Ping G400 SFT Driver review - mid-handicap testing

We review the Ping G400 SFT driver. The SFT is the draw-biassed model in the G400 family The Ping G400 driver is finally here. Find out why equipment editor James Savage is so excited about it... Our Ping G400 driver review took place at the golf Shack at Moor Allerton in Leeds and also out on the course at Bro Hof Slott near Stockholm. The G400 range is possibly one of the worst kept secrets in golf after a number of Ping players put the new driver into play at the US Open. But we can finally reveal all the details and tell you how we got on with it in testing… Ping G400 driver review – First impressions Ping have added a bit more style and shelf appeal to the G400 driver compared to the previous G range. Ping G400 driver review At address, the G400 looks sleeker than the G and G30 drivers but we still have the Turbulator technology which was first seen in G30 and the dragonfly crown which debuted in the G range. The Turbulators on G400 are more pronounced than on the G drivers. Ping have also changed the colour of the stock Alta shaft from blue to the new gold/copper finish. The two-tone nature of the shaft means at actually looks black when you hold the club at address which is very cool. Ping-G400-driver-address View gallery As with the previous two ranges from Ping we have a standard model, an LST (low-spinning), and an SFT (draw-biassed) model. So rather than having a driver with adjustable weights, Ping have three drivers with a weight positioned in different places. The weight is as far back as possible in the regular G400, a bit nearer the face in the LST and towards the heel in the SFT. Ping say that once you have been fitted into a driver you shouldn’t play around with the weights so this way of doing it removes the temptation to tweak it yourself. Ping G400 driver review – The technology As with the G30 and G drivers, Ping have focussed on getting the club’s centre of gravity low and deep. This is the key to high MOI (resistance to twisting) and forgiveness. Putting weight forwards can lead to more distance but as the expense of some forgiveness – something which Ping won’t do. The G400 has an emphasis on being light and incredibly aerodynamic to gain more speed on the downswing which will lead to more ball speed. The G400 has Ping’s lightest-ever crown, while a new forged face is also thinner and lighter. Ping say they have also improved the sound and feel – one criticism of the G drivers. All in all these improvements should result in about five yards of distance on G which should be about 10 yards more than G30. Ping G400 driver review – The results I was fitted into the G400 SFT model to help eliminate my miss to the right. To me, this driver looks classier and sleeker both on the shelf and at address. It was ticking a lot of boxes for me before I even hit a shot. When I started hitting, the sound and feel were both a massive improvement on the G drivers. It has a soft and sweet feel off the face compared to quite a high pitched, harsh feel on the G. Ping G400 driver review With this driver I was getting the numbers I would expect on a good shot but most what pleased me the most was the fact they were all going left of target. Another thing which is hugely impressive about this driver is the forgiveness. I hit a couple of really bad shots here and the worst one carried 200 yards and would have finished in the middle of the fairway. It was such a bad strike, I barely made contact with the ball. So on Trackman I was seeing a lot of things which I liked. Out on the course, I was missing every fairway to the left but was getting really good carry and a nice strong ball flight. I just need to put my faith in this driver and start aiming more to the right. Ping G400 driver review – NCG verdict This is the most excited I have been about a new driver. You can say that about previous Ping drivers but I often found myself a bit underwhelmed with the overall package which includes looks, sound and feel. This driver offers the complete package in my point of view. The performance, looks, sound and feel are fantastic. I’m looking forward to using this driver more out on the course as with a bit of technique and alignment work, I’m certain it can help me shoot lower scores. Details SRP: £389 Lofts: 8.5˚, 10˚ (Regular, LST); 10˚, 12˚ (SFT) Stock shafts: Alta CB (SR, R, S, X), Tour 65, 75 (R, S, X) After market shafts: (+£60) Kuru Kage 60, Hzrdus Yellow 75, X-torsion For more information visit the Ping website Subscribe to the NCG YouTube channel here: http://bit.ly/1x9klFP Read the new digital magazine for FREE! http://digital.nationalclubgolfer.com/ Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1CdFEG0 Twitter: http://bit.ly/1CdnUbh Vine: http://bit.ly/1zGNEzA Get the National Club Golfer app on your mobile: iTunes: http://bit.ly/1A910a1 Google Play: http://bit.ly/1CdoSEp Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/1Fu9hnA

