What it does: Ping’s design philosophy since its founding six decades ago has been all about managing mis-hits, and this large, perimeter-weighted driver maintains some of the highest stability on off-centre hits in the industry. However, drivers that pursue large dimensions and maximum stability fight a centre of gravity that drifts higher as it moves towards the back. That can cause shots to spin too much and lose distance. The G425 models use ultra-thin, web-like ribs on the underside of the crown to reduce thickness (barely three bills thick) to save weight that keeps the CG low.
Why we like it: Besides their size, these models offer the most adjustable weight in company history. The 26 grams in the extreme perimeter on the Max (63 percent more than the previous model) is twice the moveable weight than most other drivers have. The three models offer functional and intuitive solutions for specific problems: inconsistency (the ultra-stable Max), the slice (the lighter, heel-weighted SFT) and excessive spin (the compact, flatter trajectory LST). Each offers overall forgiveness.
lofts 9, 10.5, 12 (max); 10.5 (sft); 9, 10.5 (lst); all adjustable
“The fins frame the ball, making it easy to set up. Effortless power. You didn’t have to put anything extra into it. Set, swing and go get it, because you’ll be in the fairway, a long way.”
– Player comment