Ping G425 Vs. Callaway Rogue ST Max Hybrid Comparison Overview
About a year separates the releases of the Callaway Rogue ST Max and the Ping G425 hybrid clubs which isn’t a lot. However, when we went out and tested these two hybrids against each other we could tell that they were very different in terms of performance.
You would have thought more time has passed between the releases of these hybrids from the kind of performance we were getting out of them. To explain what we mean we put together the following comparison overview.
Ping G425 Hybrid Overview
The Ping G425 has metal-wood action to go along with the appearance of a wood.
The shape of this club at address is certainly more reminiscent of a fairway wood than an iron. And that is a good thing if you actually prefer the look of a wood with enhanced workability. The Ping G425 has the distance of a pure fairway wood as well.
This hybrid provides a decent amount of forgiveness as well. The face feeds directly into the head to create more flex points around the perimeter. The maraging steel face acts like a springboard for the ball and creates excellent ball speed.
However, turf interaction felt a bit chunky with this club. Also, some of our higher handicap testers were having trouble with accuracy.
Callaway Rogue ST Max Hybrid Overview
On the other side of the equation is the Callaway Rogue ST Max with a head design more reminiscent of an iron.
The feel and weighting of this club is entirely different than the G425 as well. Whereas the G425 has weight in the far back perimeter of the head, the Callaway Rogue ST Max features tungsten in the toe, thus creating a draw bias.
The G425 has no flight bias to speak of. The weighting also helped to improve launch angles for most of our testers and we feel it will do the same for most mid to high handicap players.
The iron-like shaping doesn’t help much with lateral workability; but the Jailbreak bars do help to improve lateral stiffness which benefits forgiveness more than anything else.
These two clubs are very different. The Callaway Rogue ST Max provides more forgiveness for players that have a rightward miss and struggle with launch while the Ping G425 provides better distance for moderate swing speed players who can make consistent contact.