Ping G400 Hybrid Review

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In terms of Build Quality and Control & Performance, the Ping G400 Hybrid shone above the rest of the hybrids we tested.

But given it’s relatively higher price tag than its competitors, we were hard pressed to score it as high as our Editor’s Choice, the Cobra King F7 Hybrid.

Read our detailed assessment of the G400 below to decide whether it is the right club for your game.

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Ping G400 Hybrid Review

8.9 Total Score
Great (B+)

The G400 hybrids have taken things up a notch in terms of distance and forgiveness – particularly the latter. Feedback is top drawer too, and the real plus for better players is in the longer hybrids, which don’t have the same level of draw bias. The overriding takeaway is that Ping have done a good job of prioritising user-friendliness, but not at the expense of playability. The only downside is that the aesthetics probably aren’t the best on the market today, while the price is a little bit steep. But we don’t have a lot of hesitation in endorsing these hybrids, and we’re sure they’ll sell by the bucket load.

Build Quality
9.5
Control & Performance
9.5
Design & Appearance
8.5
Value for Money
8
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Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • Some extra distance is palpable
  • Very, very forgiving hybrids, with good feedback to boot
  • Longer hybrids in particular have good workability
  • Sound and feel are quiet but firm – makes for a seamless transition between fairway woods and irons
CONS:
  • Not the most aesthetically-pleasing hybrids in the business

Key Facts

Product Details Ping G400 Hybrid Review
Launch RRP $249.00 – Check Price: GlobalGolf.com | Worldwide Golf Shop
Gender Men’s
Handicap Range Low – High
Hand Availability Right & Left Hand
Lofts 17° (2), 19° (3), 22° (4), 26° (5), 30° (6)
Lie Angle 58° – 60°
Swing Weight D3
Shaft Type and Name Ping Alta CB 70
Grip Golf Pride Tour Velvet
Manufacturers Website Ping

Detailed Review

Sometimes when there’s not a lot wrong, it doesn’t leave much scope to make things a lot more right. For Ping, this was the challenge when building on the success of their popular G hybrid, as they launched the new G400.

If you’ve had the privilege of reading our review of the fairway woods, you’ll have picked up on our musings that the G400 was more of a consolidator (is that a word?) than a game changer. No bad thing, given the tremendous base upon which it was building. But qualified praise nevertheless.

So, what of the hybrid equivalent? Could the G400 raise the bar, and put Ping firmly on the map of the elite hybrids? The fruits of our rigorous labour lie below…

Build Quality

The sole of the Ping G400 has a gold weight which is smaller than its black counterpart on the G. This is due to the fact that the material used is denser (by 30 per cent). The weight is removable, although any such tinkering should be reserved for the expert hands of the fitters.

The G400 is also the first hybrid to use the Maraging Steel face, which is thinner (11 per cent), lighter (10 per cent), and has greater flex at impact (35 per cent) than the G. The 17-4 Stainless Steel crown, which is just 0.48mm thick, has the additional benefit of allowing saved weight to be positioned deeper. As a result, CG is lower down, and it all adds to the forgiveness of these clubs, and augments the improved ball speeds of the thinner clubface.

The Ping Alta CB 70 is the stock shaft, and has an interesting color feature whereby it transforms from its copper shade when in the bag to something of a darker black when you address the ball. As for the composition of the range, the set comes in 17° (2), 19° (3), 22° (4), 26° (5) and 30° (6), while the swing weight is D1.

Control & Performance

The main objective of these hybrids is to improve launch, and that’s been an unequivocal success. No matter the lie, there was no issue getting the ball up in the air, although the trajectory still remained relatively penetrating.

What’s most noticeable is that this launch held true even when you strike it a bit thin, and it underpins just how forgiving these hybrids are. Ball speeds were steady across the face, and we’d say there is at least 5-10 extra yards to play with in terms of distance.

As for sound and feel, we were impressed in that the sound fell somewhere in between the solid thud of the irons and the more-explosive crack of the fairway woods. Aside from being very pleasing – and facilitating detailed feedback – it means the transition from wood to hybrid to iron is a seamless one.

One subtle variation within the hybrids was that the 2H and 3H have more weight in the toe. For better players, the idea is to reduce draw bias, and we could feel that they weren’t quite as hook-inclined, which is a good thing.

Design & Appearance

In the bag, the clubs look solid enough, without being especially eye-catching. The matte black crown looks a bit dull, while the Turbulators protrude to a larger – almost distracting – extent than the G. That said, at address, the ball is nicely framed by the contrast of the black and white grooves, and the shallower clubhead makes for an agreeable, pear-shaped footprint. The face is more rounded than the G too.

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Image Credit: Official Ping Image

The sole is very clean looking, and the smaller weight at the rear blends in effectively. The badging is also subtler. Additionally, the copper look is far removed from the blue exuded by the G30, which is complemented by the color of the shaft.

Value for Money

Given that the G400 has a rather broad target market in mind, it makes sense to put forward a price tag which isn’t too prohibitive. Ping have just about achieved that, albeit that this definitely falls on the expensive end of the spectrum.

I suppose one way of looking at it is that the G400 hybrid is a considerable step up from the G in terms of technological quality and performance, and Ping have done a good job of striking that elusive balance between forgiveness and feel. In that respect, you can understand why the price is a little on the high side.

On the whole, we’d say that this range represents decent value for money, but without shouting from the rooftops about it.

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1 Comment
  1. It feels as though the G400 Hybrid 22° (4) was born to effortlessly launch a golfball further than one ever expected. The effortless launching of that golf ball comes with a price.

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