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The PING G400 hybrid is easy to hit and produces consistent results. Upgrades from G series to make it more appealing to better players.
Upgrading hybrids can be a tricky business. Distance sells, but what most players really need is more forgiveness. For the G400, PING did both: it’s longer, thanks to an 11% thinner face, and more forgiving (14% tighter dispersion).
If there were a word that meant “more square than square,” that’s what I’d want to describe the way the PING G400 hybrid sets up at address. To my eye, it’s absolutely perfect. The scoring lines and the face combined with the Turbulators frame the ball beautifully and give me the confidence to swing away.
The G400 hybrid does have a slight pear-shape at address and is of average size for a modern hybrid. The matte black crown is free of alignment aids, save the aforementioned Turbulators.
Sound & Feel
The impact sound of the G400 hybrid perfectly bridges the gap between the irons and the fairway wood. It’s halfway between the solid, home run crack of the irons and the more explosive feel of the fairway wood. The G400 hybrid is on the quiet side without any metallic characteristics.
Players will have no problem knowing exactly how they struck each shot – the feedback is excellent.
I tested the G400 hybrid after testing the G400 fairway woods, and one of my first thoughts was that these two clubs were clearly related. Just like the FWs, the G400 hybrids are very easy to launch, but they have a piercing ball flight. They’re also similar in that the launch isn’t super high – they’re just slightly above average at each loft – but you hit a similar launch angle whether you strike it perfectly or a little thin.
That launch angle forgiveness extends to ball speed and direction as well. Small mishits will still end up on the green. There’s plenty of workability in these hybrids, but they’re just as happy to smash straight, consistent shots all day long.
In the lower lofted hybrids – the 17 and 19 degree models – PING has made a change to appeal to the better players. They’ve added more weight to the toe of the club to make it less draw biased. I’ve hit both the lower lofted and higher lofted models and found the difference to be small but noticeable. Despite being hook-prone, I found the high lofted models to be very playable, but the low lofted models definitely allow me more room for error in that direction.
Longer, more forgiving, but with upgrades for the better player as well. With the G400 hybrid, PING has checked all the boxes. The only thing left to wonder is how they’ll make the next one better.