PING G425 LST Fairway Wood Review

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The PING G425 LST fairway wood continues the company’s track record of success with fairway woods.  Remarkable performance and consistency, trademark sound and feel.

Check out the PING G430 LST fairway wood HERE

Introduction

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.

Looks

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.

Performance

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Dylan Thaemert
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4 Comments

  1. Thank you for this review, Dylan. I like the idea of a smaller shaped FW head behind the ball. ‘That said, would you go as far as to say that moderate swing speed players need not apply here as the low ball flight profile makes it hard to get the ball up in the air off the deck – or am I taking the profile of the club a little too far here? Of course, the shaft flex or kick point may have a lot to say about that too. Again, thanks.

    • Dylan Thaemert

      Hey Steve,

      Thanks for the question. It depends what you’re looking for and what you mean by moderate. Topping out in the high 90s, I’d consider mine moderate and I didn’t have an issue getting it airborne with this. However, I’m not realistically looking to hit greens with my 3 wood and generally need those types of shots to have some run out to them. Shaft certainly will have a lot to do with it too. To me the visual aspect of loving the shape of the club at address is very important. You can probably guess what’s coming next…testing it for yourself is the only way to find out for sure.

      Best,
      Dylan

  2. Jon Skinner

    Hi Dylan,
    Was there much of a performance difference between the G425 LST and G410 LST 3 woods (asking as i currently play the G410 LST 3 wood)? As you have tested both the G425 (lst and max) and the PXG 0341 X Gen 4 fairway woods I was wondering which was your personal preference and why? I think being shallower the G425 will probably be slightly easier to hit off the fairway but from what i have read the PXG also launch easily enough. Interested in the PXG 0341 X Gen 4 fairways as have ordered a PXG 0811 x Gen 4 driver as when I tried the G425 LST driver the sound it made was really loud and off putting so thinking if the G425 fairways sound anything like the drivers I should go with 0341 X Gen 4 fairways.
    Kind Regards
    Jon

    • Dylan Thaemert

      Hey Jon,

      Sounds like there are a few different questions in there. I’ll do my best to answer them all. Regarding G425 LST vs G410 LST, I haven’t hit the G410 so I can’t comment on that. I also have not hit the G425 Max, so I can’t comment on that. Between the Ping G425 LST and the PXG GEN4, I preferred the Ping. The sound is certainly unique and not everyone loves it but the thing is an absolute rocket launcher. Hope that helps.

      Best,
      Dylan

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