PXG and Ping have been dragging it for quite a while. If you’re a Ping fan, you know the brand is reputable, tested, and very reliable. Unlike Ping, PXG is relatively new, sort of like the new boy on the block.
What’s clear from online reviews, forum chatters, and plenty of testing drivers, is that PXG is giving Ping and other established brands a run for their money.
The brand lacks the experience of the others at present, but each iteration of their clubs is making waves in the golf industry. In a series of comparisons of PXG and other brands, we’ll be looking at how the brand fares with Ping in this article.
Before going into a detailed review of the two brands, it’s important to note that both brands have a lot in common, as you’ll later discover in the article. Also, I’ll be pitting together specific drivers from both brands.
Looking at the PXG 0211 and the Ping G425, similarities, design differences, and most importantly, price.
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PXG vs Ping: The Old and the New Brand
The G425 Ping Iron is bigger than the PXG 0211 (gen 1). When you place the two together, you’ll see that the sole and topline in the PXG 0211 are slightly thinner even though the blade length in both irons is of similar length.
Also, the build quality in the PXG is far better than Ping. Yes, you’re going to pay for the higher quality, the point is that PXG drivers enjoy better construction, which may point to extra durability.
However, one thing is clear. And that is you’ll find a lot of the Ping qualities in the PXG because the guys that used to work at Ping are now at PXG. One of them, Chief Product Officer.
So, how about building a well-fitted set with a mix of PXG and Ping? Let’s look at further similarities and differences between both brands:
Tech & Design
Some would argue that Ping is better based on the fact that they have years of R&D making golf equipment with lots of improvement over the years. It’s true that PXG is a lot newer, but we certainly can’t discount the fact that PXG has very, very good irons.
In fact, PXG has nabbed some former Ping employees like Brad Schweigert and Mike Nicolette, previous director of engineering at Ping, and PGA Tour professional respectively.
So, while the brand lacks the years behind R&D, it has scooped up some talents for fast-tracking its product development. Many brands continue to output very unique golf equipment, including Ping.
And sometimes, the target audience for the brands may differ. Ping still makes a lot of high-quality drivers at affordable pricing, most coming at lesser prices than PXG drivers.
With the 0211 you can expect straighter shots and excellent distance control. It also has decent forgiveness. The G425 will equally give you a good distance and great dispersion.
With the wider sole on the G425, though, they’re going to be easier to hit but may be less accurate than the 0211.
One thing Ping drivers are great for is that they are SGI-oriented (super game improvement) meaning that their design components are geared towards making the game easier to play.
So, if you’re a beginner golf player, you may find Ping to be friendlier. PXG, on the other hand, are player-type drivers so that means they are targeted at professional and skillful players with excellent responses. These clubs are also more appealing.
Shape & Feel
The 0211 has a hollow shape, is smaller, precise, and has a much better feel than the Ping 425. However, the G425 is larger and looks durable.
In the looks department too, I think a lot of golfers will like the PXG 0211 better. You shouldn’t let that sway you though as beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder.
Many golfers look for that spectacular sound their driver produces when hitting the ball. Manufacturers are now into that too, working at getting the sound of their drivers right.
While hitting better distance is more important to most golfers, many also want to hear that sound too. If you’re one, then you should look closely at the 0211 drivers. I’ve read many prefer the sound on the PXG over the Ping; that even formed part of why a player sold their G425.
Looking at the price too, it’s easy to see that the Ping G425 Driver is selling at a steeper price than its PXG 0211 counterpart. Depending on where you’re buying, you may be saving a couple of dollars when you go with the PXG 0211.
When looking at several reviews on the PXG (most reviewers are quick to point out that though they’re expensive, PXG seems to be paying more attention to the quality of build and materials than Ping.
If you’re looking for a good driver with great performance, distance, and unbeatable price, I’ll say go for the PXG.
However, if you want better forgiveness and a driver that’s beginner-friendly, then look into the Ping G425. Just note that they’re quite expensive and you may be saving some good dough going with PXG.