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The PING G400 fairway woods are easy to launch and extremely consistent. Wonderful FWs for players who want to control their trajectory and shape shots.
It’s rare for a fairway wood, or any club for that matter, to appeal to all golfers. Generally clubs are either easy to hit or high performance. The G400 fairway woods manage to be both by combining forgiveness, ease of launch, and shot shaping control.
The G400 fairway wood has all the trappings of recent PING woods: matte black crown, Turbulators, no alignment aids.
What’s changed from the G is that the G400 went away from the symmetrical look with a touch of pear-shape, and it appears a little smaller than average. The face height is, to my eye, perfect: tall enough to hit off a tee, shallow enough to hit off the turf.
Sound & Feel
Like the rest of the PING G400 line, the key word here is “solid.” Compared to the hybrid and driver, the fairway wood leans the most toward having a typical sound, but compared to other FWs the feel is decidedly strong. The sound is fairly quiet with a medium pitch, and the feedback is excellent.
During my recent trip to the PING fitting van, it was emphasized that I need more loft. With that in my mind, I was a little nervous about testing the standard G400 3W at 14.5 degrees. A couple swings was all it took to eliminate my concerns: the G400 FW is as easy to launch as any fairway wood I’ve tested in 2017. Even shots hit a little thin achieved acceptable trajectories and went a long way.
What makes the G400 fairway wood unique is that it pairs an easy launch with a very strong ball flight. My shots climbed quickly to their peak and settled into a boring trajectory. The spin is fairly low, so there can be quite a bit of distance gained on the roll, too.
The final thing that struck me during my testing was the ability to control the flight and shot shape. I’m not a great fairway wood players by any means, but with minimal effort I was able to curve shots in both directions. Similarly, I could launch the ball onto a more green-holding trajectory or send out knee-high bullets. Players that like to be creative in the long game will love the G400 fairway woods.
It would seem that a player who wanted consistency and a player who wanted shot control would want different clubs. When it comes to fairway woods, however, the PING G400 can cover both groups. This club has forgiveness to spare but also allows full control of trajectory and shot shape.