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