PING G v G400

Ping’s new driver takes on its pre­de­ces­sor. With Kit Alexander and Adam Smith.

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Ping G (£ 349)

Dragon­fly Tech­nol­ogy on the crown en­ables the de­sign­ers to move weight and in­crease the for­give­ness and sta­bil­ity. Tur­bu­la­tors and Vortec Tech­nol­ogy re­duce drag as you swing, and it has a Vari­able Thick­ness Face made of T9S ti­ta­nium. The G is a clas­sic shape and the large pro­file in­spires con­fi­dence be­hind the ball.b The tur­bu­la­tors frame the ball re­ally nicely,n too. The black weight in the back of thet sole is very sub­tle. Pro tester Adam Smith av­er­aged 260 yards with a solid smash fac­tor of 1.45 – how ef­fi­ciently the club­head turned swing speed into ball speed off the face. Seven-hand­i­cap­per Kit Alexander av­er­aged 266 yards with a smash fac­tor of 1.39. The G is known as one of the more for­giv­ing driv­ers of its gen­er­a­tion, thanks to its head weight­ing and gen­er­ous hit­ting area, and the stats backed this up. Adam didn’t dip below a 1.42 smash fac­tor dur­ing test­ing, while back­spin stayed in the 2,300-3,300rpm range. Kit also pro­duced rea­son­ably con­sis­tent re­sults. It has a louder sound than most re­cent driv­ers that is rem­i­nis­cent of the ti­ta­nium club­heads that were com­mon a few years ago. This con­trib­utes to a feel at the more solid and un­der­stated end of the spec­trum. Ping G400 (£ 389) A Tung­sten back weight con­trib­utes to the deep­est CG lo­ca­tion of any driver on the mar­ket. The forged T9S+ face flexes 16% more at im­pact. The Dragon­flfly Tech­nol­ogy has been en­hanced and the club­head has been made even more stream­lined. The club­head looks more com­pact than the G at ad­dress with the tur­bu­la­tors no­tice­ably wider. The sole art­work is sim­pler but the cop­per tung­sten weight stands out a lot more. The shaft looks cop­per when held up but ap­pears black at ad­dress. Both testers hit the G400 slightly longer – Adam at 262 yards and Kit at 267 yards. Adam achieved this with a slightly higher smash fac­tor and 300rpm more spin, while Kit had the same smash fac­tor with a slightly higher launch and 150rpm more spin. Adam’s smash fac­tor was 1.47 or greater for all but one shot and he hit a cou­ple that he was con­vinced would leak right and short but stayed pretty straight and im­pres­sively long. Kit’s shots all fin­ished within a 15-yard range from long­est to short­est. The sound has been sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved. It’s now more sim­i­lar to other com­pos­ite club­heads and not as harsh. The face feels live­lier, too – fan­tas­tic out the mid­dle and like it still main­tains ball speeds on off-cen­tre hits.

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