The Ping G425 LST Driver Review – Can you handle this club?

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Author Jamie Lewis - Golf PGA Teaching Professional

Author: Jamie Lewis – PGA Teaching Professional

Ping G425 LST Driver Review

G425 “LST” stands for Low Spin Technology and is Ping’s “widowmaker”, the big stick for fine-tuning your flight potential to hit bombs.

Your Norwegian wonder Viktor Hovland and homegrown heroes Cameron Champ and Tony Finau all play a version of the 9º and 10.5º head with absolutely massive results.

All of them average over 300y per drive with Champ leading the PGA Tour in 2019 at one point with 321.3y per drive (supposedly 0.1 yards off the all-time record.)

*Spoiler Alert* it’s possible to carry 300y with this stick absent the PGA credentials!

Lofts Available

Adjustable 9º and 10.5º  (for a full write up on how to select the right driver loft, check this article out)

real photo of the G425 LST

Handicap Range

Pro to 13. The G425 LST driver is designed for speed, penetrating ball flight, and low spin drives… but can be punishing if you hit the ball too far outside of the sweet spot. Players looking at this model typically are comfortable driving the ball, have higher swing speeds, and have excellent center contact.

Technical Review

The G425 LST model shares the same innovative technology as its siblings in this edition, but is balanced to find the sweet spot between weight, launch, and spin to produce penetrating ball flights with maximum roll-out. 

One maxim in golf is that weight at the back of the club coupled with a low CG will help facilitate launch and spin for control. Players that have higher swing speeds (think 105+ mph) will often benefit from the forgiveness of models like the Max, but struggle with sky-high launch angles and spin numbers above 3,000 RPMs.

This will result in loss of distance, and even unwanted flight patterns if side-spin is a factor. The G425 LST is designed to curb both issues with a more compact head and balanced weight profile.

While the Max and SFT boast 26 and 23 grams of tungsten weight positioned low in the head, the G425 LST driver shaves that number down with a marginally higher seated 17g weight.

Ping’s G425 LST Tungsten weight

The club-head is also designed to be slightly more compact at 445cc than its siblings. Ping advertises that they have managed to drop spin numbers an additional 200-400 rpm from the G410 LST, an already proven low spin driver. That’s truly impressive.

Performance – My Test Results

My performance test for the G425 LST driver review… this driver is the distance weapon of choice in the Ping family. The marriage of the latest Ping tech with the smaller head and moveable weight effectively drops the launch angle and spin off the face of the club while producing excellent ball speed.

At the range, two things were immediately noticeable to me:
  1. Ball flight was lower and more penetrating
  2. We have roll out!

My drives tend to be long, but all carry. Similar to my irons, my drives typically get out fast and high to essentially hop and stop close to where it landed even at 280+ yards.

While easier to hit, oversized drivers often cause the backspin numbers to creep up the faster I swing, causing fluctuations in carry distance… add a light breeze and this can result in 30y discrepancies with a well-struck shot that fall short of expectations.

**Spoiler Alert** I was still able to break 300y with this bad-boy without significant extra effort!

Here, the G425 LST tech worked for me by keeping backspin under 3000 and consistently helping me get the ball downrange with a more controlled rise through the air. Further confirmation that the head was doing something right is evident as I was able to tack on an extra 10-20 yards of roll-out.

G425 LST Trackman data

While these are all positive findings, the distance capability of the G425 LST is a double edged sword…

Front-to-back dispersion is the least consistent for the G425 LST out of its siblings. While I had a lot of fun hitting bombs off the tee, there is a premium placed on quality contact with this smaller head.

Deviations that were more than half a ball outside the center turbulators caused more significant drops in overall carry and total distance compared to the Max.

LST giveth, and LST taketh-away!

Players that are comfortable driving the ball and that are consistently in the strike zone will benefit the most from this head.

