Any reduction in clubhead speed from the larger size looks to be offset by the higher MOI preserving ball speeds on mishits and although the sound isn’t quite as sharp as the original, many will wonder why it wasn’t 460cc in the first place.
Performs very similar to the G400 from the middle but with more forgiveness on off-centre hits and a more confidence-inspiring look without any reduction in clubhead speed from the added size.
Louder, tinny sound compared to the G400 model may put some people off
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Ping G400 Max Driver Review - Technical Editor Joel Tadman tests the new Ping G400 Max driver up against the original G400 driver to see if there were any differences in clubhead speed, distance and accuracy
Ping G400 Max Driver Review
Aimed At This driver is aimed at golfers who want to find more fairways off the tee.
Key Technology Being bolstered in size to 460cc means the G400 Max is the most forgiving Ping G400 driver in the family with a higher MOI (resistance to twisting) than the standard G400 driver. This should mean that shots hit off centre fly straighter and lose less distance compared to strikes from the sweetspot but clubhead speed might be reduced.
The G400 Max driver features the same technologies as the other G400 drivers, including the weight-saving Dragonfly crown, tungsten back weight for maximum forgiveness, a fast forged titanium face and internal rib structure that improves the sound and feel.
How we tested We hit the Ping G400 Max on our GC2 Launch Monitor and out on the course to assess performance compared with the standard G400 driver.
Looks Given it’s larger volume, the G400 Max has a larger footprint at address that many golfers will prefer. The turbulators also appear larger and the face is lighter in colour and therefore more visible to help alignment.
Feel/Sound Interestingly the G400 Max driver has a louder, more hollow sound than the standard G400 driver. It still feels solid, stable and powerful, but many will prefer the sound of the original over the G400 Max.
Performance Our launch monitor data showed the G400 Max performed very similarly to the standard G400, with a slightly higher flight but the launch, spin, carry distance and ball speeds were similar.
The G400 Max is a curious addition to the G400 driver family as it unquestionably provides added forgiveness and accuracy over the standard model without a significant decrease in speed or distance. It is most suited to mid and slow swing speeds that use a lot of the face to strike the ball, but our fast swing speeds also got good performance from it. In fact we got slightly more distance from the G400 Max.
Out on the course, the flight was certainly more stable overall, the dispersion was tighter and it just looks and feels easier to hit and that confidence translated into more consistently centred strikes and longer, straighter drives compared to the standard G400.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.3.
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Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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