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The PING G425 SFT driver is the strongest slice-buster on the market. Tremendous forgiveness.
Dating back to the G30 line, PING’s SFT drivers have been on the leading edge of slicing busting. I was eager to test the latest version, the G425 SFT driver, to see how much help it can provide to those who want to pound draws off the tee.
At address, the PING G425 SFT driver is extremely hard to tell apart from the G425 Max [review HERE]. Both have matte black crowns with turbulators at the leading edge. The shape is stretched slightly beyond round but not yet in the realm of triangular. What I really like about PING’s approach to draw-biased drivers is that they don’t make the driver look hugely asymmetrical at address.
On the sole, the G425 SFT is again similar to the Max but with one major difference. Rather than an adjustable weight at the rear, the SFT driver has a set weight positioned toward the heel.
Sound & Feel
Whether outdoors or indoors, I found the G425 SFT driver acoustically identical to the G425 Max. Impact felt stable and solid, even on mishits. There’s good feedback on strike location, but making this head twist is quite difficult.
The impact sound is quiet and fairly low pitched. It has a slightly hollow “pop” or “clap” that doesn’t change much whether you pure a shot or strike it off center.
PING does two major things with the G425 SFT to promote a draw. Most importantly, they fix a 23 gram tungsten weight near the heel to shift the CG. According to PING, this promotes a 25 yard draw compared to the neutral G425 Max driver. The other tweak is the swing weight – PING sets the SFT at a lighter D1. If that’s not enough to cure your slice, you can also use the hosel to close the face at address.
My first test session with the G425 SFT driver couldn’t have been any better. I was warming up with my G425 Max and hitting nothing but pushes with the occasional push-cut. When I changed to the G425 SFT, it was just like flipping a switch. With the exact same swing, my pushes turned into beautiful push-draws. In subsequent testing sessions where I was hitting it fairly straight with the G425 Max, the G425 SFT driver was pounding strong draws that occasionally bordered on hooks. If you want help keeping the ball off the right side of the course, you can’t do better than the G425 SFT.
Two other things stood out about the G425 SFT driver in my testing. The first is that, despite being draw-biased, it produces high launching shots with mid-spin. PING offers the SFT driver in only one loft – 10.5 degrees – which I found to work well. I play the G425 Max at 9 degrees, and was hitting the 10.5 degree SFT slightly higher with about 150 RPM more spin.
The other standout characteristics of the G425 SFT driver is its forgiveness. Being draw-biased, the center of gravity is slightly toward the heel. For me, that meant a lot of “mishits” whenever I switched from my G425 Max. Despite making contact away from the sweet spot, the ball speed was excellent, and the head felt very stable through impact.
If you’re sick of slicing the ball off the tee, see your fitter and get into the PING G425 SFT driver. There’s not a driver on the market that does more to turn pushes and slices in booming draws, all while delivering exceptional consistency of ball speed.
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