New PING G400 Drivers: Smaller, Faster, Forgiving
After getting a brief glimpse at the PING G400 drivers during the week of the U.S. Open, the latest PING drivers are now in full light. We’ll go over the latest technology features in the PING G400 drivers and explain how it translates to your game. We’ll also cover the models and stock options for the line.
PING G400 Drivers
PING upgrades the variable-thickness T9s forged face of the G driver for the G400. The T9S+ face is forged and heat-treated for strength. The latest face is also thinner than the previous version, increasing ball speed across the whole face. According to PING, the T9S+ face stretches and flexes 16% more than the G driver, for 1-2+ MPH ball speed. Having a thinner face also allowed engineers to put the CG of the G400 lower and farther back than any previous models. This optimal CG location gives you the best launch conditions and increases forgiveness.
The crown of the G400 as the familiar Turbulators and Dragonfly technology that was in the G driver. If you remember, Turbulators reduce drag during the swing, helping the club swing faster. The new Turbulators reduce more drag right before impact, the fastest part of the swing, which equals distance. At address, you’ll notice the Turbulators are more pronounced too, letting you align the ball easier. Dragonfly technology saves weight, increasing MOI and optimizing CG. On the G400 drivers, the Dragonfly pattern extends all the way to the back of the crown to make it more visually appealing.
On the sole of the G400, you’ll find a tungsten and a high-density back weight. All of the weight-saving features we mentioned all the most weight to go into this area. PING found that the 2 weights optimize CG location. Controlling the swing weight during custom fitting is also easier because of the weights. Club fitters can change the weight to fit a person’s swing without affecting the forgiveness of the driver.
The G400 has also improved audibly. As we’re sure you know, many PING clubs have a distinct, high-pitched “ping” sound (hence the company name). PING engineers created the G400 to have a more appealing “thud” sound at impact. Researchers found this deeper sound to be more appealing to the user.
Now, we’ll take a look at the different models you can find these features in.
PING G400 drivers come in 3 familiar models and a slightly smaller package, 445cc. Despite the smaller head, PING designers were still able to make the G400 drivers the company’s most forgiving club to date. Here are more details on each model:
- G400 – The standard head shape
- Comes in 9 and 10.5 degrees
- G400 LST – Low Spin Technology
- The sole weight is moved forward (closer to the face) on the sole. This weight location reduces spin 300-500 rpm
- Comes in 8.5 and 10 degrees
- G400 SFT – Straight Flight Technology
- Draw-bias weight location (weight closer to the heel)
- A lighter swing weight helps you get the club head square
- Comes in 10 and 12 degrees
We should note that the weight of each head varies slightly. The G400 LST is the heaviest, followed by the G400 and then the G400 SFT. This weight variance is another way PING engineers achieved optimal CG and launch conditions.
The stock shaft in the PING G400 drivers is the Alta CB55, which is counter-balanced and has a mid to high launch. Weights range from 53 grams to 63 grams depending on the flex. A cool thing about these shafts is what PING calls Color-Shift paint technology. From the side, The Alta CB55 shaft has a rich, copper look to it. As you set the club down, the shaft color changes to a sleek black, seamlessly blending into the head. PING did this to take away any distractions that could catch your eye from the shaft. That’s a pretty cool feature if you ask us.
For those looking to upgrade the shaft, there are options for a small and a somewhat higher price. For a small upcharge, you can put a PING Tour 65 or Tour 75 shaft in your G400. Each of these shafts has a low-mid launch. The Tour 75 is also heavier than the Tour 65.
You may also pay a little more and choose either the Aldila X-Torsion, MRC Kuro Kage Silver Dual-Core TiNi 60, or Project X HZRDOUS Yellow. The shafts launch mid-high, mid, and low, respectively. The Aldila comes in regular and stiff flex. The other 2 shafts add an X-flex as an option.
Final Thoughts on the PING G400 Drivers
With measurable changes, PING is able to deliver noticeable improvements with the G400 drivers. We’re excited for these to become available on July 27th so we can experience them for ourselves! Also, stay tuned for our reviews of the G400 fairway woods, G400 hybrids, and G400 irons.