Titleist AP3 718 Vs. Ping G425 Irons Comparison Overview
We wanted to test these two iron sets side-by-side because we know them to have a decent amount of overlap in terms of features.
They parallel each other in many ways but after we tested them, we found that there are a couple of key differences between them.
In the following article, we will be discussing what those differences are and explain how some of the key features influence the performance of these iron sets.
Ping G425 Irons Overview
The Ping G425 irons do a good job of combining the looks of a player’s iron set with the forgiveness of a distance iron set.
There are two main features that drive the exceptional forgiveness of these irons. The first is variable face thickness which preserves more ball speed on shots hit closer to the heel, toe, crown and sole.
The second is the tungsten perimeter weighting which essentially does the same thing.
The caveat with these irons is that the head size is pretty compact. So you will need to be able to make consistent contact on most shots.
The most important difference between the Ping G425 irons and the Titleist AP3 718’s is that the G425’s were giving us about 180 yards with the 4 iron and the 4 iron of the Titleist AP3 718’s were yielding an average of 174 yards.
That’s not the only difference between these irons though…
Titleist AP3 718 Irons Overview
What the Titleist AP3 718 irons lack in distance they make up for in greenside spin control.
The Titleist AP3 718’s are really more player’s irons even though they technically have a cavity back design.
We really liked the bottom heavy leading edges of these irons which allowed for effortless launch. They are great in the rough but really shine around the green.
The wedges in this set feature a solid body and face insert design which allows for a high degree of roll control where you need it most.
Like the G425’s the Titleist AP3 718 irons have 17-4 stainless steel face inserts but the leading edges wrap into the sole creating more of an expansive sweet spot.
With the Titleist AP3 718’s you get better short-game performance. In terms of forgiveness, these irons performed comparably.
In the distance department, the Ping G425 irons reigned supreme – though they lack the launch and greenside control of the Titleist AP3 718’s.
Titleist AP3 718 Irons
Category: Player’s/Distance Irons
Ping G425 Irons
Category – Game Improvement Irons
Titleist AP3 718 Irons First Impressions
We tested the AP3’s second so the lower handicap players in our party were relieved at the sight of the slightly larger heads.
The AP3’s have something of a hybrid cavity back/muscle back design. The undercut in the rear also serves to pop the ball high in the air in both the long and short irons.
The AP3’s were also noticeably more forgiving than the Titleist AP2 718 irons. That’s probably because of perimeter weighting in the heel and toe via tungsten weights.
The AP3’s also have the “L-shaped” face insert that has been included in many other Titleist irons.
The Titleist AP3 irons are slightly more suited to lower handicap players and lack some of the advanced features of the Titleist AP2 718 irons like the co-forged, infused tungsten weighting and carbon steel construction.
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.
Titleist AP3 718 Selling Points
- Better for mid handicappers
- Slightly larger profile
- L-shaped face insert
- Good forgiveness on low face shots
- Brushed leading edge
- Good forgiveness
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
Who are the Titleist AP3 718 Irons for?
The AP3’s would be great for any single digit handicapper who is looking for a bit more feel and help with contact.
While the Titleist AP3 718 irons are a great introduction to the AP family. They are more forgiving than the Titleist AP2 718 irons but provide you with better short game control than the AP1’s.
While not on the same performance level as the Titleist AP2 718 irons, the AP3’s do provide comparable distance in a great looking player’s iron shape.
The Titleist AP Irons
The great thing about the Titleist AP3 irons is that they sit perfectly between the AP1 and AP2 in terms of size.
While the AP2 is certainly the only model that can be considered a tour-grade iron set, the AP3 and AP1 will appeal more to players who have just broken into single digits.
Titleist AP3 718 Irons Final Assessment
Feel & Control: 92/100
Overall Score: 92/100
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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.
Feel And Control: 93/100