Taylormade M4 Vs. Ping G400 Irons Comparison Overview
The formula for forgiving irons is pretty simple: the larger the heads are, the easier it will be for high handicappers to use them. So it’s very tempting to simply go with the largest irons you can find if you’re a high handicapper.
But is that always the best route to take? In some cases, yes. However golf is a complex game and your needs (even as a beginner) may be met better by an iron set that isn’t just big. Today we are helping you sort through a couple of very different iron options in the Ping G400’s and Taylormade M4 irons.
Taylormade M4 Irons Overview
The Taylormade M4 irons sport a large head profile, cavity back design and the famed Speed Pocket.
What does all of this add up to? Forgiveness and easy distance. These are beefy irons that will look great at address to beginners and high handicappers. However, what makes them forgiving is also what holds them back a little.
Our high handicap testers noted that they loved the easy distance and look at address of the M4 clubs; but that they were also a bit heavy and clunky. This made the longer irons harder to swing accurately for our high handicap testers who much preferred the mid irons in this set.
Ping G400 Irons Overview
The Ping G400 irons also have a cavity back design; but with a sleeker, more streamlined head profile.
The Ping G400 irons feature a top rail undercut and a 17-4 stainless steel face construction. This combo made them comparable to the M4 irons in terms of distance. They were also a bit easier to wield but ultimately, less forgiving than the M4 irons.
Apex height was almost identical between these two iron sets as well. Where the Ping G400 irons really shine though is their short game performance. Unfortunately, the M4 irons will do almost nothing for your short approaches outside of adequate launch.
The Ping G400’s on the other hand have a higher degree of spin control and are much more viable in tough lies thanks to their hydropearl finish.
In our opinion, the Ping G400’s will provide more overall value season after season. While they aren’t as forgiving as the M4 irons, they provide ample distance and at least adequate short game control – a boon for a wide variety of players. In this case at least, smaller is better.