First test! G v G400 irons

Do they ful­fill the de­sign brief? We found out

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

Ping’s game im­prove­ment G irons have earnt a de­served rep­u­ta­tion as be­ing just about the most club golfer-friendly irons avail­able.

Since the first set (G2s) in 2004 they’ve got pro­gres­sively bet­ter, so it’s no sur­prise that un­like some brands Ping haven’t felt the need to head back to the draw­ing board to re­design them for 2017. Our test pro hit both the old G and new G400 7-iron on a launch mon­i­tor so we could ac­cu­rately com­pare both mod­els.

Per­for­mance Fast-faced irons have been about for a few years, but Ping says only now are we see­ing face flex get to the same lev­els as a driver. The tech asks a huge amount of a head ma­te­rial, as it needs to be thin enough to in­crease spring, feel great, yet be ro­bust enough to with­stand hit­ting a ball at 100mph. Thin face tech ac­tu­ally gives a real ben­e­fit over and above ball speed gains; thin­ning the face frees up weight which can be po­si­tioned to im­prove for­give­ness. This is where G400 is so clever. Not only is weight re­moved from be­hind the face, more is scooped from the un­der­cut top edge. Put it all to­gether, and you get some se­ri­ous ball speed and carry dis­tance gains.

The num­bers Chris saw sig­nif­i­cant gains in ball speed and carry (3mph and 13 yards) over the G – in­cred­i­ble when you con­sider G is only 18 months old. Ping aren’t say­ing ev­ery­one will see such gains; five yards is typ­i­cal from their test­ing. But we saw sim­i­lar gains when we trav­elled to Ping’s HQ in Ari­zona and tested with Ping Direc­tor of Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment Marty Jert­son. He picked up 6mph of ball speed and 12 yards of ex­tra carry. That’s huge.

Sound Ping’s en­gi­neers have learnt a huge amount about sound over the years – and how im­por­tant it is in con­vinc­ing golfers to switch to a new model. All that knowl­edge has spilt over into the G400, which sounds solid, pow­er­ful and pleas­ing at im­pact, and every bit as premium as Ping’s i200 iron.

Looks G400 takes the best bits of the G and rolls them in with a bet­ter fin­ish (hy­dropearl is re­ally sleek) and with some shap­ing tweaks to make a very at­trac­tive iron. We’d go as far as say­ing this is the best look­ing G-model iron Ping has ever made.

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