Ping G400 Vs. Taylormade M4 Driver Comparison Overview

There are those who like a lot of bells and whistles on their drivers. Then there are those who prefer a cleaner, more streamlined look at point of address. For those of you seeking a simple yet high-performing driver, the following article is for you.

Today we are going to be taking a look at two drivers that will not be overwhelming in any way shape or form. So what do they bring to the table. Which will be better for your game overall? Find out in the following comparison article.

Ping G400 Driver Overview

The Ping G400 driver looks amazing at point of address or when it’s simply perched in your bag.

This is the kind of driver that begs to be swung. The edges of this driver are seamless and the matte-like finish make this an extremely attractive driver. But what about distance? Our testers were getting average distances of about 279 yards from the G400.

And forgiveness? This was a bit of a point of contention among our testers. Most of them remarked a lack of forgiveness on mis-hits. Ball speeds were brought down drastically unless the sweet spot was targeted.

However, they did mention that the feel of dead-center strikes was very satisfying. They also noted that the G400 felt very aerodynamic on the downswing.

Taylormade M4 Driver Overview

The Taylormade M4 was overall the more forgiving driver but it lacked the premium looks of the Ping G400.

As far as looks go, this is about as bare-bones as it gets, which may be a boon for some players. The Taylormade M4 features a recessed sole to enhance acoustics, a very deep face profile that our testers found very forgiving and an adjustable hosel – and that’s about it.

At point of address, the Taylormade M4 looks clean but not as attractive as the Ping G400 driver. It was also not playing as long for most of our testers. On average, testers were getting 263 yards out of the Taylormade M4 driver.

The main takeaway with the Taylormade M4 driver though is the straight shots it produces. In this sense, it outperformed the Ping G400.

If you need help staying on the fairway, we would strongly recommend checking out the Taylormade M4 driver. If you want a better feeling/looking driver that is a bit more workable, pick up the Ping G400.

Ping G400 Driver

In 20 Words or Less

The Ping G400 driver may not do any one thing amazingly well but it gives you performance in every department.

Taylormade M4 Driver

In 20 Words or Less

A great starting point for anyone looking for forgiveness and distance from the tee.

Ping G400 First Impressions

We were first struck by the sleek, almost sexy lines of this driver.

The streamlined design and smooth contours of the G400 driver will make you want to pick it up and swing it immediately. Without question, the first thing we fell in love with about this driver was the way it looked in the bag and then how it looked at point of address.

The G Family

Also included in the G family of drivers are the G410 and the G425. The G410 has an adjustable rear sliding weight which makes it extremely versatile for all kinds of players while the G425 sports a more aerodynamic head design to help with clubhead speed.

Taylormade M4 First Impressions

The M4 driver looks great at point of address with a nice, beefy 460CC head.

Right away, the M4 looks great for beginners and high handicapper – or anyone with a slower swing speed in general.

We were also really impressed by the way this driver sounded and felt. You will find that the M4 really helps straighten out your drives as well. One of the caveats with this driver though is that launch angles were slightly lower when compared to the M6.

The M Family

Another worthwhile entry into the Taylormade M driver family is the M2 which is an extremely lightweight driver that features a multi-layer carbon crown and titanium body.

Ping G400 Selling Points

  • It has an adjustable hosel
  • Feels amazing on impact
  • The head feels nice and stable
  • Consistent drives
  • It was longer than the Taylormade M2
  • Looks great at point of address

Taylormade M4 Selling Points

  • Speed Pocket
  • Twist Face technology
  • Very affordable
  • Great sound
  • Good feel
  • Produces straight shots

Who is the Ping G400 Driver for?

First of all, it would be the better choice for anyone who is prioritizing distance over forgiveness.

That’s not to say that the Ping G400 is not forgiving. It is moderately forgiving but it is overall longer than the M2 by about 12 yards.

The Ping G400 may also be the better choice if you want a premium feel from your driver. The forged titanium face of the G400 can’t hold a candle to the unforged titanium face of the M2.

Still, you should be aware that the G400 is not as forgiving and less-suited to higher handicap players than the M2.

Distance: 93/100

Feel & Control: 94/100

Accuracy: 93/100

Forgiveness: 91/100

Overall Rating: 93/100

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Who is the Taylormade M4 Driver for?

The Taylormade M4 would make a great driver for anyone who is on a bit of a budget but still wants significant help with forgiveness.

Keep in mind though that if you really want to prioritize distance, the M4 played about 13 yards shorter than the Taylormade M6 driver on average.

The forgiveness of the M4 driver is at least on par with that of the Taylormade M6 driver though. And we actually think that the M4 sounds and feels better when you strike right on the sweet spot.

Also, it should be noted that the M4 is not so much for lower handicap players. The workability is minimal and if you have a faster swing speed, you might actually lose some distance with this driver.

Distance: 92/100

Feel & Control: 93/100

Accuracy: 92/100

Forgiveness: 93/100

Overall Rating: 92/100

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