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Spotted: Ping G400 Driver

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Update: We captured in-hand photos of the Ping G400 driver at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. We also captured photos of Ping’s new G400 Fairway Woods, Hybrids and Crossover, as well as Bubba’s custom G400 driver (see end of the story). 

A new driver from Ping, the G400, has landed on the USGA’s Conforming Club List and is on the range at the U.S. Open. As in previous Ping driver releases, the driver is listed on the USGA Conforming Club List in three different models:

  • G400: 9 and 10.5 degrees (RH and LH)
  • G400 LST: 8.5 and 10 degrees (RH and LH)
  • G400 SFT: 10 and 12 degrees (RH and LH)

In previous Ping launches, LST stood for “Low Spin Technology,” while SFT stood for “Straight Flight Technology.” Those two specialty driver models from Ping have served to meet the needs of a minority golfers who need to reduce spin (LST) or add additional draw bias (SFT) to their tee shots, while the standard model (G400) meets the needs of the majority.

USGA Photo: Ping G400 Driver

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USGA Photo: Ping G400 LST Driver

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USGA Photo: Ping G400 SFT Driver

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Ping isn’t commenting on the new drivers at this time, but it’s clear that the company has made several important changes compared to its current driver line, the Ping G.

Each of the three G400 drivers appear to have a tungsten weight on their soles, a design that was last seen in a Ping driver in its i25 driver. The addition of the weights to the back of the driver’s sole in previous models helped push weight lower and deeper in the club head, improving moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of forgiveness that’s predictive of a driver’s ability to retain ball speed on mishits.

It’s also clear from that photos that Ping will carry on its “Vortec” aerodynamics package on the back of the driver, which in the G drivers worked synergistically with the company’s Turbulators, or “speed humps,” on the driver crown that helped reduce drag to improve swing speed.

The G400 drivers also appear to use dimples on the back portion of their crowns, which are equipped with ribbed structures known in the G drivers as “Dragonfly Technology.” Ping says Dragonfly improves structural stability and enhances weighting properties for more distance. As in golf balls, dimples on golf clubs can be used to improve aerodynamics.

We also captured photos of a G400 driver that could be used by Bubba Watson this week at Erin Hills.

Related: See more photos of Ping’s G400 Drivers, Fairway Woods, Hybrids and Crossover in our forum. 

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  1. Jose Pro Se

    Jun 22, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Ok Zak, Bubba is playing a practical joke on you.

    That’s pan dulce. Good one Bubba.

    I’m not buying the pink jaw breaker trick either.

  2. SoonerSlim

    Jun 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I’ve always liked Ping clubs, but won’t be buying any new metal woods anytime soon. Clubhead is way too busy for me. I like an clean looking driver head. I seriously doubt that all that fancy technology makes that much difference in distance if you hit the middle of the clubface. Sorry Ping. If I buy one of your drivers, it will be a previous version with a clean looking clubhead.

  3. Orvill

    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Pinky Pingy Pimpy

  4. Ill take the other

    Jun 13, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    PingXG 0811X!!!!!

  5. KCCO

    Jun 13, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    busy……i like the head cover;)

  6. BigBoy

    Jun 13, 2017 at 2:00 am

    If it comes with a blow off valve, I’ll buy it.

  7. CrashTestDummy

    Jun 12, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    It is really ugly but if it hits quality golf shots over and over again, then it doesn’t matter. Function over fashion.

  8. Anthony

    Jun 12, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    If you made that in your garage, you would be a very wealthy person….

  9. Deegee

    Jun 12, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    It will be 1/2 % faster, have better dragon flies, turbulence turbulators…and mugs will spend spend spend on a product that’s no friggin different to last year. These manufacturers are B.S.

  10. Old Putter

    Jun 12, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    I know this will never happen but….
    How bout a lie a lil flatter than 58*

  11. ooffa

    Jun 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    No, you are taking it the wrong way. I think you are great. I love your posts. It’s very rare to get to watch someone spiral downward so quickly. I wish i could help you get past this obvious tragic portion of your life. Unfortunately I cannot, so I am just observing your decline into delusion.

