At a time when most equipment manufacturers are stretching the limits as to how large a driver can be, the engineers at Ping went in the opposite direction – they went smaller.
Ping’s new G400 driver weighs in at 445 cc, slightly under the industry standard of 460 cc, the largest the USGA rules will allow. Ping says the smaller size improves the G400’s aerodynamics for faster clubhead speeds and greater moment of inertia (MOI), which is the club’s resistance to twisting on off-center hits.
That is paired with a forged, heat-treated face that increases flexing of the face at impact by 16 percent, compared with other Ping drivers. The combination results in a 2 mph increase in ball speed.
The driver’s tungsten weight is positioned lower and farther back, which the company says makes the G400 its most forgiving driver, based on dispersion testing.
The G400 comes with three clubhead options for most every type of player. The standard model fits most golfers. The Straight Flight (SFT) model helps correct a left-to-right flight (for right-handed golfers) by positioning the tungsten weight toward the heel and features a lower swing weight to help players square the face. The Low Spin (LST) has the tungsten weight positioned nearer the face to reduce spin around 300 rpm for a stronger ball flight.
The stock shaft for the G400 is the 55-gram Alta CB, which is counter-balanced. The Ping Tour 65 and 75 are available at an upcharge as are aftermarket shafts Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver Dual-Core TiNi 60, Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75 and Aldila X-Torsion Copper.