Ping G710 Vs. Ping G400 Irons Comparison Overview

Ping is not a bad company to shop if you are in the market for game-improvement irons. They make a variety of irons in this category. One of the most interesting things about Ping game-improvement irons is that some of them don’t necessarily look like game-improvement irons.

Case in point: the Ping G400 with their relatively compact head profile and moderate offset. Still, the Ping G400’s are certainly game-improvement irons so we wanted to test them against another set of Ping game-improvement irons: the Ping G710’s.

Ping G710 Irons Overview

The Ping G710’s sport a unique and downright sexy black PVD coating.

Right away, we were enamored with how these irons look. And our high handicap testers fell in love with these irons as well. The G710’s sport a longer blade length and head size than the Ping G400 irons. These are very forgiving irons that would be a great choice for players struggling with accuracy.

The G710’s give you plenty of sweet spot to work with and if that isn’t enough, they feature a milled variable face thickness design. That means more of your swing energy will be preserved on shots away from the sweet spot.

The maraging steel faces also ensure impressive ball speed and distance. Just don’t expect much in terms of control around the pin.

Ping G400 Irons Overview

The Ping G400’s have a noticeably shorter blade length and smaller head size.

These looked much more congenial to our mid to low handicap testers who were able to get great distance out of them. While you will need at least a moderate swing speed, you can expect repeatable distances in the 160 yard range with the 5 iron in this set.

The Ping G400’s have a 17-4 stainless steel face construction which might not produce the ball speed that maraging steel does; but it does lend a solid, stable feel to these irons. The scoring irons in this set also outshined those of the Ping G710 set.

There was more spin control and higher launch in the short irons of the Ping G400 set overall.

The Ping G400 irons give you the best of both worlds: at least decent short-game control and decidedly excellent distance from the long irons. The G710 irons look great and are very forgiving; but that’s pretty much all you can expect from them.

Ping G400 Irons

Category – Game Improvement Irons

Ping G710 Irons

Category – Distance/Game Improvement 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 G710 First Impressions

The Ping G710 look impressive right out of the packaging and they continue to impress once you get them on the course.

The first thing you will notice about the Ping G710 irons is the sleek, black hydropearl finish. They also feel pretty substantial in the hand. You may also notice the notched hosel which helps create more discretionary weight to be placed for optimal distance.

The muscle-back design of these irons adds to the good looks and overall performance. This design also makes the Ping G710 irons extremely shapable while at the same time providing valuable feedback on mis-hits.

The head is also slightly larger than the precious G700 irons which may be a benefit for higher handicap players. The Ping G710 irons also feature variable face thickness so you get more distance on dead-center strikes and more forgiveness on shots around the crown and sole.

Combining high-performance maraging steel with the black hydropearl finish make these irons highly desirable for their looks and performance.

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 G710 Selling Points

  • Variable face thickness increases distance and forgiveness
  • Great ball speed
  • Good apex height
  • Good drop and stop capability
  • High MOI for increased forgiveness
  • They feel very well-balanced on the downswing

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.

Distance: 97/100

Accuracy: 96/100

Forgiveness: 95/100

Feel and Control: 96/100

Overall Score: 96/100

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Who Are The Ping G710 Irons For?

The Ping G710 will suit a variety of performance needs whether you are a beginner or advanced player.

The great thing about these irons is that they provide a lot of value for a wide variety of players. Beginners will love the forgiveness and easy distance while more advanced players will love the high-arcing shots and shaping capability.

If we had to choose one specific group of players who could benefit the most from these clubs though, we’d have to pick beginners and high-handicappers.

They provide a bit more in terms of distance and forgiveness than they do accuracy and scoring.

The G Series From Ping

The Ping G series irons has a set for players of every skill level.

The G series of irons is one of the most diverse lines of golf clubs currently on the market. The G700 will suit intermediate players looking to break into the low handicap region while the G710’s will be more congenial to beginners.

It’s clear that Ping wanted the G series to be representative of as many kinds of players as possible.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 92/100

Forgiveness: 95/100

Feel and Control: 92/100

Overall Rating: 94/100

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