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We review the Ping G400 SFT driver. The SFT is the draw-biassed model in the G400 family The Ping G400 driver is finally here. Find out why equipment editor James Savage is so excited about it... Our Ping G400 driver review took place at the golf Shack at Moor Allerton in Leeds and also out on the course at Bro Hof Slott near Stockholm. The G400 range is possibly one of the worst kept secrets in golf after a number of Ping players put the new driver into play at the US Open. But we can finally reveal all the details and tell you how we got on with it in testing… Ping G400 driver review – First impressions Ping have added a bit more style and shelf appeal to the G400 driver compared to the previous G range. Ping G400 driver review At address, the G400 looks sleeker than the G and G30 drivers but we still have the Turbulator technology which was first seen in G30 and the dragonfly crown which debuted in the G range. The Turbulators on G400 are more pronounced than on the G drivers. Ping have also changed the colour of the stock Alta shaft from blue to the new gold/copper finish. The two-tone nature of the shaft means at actually looks black when you hold the club at address which is very cool. Ping-G400-driver-address View gallery As with the previous two ranges from Ping we have a standard model, an LST (low-spinning), and an SFT (draw-biassed) model. So rather than having a driver with adjustable weights, Ping have three drivers with a weight positioned in different places. The weight is as far back as possible in the regular G400, a bit nearer the face in the LST and towards the heel in the SFT. Ping say that once you have been fitted into a driver you shouldn’t play around with the weights so this way of doing it removes the temptation to tweak it yourself. Ping G400 driver review – The technology As with the G30 and G drivers, Ping have focussed on getting the club’s centre of gravity low and deep. This is the key to high MOI (resistance to twisting) and forgiveness. Putting weight forwards can lead to more distance but as the expense of some forgiveness – something which Ping won’t do. The G400 has an emphasis on being light and incredibly aerodynamic to gain more speed on the downswing which will lead to more ball speed. The G400 has Ping’s lightest-ever crown, while a new forged face is also thinner and lighter. Ping say they have also improved the sound and feel – one criticism of the G drivers. All in all these improvements should result in about five yards of distance on G which should be about 10 yards more than G30. Ping G400 driver review – The results I was fitted into the G400 SFT model to help eliminate my miss to the right. To me, this driver looks classier and sleeker both on the shelf and at address. It was ticking a lot of boxes for me before I even hit a shot. When I started hitting, the sound and feel were both a massive improvement on the G drivers. It has a soft and sweet feel off the face compared to quite a high pitched, harsh feel on the G. Ping G400 driver review With this driver I was getting the numbers I would expect on a good shot but most what pleased me the most was the fact they were all going left of target. Another thing which is hugely impressive about this driver is the forgiveness. I hit a couple of really bad shots here and the worst one carried 200 yards and would have finished in the middle of the fairway. It was such a bad strike, I barely made contact with the ball. So on Trackman I was seeing a lot of things which I liked. Out on the course, I was missing every fairway to the left but was getting really good carry and a nice strong ball flight. I just need to put my faith in this driver and start aiming more to the right. Ping G400 driver review – NCG verdict This is the most excited I have been about a new driver. You can say that about previous Ping drivers but I often found myself a bit underwhelmed with the overall package which includes looks, sound and feel. This driver offers the complete package in my point of view. The performance, looks, sound and feel are fantastic. I’m looking forward to using this driver more out on the course as with a bit of technique and alignment work, I’m certain it can help me shoot lower scores. Details SRP: £389 Lofts: 8.5˚, 10˚ (Regular, LST); 10˚, 12˚ (SFT) Stock shafts: Alta CB (SR, R, S, X), Tour 65, 75 (R, S, X) After market shafts: (+£60) Kuru Kage 60, Hzrdus Yellow 75, X-torsion For more information visit the Ping website Subscribe to the NCG YouTube channel here: http://bit.ly/1x9klFP Read the new digital magazine for FREE! http://digital.nationalclubgolfer.com/ Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1CdFEG0 Twitter: http://bit.ly/1CdnUbh Vine: http://bit.ly/1zGNEzA Get the National Club Golfer app on your mobile: iTunes: http://bit.ly/1A910a1 Google Play: http://bit.ly/1CdoSEp Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/1Fu9hnA

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David W
David W - 3 years ago
Thanks for the review. I am keen to try this driver and a 3/5 Fairway. Appreciate the other comments below that are also helpful!!
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
David W The G400 3-wood is probably my favourite club in the bag at the moment. Thanks for the comments and thanks for watching.
MrTkeddo
MrTkeddo - 3 years ago
I have similar distance and also leaked drive's to the right and tried the Ping G400 sft and it straightened my drives and was very consistent, i tried the G400 max but it launched too high and also spin went up, if you struggle with too low lauch try the G400 max .
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
MrTkeddo The G400 Max in 9 degree has been working really well for me so far this year. Love the bigger head and seems to keep my spin rates down which has been a massive problem previously. I can’t believe how high the G400 Max goes considering only 9 degree of loft. High launch and low spin = massive drives.
