What's new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Jack Backhouse brings you the low down on Ping's G425 irons
How do the new Ping G425 irons perform? Find out in our Ping G425 irons review.
Ping G425 Irons Review
The Ping G425 irons are the next generation of Ping’s legendary G series, and it is everything you would expect them to be. Ping have built on the great work they did with the G410 to create an iron that’s more forgiving than ever.
If you are searching for a game-improvement iron that not only gives you forgiveness and distance on off-centre strikes but also looks good behind the ball and not really like a game-improvement iron, these are for you.
- High launch
- Sweetspot feels massive
- You can order the G245s with ‘power loft’ option if you want more distance
- Only an incremental jump in tech from the G410
I am really impressed with how the Ping G425s look. Ping have done a great job in decreasing the size of the head to make these feel more like players’ irons, which is not a feeling you get from a lot of them.
They are shorter from heel to toe, plus with a slim top line and stealthy black and grey colour scheme, you’d be proud to have them in the bag.
These irons were impressive from the first shot I hit with them. As a blade iron user, I couldn’t believe how nice the feeling they provided at impact was and how easy it was to get the ball up in the air. I’ve not hit a Ping G series iron for a few years, but the G425 iron felt way easier to hit than I could have imagined.
I’ve missed the way a game improvement iron makes you feel. Over the ball, although the heads are smaller, there is still plenty of club behind the ball to aim at. At impact, the strikes feel powerful, and the feedback in to your hands is great.
These irons are not the longest clubs I’ve hit this year, but if distance is what you are chasing, Ping does offer ‘Power Lofts’, which strengthen the irons by about a degree and a half to lower the flight and increase distance. A good custom fit from your local pro will indicate whether you need this option or not.
Although these distances are not overwhelmingly long, I must credit the G425s for making me look better than I was that day. I had a horrible ball-striking day, but the Pings really flattered me and produced shots that wouldn’t totally kill me on the course.
The extreme forgiveness that the Ping G425 irons provide is a combination of a few different tech features included in the design. The head has a tungsten screw and loads of perimeter weighting, which makes the sweet spot huge.
Ping have also redesigned the badge on the back of the head to include a three-piece, multi-material cavity badge that covers more of the face which softens the feel of bad strikes so well you are hardly aware it was a poor strike at all.
It’s hard to find anything negative to say about the Ping G425 irons as so many of the design features are going to really help golfers improve their approach play. The heads have a variable face thickness, and top rail undercut makes the ball launch really high with great stopping power on the greens, which will benefit so many players.
These irons are not designed for me, but honestly, I think they may be one of the few game-improvement irons that I could happily put in the bag and play with. I didn’t find the irons went too far or were uncontrollably hot off the face, and I was able to control and correct my flight pretty well.
If you have not upgraded your irons for a few years and are looking for something that offers plenty of help on off-centre strikes, the Ping G425s are perfect.
Ping G425 irons review: The Details
RRP: £120 per iron
Lofts: 4i – 20.5°, 5i – 23.5°, 6i – 26.5°, 7i – 30°, 8i – 34.5°, 9i – 39.5°, P – 44.5°
Stock shaft: Ping AWT 2.0 – R, S, X
More information: Ping Website
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