games and will continue to churn out top-notch equipment.  Simple as that.

If you’ve ever played a piece of Ping equipment, you know this to be true.  Their stuff never fails to disappoint and performs just as well as anything else out on the market. 

The same story we’ve been witnessing for years continues to play out with the series of Ping G425 drivers. 

Key Features

  • TI9S+ face is not new for Ping, but continues to deliver ideal launch conditions for players of all abilities. 
  • Dragonfly crown design removes weight from the top of the club and redistributes it elsewhere for better aerodynamics and increased clubhead speed.
  • Turbulators on the top of the crown reduce drag during the swing and increase swing speed.  Faster ball speeds are the end result.
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Who Should Buy the Ping G425 Max, LST, and SFT Drivers?

If you’ve played any of Ping’s drivers in the past, you know that they’re some of the most forgiving on the market. 

The case remains the same in the G425 family of drivers – Ping’s most forgiving yet. 

Whether you’re a +2 or a 22 handicap, one of the drivers in the G425 line is sure to deliver optimal performance and forgiveness on every swing.

Ping G425 Max, LST, and SFT Drivers Detailed Review

Design and Technology

For as long as anyone can remember, Ping has stood by it’s tried and true technological developments and design features.  While other manufacturers come up with a tagline and engineer a story of technology to fit the jargon, Ping does the opposite.  The company’s engineering feats ARE the story.

While there’s nothing shockingly new when it comes to technology and design in the G425 drivers, the concepts that have stood the test of time have been improved upon.

PING G425 Series

Ping G425 Max Driver

We’ve already talked about Ping’s unwavering commitment to produce the most forgiving drivers in the game.  Suffice it to say the G425 Max is the most forgiving driver the company has ever brought to market. 

The technology conversation for the G425 Max starts with a 26-gram moveable weight in the back of the clubhead.  This allows players to optimize MOI (and therefore forgiveness) for their specific swing. 

While some moveable weight tracks diminish MOI when they’re moved into a draw position, the track system of the G425 Max allows MOI to actually be the highest when the weight is set to draw bias.

Whether you struggle with a slice or a hook, the adjustability in the G425 has shown to provide up to ten yards of shot correction in testing.

Ping G425 SFT Driver

For golfers that struggle with a pronounced slice, the SFT model might be just what the doctor ordered. 

While this model isn’t adjustable, it’s engineered specifically with slicers in mind.  That’s thanks to a 23-gram weight that’s specifically positioned a little more toward the heel.  This design feature helps golfers square the face through impact, and effectively eliminates the right side of the golf course.

Again, there’s nothing strikingly revolutionary about the design and technological features in this club.  It’s more that Ping has perfected what they already know works for those of you that yell “fore right” all too often.

Ping G425 LST Driver

The LST driver is the lowest spinning driver in the G425 family.  That’s great news for players that are looking for that knuckle-ball effect off the face and more distance. 

The LST also has the smallest head.  That makes it more aerodynamic and might be preferable for better players looking for added control. 

Story checks out once again.  There’s nothing that stands out in terms of new glitz and glamor with the LST.  Instead, it’s just an improvement on what Ping already knows works.

Specs

The specs for all three drivers in the G425 family are specifically designed for optimal performance.

The G425 Max comes in lofts of nine, 10.5, and 12 degrees.  Each loft can be adjusted 1.5 degrees up or down.  The length is 45.75” and the lie angle is 58.50 degrees.  Head weight is 206 grams.  Head size measures 460cc and swing weight is D3.

The G425 SFT driver has 10.5 degrees of loft which can be adjusted to 12 or 9 degrees, respectively.  Length is 45.75” and lie angle is 58.50 degrees.  Head weight is 202 grams.  Head size is 460cc and the swing weight is D1.

Ping’s G425 LST driver comes in lofts of nine and 10.5 degrees that can also be adjusted 1.5 degrees up or down.  Length is 45.75” and lie angle is 57.0 degrees.  Head weight is 208 grams.  Head size is slightly smaller at 445cc, and swing weight is D4.

The stock shaft options for all three drivers are the Ping Tour 65 and 75, Aldila Rogue, and Mitsubishi Tensei. 

Our Experience

I’ve long been a fan of Ping drivers, and it’s not because they’re headquartered in my hometown of Phoenix.  I’ve had them in and out of my bag for years and I’m the first to admit that they’re some of the most forgiving drivers I’ve ever hit.

That’s certainly the case with all three of the G425 drivers.  While I wasn’t blown away with a ton of added yardage or anything too new from a technological standpoint, I will say that Ping has improved upon previous driver models with the G425 series.  That’s notably true in terms of forgiveness.   

8.8Expert Score
Ping G425 Max, Max LS, and Speed Driver Review
Ping G425 Max LST and SFT Drivers

The Ping G425 family of drivers feature cutting-edge technology that’s meant to improve the games of everyone, from the world’s best players to weekend warriors that are just starting out.
The G425 Max, LST, and SFT are some of the most forgiving drivers Ping has ever made. Since their introduction, they’ve been touted for their high MOI, low spin, and slice correction.
Whatever level of player you are, there’s little doubt that one of the drivers in the G425 family will benefit your game.

Innovation
8
Performance
9
Design/Sound/Feel
9
Value
9
PROS
  • Highest MOI on the market provides maximum forgiveness.
  • Three different head designs and sufficient adjustability make the fitting process easy.
  • Price point is lower than some other, comparable drivers on the market.
CONS
  • Lack of technological and design innovation might be a drawback for some golfers.
  • Other drivers on the market might be longer off the tee.
  • Shipping times have been varied based on supply and global shipping logistics.

Conclusion

Let’s face it, most of us don’t hit our drivers as consistently solid as we say we do (insert tongue-in-cheek comment about the male ego). 

Ping knows this and they have for years.  That’s why they’ve stayed committed to producing the most forgiving drivers in the game while other companies have sacrificed it in the name of more speed and distance. 

For me, and I’m guessing the majority of our readers, more forgiveness is a good thing.  Especially off the tee.  If that’s what you’re after, you’d be hard pressed to find anything better than a Ping G425 driver.

 

Additional information

Specification: Ping G425 Max, Max LS, and Speed Driver Review

Part Number

B1600601

Model

B1600601

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