Based on six new posts on the USGA’s list of compliant clubs on Monday, it appears that Ping is gearing up to launch a new line of G425 drivers. According to the USGA website, three different driver head models are now approved for tournaments, including Max, LST, and SFT heads in both right and left handed options.
While Ping is yet to comment on the new riders, and we haven’t seen them on the Tour, there are some conclusions that can be drawn from the photos and information made available today.
First, it appears that Ping is changing the names of drivers in the new family. The names “LST” with lower rotation and “SFT” design oriented have not changed from the previous G410 family, but it seems that “Plus” can be replaced by “Max”. Ping had a Ping G400 Max model, but there was no Max in the newer G410 series.
Plus, the photos tell a little about the technologies of each of the new heads.
The Ping G425 Max has a tungsten weight in the back of the head, with “draw” and “fade” lettering on the sole. In all likelihood, this means that the center of gravity (CG) is made to be set back in the head for greater tolerance, and has some sort of CG adjustment to affect draw or fade bias. The LST model has the same unique configuration as the Max, but the shape appears to be a bit smaller; being that Ping’s “LST” models traditionally have a smaller size and are made to have a lower spin, this might make sense. The SFT, on the other hand, does not appear to have “draw” or “fade” written on the sole, so it may not have CG adjustment. The SFT appears to have a tungsten weight in a fixed position on the back of the heel of the sole, which could mean that it is a trim-oriented head.
Based on the USGA entries, the Max driver has three loft options (9, 10.5 and 12 degrees), the LST has two loft options (9 and 10.5 degrees), and the SFT has a loft (10.5 degrees). Based on the USGA rumors, the pilots also have forged faces.
Unfortunately, as Ping hasn’t officially commented on the new drivers, we’ll have to wait for more information to be available. For now, we’ll just have to enjoy the black and white photos of the drivers below from the USGA website.
Ping G425 Max
Ping G425 LST
Ping G425 SFT
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