PING G425 Max Fairway Wood Review

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The PING G425 Max fairway wood blends new technology with time proven design features for consistent performance.   Fresh, appealing look.

Introduction

For years I thought higher lofted fairway woods were for old folks.  As I continued to struggle with my 3 wood, it became more obvious than it was time to admit that yes, I’m getting older.  In recent months, I’ve come to embrace more loft and actually regained distance.  Then, just last week I watched an accomplished young pro pull a PING 5 wood and hit an amazing second shot to an elevated green on a par 5, and I thought to myself, “Maybe I’m not getting older, just smarter.”  I was reminded of my passing youth as I walked to play my third shot – a mere 80 yards short.

Looks

Pulling off the headcover off the PING G425 Max 5 wood, I was pleasantly surprised with the black and silver color scheme of the sole.  The absence of any highlight color gave the club a more sophisticated look.  The strong angular lines made it look all business.

At address, the G425 Max fairway is an even bigger departure from the previous model due to the absence of the distinctive turbulators.  The new look gives the club head a much cleaner appearance that compliments the matte black finish.  PING added a 3-dot alignment feature that not only directs you to the proper contact point, but, as I quickly learned, helps with aiming the face.

I love the subtle color fade on the stock Alta CB 65 shaft.  Sadly, it’s difficult to capture with my limited camera skills.

Sound & Feel

Solid and stable, the PING G425 Max fairway had a wonderful overall feel.  Feedback in my hands was subtle, requiring me to really pay attention to determine strike location.  The sound was also fairly consistent, with most reasonable contact producing a hollow, metallic ‘thwack’ that was loudish, but with a pleasant tone. 

Performance

At 17.5° loft, I expected the PING G425 Max fairway to have a nice launch, but what really grabbed my attention was the consistent trajectory.  Whether on the mat at Club Champion getting launch monitor data or hitting off grass, ball flights were strong with peak height deep into the flight.   Consistency was also the key word looking over those launch monitor results.  Maybe not noteworthy on their own, the consistency in ball speed, spin, and carry all come together for performance you can count on swing after swing.

Reviewing the technology features of the G425 Max, each one seemed to describe my observations.  It became quickly apparent that the PING club designers had created a synergy in the overall design.  First was Facewrap, which, as the name implies, takes the thin steel long utilized in the face and wraps it around the crown and sole.  The resultant flex increases of that section produce faster ball speeds and higher launch.  Next came Spinsistency – another new feature that produces consistent spin across the face via curvature.  The third feature isn’t new, but the tungsten weight positioned low and back in the G425 Max certainly adds to the launch equation.

Conclusion

I’ve used the term consistency frequently in this review, but forgiveness could be substituted in almost every occurrence.  For us golfers who don’t hit it pure every time – or any time – consistent results are born from forgiveness.  And if consistent performance isn’t enough to entice golfers, PING added Arccos Caddie Smart Grips for those looking to elevate their game.  The G425 Max fairway also features an 8 position hosel to dial in loft and lie for an optimal setup.  Bottom line is the PING G425 Max fairway is a great all around performer with consistency that can benefit golfers of all abilities – young or old.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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9 Comments

  1. Threw my driver to the garage…. love my G425 3 wood…16* turned to 14.5
    And my G415 SFT from 19* to 17.5…..

  2. How much of an improvement is the 425 over the 410?

    • Matt Meeker

      As typical for the next iteration, improvements aren’t huge. If you own the G410 fairway you might not see significant differences. If you own neither, I always recommend getting the latest version if you are prone to keep clubs for a while.

      – Meeks

  3. Matt,
    From reviews, looks like you got better numbers with Tour Edge Exotic than G425 Max, correct??
    Guy

    • Matt Meeker

      Depends on which numbers you are focused on Guy. For starters, the clubs weren’t hit in the same session making direct comparisons unmeaningful. But more importantly, the G425 was a 5 wood and the TEE a 3 wood.

      – Meeks

  4. Jonathan Compton

    Thanks Matt for your review. It’s really helpful to get reviews from someone with the same swing speed as most of us :).
    Is the Aldila White shaft for slower swing speeds and lower torques? Jon

    • Matt Meeker

      Thanks for the kind words Jonathan. I don’t have any direct experience with the Aldila White shaft, but Matt Saternus performed a review – LINK. That said, the shaft comes in a variety of weights and flexes to suite a wide variety of swings. Is it right for you? That’s really a question only testing, hopefully with a qualified fitter, can determine.

      – Meeks

  5. hey matt, what fairway wood do you game? I was wondering if you tried lofting the ping g425 5 wood down to 16 degrees to see the difference in numbers? I think a lot of people are ditching 3 woods altogether and modifying their 5 woods to 4 woods

    • Hey Mike,

      You can check out what any of the PIG staff are playing under our profiles on the “ABOUT” tab on the main page. I’m gaming a Titleist TSi2 4 wood. I don’t recall any specifics of alternate settings on the PING. But you are correct, many mortal golfers have switched to higher lofted fairway woods.

      – Meeks

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