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The PING G425 LST continues the company’s track record of success with fairway woods. Remarkable performance and consistency, trademark sound and feel.
PING is a name that has been synonymous with innovation and performance since its inception. The company continues to push the envelope with its technology, developing solutions that work for tour pros as well as weekend hackers. The LST line of fairway woods is billed as lower spinning with a lower, flatter trajectory. The clubhead is more compact than the other models (MAX and SFT) to appeal to the better player.
The PING G425 LST fairway wood is more pear-shaped than round and more compact than the rest of the product line. It’s a treat for someone who likes a 3 wood to look not much bigger than a typical 5 wood. There’s also a new alignment aid, with three dots replacing the now-familiar turbulators found on the prior generations. For me, this is a welcome change. The matte finish is typical of PING’s recent products and looks very sharp while eliminating glare.
Sound & Feel
PING’s sound and feel is arguably what sets it apart most from other OEMs, and the G425 LST fairway doesn’t depart from that at all. It has that trademark flat, low, percussive sound that only comes from a PING. Feedback-wise, the feel is excellent. You’ll know how well you hit it right away, and the pure ones feel as good as it gets.
The G425 series features two new tech features that are consistent across the line of clubs. The company describes “Spinsistency” as “a complex face curvature [which] modifies the roll profile, mainly low on the face where loft decreases, to bring more consistent spin performance and increase ball speed for added distance.” To me, this means that I can expect more forgiveness when I miss the sweet spot, particularly low on the face. My experience, particularly on the course, was “spinsistent” with this claim. Some bad swings just can’t be saved, but I did see some good results from marginal contact.
The other new innovation is the Maraging Steel Facewrap. Here, the face material continues back into the crown and the sole, which PING says increases the flexibility of the face, resulting in more ball speed, higher launch, and more distance. While I don’t have the capability to test the flexibility of steel, I can occasionally find the clubface, and I can confirm that the G425 LST hits laser-guided missiles. From the tee or off the deck, the club is a weapon and rewards good swings with low-launching, penetrating shots every time.
It’s also worth mentioning here that PING has broadened the availability of stock shaft options for this generation of clubs. The PING Alta CB remains an option, and is undoubtedly one of the better OEM stock shafts out there. The aftermarket options available without any upgrade charge are the Aldila Rogue White (review HERE) and Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Orange (review HERE). I tested it with the Tensei AV Raw Orange and color me impressed. Powerful and controlled, it’s a great shaft.
The PING G425 LST fairway wood provides all the performance that golfers have come to expect from PING with a few subtle upgrades, including new face technologies that provide forgiveness on low strikes and added ball speed across the face. The LST model is ideal for better players who like a compact look at address and want to see the ball launching low.