PING G425 LST Driver Review

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The PING G425 LST driver has a more compact shape than the G425 Max and lower spin.  Same adjustability as G425 Max.  Slightly less forgiveness.

Introduction

Predictably, the new G425 Max driver [review HERE] has already claimed a spot in my bag.  But every time PING releases a new series of drivers, I’m tempted by the LST model.  In this review, I’ll discuss whether the slim, beautiful G425 LST can dethrone big brother.

Looks

At address, the G425 LST driver is noticeably smaller than the G425 Max.  It is a smaller head (445 cc), and it really shows in the front to back measurement.  The LST isn’t tiny or intimidating, but it does have a more compact, traditional look.  It is symmetrical and has a rounded, less triangular shape.

Aside from the shape and size, the G425 LST driver looks identical to the G425 Max or G425 SFT.  All the new PING drivers have matte black crowns with turbulators at the leading edge.  The sole has a clean, black and silver color scheme and a muscular geometric design.

Sound & Feel

In keeping with that “same, but different” theme, the G425 LST driver sounds much like the G425 Max but a bit quieter.  The sound of impact is a strong, percussive “clap” that’s turned down a couple decibels from the Max.  Audio feedback is clear with the sound turning a bit off-key on mishits.

The strong, solid feel of impact compliments the sound well.  Even though this is a smaller head, it still feels extremely stable.

Performance

The PING G425 LST driver delivers on its namesake feature.  I saw a drop of about 200 RPM between the G425 Max and the G425 LST.  As always, your mileage may vary, so make sure you get fit before you buy.

What has impressed me about PING’s LST drivers is how they remain very forgiving and stable despite being lower spinning.  While there is small trade off in forgiveness, you don’t need to be a plus handicap to game the G425 LST.  Even when I hit shots off the heel, the distance was very respectable and the ball didn’t fly off the planet.  Like its predecessor, the G425 LST has a spectacular forgiveness to looks ratio.

The G425 LST driver boasts the same substantial adjustability as the G425 Max.  Loft can be adjusted up or down as much as 1.5 degrees.  The “Flat” position shouldn’t be overlooked either – it’s a godsend for those who hook and pull their tee shots.  There is also a weight in the back with  three positions – Fade, Neutral, or Draw.  In the LST, the weight is lighter than in the Max – 17 gram vs. 26 grams – but I still found the impact to be significant.

Also like the G425 Max, PING offers a great array of stock shafts in the G425 LST driver.  There are three proprietary models: ALTA CB 55 Slate, PING Tour, and Alta Distanza.  For the player that wants a hot aftermarket shaft in their driver, PING also offers the Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI [review HERE] and Mitsubishi TENSEI AV Orange in 55 and 65 gram weights.

Conclusion

Once again, PING has managed to make a smaller, low spin driver with forgiveness that can still rival almost anything else on the market.  While I’ll be sticking with the G425 Max to get all the consistency I can, higher spin players should not be scared to try to find more distance with the G425 LST.

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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.

9 Comments

  1. Matt,

    How is the launch compared to Max, and if you remember, 410 LST and plus? I started last year with 410 lst, but just kept launching it too low. Plus brought in a more playable ball flight (launch was around 13 as opposed to 8) even with the drop in ball speed.

    • Matt Saternus

      Brad,

      I saw the LST and Max launching at very similar trajectories, but, as always, your mileage may vary.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Tim Bruxvoort

    Hi Matt, I’m curious how the perceived forgiveness compares to other brands, like TM. Assumption is that Ping drivers are more forgiving by nature, so is the “less forgiving” Ping still more friendly than the SIM2 or Max?

    • Matt Saternus

      Tim,

      I would rate the G425 LST as superior in forgiveness to the SIM2, similar to the SIM2 Max.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. What rpm range would you consider a “high spin” player?

    • Matt Saternus

      Depends on their speed. It all comes down to optimizing for distance – whatever combination of carry and roll works where you play.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Matt – do you still have your G400 LST numbers for comparison? How about G410 LST as well?

    • Matt Saternus

      Respectfully, I will not be running any comparisons of current gear against older models except perhaps in the context of a Golf Myths Unplugged. We’re focused on keeping up with current reviews and content.

      -Matt

  5. Michael Pasvantis

    I tested both drivers and while the Max should be the clear choice for me (based on my handicap) I was getting better results with the LST. I was swinging the LST quicker (same shaft) and my dispersion was identical. What stood out most to me was the difference in the sound and feel. I found the Max to be very loud and firm whereas the LST was more muted. I did try an interesting experiment where I switched the lighter tungsten weight from the LST and put it into the Max head. My SS immediately went up but I still preferred the sound and feel from the LST. The Tensei Orange shaft is very nice but don’t overlook the Ping Tour 65 shaft.

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