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3 Wood: Ping G410 vs G425 Max


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I recently took a flier on an ebay 5 wood purchase, a Ping G410 17.5 degree with an Oban Kiyoshi HB shaft in X-stiff.

 

I've never used a 5 wood, and traditionally I have only hit (and been fitted into) stiff shafts throughout the bag. My average driver swing speed is ~107.

 

Well, after 10 rounds, this G410 5 wood in extra stiff is now my favorite club of all time.

 

I went and bought another identical Oban shaft for a 3 wood and planned to find a G410 14.5 degree to match. But after rabbit-holing on it a bit, I'm wondering if I should just get the latest tech and buy a G425 Max 14.5 degree instead. Some reviews (TXG, etc) seem to indicate it's a step up in ball speed and spin consistency. But it's of course hard to know what's marketing and what's real improvement. I don't have a chance to test these options against each other

 

I've seen that there are threads comparing G410 and G425 driver models. But I'd like to know if anyone has thoughts on 410 vs 425 Max fairway woods.

 

Thanks!

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1 hour ago, JOVortex said:

For what it's worth, I asked my fitter (who used to work at Ping but not for a couple years) if he knew the difference between the 410 and 425 fairway woods, and his response was: "I think the main difference is they took off the turbulators on the top"

 

Well-yes the obvious applies to the Turbolator crowd 

 

That being said....rolled face is the biggest change- and its pretty big a change imo

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I play the 425 Max 3w right now... I have played many Ping FWW in the past and I have to say, the 425 Max is DEFINTELY a step up.  This thing is so easy to hit and it is LONG, launches high and does seem to be very consistent distance wise.  The 410 seemed to be lower launching to me, still a very good option but the 425 is better, not a sales ploy... and without the turbs, looks really good.

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I'm persuaded by this thread (and youtube) that the g425 is a little bit better golf club than the g410, performance-wise. Pretty much everyone is saying the g425 is a little longer and has better spin consistency.

 

However! I ended up buying the 410 for aesthetic and psychological reasons. I love my g410 5 wood and feel like buying the g425 would be a message to the 5 wood that I don't believe in it anymore. So when I am ready to hit a shot with either club, part of me would be thinking about my ability to betray myself, which in my experience is not a good swing thought. I also think the turbulators are cool - from address, the g425 looks like it could be any brand.

 

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