Ping G400 Driver Review

 
Ping drivers have long been known as some of the most forgiving, well-engineered on the market and the Ping G400 is certainly no exception. Having received the Gold rating on Golf Digest’s 2018 Hot List, the Ping G400 boasts several technological and design improvements from last year’s Ping G model. The G400 has been proven to provide increased forgiveness and accuracy for golfers from the PGA Tour down to rank beginners. If more fairways and forgiveness are what you’re looking for, then the Ping G400 is the driver for you.

PING G400 Driver, Men's, Right Hand, 10.5°, ALTA CB Graphite Shaft, Regular Flex

Key Features

  • The forged T9S+ face increases flexing at impact for faster ball speed and powerful feel and sound.

  • The high-density tungsten back weight creates a high MOI resulting in increased forgiveness on mishits.

  • Dragonfly Technology makes the crown and skirt thinner allowing weight to be moved from the top of the head to other areas for more optimal center of gravity location and increased forgiveness.

 

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  • In addition to improving feel, the internal rib structure of the G400 head rewards you with a rich, full sound at impact. Bolder crown turbulators enhance clubhead speed and visual appeal.
  • Streamlined shaping harmonizes with bolder turbulators and Vortec Technology to reduce drag 40% mid-downswing and 15% overall to increase clubhead speed and ball velocity for added distance with stability.

Ping G400 Driver Detailed Review

Design and Technology

The Ping G400 is designed for any player seeking maximum accuracy and forgiveness. Streamlined head design, a thin forged face, a customizable tungsten backweight, and a thin crown and skirt make the G400 one of the most well-built drivers available.

The head shape of the G400 is smaller (445 cc) and much more aerodynamic than the previous G driver. Incorporation of Vortec Technology and turbulators on the crown reduce drag mid-downswing by 40% and overall by 15% resulting in faster clubhead speed, ball speed, and more stability at impact.

The forged T9S+ face is one of the most flexible on the market meaning it literally bends upon contact creating a trampoline effect that increases ball speed. Because the face is forged instead of cast, it provides the player with a solid feel and more precise feedback on mishits.
Dragonfly Technology has made the top of the club incredibly thin which enables the center of gravity to be moved lower and further back in the club creating optimal conditions for high launch and low spin. The thinner crown and lower center of gravity also increase MOI.
The high-density tungsten backweight is the most forgiving feature of the G400. The weight is also interchangeable allowing players to customize their swing weight and adjust the loft one degree up or down.

Ping G400 Driver

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Pros

  • A low CG helps to create optimal launch conditions, while also maximizing MOI
  • A streamlined head shape and Vortec Technology improve aerodynamics for faster clubhead speed
  • The tungsten backweight increases forgiveness and allows players to customize their swing weight

Cons

  • The G400 has not proven to add much distance over the previous Ping G model
  • The smaller 445 cc head may be slightly less forgiving for some players who are used to 460cc drivers
  • Limited loft options may discourage some players who are looking for more choices in their setup
Build Quality
Control and Performance
Design and Appearance

 
 
Ping G400 Driver

 

Specs

The Ping G400 comes in both left- and right-handed versions with lofts of either 9 or 10.5 degrees that can be adjusted one degree in either direction. The length is 45.75 inches and the lie angle is 59 degrees. Stock shaft options include the Ping Alta CB 55, Ping Tour 65, Ping Tour 75, Alta Distanza, Aldila X-Torsion Copper, Kurokage Silver Dual-Core TiNi, and HZRDUS Yellow.

Conclusion

The Ping G400 is a great club for any player that is seeking greater accuracy and forgiveness. With a new streamlined head shape, forged face, low center of gravity, and adjustable back weight, players of all abilities can benefit from the G400’s performance features.

Ping G400 Driver Video Review

 

How Does the Ping G400 Driver Compare?

Rogue Driver

Callaway builds on the smashing success of the GBB Epic to create an even better driver – the new Rogue Driver. The Rogue uses an improved Jailbreak technology with carefully engineered X-Face VFT to increase ball speed and forgiveness. Callaway also aerodynamically designed the Rogue driver to improve head speeds by optimizing the air flow and reducing drag. The result is a driver that avoids a complete redesign of the highly acclaimed GBB Epic, and instead improves upon what made that driver so good. The Rogue is an excellent choice for any golfer, but mid to high handicap golfers will find the most benefit with increased forgiveness and ball speeds.

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  • Exceptional Ball Speed from The Jailbreak Effect
  • More MOI and Forgiveness from Our Triaxial Carbon Crown
  • Industry-leading Boeing Aero Package

 

Cobra F8 Driver

The Cobra F8 Driver is by far one of the hottest drivers of 2018. The F8 Driver features Cobra’s first ever Precision Milled Forged face that provides the ultimate in driving performance. Cobra discovered that by milling the club face it helps to prevent thickness inconsistencies and curvatures that are found when clubs are hand polished. Additionally, by milling the club face it helps to create greater accuracy and ball speeds even on mishits. The Cobra F8 Driver is an outstanding club that is perfect for players who want more speed, forgiveness, distance, and adjustability. The Cobra F8 Driver is the perfect club for a mid to high handicap player wanting to take their game to the next level.

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  • Precision milled face-our first fully Machined driver face is CNC milled to create our thinnest, hottest, and most precise face EVER
  • 360 Aero-Innovative Polymer Aero trips positionedaround the perimeter of the clubhead improve drag reduction face-on throughthe downswing to generate maximumclubhead speed.
  • Ultralight Carbon Fiber Crown-A lighter 5-ply carbon fiber crown saves discretionaryweight to move the CG lower and deeper, producinghigher trajectories and increased forgiveness.

 

TaylorMade M4 Driver

The TaylorMade M4 Driver is one of most technologically advanced drivers ever produced, improving power and forgiveness. As with the TaylorMade M3 Driver, it improves on the driver’s forgiveness and helps drives to go further by implementing two of the same technologies found in the M3 Driver: a new Twist Face design and a Hammerhead slot. Twist Face takes the face of the club and slightly twists it to create a bulge and roll in just the right areas to correct for human tendencies when striking the ball off-center and results in straighter drives. It is meant to replace TaylorMade’s M2 Driver and builds on the innovations and technology that made that driver a success. See our TaylorMade M2 Driver review here to learn more. The Hammerhead slot is similar to the Speed Pocket found in the M2 Driver but is further refined to increase forgiveness and ball speed, pushing drives even further down the fairway. Lastly, the M4 also features a Geocoustic design that contributes to a larger sweet spot and magnifies the sound and feel of drives. The M4 Driver is genuinely a carefully engineered club that is perfect for low to mid handicap golfer looking to improve their performance on the course while also providing the freedom that comes with not needing to adjust any weight positions.

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  • New face curvature w/corrective face angle on off-center hits, to reduce side spin & deliver straighter shots. Provides more loft in high-toe & less loft in low-heel for more consistent spin
  • Hammerhead slot: the reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face, resulting in a larger sweet spot
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face and drops unwanted spin for more distance

 

Should You Buy the Ping G400 Driver?

Golf is a game of misses and narrowing those misses off the tee is paramount to shooting lower scores. Building on its reputation for sound engineering and maximum forgiveness, Ping has optimized the G400 to do just that—find more fairways and improve off-center shots. If you’re a player who struggles with accuracy or solid contact off the tee, the Ping G400 needs to be in your bag.

 

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