Ping G425 Vs Ping G410 Fairway Wood Comparison Overview
If making up for less than ideal distance from your driver is the main purpose of your fairway woods, then the two fairway woods that we tested for today’s article will be of special interest to you.
Both the Ping G425 and the Ping G410 fairway wood series emphasize distance above all else. Both of these woods feature extreme rear tungsten weighting to increase MOI. From our testing, we could tell that both of these woods did a great job of preserving swing energy to the ball because of this very feature.
As you can imagine, the same dynamic effect influenced forgiveness. We noticed that both of these woods were generating impressive ball speeds on mis-hits. However, this is where the Ping G425 and Ping G410 woods start to diverge from each other.
We noted that the wraparound face of the G425 fairway woods flexed more in the areas where players tend to mis-hit. In other words, the sweet spot was more generous with the G425’s than it was in the Ping G410 fairway woods.
The Ping G425 woods also did a better job of keeping spin rates down and producing straighter shots. At a glance, it appeared that the G425 woods were overall more forgiving than the Ping G410 woods.
Ping G425 Fairway Wood Overview
One of the things that helps correct mis-hits on the Ping G425 woods is the slight face curvature.
This unique face planing has a direct effect on flight path – effectively straightening out shots that weren’t hit square.
This was a good and bad thing. It was good in the sense that it helped some of our lower handicap testers stay on the fairway. For our more advanced testers though, we were hearing that the G425 woods lacked effective shot shapeability.
This is very much of note since the G425’s feature an adjustable hosel for customizable loft and lie. Still, all of our testers agreed on the perception that the G425 woods provide great launch angle when needed.
Overall, they were versatile – producing low-flight shots when more distance was needed. And of course, forgiveness was not a complaint with any of our testers.
Ping G410 Fairway Wood Overview
Like the Ping G425 fairway woods, the Ping G410 woods feature an amazingly thin maraging steel face.
Not only does this exceptionally thin alloy allow for a high degree of flex; it imparts an amazing feel to full swing shots.
The Ping G410 does have a shallower face profile compared to the G425 fairway woods though. And this is one of the aspects that make it less forgiving overall. The Ping G410 fairway woods also lack the wraparound face and face curvature of the G425 woods.
Still, the launch and distance are there. Extreme perimeter tungsten weights make sure that players of all skill levels are able to achieve the distance they need and an adjustable hosel ensures that apex height is kept in check on a variety of lies.
And in case you were wondering, the 3 wood in both of these sets played almost identically long (around 264 yards for each) and it continued that way throughout the sets.
There’s no question that you will get the distance you need from both of these woods. However, if a little more forgiveness is what you are really after, you may be better off with the Ping G425 fairway woods.