Head-to-head: Ping G400 vs. Ping G Crossover

Golf Equipment

How does the new G400 Crossover compare against the original G model in a head-to-head test?

Our Ping G400 vs. Ping G Crossover test took place at the Golf Shack at Moor Allerton in Leeds.

Editor Dan Murphy had just got back from a fitting session at Ping’s European HQ in Gainsborough so was keen to see how his new Crossover compared with his old one.

Ping G400 vs. Ping G Crossover – The technology

The original Ping G Crossover was a bit of a Marmite club. I personally loved it but some didn’t.

Ping G400 vs. Ping G Crossover

Dan was a fan of the concept and has carried a 3 Crossover in his bag for the past 18 months or so.

Ping have changed the finish on the G400 to a chrome, more iron-like look which got a big thumbs up from Dan.

He wasn’t really sure what the old G Crossover was – was it an iron, was it a hybrid?

Now he feels it looks much more like a ‘proper’ golf club.

Ping G400 vs. Ping G Crossover

Ping have tried to make the G400 fly a little bit higher, come hotter off the face but go a bit straighter on heel and toe strikes.

The sole on the G400 is much thinner and the toe is much less pronounced.

Ping G400 vs. Ping G Crossover

I think the fear most players had with the old Crossover was those toe strikes which went left and then left a bit more.

So it will be interesting to see the results.

Ping G400 vs. Ping G Crossover – The results

So Dan hits the ball quite far anyway so isn’t looking for a club that simply goes miles.

When the Ping fitters built this new G400 club for him he asked them for something that ran out to 240 yards.

Ping G400 vs. Ping G Crossover

The G400 3 crossover has 19˚ of loft while the G model has 18˚ so again it was interesting to see what impact that had.

Overall, the numbers were very similar. Carrying around 215-220 yards and running out to 235-240.

The G400 did launch a touch higher but the spin rates were very similar indeed.

What was interesting was the fact Dan was swinging the G400 a few miles an hour slower yet getting the same ball speed and carry.

His smash factor (ball speed divided by swing speed) was much better with the G400 – 1.50 compared to 1.44 with the G.

Why was he swinging it slower? Maybe he was more used to the G model as he’s been playing it for over a year?

Either way, smash factor is a great indicator on how well a club was working and the number with the G400 is very impressive.

Ping G400 vs. Ping G Crossover – NCG verdict

Ping G400 vs. Ping G Crossover

A lot of people may just look at the carry numbers and say there’s not a lot which has improved in the G400.

But when you take into account the fact the G400 is a degree weaker and was being swung a few miles an hour slower – you can say it’s working better.

Dan prefers the looks sound and feel too so as an all-round package it is ticking a lot of boxes and making a case to go in his bag.

One area which may be a problem for Dan is the higher ball flight as he often plays on windy courses.

We’ll come back to you after he’s used it on the course for a month or so and give you an update.

G400 Crossover details

SRP: £200

Lofts: 3 (19˚), 4 (22˚), 5 (25˚)

Shafts: AWT 2.0 (Steel), Alta CB, Ping Tour 173-85

More information can be found on the Ping website.

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