Sound and Feel

The G425 LST driver feels quick through impact and the ball jumps off the face on centered strikes. Feedback on strike location is more pronounced than the SFT and Max models.

photo of the LST at address

It’s on par with what you would come to expect from the G400 and G410 series, if not a little bit softer with the innovations of the Forged Face Technology and updated Dragonfly webbing. Overall, very pleasant to hit without a metallic feeling.

Sound still has a loud rapport, but it doesn’t rise to the level of the Max.

Pros

  • Spin reduction is excellent and effective
  • Launch control and peak height are on the low-end among competitors
  • Stability! For a small head, it moves through the ball so well
  • Sleek/smaller head
  • More forgiving than other “low spin” heads I’ve tested
  • Roll out! The ball will keep moving long after it lands

Cons

  • Less forgiving than the Max edition
  • Off-center strikes deflect the face more than in the Max
  • Lack of stock low spin/launch shaft options for high swing speed players
  • Mid-pack for pure distance among competitors

Alternate Colors

So Bubba Watson actually has his own hot pink color scheme for this driver. And yes, it is available to the public! It’s pretty cool, check it out…

alternate color for the LST G425

more alternate pictures of the LST G425 from Ping    the Bubba version of the LST G425

The Bottom Line

If you’re a Ping aficionado and swing for the stars, you’ll love the G425 LST driver model for pure distance and control.

Ping marries the fairway finding magic they’re so well known for in a sleek, smaller package that will appeal to players with high-swing speeds seeking distance.


Other Drivers in the Ping G425 Family

There are 2 other drivers in the G425 family line… If you’re looking for a more forgiving option, check out our article on the Ping G425 Max driver review here, and if you’re battling the dreaded slice, the Ping G425 SFT driver review might be more to your liking.

Comparison of the G425 series


Alternative Drivers to the Ping LST G425

TaylorMade SIM 2

TM SIM2 stock image
The SIM 2 is TaylorMade’s low spin driver model that is similar to the G425 LST. There are obviously some differences though, so if you want to check that out, our review of the TaylorMade SIM 2 driver can be found here.

Callaway Epic Speed

Callaway Epic Speed Driver
Callaway’s Epic Speed is the most similar model in their driver line up to the LST.  It’s not technically a “low-spin” model, and they do offer a “Max LS” version, but in my opinion, the Speed is there most skilled driver in the line and would be comparable to golfers looking at the Ping LST.

We have a full review of the Epic Speed over here (and the Epic Max LS right here if you do want to check that one out).

Cobra Radspeed

Cobra Radspeed Driver
Cobra does have a low spin option as well, the Radspeed. It’s pretty comparable to the LST but a little different obviously. Our full write up of the Cobra Radspeed can be found here.

Best Golf Drivers In this Same Category

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If you’re someone who’s looking for other low spin or advanced level drivers, we have a massive write up on the top 5 best drivers along with a buying guide if you want to check that out as well.


FAQ

Note – Some of these FAQs were covered throughout the article, but I still get these questions a lot… so here are the “short and sweet” answers to the most common questions:

Do any pros use Ping G425?

Some of the Pros using the Ping G425 are Viktor Hovland, Louis Oosthuizen, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson, Cameron Champ, Stewart Cink, Tyrrell Hatton, and more.

Is the ping G425 LST forgiving?

The Ping G425 LST driver is not a very forgiving club. It’s geared more towards lower handicap players who can consistently hit the sweet spot and are looking to lower spin and add some distance to their drives.

What does LST mean on Ping driver?

LST on the Ping Driver stand for Low Spin Technology. The ‘low spin’ term is for players who have a very high swing speed (105mpg +) and need to reduce spin in order achieve a lower ball flight.

How does ping LST work?

The Ping LST driver works by lowering the weight in the bottom rear of the club, creating lower overall spin and reducing the apex (height) of the ball flight trajectory.

What driver does Bubba Watson use?

The driver that Bubba Watson uses is the G425 LST driver from Ping. He also sometimes uses a custom color scheme (that is also available to the public) with various combinations of hot pink.