Jeff Plomer
Jeff Plomer - 3 years ago
Buy a lesson, not a new driver
Bon Scott rocks
Bon Scott rocks - 3 years ago
me: age 57, my new SFT Ping 400, regular flex, and 55 gram shaft at 12 degree loft, just got fitted at Golf Galaxy and tried the 3 ping g400 models, the standard, the lst and the sft, at 8.5 degree loft and at 10.5 degree and at 12 degree loft with a senior shaft and a regular shaft and a stiff shaft, liked all 3 very much, but when my golf expert tried me with the higher loft, that seemed to do the trick for me. My normal swing speeds are in the lower to mid 80's, but with this driver I'm up in the higher 80's and low 90's which for me is great ( shoulder surgery in 2015) and never really recovered from that. I normally average off the tee in the 225 to 230 yard range, but with the Ping 400 SFT I was hitting in the higher 230 range with a handful over 240+ yards. I'm very excited about this club, as it actually feels good in my hands and how I swing with it. I've tried the Epic and I've tried the M2, but this is the one that I felt more comfortable with.
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
I love the 3 wood it's one of the best I have ever used.
Bon Scott rocks
Bon Scott rocks - 3 years ago
National Club Golfer
Not yet, but it's something I'm going to do in the near future, I will get the 3 wood and the 5 wood, I'm at a point in my life to change my flex, we feel I'm losing some distance with my extra stuff shafts and my swing speeds
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
Glad to hear the G400 is working for you. Yes more loft is often a good option for most handocap golfers. Good to hear you've got your speed up which can be a combination of good shaft and head technology but also having a bit more confidence. Have you tried the G400 3 wood?
Scott & Angie Gooder
Scott & Angie Gooder - 3 years ago
Great job guys !!!
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
Scott & Angie Gooder Thanks for the feedback!
Rob Spear
Rob Spear - 3 years ago
Great Review.  I understand your driver was fitted with the stock Alta CB, but I'm curious to know the shaft flex you were using.
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
Rob Spear This is the 10 degree head
Rob Spear
Rob Spear - 3 years ago
Thanks for the quick reply and for sharing your experience with the Project X Hzrdus Yellow.   What loft option (10 or 12 degrees) were you using?
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
Rob Spear Hi Rob it’s a stiff flex. Speed normally around 100mph. I do struggle with high spin and high launch. Have found the Project X Hzrdus Yellow to be a very good shaft for me - lower flight, lower spin and more control
Swansong 007
Swansong 007 - 3 years ago
Honest.true and in cut review of your hits with the G400. Very refreshing to see a mid handicap player doing reviews. Thanks.
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
Alan Sparks Thanks very much for the feedback Alan, we appreciate that. Have you given the G400 a hit yet?
Craig Ellis Denson
Craig Ellis Denson - 3 years ago
Appreciate the sft driver review. I am trying the driver @ 10 degree and love the feel. Also have a slower swing rate and I like the longer shaft and using the soft regular 55 shaft. Coming from a Titleist 915 D2. Just so easy to hit and it jumps off the face. Tks for your fine review...
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
Craig Ellis Denson Cheers for the feedback Craig. Yes sound and feel is lovely. Glad to hear it's working well for you. Highly recommend the 3 wood too!
Alex Cadigan
Alex Cadigan - 3 years ago
Good review. You should advertise the fact that you are reviewing sftec with a mid handicap a bit more. Could help with views as a lot of people are looking for that
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
Alex Cadigan Thanks Alex. Yes the title is far too generic considering the nature of the review. Will change the title

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Col Br
Col Br - 3 years ago
Really useful review chaps.Really good player feedback and excellant supporting professional contribution. Nice teamwork.
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
Col Br Thanks for the nice comments Col. We've got a load of good content on the way. Thanks for watching, we really appreciate it.
Lee
Lee - 3 years ago
Nice review, chaps.
Interested in opinions on this dilema: A player currently has a bit of a slice and finds the SFT model works best for where he's at NOW but he's working on a neutral or draw shape swing. Should he get the SFT or instead get the regular G400 which should suit him better than the SFT if and when he improves?
