Ping fairway clubs built for speed, forgiveness

Ping’s G400 fairway woods use a maraging steel clubface for more ball speed and greater distance. (Photo courtesy of Ping)

Ask any tour player and they will tell you that once they find a 3-wood they like, they hang onto it. The 3-wood is the hardest club to pry out of their hands.

Ping is hoping to engender such loyalty with the introduction of its G400 fairway clubs. To maximize distance in the fairway woods, Ping has turned to maraging steel for use in the clubface. It’s one of the strongest alloys and is often used in the aerospace industry. It’s also quite flexible so the face of the G400 fairway woods can produce faster ball speeds and therefore more distance.

“Our main goal in the G400 fairway woods and hybrids was to introduce significant distance gains while maintaining other performance benefits such as forgiveness and the ability to launch the ball easily,” said John A. Solheim, Ping Chairman and CEO. “With maraging steel, we have a material that allows us to go extremely thin with the face to give us the faster ball-speed gains we’re seeking for more distance and higher launch. The results have been amazing as we’re seeing face flexing equal to the thickness of the face.”

The G400 fairway woods are available in 3, 5, 7 and 9. The 3, 5 and 7 are also available with SFT (Straight Fit Technology) that will straighten out a slice for right-handed players. There is also a Stretch 3, which is a stronger 3-wood than Ping’s normal 14.5 degrees of loft.

In the G400 hybrids, the center of gravity (CG) is on the toe side in the 2- and 3-hybrid to help offset a left bias. The 4-, 5- and 6-hybrids are designed to help players launch the ball higher with more forgiveness.

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