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The PING G400 irons are really long, really easy to hit, and surprisingly good looking. An obvious choice for anyone seeking forgiveness.
Tour pros heaping praise on new clubs is so ubiquitous that it’s virtually meaningless. For me, however, there are two exceptions. I make an exception for companies that don’t traffic in hyperbole, such as PING. I also pay attention when the praise is specific, so when PING posted that one of their pros said, “I hit the 7I the distance of my 6I but with 8I height,” I was all ears.
If you’re interested in some very specific, data-driven praise for the G400 irons, read on.
The first thing I noticed about the PING G400 irons was the sole. Having reviewed plenty of GI and SGI irons, I expected a wide sole. Not the case. The G400’s sole, particularly in the longer irons, is moderate in size and shaped to make it appear even smaller. This attention to detail and visual appeal is apparent throughout the set.
At address, I was similarly impressed with how thin the top line is. It’s not razor thin, but it’s not that far from my iBlades (comparison pic in the slideshow below). As with the G irons, the G400’s sole is invisible at address.
The one thing that clearly identifies the PING G400 irons as GI or SGI is the offset. Particularly in the long irons, there’s a lot of it, but for the target golfer, that makes sense.
Sound & Feel
I have yet to come up with a word that does justice to the sound of the PING G400 irons. The feel is easily described – firm and solid with slightly muted feedback. The impact sound, however, defies description. It’s too robust and bass-y to be a “snap” or a “click,” but it does have a percussive element. The sound of connecting with a home run swing isn’t quite it, but it’s as close as I can get. If you want to know it precisely, you’ll have to hit it for yourself.
Let’s jump right into the numbers. PING states that the G400 irons have a 40% thinner face and 18% more face bending for improved ball speed and 18% tighter dispersion. Their hydropearl chrome finish provides 40% less friction through the turf and improves launch and spin in wet conditions.
All that to say, these irons have distance in spades. With the G400 irons, I was 10 yards longer (carry) than my iBlades with the 4I and the 7I. That’s not terribly surprising because they’re 3 and 4 degrees stronger in loft, respectively. The pitching wedge, only 1.5 degrees stronger than my iBlade, went 5 yards further in the air.
Here’s where it gets impressive. That PW, despite being stronger lofted, launched the ball higher (2 degrees) and landed softer (also 2 degrees) than my iBlade. The 4I and 7I in the G400 launched only 1 degree lower than their iBlade counterparts and landed only 2 degrees sharper. These irons are long and they produce playable trajectories, even for someone who hits the ball low.
If you’re a high ball hitter, or you just want to have the longest 7I under the sun, PING offers Power Spec. These lofts are 1.5 to 2 degrees stronger throughout the set to produce stronger trajectories and more distance.
Finally, PING continues to deliver the goods when it comes to stock shafts. The AWT 2.0 is PING’s stock steel, and it’s excellent. Stock graphite is the Alta CB. You can also get, without an upcharge, Dynamic Gold, Project X, True Temper XP95, Nippon Modus 105, and KBS Tour. That covers virtually the entire range of weight and trajectory, giving everyone a great option without additional cost.
PING’s promotional material for the G400 irons says, “Engineered to Enjoy.” That seems like the perfect line for these long, forgiving sticks. If you want to see your shots fly consistent, long distances, see your local PING fitter and give these a try.