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
It's a great question Lee. I guess it depends on whether or not the player is looking to work on and change their swing path or whether they are saying "this is my swing and I'm going to live with it". But if they went for the SFT there's no reason they can't still work on getting the right face to path with that driver
hawkey100
hawkey100 - 3 years ago
Your second shot kind of proves what less spin can do for your distance issues. Your hits go from 1700 to over 5 thousand
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
hawkey100 Think a few lessons wouldn't hurt! Thanks for your comments.
hawkey100
hawkey100 - 3 years ago
National Club Golfer good luck with it. Hope the G400 is your holy grail
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
hawkey100 Like I said, I'll be working on technique to get those spin numbers down. I find my biggest misses out on the course come from leaving the face open. It's all a balancing act. I'm using the M2 out on the course at the moment and not decided whether to put the G400 into play. I need a bit more time practicing with it but there are positive signs
hawkey100
hawkey100 - 3 years ago
Spin rate very high . Would the LST be a better option ? Nothing wrong with a fade and it's predictable.
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
hawkey100 I think it's a balancing act between forgiveness and low spin. I can live with spin rates up to 3,500 but anything more is a bit of a problem. I'll be working on technique to get my spin rates down. I like the way the SFT helps me square the face which should result in more consistency if I'm constantly getting it square.
Zac Hayden
Zac Hayden - 3 years ago
Great Review!
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
Zac Hayden Thanks Zac, glad you liked it. What do you make of the G400?
The Butler
The Butler - 3 years ago
So if you typically hit a fade (slice) would the SFT be the driver for me? I have the previous G and I tend to hit it good (not long) which I couldn't with any other driver I've ever used.
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
The Butler Hi there, thanks for the comments. It's not really for us to say what driver would be best for you, a PGA pro or a good fitter would need to help you there. But a common fault with a slice is an open clubface. The SFT will help you play with a squarer clubface. But if you are happy with the fade then stick with it. A fade comes from swinging it to the left (for right handers) with an open face. If you swing it to the left with a clubface that is closed to that path then the ball will just go left. It depends how much you fade/slice it and whether it's hurting your game. Does that help in any way??
Jay Chung
Jay Chung - 3 years ago
Excellent review. I'll echo the other commenters & say that I greatly appreciate a true mid-handicap review. I haven't been tempted to test any new drivers (still happy w/ my orig M1) but seeing this review has me wanting to try this new Ping. Keep up the great work. Thx again.
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
Jay Chung Good the heat Jay. Being honest, there isn't a huge difference in performance between drivers over the past few years. They are restricted by USGA rules so there's not a lot that can be done to make them longer. But the G400 SFT has helped me up my swing speed a bit and is helping me square the face - it's definitely one to try. But if the numbers are no better than with your M1 then there's no need to make that purchase.
Jay Chung
Jay Chung - 3 years ago
National Club Golfer Currently using the original M1 from a few years back (only been golfing just over 2 yrs) so I absolutely don't need a new driver & honestly haven't been even slightly tempted till now. I really did like the look & improved sound of this G400 and, of course, seeing the performance benefits has definitely peaked my interest.
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
Jay Chung Hi Jay, thanks for the comments, glad you found it useful. This is a great driver and the SFT model really does what it is supposed too. We think this is going to be a very popular driver. What are you using currently?
Ted Yorainman
Ted Yorainman - 3 years ago
Nice review. I commend you on reviewing the SF Tech version first. This would be the club for me. Thank you.
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
Ted Yorainman Thanks for the comments Ted. It's a fantastic driver. Please let us know how you get on with it if you do make a purchase
Cheng Xiao
Cheng Xiao - 3 years ago
The new one looks so bland and terrible!! Why black and copper?! Who are you COBRA?! I'll be sticking with my G.
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
Hi Mich, thanks for your comments. Glad you found the review useful. Do you like the look of the G400?
michandcat
michandcat - 3 years ago
James, very much appreciate seeing a fellow mid/high handicap test these drivers. True forgiveness of a driver can only be measured by the golfer who actually needs it. Well done sir. Greetings from New York City. Mich
Josh Lynch
Josh Lynch - 3 years ago
They're trolling you. They don't like clubs that perform well.
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
Cheng Xiao Older demographic? How old are you??
Cheng Xiao
Cheng Xiao - 3 years ago
National Club Golfer yea i guess i can see it appealing to an older demographic like yourself
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
We'll have to agree to disagree. When you have both drivers in your hand I think the G400 looks more premium compared to the G. I also really like the new copper Alta shaft which again looks more premium than the blue in my opinion.
Cheng Xiao
Cheng Xiao - 3 years ago
National Club Golfer very much so prefer the black and blue, the blue works better with the matte black style, it was very trendy and stealth like, this new one reminds me a lot of the bottom of the Cobra heads, also the lines design on regular G were simple enough already, but the circular pattern on G is better than this boring G400
National Club Golfer
National Club Golfer - 3 years ago
Cheng Xiao Hi thanks for the comments. We love the new looks. Are you saying you prefer the blue on the original G models?

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