Ping G400 Crossover Review
The G400 is the second generation Crossover from Ping and the brand has made some serious strides to improve both the look and performance. It is certainly more compact and classic to look down on than its predecessor and it gets through the turf a little easier too producing stronger, faster strikes. The 2017 version is easier to hit off the deck and the silver finish will suit the eye of more players.
You can expect similar levels of forgiveness as the previous generation and the added power makes this a great replacement for those who struggle at times with their long iron ball-striking. Our only negative would be the high pitched impact sound – traditionalists might not like it but the solid all round performance more than makes up.
Our launch monitor data suggested the new G400 Crossover launched higher than the new G400 hybrid and gave us a little more carry distance too. This means it should provide the distance and workability off the tee as well as stopping power into greens, making it a much more versatile offering than the previous generation G Crossover.
Ping G400 Crossover Review – The Tech
The latest Crossover iteration has a very different look to the original. The G400 Crossover has a lighter finish that matches that of the G400 iron and other irons like the iBlade and i200, as well as a hydropearl finish to reduce turf interaction, helped by a thinner sole.
The big change however can be found in its construction. The goal was to create a club that launched the ball higher for more stopping power on the greens and that was also more forgiving on off centre hits while maintaining the versatility that made it so popular.
Ping has done this through use of a maraging steel face that is stronger, and can therefore be made thinner, helping launch the ball 20 per cent higher and with more speed to provide 30 per cent more stopping power.
Off-centre forgiveness comes from the addition of a 20g tungsten toe weight, which increases forgiveness resulting in 17 per cent tighter dispersion than the original G Crossover. Ping also say golfers should see a whopping 45 per cent less shot bend and more spin on off-centre hits, helping you find more fairways on those tight driving holes where the Crossover club is often employed.
The profile has actually been made slightly smaller, but it still maintains its flat face that makes it look and play like an iron but offer the ball speed, flight and forgiveness of a hybrid.
In the different lofts available, golfers of all skill levels should be able to find a G400 Crossover that fits the gap in their bag nicely and helps them hit all the shots they need.
PING G400 Crossover Review – Specs, availability and pricing
The Ping G400 Crossover comes in lofts: 3 (19°), 4 (22°) and 5 (25°) with the Ping Alta, Tour 90 or AWT 2.0 shaft as standard. The RRP is £200 and it is on sale from July 27th, 2017.