Callaway Mavrik vs Ping G425 Driver Comparison & Review
When selecting a driver, it’s best to have all the facts. Too many players just grab the biggest driver they can find thinking they are going to get maximum distance because of size alone. The truth is that there’s a lot more going on in the head of a driver than you would probably expect.
The advanced features that go into the modern driver are great for game improvement. But they can make actually choosing one a little difficult. So in today’s review we are going to be providing a breakdown of the features of two very popular and big hitting drivers.
Callaway Mavrik Key Features
The Callaway Mavrik was developed with Artificial Intelligence to anticipate the needs of virtually every kind of player.
The result is a special head shape that makes this driver more aerodynamic and a thin face architecture that provides more flex and forgiveness.
Ping G245 Key Features
The Ping G425 felt great for everyone in our testing party. One of the main things I like the most about Ping drivers and clubs in general is their consistency.
That has to do mainly with the fact that there is an adjustable 26 gram weight that can be set to draw, fade and neutral positions on the head.
That coupled with the Internal Dragonfly ribbing design gives this driver a very solid, stable feel.
9, 10.5 and 12
9,10.5 and 12
Dragonfly crown technology
Flash Face SS20
Callaway Mavrik Main Benefits
The main benefits of the Callaway Mavrik are that it is forgiving and it produces great ball speed.
The ultra-resilient FS2S Titanium face rebounds exceptionally well to produce penetrating ball flight.
It also flexes at more points on the face for enhanced distance on off-center shots.
Ping G425 Main Benefits
By far, the best benefit that the G425 has to offer is that it is versatile.
The adjustable weight allows it to conform to the swing biases of virtually any player.
You can fine tune your drives depending on the hole as well.
The Mavrik Family
Surprisingly, the standard Mavrik is the only one in the Mavrik family that bears the Cyclone Aero head shape.
The Mavrik Max and Mavrik Sub Zero do have interchangeable weights however.
Also, when compared to the Sub Zero and Max, the standard Max produces noticeably more spin.
The G425 Family
The G425 line of drivers also includes the G425 Max and the G425 LST.
All the drivers in this line feature the Internal Dragonfly ribbing technology but the LST is only available in 9 and 10.5 loft versions.
The LST also has a 17 gram weight as opposed to the 26 gram weight of the G425 Max.
Callaway Mavrik Options
- UST Helium Black shaft
- Project Flex Evenflow Riptide shaft
- Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI shaft
- Steel and graphite shafts
- Regular, stiff, extra stiff, light and women’s flex
Ping G425 Options
- PING Alta CB 55 Slate shaft
- PING Tour 65 shaft
- Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 shaft
- Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 shaft
- Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 shaft
- PING Alta Distanza shaft
- Steel and graphite shafts
- Soft regular, regular, stiff, and extra stiff flex
Who Is Each Driver For?
It was pretty clear after having played each driver that the Mavrik would be more beneficial for beginner or high handicap players. It features a carbon crown that allows for more weight to be distributed lower in the head to produce a lower center of gravity.
That coupled with the special titanium face of this driver help to produce better ball speed off the tee. If you are having trouble getting good distance from the box then the Mavrik would be a good fit for you.
If however you want better overall accuracy from your driver then you would benefit more from the Ping G425. It’s a driver made for slightly more advanced players who are already thinking about strategic ball placement from the tee.
We’ll get distance performance out of the way first since we know a lot of people really want to know which driver played longer.
It was the Callaway Mavrik. On average it produced 4-7 extra yards, which can be argued is a negligible difference but it still counts.
The Ping G425 felt a little more solid though. You get a beefy bite with it while the Callaway Mavrik felt a little thinner and more hollow.
The Callaway Mavrik was actually recently reduced in price on the official Callaway Golf website.
It used to be pretty much the same price as the G425 but now you can get it for around $400 while the Ping G425 will still run you about $500.
Callaway Mavrik Pros & Cons
- Better distance
- It was more forgiving than the Ping G425
- It can actually help players increase their swing speed
- Flash Face technology expands the sweet spot
- Slight draw flight bias
- Less expensive
- It produces considerable spin off the tee
- There’s no adjustable weight
- Doesn’t sound as good as the G425
- Fewer shaft options
Overall Score: 95/100
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Ping G425 Pros & Cons
- Feels more solid
- Plenty of shaft options
- Arccos Caddie smart grips are standard
- Adjustable weight
- Very versatile
- Better for mid handicappers
- Not so congenial for beginners
- More expensive
- Not quite as long as the Mavrik
- Adjusting the hosel is tricky
Overall Score: 96/100
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Both the Ping G425 and Callaway Mavrik are packed with game improvement features but which one offers more upside to the everyday player? In our opinion, that’s the Callaway Mavrik. It gives more of what beginner and intermediate players need: distance and forgiveness.
The Ping G425 will benefit mid handicappers more though. In the end, which is the better driver will depend on where you are with your game. So consider your strengths and weaknesses as a player carefully and then check these drivers out!