PING G400 Max Driver: Maximize Your Game

g400 max driver

The PING G400 series of drivers have options for any type of golfer. The standard G400 offers distance and forgiveness for the majority of golfers. The G400 LST is perfect for those needing to cut spin down. Those fighting a slice gravitate toward the draw-biased G400 SFT. What else could the Arizona company bring to the table? Enter the G400 Max driver.

This latest PING driver has many of the same features that are seen in the rest of the G400 driver family. We go over these, but first, we look at what’s different on the G400 Max.

PING G400 Max Driver

The Big Differences

Head Size

G400 Max driver bigger head

The first big difference of the G400 Max driver is the size of the club head. Coming in at 460 ccs, the G400 Max is 15 ccs bigger than its brethren. This larger profile gives that little bit of extra forgiveness. The larger head also lowers the CG position to maximize the MOI to over 9,900, making it the most forgiving driver currently on the market.


g400 max driver internal ribs

Inside the PING G400 Max are ribs designed to make the clubs sound, and therefore feel, better. The ribs give the club a deep, muted sound at impact.

Differences On the Face

g400 max driver face

Looking at the face of the G400 Max, you’ll notice a different pattern. The rest of the G4oo drivers have straight lines that for a slight U-shape. On the G400 Max, the U-shape is pronounced with lines, helping to frame the ball easier at address. This easy alignment gives you more confidence in hitting a solid strike.

The face also has a bit of roughness to it. PING says this was done to lower spin by increasing friction at impact.

Similarities with G400 drivers

The G400 Max driver uses the same thin T9S+ forged face as the other G400 drivers. The material flexes more at impact than other steels, increasing ball speed and forgiveness across the face.

Ping G400 drivers dragonfly tech

The crown of the G400 Max also has Dragonfly technology and turbulators in common. Dragonfly technology pairs with the turbulators to give better aerodynamics throughout the swing, helping the club swing faster. Dragonfly technology also saves weight and repositions it lower in the head to optimize launch conditions (high launch, low spin).

The final shared feature is Vortec technology. As the club is swung, drag is created. Vortec technology improves the airflow n the downswing, helping increase club speed for added distance.

G400 Max Driver: Maximum Everything

The features that make up the G400 Max driver maximize key areas to help you get the most of your drives. The driver’s large head and MOI maximizes forgiveness, internal ribs optimize sound/feel, and crown details beef up club speed.

There are 3 stock shafts to chose from with 4 others available for an upcharge. As always, be sure to get fit to get what suits your game best.

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Callaway Rogue Irons: Feel the Distance

Callaway Rogue Irons

The 3 Callaway Rogue irons models, new for 2018, have something for every level of golfer. The models are called Rogue, Rogue Pro, and Rogue X. Each model has different strengths and appeals to a different type of player. Here’s a closer look at the features of each model.

Callaway Rogue Irons

Shared Features

360 Face Cup and Variable Face Thickness Technology

rogue irons face-cup

Callaway returns the popular 360 Face Cup and Variable Face Thickness (VFT) in the Rogue irons. Both features are designed to produce faster ball speed on a larger portion of the club face.

360 Face Cup wraps the face around the body, flexing and releasing at impact. This motion creates a springboard-like effect, increasing ball speed across the face.

VFT raises ball speed on off-center hits. The club face has different thicknesses and is thinner around the outside. Shots that are hit on the thinner parts of the face benefit with the added ball speed from the thinness.

Tungsten Weights

rogue irons tungsten-weighting

Tungsten weight near the sole of the Rogue irons allows for a more precise CG location in each iron. This leads to the perfect launch angle and spin to maximize performance in each iron. Long irons launch high with lower spin for distance and forgiveness. As you move down in loft/length, the ball flight lowers but with more spin for better control.

Why use tungsten, though? Callaway engineers use tungsten because it weighs twice as much as steel. Therefore, more weight can be focused in a specific location.

Better Sound and Feel

rogue irons urethane-microspheres

The last shared feature of the Rogue irons addresses the sound and feel of the clubs. The space between the face and back of the Rogue irons is filled with urethane microspheres. This material dampens the sound and reduces any vibrations that result from having a thin club face. The urethane microspheres also don’t compromise COR or ball speed.

