Ping G400 Fairway Review

Last Updated:

  • At a glance

  • TG Rating 5 out of 5
  • Owner Rating Not yet rated
  • RRP £240

What we say...

The Ping G400 fairway wood has a new maraging steel face, smart grooves and a lower leading edge to help

Details: Lofts: #3-14.5°, #5-17.5°, #7-20.5°, #9-23.5°. Stock shaft: Ping Alta CB, Ping Tour. Adjustable hosel: Yes. How much loft change? +/-1°. 

The Ping G400 launch is an entire family, from driver to irons, and like their bigger sibling the new fairways have some serious ball-speed-boosting tech, too.

The biggest change over the old models is a new maraging steel face, which Ping say is one of the world’s strongest and is regularly used in the landing gear of aircraft.

As a result, Ping say their G400 fairway wood can produce an increase in ball speed of 2mph, and with a lower leading edge and the addition of smart grooves, it will be a lot easier to launch in the air to create further distance. 

Ping G400
Ping G400 Driver Review
Ping G400 Irons Review
Ping G400 Hybrid Review
Ping G400 Crossover Review

To maximise distance in the fairway woods and hybrids, PING has employed C300 maraging steel as the face material for their Ping G400 Fairway. One of the strongest alloys in the world, maraging steel is commonly used in the aerospace industry, where strength and flexibility are necessities. It’s those properties that also make it an ideal face material to deliver more flexing for faster ball speeds that launch shots farther and higher.

“Our main goal in the G400 fairway woods and hybrids was to introduce significant distance gains while maintaining other performance benefits such as forgiveness and the ability to launch the ball easily,” said John A. Solheim.

“With maraging steel, we have a material that allows us to go extremely thin with the face to give us the faster ball-speed gains we’re seeking for more distance and higher launch. The results have been amazing as we’re seeing face flexing equal to the thickness of the face.”

Ping G400 Fairway Wood Video Review

Ping G400 Fairway Wood: You Should Know

The G400 has a new maraging steel face which Ping say is 20% stronger and 20% more flexible, alone they claim it delivers an extra 2mph of ball speed over the previous G model. 30% of the heads mass is located in the heads backweight (in the sole) which Ping reckon improves MOI and forgiveness by 25% - 44% over the competition.    

Ping G400 Fairway Wood: We Say

Ping are like Audi cars when it comes to fairway woods, solid, dependable and they go the distance. Our data spells out a spot-on performance to support our thinking too. Ball speed was a 1mph quicker than the test average, back spin was 250 rpm less than the competition (on average) which added up to a carry distance 3 yards further than our test average.

The G400s lower but larger profile and stretched head looks great sat behind the ball, which is worth remembering if you’re not the most confident launching a fairway wood from the turf. Compared to the carbon clad models (Callaway Rogue, TaylorMade M3/M4 and Cobra F8) sound is a bit higher pitched, which Simon loved, as it gives a lively responsive impact sensation which isn’t there with all carbon crown models. We’re big fans of the array of loft options too, there’s enough to legitimately fill yardage gaps between a driver and set of irons, if you prefer fairway woods over hybrids.        

Ping G400 Fairway

Ping G400 Fairway Wood: Verdict

Ping have proven time and again their engineering brilliance and the G400 fairway is another triumph. It’s decent sized head is friendly to hit from the turf and tee box and thanks at an adjustable hosel it can be dialled in to fill specific yardage gaps within your own set. 

5 things you need to know about the Ping G400 fairway woods

Ping G400 Fairway Woods Review: Smart Grooves

There’s no grooves in the centre of the face of the 3-wood as Ping say it’s most often hit from the tee or fairway. The higher lofts, though, have grooves to help dissipate more debris and moisture (when playing shots from the rough or longer grass) from the impact zone.

“Grooves matter a lot to your performance, predictability and consistency” says Ping’s director of product development Marty Jertson. “The 3-wood in the G400 family don’t have grooves in the middle of the face because you’re mostly using those off the tee and we want to maximize the ball speed.

“As we get in to the 5-wood, 7-wood, 9-wood, we start to add more grooves to the face as you are more likely to hit those out of the rough so they will help with consistency on those shots.”

