Ping G400 Driver Review - GM Technical Editor Joel Tadman gives his verdict on the looks and performance of the new Ping G400 driver
The Ping G400 driver certainly looks smaller, sleeker and more streamlined than the previous Ping G model. While this may reduce confidence over the ball for some, they can gain assurance from the fact the MOI (resistance to twisting on off-centre hits) is actually higher despite reducing in size.
The infinity crown with what looks almost like perforated detailing on the back of the head perhaps make the head look even smaller than it is and with the wider turbulators just behind the leading edge, it looks cutting-edge and modern without being overly in your face.
On the first swing with our G400 LST model, it immediately felt lighter and quicker through the air and at impact, we were greeted with a quieter, duller thud sound compared with the louder clang we got from the G driver. Both feel powerful, but the new G400 is a stark improvement in this area.
Looking at our premium ball, Foresight Sports GC2 launch monitor data, while we didn’t see an increase in club speed we did experience a reduction in spin and an increase in carry distance of two yards over the G driver.
It certainly felt easier to shape the ball when we wanted to and overall, the driver just felt more solid across the face. The shorter Tour shaft compared to the standard option also helped enhance our control of the ball’s direction.
While the G400 features many of the technologies found in the outgoing G driver, they have been refined to produce a more user-friendly offering. This increase in forgiveness is an achievement in itself given the reduction in volume to 445cc, and while golfers may not feel as much confidence over the ball, the more powerful feel and sound soon banishes any doubts.
As always, only a custom fitting session will highlight if this is the case and which clubhead of the three is best suited to your game.
The standard G400 driver comes in lofts 9˚ and 10.5˚. The G400 LST driver comes in lofts 8.5˚ and 10˚ while the G400 SFT driver comes in lofts 10˚ and 12˚. The stock shafts are the Ping Alta CB and the Tour 65 and Tour 80. After market shafts include the Kuro Kage 60, Hzrdus Yellow 75 and X Torsion for a £60 upcharge.
It certainly felt easier to shape the ball when we wanted to and overall, was generally more solid and consistent across the face. Those switching from G to G400 may only experience marginal gains, but these would be found in all areas of performance – distance, accuracy and playability - providing you discover the correct head type for your swing.