What we say...
Ping G425 hybrids have a new more powerful face wrap with an ovoid shape to deliver more consistent spin and distance.
Ping have been known for making some of golf's most forgiving hybrids since they introduced the Ping G5 hybrid way back in 2004.
For 2021, Ping's engineers wanted to build on that forgiveness platform, and they’ve come up with two new technologies that boost ball speed and improve spin consistency from shot to shot. The result is more consistent carry distances, even on off-centre strikes.
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What’s new with the Ping G425 Hybrid?
There’s been a lot of talk around cup-face technology in drivers, fairway woods and irons for years, but 2021 is the first year, thanks to material advances, that Ping feel the idea delivers a significant enough benefit to warrant inclusion for Ping players.
Ping say by wrapping the face around to meet the sole and crown there’s no welded seam on the face (like past Ping models) which leads to extra face flex and more uniform deflection. More face flex means more ball speed.
Ping say the face of the G425 hybrid now flexes 100% of its own thickness, which in their test sessions delivered an extra 1.5mph of ball speed.
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Shaped for Spinsistency
The days of hybrids having a uniform curve across and up the face (known as roll and bulge) are well and truly gone.
Engineers used to talk about roll and bulge offering a 'gear effect' that would help bring off-centre hits back online, but more advanced analysis nowadays has shown that shots hit low on the face would spin more (costing distance) while shots hit high on the face would spin less, which could cause them to nose-dive out of the air if the spin level was too low.
Ping’s solution (a little like TaylorMade’s Twist Face tech) is to make the face more ovoid in shape (from sole to crown), rather than a traditional circle with a consistent radius.
It means the lower part of the face has less loft, so shots spins less and go further, yet higher up the face there’s more loft (which means more spin) so shots stay in the air for longer. The idea means extra spin and distance consistency, no matter where on the face you hit it, hence the name 'Spinsistency'.
The result is less difference in launch, spin and carry distance between low, middle and high face impacts.
At a glance: Ping G425 Hybrid
Lofts: 2 - 17° / 3 - 19° / 4 - 22° / 5 - 26° / 6 - 30° / 7 - 34°
Stock shaft: Ping Alta CB Slate, Ping Tour
No charge upgrade shafts: Aldila Rogue, Mitsubishi Tensei Orange
Adjustable hosel: Yes (+/- 1.5° of loft change and up to 3° flat)
Where did the Turbulators go?
Aerodynamic crown Turbulators have been a feature of Ping drivers, fairway woods and hybrids since the G30 in 2014.
On the drivers, Ping included Turbulators for enhanced aerodynamics and speed, but only really featured them on the fairways and hybrids because they wanted consistency across the whole range and for a possible benefit in terms of how they framed the ball at address. Ping never made any claims about Turbulators enhancing the actual performance of fairway woods and hybrids.
For the G425, Ping decided instead to introduce a new 3-dot crown alignment aid to draw the same type of focus on the impact zone.
Don’t forget to dial in
Adjustable hosels for fairway woods and hybrids have come and gone for some brands but Ping believe adjustability, not just for loft but lie angle too, is a very important part of fitting golfers correctly.
It means the G425 hybrids come with hosels that can be adjusted by up to +/- 1.5° for loft and up to 3° in lie angle.
Verdict: Ping G425 Hybrid
If you’re a fan of the way Ping’s aerodynamic crown Turbulators frame the ball at address, you may be disappointed to hear they’ve gone on the G425 hybrid. Ping’s reasoning is that a new wrapped face joins the body right where the Turbulators would have been, so Ping removed them.
Instead, you get additional ball speed and more spin consistency between high and low face strikes. Ping G hybrids have been a brilliant choice for a good few years and the new model is no different. It’s really solid and we love how, thanks to an adjustable hosel and five different shaft options, you can get exactly the club and ball flight you’re after.
As with Ping’s drivers, our 2021 Hybrid Test showed the G425 hybrid isn’t quite the longest (it was eight yards back from our longest), but it’s so forgiving and playable – which is exactly what lots of club golfers need.
Don't like hybrids? Try the Ping G425 Crossover...
The Ping G425 Crossover has a thinner face than its predecessor, the Ping G410. The G425 produces a slightly higher flight, which makes it more versatile, and 5% higher MOI, making it more forgiving.
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Review written by: Simon Daddow
Job title: Today's Golfer - Equipment Editor