Winner’s Bag: Viktor Hovland at the 2021 Hero World Challenge

Viktor Hovland beat Scottie Scheffler by one to win the Hero.

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Viktor Hovland started the day six shots off the lead at the 2021 Hero World Challenge, but he shot a final-round 66, which included back-to-back eagles, to capture the victory. The win marks the 24-year-old’s second straight victory.

Hovland, who’s on staff with Ping, uses a bag full of mostly Ping equipment. Check out the clubs he used on Sunday in the Bahamas to capture the win.

[Eds. note: We’re still working to confirm the driver shaft Hovland had in play this week, as he was testing a new shaft prior to the event.]

Driver: Ping G425 LST, 9 degrees

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PING G425 LST Driver

$499
OUR TAKE: Some drivers offer flashy distance, while others provide sturdy stability. Ping’s new G425 drivers, though, checked both boxes for our testers. In his first time hitting the Turbulator-crowned driver, one GOLF tester called the G425 “wife material” due to its speed and forgiveness. “All my mishits went straight,” another said. Players also found that the impact sound sings a deep, booming note.  THE DETAILS: By combining tech from previous releases, Ping says it was able to design its most forgiving driver ever with the G425 Max. No wonder why testers found its performance dependable. The G425 Max drivers measure a USGA limit 460cc and have a 26-gram adjustable tungsten in the back of the heads to help increase launch and forgiveness. For golfers with a slice, Ping offers the G425 SFT draw-biased option, and for higher-speed players who need reduced spin, Ping offers the G425 LST. Check out 150+ reviews from our gear experts in the ClubTest 2021 collection
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3-Wood: TaylorMade SIM (Mitsubishi Tensei Blue AV Raw 85TX shaft), 15 degrees

7-Wood: Ping G425 Max (Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8X shaft), 20.5 degrees

PING G425 Max Fairway Wood

$299
OUR TAKE: This year, Ping removed its familiar Turbulators from the crowns of its fairway woods and hybrids, replacing them with 3 alignment dots instead. How did our testers like the new look? “This alignment aid is so much better,” one tester declared. And he wasn’t alone. “I love the clean crown because it’s not too busy,” another added. Testers also found that the low profile designs made getting the ball in the air easier, even off low-cut grass.   THE DETAILS:  Fittingly called Facewrap technology, the new G425 fairway faces now wrap around the crowns and soles to provide more ball speed and launch. That’s why the Turbulators aren’t on the new G425 models, and why our testers found them easier to hit from the turf. Ping also increased curvature on the faces to especially help with shots hit low on the face. For golfers with differing needs, such as lower spin or draw-bias, Ping placed Tungsten weights in strategic spots on the soles of the three new G425 fairway options.  Check out 150+ reviews from our gear experts in the ClubTest 2021 collection
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Irons: Ping i210 (4-PW; KBS Tour V 130X shafts)

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro (50 and 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey SM8 WedgeWorks (60 degrees), with KBS Tour V 130X shafts

Putter: Ping PLD DS-72

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

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Andrew Tursky

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Andrew Tursky is the Senior Equipment Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com.