  12. Prut

    Jun 12, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Are the turbulators bigger?

  13. The Dude

    Jun 12, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    let’s get some numbers…….with the Volvik please..

  14. Egor

    Jun 12, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    My TaylorMade rep and I spent the day sipping mimosas and laughing at how hard Ping is trying to play catch up to the best club manufacturer in the world. Wild clubhead graphics are so 2014. If Ping would just get with the times, they might have a small chance of getting close to the greatness that is TaylorMade.

    • Alec

      Jun 12, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      Ummmmmmmmmmm ok

    • Barry

      Jun 12, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Yea so that’s a complete lie. Taylormade is not a great company… they screwed themselves by having such a short product release cycle and ruined their reputation with green grass facilities. I know many courses that don’t carry Taylormade because it is a waste of money on inventory when they know they will have to discount it to sell it. They make decent clubs but throw money at the tour pros to play it. That’s the only reason that they are so “popular”

    • Desmond

      Jun 12, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      I think you drank a few too many…

    • LC

      Jun 13, 2017 at 9:27 am

      Egor, for one you were “sipping” mimosas (lose credibility there)… I am not against TM but Ping is up TM’s you know what as far as technology goes.

    • Count Dracula

      Jun 13, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Well said, my humble servant

      • SlapMyForehead

        Jun 13, 2017 at 9:21 pm

        ….. LC, Desmond, Barry have drunk too many… of each other’s Koolaids. You guys would be a hoot at a party not.

    • Boyo

      Jul 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      TM hahahaahahhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
      How long till they go under?
      The biggest bunch of bullshirt artists out of all of them….

  15. SH

    Jun 12, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Pretty soon somebody will bring out a driver with a cover that has the dimples from a golf ball. After all, we all know the ball is the most aerodynamically efficient design there is. Why tease us like this, Ping?

  16. xjohnx

    Jun 12, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    MOI is a measurement of the ability to resist twisting. Does it also have an effect on ball speeds or is that a mistake? Not calling you out, just asking.

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Jun 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks for the question, xjohnx. Yes, there is a direct correlation between the amount of twisting and ball speed retention. The less twisting, generally, the more ball speed.

  17. Tom1

    Jun 12, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    awww the co0lor pink, it brings out the best in all of us……

  18. Phil

    Jun 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Sweet Nike Vapor Flex 2017!

  19. LOLyoucantbereal

    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I would like to think you are kidding, but there are people in life that do not get it, that is why others succeed.

  20. ND Hickman

    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Now if they could sell the Bubba version at a reasonable price I’ll upgrade from my G30. Stick to pricing it higher than Callaway charge for the already ridiculous priced Epic’s then you’ve lost a sale.

  21. KC

    Jun 12, 2017 at 11:20 am

    That pink driver will look great in Bubba’s den as he watches the 3rd and 4th rounds of the US Open from home.

    • BMF

      Jun 13, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Belive it or not, i had a dream of bubba sending missiles all over the place after i read your comment. Even duffed afew shots. Lmao!

  22. drkviol801

    Jun 12, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Those turbulators are sick though

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Remembering the 2018 Wells Fargo and the Tiger Woods Phase 1 irons

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As we prepare for the 2021 rendition of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, there is no better time than to look back at some of the modern history of the event, including when Tiger Woods set the equipment world ablaze by showing up with his very first set of TaylorMade irons the TW Phase 1 in 2018.

The TaylorMade TW Phase 1 irons went into Tiger’s bag after almost a year of using the much-discussed TGR Prototype, which were confirmed to have been made by Nike before they closed up shop (but were stamped sans Swoosh or other Nike badging).

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We should note that the team at Artisan Golf including the famous man behind the grinding wheel Mike Taylor did help in the prototyping of the Phase 1 irons, which lead to the final creation: the TaylorMade P7TW.