Who Are Rogue Irons For?


rogue irons

The Rogue irons have a medium sole and top line width that are easy to hit. These clubs are perfect for the mid to high handicap player looking for more distance and forgiveness as well as a confidence inspiring look.

Rogue Pro

rogue pro irons

The Rogue Pro irons feature a thin top line and sole as well as compact head design for a more classic look. The Rogue Pro also has less offset. Overall, the design of the Rogue Pro is typically preferred by better players looking for the ability to work the ball.

Rogue X

rogue x irons

The Rogue X irons are all about maximum distance. Their stronger lofts (7 iron is 27 degrees) combine with longer, lighter shafts and a fast face for more distance and higher launch. Golfers looking to get the most distance possible will gravitate to these irons.

Feel the Distance

The Callaway Rogue iron family has an option for any level of golfer that wants superb feeling distance.

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Titleist SM7 Wedges: How They Help You Hit Your Number

Titleist SM7 wedges

Wedge-making pioneer Bob Vokey and his team continue to churn out high-quality wedges. Improvements to the Vokey wedge line in the new Titleist SM7 wedges have cemented the club to “#1 wedge on Tour” status. We go over what’s new on these wedges and how the features translate to your short game.

Titleist SM7 Wedges: Features

Know Your Letter

“Wedges need to be versatile and every player is different. It’s never one size fits all for wedges. That’s why we have many grind options.”

Bob Vokey, Master Craftsman

Vokey continues to use letters to designate the grind of the wedges. Most of the letters used are the same, with one addition. Let’s take a closer look at each.

F Grind

SM7 F grind

Full sole grind that’s best for full swings and shots hit with a square face. Because of this, the F grind is the only grind available in the 46º-52º models.

S Grind

SM7 S grind

S grind wedges are best for square faced shots as well, with slightly more versatility than the F Grind. You’re able to get creative

M Grind

SM7 M grind

The M grind is designed for players that like to rotate the club face open and shut to manufacture shots around the green.

D Grind

SM7 D grind

This is the new grind offering on Vokey wedges. It offers a high bounce with the crescent shape of the M Grind for shot making versatility.

K Grind

SM7 K grind

 Offers the highest bounces in the lineup. The high bounce makes hitting out of the bunker a breeze. It’s also the most forgiving wedge grind in the lineup for all shots.

L Grind

SM7 L grind

The narrow crescent shape grind gives maximum green-side versatility, but it is the least forgiving wedge in the lineup.

Titleist SM7 wedge loft and grind options

Titleist SM7 wedge loft and grind options

New Spin Milled Grooves

SM7 TX4 Face

Improving spin on wedges starts with the grooves. Cutting grooves in plated wedges (which most wedges on the market are) is a common challenge. For the SM7 wedges, Vokey and his team figured out a new way to mill the grooves on plated wedges, called Parallel Face Texture. The technique improves the consistency in the cutting of the grooves, allowing for tighter tolerances and more spin.

SM7 wedges also have loft-specific grooves. The 46-54 degree wedges have narrower, deeper grooves for controlled ball flight with stopping power on fuller shots. Higher lofted wedges (56-62 degrees) feature grooves that are wider and shallower. This lets you nestle shots close when you’re around the green.

Progressive CG

SM7 Progressive CG

The center of gravity (CG) position on wedges is important for controlling the ball flight and distance control. The SM7 wedges have a progressive CG location. Higher lofts have a lower CG, getting the ball in the air so shots stop quickly. As loft increases, the CG moves higher up the club. This keeps the ball low and produces spin on scoring shots.

Compared to the SM6 wedges, the CG locations are more pushed farther in the SM7 wedges. CG is higher in the high-lofted wedges and is lower in the low-lofted clubs. This was done to improve shot consistency and give better feel at impact.

Tidying Up Titleist SM7 Wedges

Titleist offers the SM7 wedges in 6 grinds and improves the grooves and progressive CG, delivering a high-performing club. There are 3 finishes to choose from as well; Tour Chrome, Brushed Steel, and Jet Black. When buying wedges, including the SM7, be sure to get fit to ensure proper grind and set makeup to fit your game. Our PGA Professionals can also help answer any questions you may have.

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