Callaway Epic Flash Vs. Ping G400 Driver Comparison Overview

Golf club manufacturers borrow technologies and design elements from each other so often, they sometimes end up making more or less the same clubs. This makes it hard for people in the market for new clubs because oftentimes, different clubs end up having very similar features.

It can be difficult to find the driver that is best-suited to your needs. So to help you out, we went out and tested two popular drivers: the Ping G400 and the Callaway Epic Flash. Let’s take a look at them…

Callaway Epic Flash Driver Overview

The Callaway Epic Flash sports some real nice features like a carbon fiber crown and an AI-designed face.

Like the Ping G400 though, there are internal bracing bars in the Callaway Epic Flash driver. These bars are meant to stabilize the head which increases MOI which should increase forgiveness and distance. Indeed, the Epic Flash does play fast.

It feels lightweight on your back and downswing and it is not inconceivable that it would be able to increase club head speed for many players. It also has a 16 gram sliding rear weight so it can help cover up your left and rightward miss.

Launch is a bit low though and you have to be pretty accurate with it to get max distance.

Ping G400 Driver Overview

The Ping G400 also has internal bracing bars to increase MOI.

However, the head of this driver is smaller than that of the Epic Flash. The Ping G400 certainly felt wieldy in the hands and controlled throughout our swings. If you rely on carry distance to get down the fairway though, the Ping G400 probably isn’t a good match for you.

While there is a tungsten weight in the back of the head to increase MOI and ball speed, launch is pretty low. The Ping G400 driver will however help increase your club head speed – at least more than the Epic Flash will.

Some of our testers were seeing club head speed increases of 3mph with the Ping G400 driver. And for our testers with swing speeds of 85mph or higher, the Ping G400 driver played longer.

If you are looking for more forgiveness and aren’t concerned much about workability, the Callaway Epic Flash will be a good fit for you. If you need to keep the ball out of the wind and want a nicer feel, the Ping G400 will suit you well.

Callaway Epic Flash Driver

In 20 Words Or Less

The Callaway Epic Flash provides versatility and forgiveness above all else.

Ping G400 Driver

In 20 Words or Less

The Ping G400 driver offers incredibly stable and consistent ball flight and will increase your ball speed.

Callaway Epic Flash First Impressions

The stability of the head is what we noticed first.

After finding the sweet spot and giving it everything we had, the Epic Flash did a great job of maintaining flight and distance consistency.

While the faster swing speed testers in our group were able to get more distance from the Cobra F9 Speedback; the slower swing speed testers drove the ball farther with the Epic Flash.

The Epic Family

The Epic family consists of the Epic Speed driver which is the only one in the family to lack a sliding weight. You also have the Epic Max which is the largest and most forgiving of the Epic drivers. The Epic Max LS has a 13 gram sliding rear weight and produces very little spin off the tee.

Ping G400 Driver – First Impressions

The first thing we noticed about the Ping G400 is that it looks really nice at point of address.

Looking down at this driver will make you fall in love with it. It has a clean, smooth and fast look at point of address which is really encouraging when you are grinding out a practice session at the range.  And it’s not all about looks either.

Ping claims that the Ping G400’s head was designed to reduce drag and our testers found (using a launch monitor) that it did indeed increase their average swing speed by 3MPH.

The G400 Family

Aside from the Ping G400 and the G400 LST, the G400 family also includes the G400 SFT.

The Ping G400 SFT has all the same features of the standard G400 and the LST version but with the added bonus of heel-side weighting. This will help players struggling with a slice. The G400 SFT also has a slightly lower swing weight which is helps you square up to the ball at impact.

Callaway Epic Flash Selling Points

  • Sliding rear weight
  • Very versatile
  • Internal bracing bars
  • Stable head
  • Consistent flight
  • Great for beginners and high handicappers

Ping G400 Driver Selling Points

  • Adjustable tungsten weight
  • Dragonfly internal ribbing
  • Forged titanium face
  • 445CC head
  • Aerodynamic turbulators
  • 9,000 MOI

Who is the Epic Flash for?

The versatility of the Epic Flash makes it a good choice for many types of high handicap players.

Because you can tune the CG to help correct your slice or extreme bias, the Epic Flash would make a good choice for anyone still struggling to find their stroke.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 93/100

Control & Feel: 91/100

Forgiveness: 93/100

Overall Score: 93/100

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Ping G400 – Who is it for?

The Ping G400 would work best for players in the 18-25 handicap range.

So it’s a great choice for mid to high handicappers. It’s forgiving enough to be viable for beginners and offers better players the workability they’ve come to expect. One thing we should mention though is that in order to get optimal distance with the Ping G400 driver, you will need a moderate swing speed.

As long as you have a swing speed above about 85mph, you should do very well with the Ping G400 driver. The one thing you can surely count on is better ball speed and faster club head speed – you just have to make sure that you are square to the ball and on target.

That’s not to say that people with slow swing speeds won’t enjoy the Ping G400 driver or get any use out of it; it just means that there are definitely better drivers out  there for slow swing speed players to use.

Distance: 93/100

Accuracy: 96/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel & Control: 95/100

 

Overall Score: 94.5/100

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