Iron plan

The G400 brief was sim­ple – make them longer and higher

Today's Golfer (UK) - - New Gear -

Fact. Truly out­stand­ing gameim­prove­ment irons don’t come along very of­ten. If you can name more than five, with­out check­ing Google, you’re ei­ther eas­ily pleased or know some­thing we don’t.

The prob­lems stem from how GI irons in the past have been viewed by de­sign­ers as the poor cousins of bet­ter player mod­els.

Club en­gi­neers thought – wrongly – that “av­er­age” golfers wanted for­give­ness at all costs, and sim­ply for­got to fac­tor-in de­cent look­ing head shapes that golfers would want to play. Ping have been guilty of it them­selves with the orig­i­nal Ping Zings, but thanks to mod­ern tech things are chang­ing. As man­u­fac­tur­ers have tried to out-do each other on dis­tance, lofts have got stronger; but ball flights got flat­ter, mak­ing it harder to stop shots on a green. So a key de­sign pa­ram­e­ter for the G400 was longer, but only if it was higher, too. Ping is con­fi­dent the G400s de­liver both.

De­tails: RRP £110 (s) £120 (g) per club. Avail­abil­ity: 4-LW. Stock steel shafts: Ping AWT 2.0 plus five up­grade shafts at no charge. Stock graphite shaft: Ping Alta CB.

More for­give­ness It’s not huge but Ping reckon the G400’s MOI is 4% higher than the pre­vi­ous G iron. Don’t for­get G it­self was a su­per for­giv­ing and playable op­tion.

The G400s are also avail­able in a Power Spec op­tion. It means you can bet­ter tai­lor your long­est iron (and set) to fill yardage gaps between irons and hy­brids or a wood. One Ping staff tour player reck­oned his G400 7-iron hit shots as far as his usual 6-iron but flew at the same height as an 8-iron. Which means ac­cu­racy and stop. Gap in the mar­ket Higher flight

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