Ping G400 Irons
We review the exciting new Ping G400 irons
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In the G400 iron, Ping has created what feels like a faster, more forgiving iron that will stop quickly on the green but still give the mid-to-high handicapper the distance and accuracy they need while also looking great in the bag.
A well thought out design that will help a wide range of abilities find more greens thanks to extra forgiveness and stopping power
Stronger lofts will contribute to the extra distance to a point
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Ping G400 Irons Review - Our exclusive first-hit review of the new Ping G400 Irons tested using the Foresight Sports GC2 launch monitor
Ping G400 Irons Review
Key technology The Ping G400 irons have been designed to provide more distance and stopping power thanks to face flexing technology, which utilizes a toprail undercut cavity to allow the clubface to flex 18 per cent more than the G iron. Updated COR-Eye Technology maintains the distance across the clubface, which is now 40 per cent thinner.
A concealed Custom Tuning Port (CTP) weight expands the perimeter weighting, while the elastomer insert enables swing weight to be fine tuned during the final stages of assembly.
A hydropearl chrome finish reduces friction through the turf by 40 per cent to improve launch and spin in wet conditions and out of the rough.
How we tested We hit the G400 7-iron using premium balls on our Foresight Sports GC2 launch monitor and also hit shots on the course to assess its performance.
Looks The switch to a lighter finish is more in keeping with the rest of the irons in the Ping family. The address profile makes them look inviting to hit. There’s a fair amount of offset, a long blade length from heel to toe but the topline looks thinner because it is so rounded.
Performance Although the lofts are 0.5˚ stronger than the outgoing G irons, we experienced a significantly higher launch with our 7-iron - it had the launch of a 8-iron with distance closer to that of a 6-iron.
What was pleasing was that the spin remained relatively low, meaning the distance, especially into the wind, won’t be affected but the ball will still stop on the greens thanks to the height of the trajectory. The feel is surprisingly soft for an iron built mostly for distance and that applies to strikes from the sweetspot and the area around it too. It’s a solid feeling club that looks inviting to hit and will perform when you need it to.
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 86 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 3.2.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: Ping i230 4-UW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x
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