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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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