Ping G400 Vs. Ping G700 Irons Comparison Overview
One need only to take a look at the Ping G700 and Ping G410 irons to see that they are shaped very differently. The Ping G700’s are behemoths next to the compact, player’s design of the Ping G400 irons.
However, there is more than meets the eye with both of these iron sets. We tested them both side-by-side and were surprised at the level of crossover in terms of performance. Take a look at the following comparison to see what we mean.
Ping G400 Irons Overview
With COR-Eye technology and a top rail undercut, the Ping G400 irons are designed to promote easy launch and better ball speeds.
All in the package of a player’s performance iron. This is all well and good; but what really struck us about these irons was the loft. These are very strong-lofted irons with the 4 iron clocking in at 20.5 degrees and the nine iron registering 39.5 degrees.
Indeed, these irons launched high and were reasonably forgiving. While we would recommend these irons to mid to low handicap players who could take advantage of the increased workability, they still offer moderate help with launch and ball speed.
The spin rates in the long irons were also surprisingly low which also helped with distance.
Ping G700 Irons Overview
The Ping G700’s are bigger, have wider soles and more offset than the G400 irons.
So right off the bat, they would be more congenial for beginners and high handicappers. However, the Ping G700’s demonstrated an ability to hold onto greens that kept up with the higher-spinning short irons of the G400 set.
The Ping G700’s produce some of the lowest spin rates we have ever encountered; but they make up for it by launching very high and landing very softly. While the Ping G700’s and the G400’s are both great at holding onto greens, they achieve this through very different means.
The Ping G700’s also produce very straight flight. Even on mis-hits inward towards the heel, we found that flight path was still very straight while spin rates remained low.
The Ping G700’s are marketed for higher handicap players but like the G400 irons, they provide a good deal of accuracy. Both of these irons are exceptional at holding onto greens (though for different reasons) but the Ping G700’s also provide a high degree of forgiveness on mis-hits.
Ping G400 Irons
Category – Game Improvement Irons
Ping G700 Irons
Ping G400 First Impressions
We were a bit wary of the Ping G400’s at first because they didn’t have the size of traditional game-improvement irons.
While you are looking at a shorter distance from heel to toe with the Ping G400 irons, the COR-Eye technology ensures that if you make contact with the sweet spot, your ball is gonna go far. Almost immediately, our testers were nailing shots in the 160 yard range with the 5 iron in this set.
We also really liked the way these irons sounded – particularly the long irons. The cavity badge really works to enhance sound when you hit the sweet spots of these irons. It didn’t take us very long to get the hang of these irons and start sending missiles down the fairway.
Ping G700 First Impressions
The Ping G700 first struck us with their good looks.
The hydropearl plating of these irons looks really nice both in the bag and at address. They also look really good and confidence-inspiring behind the ball. We also noticed pretty quickly that these irons gave great apex height and optimal descent angles for most lies.
In our time testing these irons, we really couldn’t determine a chink in their armor. The only thing we can say is that the gapping may be a problem for some players if you use this entire set to replace your current irons. Turf interaction is a bit chunky too.
Also, workability isn’t the best but that’s only to be expected of irons built for high handicap players.
Ping G400 – Selling Points
- Hydropearl finish
- Co-molded, 3-piece cavity badge
- Good stock shaft choices
- Very easy to achieve adequate launch
- They produce easy distance
Ping G700 Selling Points
- Hydropearl finish
- Maraging steel face
- Hollow body design
- 17-4 stainless steel body
- Strong lofts
- Beefy soles
Who Are The Ping G400 Irons for?
The Ping G400 irons are certainly for players still in the high handicap range. However, after our testing we felt that the kind of player who would get the best use out of these irons is the player who is primed to make the leap into the mid handicap range as they offer better short game performance than you might expect from a game-improvement set of irons.
These are great irons for anyone who is just learning how to work the ball from side-to-side. They allow for such workability but flatten the learning curve at the same time with their mid-size heads.
The G Family of Irons
The G series of irons from Ping also includes the G425 which features variable face thickness architecture which makes it forgiving enough for mid handicappers. The G425 has more of a players performance iron profile though.
Like the G400 irons, the G425 irons have a 14-4 grade stainless steel face design. This material also helps to launch the ball high in the air and produces adequate distance for high to mid handicap players.
Then there are the Ping G710 which are exceptionally forgiving with a longer blade length than the G400’s. The G710’s also feature variable face thickness and a nice maraging steel face. The maraging steel is an incredibly thin yet strong type of steel that allows the faces of these irons to flex and rebound.
The Ping G710 irons would also be a great fit for anyone with slow to moderate swings speeds. Plus, the black finish looks really cool.
Feel and Control: 96/100
Overall Score: 96/100
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Who Are the Ping G700 Irons for?
The Ping G700 irons would be a great choice for the discerning high handicapper. What we mean is that they offer more than just distance and forgiveness. They work moderately well around the pin as well.
Also, if you are having trouble getting the ball airborne, these irons would work great for you. The launch and carry distances are definitely something to get excited about and will surely be a boon to the game of any beginner.
The G Family
There are plenty of Ping G series irons to choose from but besides the G700’s the G400’s and G425’s stand out. They both have multi-material construction so like the Ping G700 irons, they have a metal-wood flexing dynamic.
The G400 irons look the most like the Ping G700’s at address – they have similar head sizes and offset. However, the Ping G700 irons are the only ones of these three lines to feature maraging steel faces.
Feel & Control: 92/100