Ping G425 Vs Titleist TSR3 Driver Comparison Overview
There are a lot of different ways that golf club manufacturers try to increase distance for the player.
Oftentimes, these efforts take the form of face refinements and adjustable weighting.
The idea is that if you can get the CG to line up with where you usually make impact on the face, you will experience a boost in distance.
The Titleist TSR3 and the Ping G425 are examples of drivers that utilize these types of refinements. But which one is better? Let’s take a look.
Ping G425 Driver Overview
“The forged titanium face of the Ping G425 not only plays hot; it imparts a premium feel at impact.”
We simply loved the way the Ping G425 driver felt on perfect strikes. This is a 460cc driver with a forged face insert.
So while you get a bit of inherent forgiveness due to the sheer size of the head, the forged insert hints at a premium driver.
The G425 also features a 26-gram tungsten adjustable weight. It can be set to the draw, neutral or fade positions.
This allows you to put more power in the position that lines up more accurately with where you usually make contact.
Overall, the G425 feels light and can increase your distance by about 5 yards on average with pure strikes.
However, it isn’t incredibly forgiving and we can see mid to low handicappers making the best use of it.
Titleist TSR3 Driver Overview
“The Titleist TSR3 also features a sliding weight and a redesigned variable thickness face.”
With the Titleist TSR3, you have another driver that isn’t exactly for high handicappers.
It still bears a 460cc head; but the profile will definitely be more appealing to more experienced players.
With that being said, the Titleist TSR3 is an excellent distance driver.
It has an aerodynamic profile that was upping our swing speeds a bit and generating boosts in overall distance up to 8.7 yards.
The flight is on the low side and spin is kept to about 2500 RPMs on average which is great for more advanced players.
Overall, carry and total distance of the Titleist TSR3 was better than the Ping G425.
“If you are an experienced player seeking more overall distance, the Titleist TSR3 would be the better choice. The Ping G425 is better for players seeking a better overall feel from their driver.”
Ping G425 Drivers – First Impressions
The Club is pretty understated in it’s design, it’s all black with some white logo writing and you can immediately notice the adjustable weighting in the back that can iron out any inherent flaws in your swing.
The weight on the back is tungsten and weighs 26g, the ultra light internal dragon fly crown allows for more weight in the back and face which is a forged insert, delivering incredible ball speed and accuracy.
The head is packing huge MOI of over 10,000, and it incorprates and ultralight hosel insert and internal ribbing for unrivalled feel, forgiveness and competitive distance.
The club comes in three formats:
The max will suit mid to high handicappers
The LST has a smaller 445cc head for the consistent mid to low to pro players
The SFT is the most forgiving of the drivers and best for beginners who tend to slice
Overall the G425 has excellent feel and consistent and rightfully takes its place as one of the top premium drivers on the market right now.
The Titleist TSR3 Driver First Impressions
When you see the TSR3, your first impression might be that it looks very similar to the preceding TSi3 driver which was game by a ton of tour professionals over the past couple of years.
If you thought that, then you wouldn’t be wrong. The TSR3 sets out to ‘Refine’ the TSi3 without building an entirely new club.
The incremental improvements have been enough to get tour players already wielding the theTSR3 but it remains to be seen whether regular golfers will find it necessary to upgrade to the TSR3 from the TSi3 and in most cases, they probably wouldn’t need to.
The driver has improved on the aerodynamics with the boat trail at the back housing the tungsten weight which can be easily adjusted to your swing style.
The loft and lie can both also be easily adjusted to suit your swing or the course you are playing that day.
The Speed Ring VFT is forgiving on miss hits but when you catch the ball flush on the sweet spot, the ball will fly like a Tesla rocket ship.
All extras have been stripped to reduce weight and drag. The aerospace-grade titanium produces and epic sound and feel.
Another thing to note would be that while Taylormade have gone for Carbon based solutions and vowed never to return to Titanium, Titleist still continue to use Titanium in their drivers.
Overall the club is very confidence-inspiring at the tee box.
Ping G425 Driver – Selling Points
- 26g Adjustable Weight In The Heel
- Ultra Light Carbon Crown With Internal Dragon Fly Technology
- Forged Face Insert For Incredible Ball Speeds
- Version To Suit All Levels Of Player
- Exceptional Feel And Consistency
- Arcoss Smart Sensors Included
Titleist TSR3 Driver Selling Points
- Surefit Hosel And CG
- Aerospace Grade Titanium
- More Aerodynamic With Higher Swing Speeds
- Speed Ring VFT
- Already a preferred driver on Tour
- Long, Fast And Consistent
Who Are The G425 Drivers For
These drivers are suitable for all players, they are fast hitting, consistent and forgiving with endless adjust ability. Just best sure to select the right option of club for your game.
Ping G425 Family Of Irons
The Max is the middle of the road driver in the G425 range. It offers tons of distance and consistency without sacrificing on forgiveness.
The LST has a smaller head and is for better players who want to hone in on the feel and workability of the driver. This one sacrifices a bit of forgiviness for more feel and distance. Perfect for better players.
The SFT is the most forgiving and easiest to hit out of the 3 versions. This one is going to suit beginner and high handicappers the best.
Feel And Control: 936/100
Overall Score: 97/100
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Who Is The TSR3 Driver For?
The TSR3 is the most tour-preferred driver out of the 4 on offer in the TSR range.
The driver is long, fast and consistent and you can really dial the club in to your own specific swing.
The better players will love to fine tune the performance of the TSR3 at a driver fitting and the performance of the TSR3 is going to get the sales.
It doesn’t have the flamboyant looks of the Taylormade Stealth or a Cobra driver but when you get to the Tee Box, the TSR3 is one of the best performing drivers ever produced.
the face is confidence inspiring and the sound and feel make you want to hit the club again and again.
The driver will best suit players who can hit the sweet spot more often than not but it has to forgiveness to make it gameable for mid handicappers and upwards.
If you’ve got the money to splash out on a premium driver and hit the ball well, the TSR3 should be high on your list of potential new clubs.
The Titleist TSR Family of Drivers
There are 4 clubs in the TSR family with the lightweight TSR1 not coming out until early 2023.
The TSR2 is the max version with a good deal of forgiveness coming from the Multi Plateau VFT. This will suit beginners most favorably but can also be used by mid to low-handicappers.
The TSR4 is the most configurable of the drivers, you can dial it into to your exact swing easily but it sacrifices a little bit of speed in doing so. This one is for the shot placers.
Feel & Control: 95/100