PING G400 Fairway Wood Review

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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.

Introduction

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.

Looks

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.

Performance

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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10 Comments

  1. Charles Bartholomew

    Matt,
    Do you plan on putting this one in your bag?

    • Matt Saternus

      Charles,

      At 14.5, no, the loft is not optimal for me. I will take a look at the 5W version as my fitter recommended, however.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Andy Phelps

    Matt I don’t hit driver but hit my 3&5 woods off the tee. I hit Titlest 3 wood & cobra 5 wood. Both with regular Shafts. I could always use a little more distance. Is this a club I could possibly pick up a few yards. Andy

    • Matt Saternus

      Andy,

      That’s certainly possible. The best way to find out would be to visit a club fitter with your gamers and compare.

      Best,

      Matt

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  4. Steve Christie

    What is the difference between the G400 and the SFT model. I am 67 with a 15 hdcp and need the distance of a 5 wood.

    • Matt Saternus

      Steve,

      Short answer: the SFT is draw-biased. I have a full review of that model coming out in a couple weeks.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. Adam Prange

    Matt,
    Did you leave the loft at 14.5? The launch angle is a little bit lower than I am looking for. However I want the distance of the 3 wood at about 11 or 12 degree launch angle. how did it perform out of the rough?

    • Matt Saternus

      Adam,

      Yes, I left it at 14.5. I would encourage you to hit it for yourself, preferably with a fitter. I’m sure plenty of golfers will launch the 14.5 at 11 or 12, I just tend to be low launch.

      Out of light rough, the G400 FW is great. I’m not a good enough FW player to take it out of deep rough.

      Best,

      Matt

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