Ping G425 Vs Wilson D9 Irons Comparison Overview


When looking for a game improvement iron, of course, it’s always best to get a professional fitting.

But before you do, it is very helpful to know the basics about any iron set that you are considering. It’s even better to read firsthand accounts of your potential new irons.

And if you are considering either the Wilson D9 or the Ping G425 irons, you are in luck because we just so happened to have recently tested these sets side-by-side. Before you go in for a fitting, read the following comparison overview…

Ping G425 Irons Overview

“When compared to the Wilson D9 irons, the Ping G425’s certainly have a more compact head shape and shorter blades.”

Still, Ping contends that the inclusion of perimeter weights (one in the toe screw and one on the hosel) actually increase MOI so that they produce stable and predictable flight. For the most part, we found this to be true.

We won’t beat around the bush: the Ping G425 irons aren’t as forgiving as the Wilson D9 irons. When you look down at the Ping G425’s, you see a slimmer profile and short blade  – what some might call a “butter knife.”

But the G425’s also feature a nice 17-4 stainless steel variable thickness face which provides adequate forgiveness – if your handicap hovers between 10 and 17. In our testing, the G425’s produces a lower, faster launch than the Wilson D9’s as well.

Wilson D9 Irons Overview

 Wilson D9 Irons

“The Wilson D9 irons have a larger footprint and a cavity back that you can see at address in the long irons.”

It’s very easy to frame the ball with these irons because the hitting zone is matte while the perimeter is polished chrome. The contrast is stark and makes it easier to line up your shot. The Wilson D9 irons are much better for players with deliberate tempos and a sweeping swing.

The offset is visible even as it is reduced in the short irons. They protect low-face mis-hits very well thanks to the “Power Holes”bored into the soles of these irons.

“For us the Ping G425’s produce more accurate shots and tighter dispersion. However, mis-hits were punished with near-extreme prejudice. The Wilson D9 irons on the other hand were very forgiving. This was especially true of the long irons. When struck accurately, the Wilson D9’s also produced better carry distance.”

Ping G425 Irons First Impressions

After taking 2020 off, the G425 Irons are a much anticipated upgrade to the G410’s and the first thing you notice with these irons is that the heads are smaller and more compact.

The irons incorporate two weights, a visible screw at the front of the clubhead and a weight in the hosel. This, coupled with the wide and cascading sole allows a quality ball launch angle.

Ping have gone for the metal wood style material for the first time in a set of irons and the variable face thickness allows for a lot of forgiveness and ball speed on any strike, even when you hit the ball off center.

They also have a multi material badge filling in the cavity at the back to dampen any vibrations on mishits.

The irons have a slight bit of offset for forgiveness but you are going to get plenty of feel from these especially from Irons you would classify as game improvement.

Wilson D9 Irons – First Impressions


“We weren’t sure what to expect from these irons.”

We liked that they were sleeker than the D7’s; but again, we were put off by the matte/chrome finish on the face.

That became less important as the test session pressed on. We were very impressed with the forgiveness and distance of these irons.

While spin rates are a bit low, Wilson seems to have compromised with higher launch.

G425 Selling Points

  • Metal Wood Finish
  • Multi Badge Material
  • Small, More Compact Heads
  • Perimeter Weighting
  • Excellent Feel And Control
  • More Performance From A Smaller Head

Wilson D9 Selling Points

  • Power holes
  • Fast face
  • Low Cg
  • Strong lofts
  • Expansive sweet spot

Who Are The G425 Irons For?

The Ping Irons aren’t going to be for every beginner. These irons will be incredible popular for improving and better players who want to get more feel on the ball without sacrificing forgiveness and consistency.

If you are someone who wants to starting working the ball a bit more, the G425’s are a perfect choice.

Ping G425 Family Of Irons

The G425 Irons also come in a crossover version which are black in color and the steel face on the crossover maximizes the distance you can get with G425 Crossovers.

Distance: 95/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel And Control: 93/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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Who Are the Wilson D9 Irons for?

“We could see both mid and high handicappers making good use of these irons.”

You get a touch of workability and the ability to stop the ball on fast greens which is something both high and mid handicappers will love.

Wilson D Family of Irons

 The Wilson D9 irons are the most technologically advanced but the D7 irons are actually more forgiving – albeit at the sacrifice of any semblance of workability.

Distance: 97/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Forgiveness: 96/100

Feel & Control: 94/100

Wilson D9 Irons

Overall Score: 95/100

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