PING G425 Hybrid Review

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The PING G425 hybrid may be the most consistent hybrid on the market.  Great shape and excellent feel.  Strong ball speed.

Introduction

For the last several generations, PING hybrids have been the happy medium, the club that can do a little bit of everything.  With the G425 hybrid, that versatility is joined by unbelievable consistency and superior ball speeds.  It may be the last hybrid you ever need.

Looks

At address, the PING G425 hybrid takes an aesthetic departure from previous PING hybrids and the other G425 woods by ditching the turbulators.  This will be a welcome change for some, but as a longtime PING player, I’ve come to like them.  Replacing the turbulators is a new three dot alignment feature, which, to my eye, sits slightly toward the heel.   What hasn’t changed is the matte black crown which remains my preferred look at address.  In terms of size, the G425 hybrid is average with a slight pear shape.  The face is just a touch taller than average.

When I flipped the G425 hybrid over, I had a flashback to the Anser hybrid from a few years back.  The black and silver color scheme combined with a strong, geometric design looks fantastic.  A lack of color can be drab or it can look very cool, and this is the latter.

Sound & Feel

A lot of hybrids opt for a thin, explosive feel more like a driver.  The PING G425 hybrid chooses the opposite path with a feel that’s incredibly solid and satisfying.  This strong feel is complimented by an impact sound which is mid-low pitched and rich.  There are no metallic notes anywhere – it’s almost iron-like.

Feedback from the G425 hybrid is good.  The sound doesn’t change much on mishits, but it’s easy to locate impact through your hands.

Performance

Almost everything in PING’s marketing of the G425 hybrid points to one thing: consistency.  In fact, they even invented a new term (which they also apply to their fairway woods) – Spinsistency.  This is more than just idle talk because, based on what I’ve seen, the PING G425 hybrid is the most consistent hybrid on the market.

Let’s start with spin.  If you’ve spent any time on a launch monitor with a hybrid – or if you’re a careful observer of ball flight on the range – you’ve seen spin rates jump all over the place.  On a thin shot, the spin rate jumps to the moon.  High face impact might launch a knuckleball.  In extensive testing, I saw none of that with the G425.  Swing after swing this club produced spin rates that I found ideal – low enough to go long with a strong flight, high enough to hold the green.

Similarly, the G425 hybrid launched almost every shot onto a medium trajectory.  You can opt to flight your shots higher or lower, but the default is a shot that flies just above a well-struck long iron.

While I was impressed with the level of consistency, it wasn’t shocking to me that the G425 was forgiving.  What surprised me was the high end ball speed.  Though this isn’t fair – the G410 hybrid was quite long – I’ve never viewed PING hybrids as distance monsters.  Opinions aside, there’s no denying that the ball speed in the G425 is elite.  Even players like me who use their hybrids in place of fairway woods should give the G425 a look.

Like its predecessor, the G410 hybrid [review HERE], the G425 hybrid is adjustable at the hosel.  There are eight positions on the adapter which allow you to change the loft as much as 1.5 degrees up or down and flatten the lie angle 3 degrees.

PING offers the G425 hybrid with three stock shafts.  The PING Alta CB Slate is the default option, designed for stability and high launch with counter balanced weighting.  You can also get the Aldila Rogue Black 95 for lower launch and spin.  I chose the Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 for it’s mid launch, mid spin, and counter balanced weighting.

Conclusion

I didn’t have any intention of replacing my hybrid in 2021, but the PING G425 hybrid has me rethinking my plans.  This club is incredibly easy to hit, remarkably consistent, and it has the ball speed and distance to hang with almost any other hybrid.  Get fit for the right loft and shaft and the long game will become a lot easier.

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

14 Comments

  1. Matt, great review as always. I know this will come down to fitting, but I’m curious what you would do with this top-bag setup. I play a 9° Epic Max LS Driver (295+) and a Srixon Z u85 18° (250 carry), both of which I love and hit very consistently. I use the 2 iron mostly as a tee club because the spin is relatively low and I have trouble holding the green on long approaches. The next club down is my 4 iron which is about 225 carry. I don’t often hit a three wood off the tee because it’s often still reaching the trouble (270+) so I’ve been looking for something that goes about 250 – 260 but can still hold a green. I got fitted recently for a G425 3 wood (lofted up to 16°) with Speeder Evo IV 757S that fits that bill, but I don’t have another $700 to spend on one club. Would this hybrid potentially fit that bill as well, maybe the 17°? And, if so, do any of the stock shafts resemble Speeder Evo IV? Lots of questions but great write up. Thanks again.

    • Matt Saternus

      Jim,

      You nailed it at the beginning: it comes down to fitting. For me, a hybrid is almost always as long as a similarly lofted FW. Others won’t see that.
      As for the stock shafts, they’re all counter-balanced, so on that alone they’re not too close to the Speeder.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Thanks, Matt. I thought that might be the case but glad to have it confirmed. I find the biggest issue with buying off the rack is the shafts rarely fit my SS/Tempo. Guess I’ll just save up!

  2. My instructor had the 425 Hybrid 22 degree at his place last weekend. It had a TPT Prototype Hybrid Shaft (have no idea as to specs) and I decided to take a few swings on a lark before my lesson. I was surprised.

    Attractive look at address and ball took off like a rocket. Easy to hit, high mid flight for a hybrid – nice window for me – took several more swings and all with the same result, which is to say, magnificent and surprising. I’m not that consistent. For me, the feel was more explosive than solid. The sound was pleasing. The ball just took off. I’m still not sold on the flat sole but everything else … it’s a club that is difficult to resist.

    In my bag now is a TM SIM Max 22 with an Accra FX 2.0 200 series shaft, which is long and long. And an EXS 220 4H with a GD AD HY 65 Shaft (a tad light), which is very pleasing.

    But the Ping is intriguing…. really liked the ease of it. Need to hit it off the turf.

  3. I have a 22° and love it, it is a bomb. I may need to acquire the 2H as well. I have the G425 five wood for now and like it as well, I should do a head-to-head test vs the 2H

    • Patrick Thomas Wolfe

      Still using my Ping Anderson 20 degree from a few years ago. If you swing it like a 3 iron it sings..

  4. Kevin Wood

    I have the Ben Hogan Vktr+ at 18 degrees with a Recoil shaft, regular, and I find it performs good enough for me and at nearly half the price of the others.

  5. matt,
    how would the 425 compare to the pxg0211 as far as higher flighting, distance and forgiveness for a slower ss senior?

    • Matt Saternus

      Guy,

      My comparison isn’t apples to apples because of different shafts, but I thank the G425 launches a touch higher and is a little more forgiving.

      Best,

      Matt

    • Per-Erik Olsson

      Just bought a Ping g425 17 @ 15.5 degree hybrid with a Aldila 95 TS shaft and hitting low draws, and it is very looong, with a Trackman I hit 230-240 meters with 25-30 meters in height.
      (SS=100 mph with my hybrid) Love it!
      (I hit my Ping G425 Max 9.0 250m, ss 105-108)

  6. Egons Kubulins

    I shot a hole in one the first time I used this club earlier this month. The more I use it, the more I go to it instead of my fairway wood. I love the feel, the predictable flight and incredible distances I get

  7. Glenn Stilley

    Replacing g400 hybrids one by one with 425s. Started with the 7hybrid. Great full swing but it is my short game weapon of choice. 2hybrid sitting where most would have a wood. 425 driver is a fairway finder too

  8. Lee Walker

    Any update on when you are doing the review of the Ping G425 Fairway?

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