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The PING G400 driver feels incredible and has tremendous forgiveness. A no-brainer upgrade. Going straight into my bag.
Over the last four years or so, only one thing has been able to replace a PING driver in my bag: a new PING driver. G30 went in the bag immediately after testing and was replaced only when the G showed up. The new G400 driver boasts a number of technological improvements, but will it maintain PING’s hold on the most important spot in my bag?
When I first saw the PING G400 driver, I was struck by how small it looks. At 445cc it’s not much smaller than the USGA max, but the shaping really enhances the strong, compact look.
The G400 driver’s crown has a lot going on. Nearest the ball, you’ll notice the biggest Turbulators yet. From there, you see the Dragonfly technology which makes the crown ultra-thin (.43mm!) to save weight. While this seems busy, the matte black finish makes it all secondary to your focus on the ball.
Sound & Feel
After my first swing with the G400 driver during my fitting, I turned back to Eric and said, “This thing sounds amazing!” Eric just smiled because he’s been hearing that a lot. I liked my G driver, but I love the sound of the G400.
The word I can’t get away from is solid. It’s quiet without any metallic crack or tinny notes. I actually wrote the word “persimmon” during my testing – it’s that solid.
When you mishit one, the sound doesn’t change too much, but you will get good feedback through your hands.
It’s been a while since I’ve had sustained confidence with the driver, but I feel like I’m turning the corner with the G400. The forgiveness is simply incredible. PING says that the G400 has the “deepest CG and highest MOI in golf.” That seems right to me, because it’s unbelievable on mishits – the ball speed barely slips, and it stays in the fairway. The best of us mishit the driver on occasion and most of us mishit it a lot. Why not get as much forgiveness as possible?
PING also gave the aerodynamics of the G400 a major boost. The improved shape reduces drag 15% during the downswing, meaning more club head speed. To be as aerodynamic as the G400, the G30 would have to be shrunk down to under 300cc!
The engineering of the G400 driver doesn’t stop at the head. PING has two stock shafts that are designed to optimize the G400 for different players. The Alta CB 55 is a mid-trajectory shaft that’s counter balanced to offset the higher head weight. It scores bonus points for changing color from copper to black when you set it down at address. PING also offers the Tour 65 and Tour 75 shafts for players who want a heavier shaft and lower ball flight. The Kuro Kage 60, HZRDUS Yellow 75, and Aldila X-Torsion are also available for an upcharge.
There are two other versions of the G400 driver. For those needing lower spin, there’s the G400 LST (Low Spin Tec). If you want help creating a draw, there’s the G400 SFT (Straight Flight Tec). Reviews of these models will be coming out in the next few weeks.
After the first couple swings with the PING G400 driver, I knew it was going in the bag. I love the look, I love the sound, and I hit it better than anything I’ve hit in a long time. To me, there’s not a driver on the market that’s better than the PING G400.