The PH1 set was a collaboration between TaylorMade and Mike Taylor with a new cosmetic design we created. We didn’t want to change any significant performance attributes because the immediate goal was to get TW into a TM iron. We partnered with Mike Taylor to help with the creation of PH1 as well as the learning process required for the development of P7TW. For us, it was a learning experience as TW went through his testing protocol for a new set. Making sure everything was dialed in and felt right.

– Matt Bovee, Taylormade Golf

With all the equipment news, it was a big week and for Tiger. The new irons resulted in a T55 (+2) with the highlight being a 68 on Saturday. As for the winner, it was Jason Day at 12 under. The Australian notched a two-shot win over Aaron Wise and Nick Watney. It was J-Day’s last win to date.

Jason Day’s winning WITB from the event

Driver: TaylorMade M3, set two clicks low (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: TPT Golf Prototype 67 grams

3 Wood: TaylorMade M4 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P-790 (3-iron), TaylorMade P-730 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X Seven

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (50, 56), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Loft and lie: 2.5 degrees, 70 degrees

Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord 58R (one wrap of tape)

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GolfWRX Spotted: Ping i59 irons (exclusive in-hand pictures)

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This week, GolfWRX is on-site at the Wells Fargo Championship getting all of the inside equipment scoops from the tour vans, and early this morning we got the scoop of scoops with in-hand pictures of the highly anticipated new Ping i59 irons.

GolfWRX forum: Ping i59 irons – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

We first spotted these i59’s in the bag of Viktor Hovland a couple of weeks ago from a distance, and now, thanks to in-hand pictures (including some comparison shots) we can take a closer look.

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Even with access to taking images, we don’t yet have any details of the technology from Ping, although there are a few things that can be deduced from the images we captured from the Wells Fargo.

GolfWRX forum: Ping i59 irons – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

  • They are clearly an “i” iron: The name alone gives us a lot of insight into the golfer this iron is targeted towards, and the i-Series has always been a “better players” iron with added forgiveness. The i59s clearly looks the part with a compact profile and medium to thin sole width.
  • It looks hollow: Based on the head geometry combined with the toe screw, I am willing to bet that these new i59 irons ( at least in the longer irons) are hollow.
    Hollow irons aren’t new for Ping but a player’s centric hollow iron is, which is part of the reason I believe Ping has chosen to go a little off-menu with the name—this is not like any iron Ping has released before.

Beyond speculation, we don’t have any further details about a potential release date, but we will follow this story closely. It’s very rare for Ping to release an iron out for tour use without a release date on the horizon, but with 2020’s impact on OEM logistics, it’s anyone’s guess at the moment.

For all the images, and to join the discussion check out the GolfWRX forum: Ping i59 irons – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

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WITB Time Machine: Anthony Kim’s 2012 Wells Fargo Championship WITB

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It’s hard to believe it’s been nine years since the dynamic Anthony Kim’s last PGA Tour start at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship. AK withdrew from the event in Charlotte citing pain in his left thumb, right wrist, and right elbow and hasn’t teed it up as a pro since.

Driver: Nike VR Pro LTD (9.5 degrees @10, 3 degrees open)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Attas RK Proto 7 X (44.75 inches, tipped 1.75 inches, D4)

3-wood: Nike VR Pro LTD (15 degrees @15.5, 3 degrees open)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Ahina 80 X (43 inches, D4)

5-wood: Nike VR Pro LTD (19 degrees @17, 4 degrees open)
Shaft: UST Mamiya AxivCore Tour Red 89 X (42 inches, D4.5)

Irons: Nike VR Pro Split CB (3), Nike VR Pro MB (4-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (D3, standard length)

Wedges: Nike VR Pro “MT Grind”: (54, 59)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (D4, D4.5)

Putter: Nike Method

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 60R (logo down)

Check out our deep dive interview with then-Nike club tech Ben Giunta here. 

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