Ping G425 Vs. Callaway Rogue ST Max Irons Comparison Overview
Ping is known for putting high-end, innovative features into clubs that are intended to help beginners and high handicappers improve performance. That’s why so many of their clubs have featured unique blends of game-improvement and player’s performance features.
The Ping G425 irons perfectly exemplify this design characteristic. The Ping G425 irons narrowly fit into the category of game-improvement irons so how would they fare against a pure game-improvement iron set like the new Callaway Rogue ST Max irons?
Ping G425 Irons Overview
The first thing you will notice about the Ping G425 irons is the compact head and notched hosel.
The Ping G425’s have smaller heads and shorter blades compared to the Callaway Rogue ST Max’s and most other game-improvement irons. However, these are still cavity back irons so despite the smaller blades, the Ping G425’s still work to increase MOI.
The notched hosel also allows for extreme perimeter weighting without launching the overall club weight through the roof. The perimeter weighting certainly does help preserve ball speed on shots hit closer to the toe. The variable face thickness also helps shots hit near the sole.
The blade length (even shorter than the G410 irons) belies all the forgiveness features but ultimately increases workability around the green – part of what makes these irons so unique among game improvement clubs.
Callaway Rogue ST Max Irons Overview
The Callaway Rogue ST Max irons are massive compared to the Ping G425.
They have much wider soles and blade lengths which inspire confidence at point of address. We could tell right away that these clubs would be more beneficial to double-digit handicappers. They are more forgiving overall. Of course, that means less workability.
The Callaway Rogue ST Max short irons provided almost no spin control. While they launch high and their strong lofts naturally generate a lot of spin, there was almost no way to reign it in. Strategic ball placement and accuracy were certainly shortcomings of these irons.
Still, they launched higher, played longer and were truer to the game-improvement iron category for what it’s worth.
The Ping G425 irons certainly have more to offer mid handicappers than they do for high handicappers. The perimeter weighting does help with forgiveness and the enhanced short-game accuracy is a great boon for intermediate players; but beginners will feel more at home with the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons.