PING G400 Series: Part 2 – Fairways, Hybrids, and Crossover Irons
Welcome to Part 2 of our G400 series where we will be discussing the Fairways, Hybrids, and Crossovers. Click here to read Part 1 on the Drivers and Irons or here to view photos of the whole family on our Instagram page.
The G400 Fairways use maraging C300 steel in the face, which is lighter and stronger than the 455 stainless used in the G line, in order to make it thinner and increase flex at impact which in turn increases ballspeed for greater distance. The crown is cast ultra-thin using 17-4 stainless steel which allows the saved weight (along with the weight saved from the face) to be redistributed to the Tungsten back weight which increases MOI and allows for a more optimal CG location to improve forgiveness. One really interesting aspect of the G400 Fairways is that the centre face grooves are loft dependent. The 3 wood models do not have centre face grooves which allowed PING to make the face thinner for better ballspeed from the tee or fairway. The higher lofted woods, conversely, do have centre face grooves which improves consistency from the rough or in wet conditions.
Similar to the G400 Driver, the Fairways come in several different models (see spec charts and photos below). The standard head will fit most players, but for those fighting a slice there is the SFT (Straight-Flight) which has the back weight slightly more on the heel side, higher loft, and a heavier swingweight. For those looking for more distance the Stretch model offers a slightly larger head, more forward CG, lower loft, and less spin. The stock shaft is PING’s Alta CB 65 but the Tour 65 or 75 are available for a $50 upcharge or numerous others at various costs.
PING G400 Fairway Wood – $390/club (Alta CB 65) – $440/club (Tour Shaft)