Ping G400 Fairway Woods Review: Stretch and SF Tec options

If your game involves hitting a lot of 3-woods from the tee, a bigger-body Stretch (13°) G400 means you give up less distance against a driver. And because Ping think of everything,

SF Tec models are slightly lighter and higher-lofted to help launch shots off the deck more consistently. Stretch loft: #3-13°. SF Tec lofts: #3-16°, #5-19°, #7-22°.

Ping G400 Fairway Woods Review: Lower Leading Edge

Ping say that when they speak to players, one of the most common frustrations is usually that they want a fairway wood that sits low to the ground, enabling it to be easier to get the ball in to the air. With the Ping G400 Fairway, they are confident they have solved that problem.

“We’ve really studied the leading-edge design and bounce configuration so that the club sits really low to the ground in the address position. This helps us get the impact position on average higher on the face so it feels like it’s easier to get the club underneath the ball”

Ping G400 Fairway Woods Review: New Face Technology & Increased ball speed

The Ping G400 Fairway Woods have a brand-new type of face material called maraging steel, which Ping say will help produce a lot more ball speed for the golfer. The material is one of the strongest in the world, and with it Ping say they were able to reduce the thickness of the face to help create a better result at impact.

Ping G400 Fairway Wood

Marty Jertson says “We sought out the strongest material we could find called maraging C300. This is a material used in landing gear, fence blades and it has characteristics that make it both strong (20% more strength) and flexible at the same time.”

“As a result we were able to reduce the face thickness, and the face now flexes in the impact 30% more than the Ping G, and the end result is 2mph more ball speed”

Watch as Marty Jertson, Director of Product Development at Ping, explains everything you need to know about the Ping G400 Fairway Wood

Ping G400 Fairway Woods review: Hybrid-Style Lofts

Hybrids play a major role in filling gaps between woods and irons in most golfers’ bags, but Ping says there’s still a place for high-lofted fairways, as they’re more forgiving and higher spinning. So there’s a 23.5° G400 9-wood and a 22° G400 SF Tec 7-wood.  

Ping G400 fairway woods in numbers

20% The new maraging steel face is 20% stronger than G, delivering 30% more flex too.

2mph Ping say even at average swing speeds golfers will gain 2mph of ball speed over a G fairway.

7 yards Ping’s testing has shown a gain of 7 yards of carry distance and a higher peak height over the equivalent G.

25%-44% The amount Ping reckon the G400’s MOI is higher than the competition.

5% The G400’s MOI (forgiveness) improvement over the G.  

Tested: PING G vs Ping G400 Fairway Wood

We went to Ping’ in Phoenix, Arizona, and challenged their director of product development, Marty Jertson, to show us just how much better the Ping G400 fairway wood was compared to the Ping G.

Watch what happened below! 

The Numbers:

G                                                                                 G400

Ball speed: 161 mph                                                   Ball speed: 167 mph 

Launch angle: 6.9 deg                                                 Launch angle: 4.9 deg 

Backspin: 4463 rpm                                                    Backspin: 4158 rpm 

Carry distance: 249 yards                                           Carry distance: 258 yards                                                          

Ping G400 Fairway Wood

Gained 6mph of ball speed, reduced spin by 300rpm and carried shots 9 yards further.

review

Product Information

  • RRP £240
  • Smart Grooves
  • Lower Leading Edge
  • Stretch & SF Tech Options
  • New Face Technology & Increased ball speed
  • Lofts: #3-14.5°, #5-17.5°, #7-20.5°, #9-23.5°. Stock shaft: Ping Alta CB, Ping Tour.
  • Adjustable hosel: Yes. 
  • How much loft change? +/-1°. 

TOP GEAR

Related Equipment Reviews

Your Reviews

G400 Ping User Reviews

Write a Review

Thank you, your review has been submitted successfully and will be included on the page once approved.

Sorry, there was an error in submitting your review. Please try again later!

You must enter your name.
You must enter a valid email address.

By submitting a review you agree to be bound by our terms and conditions.

You must select a rating.
You must enter a title.
You must enter a review of between 100 and 2000 characters.