Best Ping Clubs Reviewed
Ping has been in the golf industry for more than 50 years now showing increasing success with almost every range of new clubs. After the incredible success with the Anser putter which has marked hundreds of victories, followed by the equally successful Eye 2 Irons and wedges that are surprisingly still being played today by many golfers, to present day G410 driver, the company has always been present on the golf market to offers something new. Since the beginning of their startup until today they have been developing technologies to boost golfers’ performance taken from many perspectives.
- G400 Crossover
- G400 Black Dot Irons
- Key features
- G Fairway Wood
Many golfers are hooked on Ping’s innovative approach since what we have seen so far is every succeeding line being more successful than the other. They test golfers needs, improvise, explore, create and recreate, observe and mimic. With every new model we can feel the endless inspiration that the company seems to get from the preferences of the players, the natural and circumstantial conditions and defies the law of physics to produce a more sophisticated club, better-integrated idea and maximized performance. The clubs can be seen in the hands of many tour golfers, their sound can be heard on the courses and their performance is well-establish and confirmed for good. It was our pleasure to go through all those varieties of clubs, and it was equally difficult to limit ourselves to just ten. So, listed below are the best ten clubs that feature bells and whistles when it comes to clubs.
10 Best Ping Clubs
1. G400 Max Driver
If you are a golfer you’ll definitely know what a big driver is, and this one definitely belongs to that group. The Dragonfly Technology was used to shape the head of G400 Max whose size is 460 ccs made of titanium and thinner crown which allows for greater forgiveness. The shape is sleeker, while the thinner, textured crown and the infinity edge make it look very attractive and appealing without appearing bulky. The ribbed architecture and the aerodynamic sporty look blended together with bolder turbulators significantly increase the speed and the velocity of the ball so that it travels further with greater stability.
The big fuss about this driver is it’s the large sweet spot, forged face that creates more flex and the deepest center of gravity that has ever been created on a driver. These factors inevitably lead to an increase in speed and distance. Since the face is forged and thin, it made possible to be added tungsten weighting on the back and that resulted in increased MOI and optimized center of gravity. Vortec Technology additionally reduced drag by 15% which also means increased speed. Another interesting characteristic that this driver is proud of is the patented rib architecture that adjusts the sound of each shot to a deeper, muted level and more emphasized feel. All that packed in this driver makes it a great opportunity for mid or high handicap golfers.
Cost and Value
Once it was introduced, it caused a great interest in all golfers who are struggling to achieve centered and more consistent shot since this driver puts distance and forgiveness into one piece. Its aerodynamic and sleek design and the deeper center of gravity, muted sound, and the enhanced feel, all are the reasons why it holds the prime position on this list and why it has been among most sold drivers.
Reduced drag by 15% compared to previous models
Large sweet spot and increased forgiveness
Maximized distance and stability
Multiple choices of shafts
It might not be the first option for golfers who prefer high and low balls off the tee
2. G400 Black Dot Irons
When you take a look at these irons, you can't but notice the amazing hydro pearl finish which gives an incredibly sophisticated look. The reason why they decided to go with this option is the fact that it reduces the friction with the turf, so there will be no lost energy with every shot and it is water and fliers repellent. In addition to the premium design and the flex face, it features a three-piece elastomer badge which dampens the vibrations making the impact sound better and the iron more playable. The shape is much more refined, the top edge is sharper and the toe area is rounded, resembling tour irons, which is not often the case with game improvement irons. The COR-Eye Face Technology makes the iron look like a real eye creating an impression of deep refinement.
When you hit the ball with irons you need higher shots that will stop on the green in the same way as the golfer intended. In order to make that happen, the G400 sole features undercut cavities and top rail to make higher and more accurate trajectories. There have been several changes with the construction of the irons, such as the inside of the top edge that now has less mass which is relocated lower to provide greater forgiveness effect. The irons feature COR-Eye Face Technology which makes the center of the face harder and the leading edge functions as a hinge making the face bounce back and provide greater speed. Plus, the three-piece co-molded cavity badge contributes toward the creation of a very strong and powerful sound and improved feel. These irons can be combined with multiple shaft choices such as Ping’s Ascending Weight Technology shafts or Alta CB Premium shafts.
Cost and Value
This set moved the boundaries of the perception of what a great improvement used to be defined. Ping took the task seriously and made it possible to make irons that include higher and further shots with greater forgiveness and consistency of the ball. Many golfers claim that with these irons they see their yardage doubled and that is enough impetus to make this set part of your game. When it comes to the price we are not reluctant to say that it is money well spent for the quality you get.
Increased speed and distance of the ball
Game improvement irons that provide tour-like experience
Improved design and Hydropearl finish that makes it resistant to moisture and fliers
Might not be suitable for beginners
3. G400 Crossover
Since this model is all about improvement, we will start with the head which is thinner compared to the previous model which made the center of gravity closer to the face, i.e., the hits that are off-center will have improved quality. Another thing is that the interaction between the club and the turf is smoother and more powerful in a manner that the ground force is utilized to create the effect of a push back on the club which will be distributed over the surface area and thus the friction will be reduced by amazing 40%. That effect is enhanced by the hydro pedal finish which exhibits advanced features of moisture resistance and premium looks.
The purpose of this club is to produce hits that will be higher, longer but with increased stopping power, i.e., with reduced rolling effect on the greens. They managed to achieve that by increasing the loft by 1% and that resulted in increasing the trajectory by 15%. In addition to this they used C300 steel for the face which resulted in 30% more stopping power and increased flex and they added 20 grams of tungsten on the toe for increased weighting and the effect of this was 17% less dispersion. The forwarded center of gravity contributes toward creating almost half less shot bending and increases the spin consistency so that golfers can enjoy steadfast shots.
Cost and Value
Many golfers who have tried this crossover say that it is kind of a club that every golfer needs to have. It will save you many difficult shots and if you are on a look-out of more forgiving utilities that have the pro element this might be your optimal choice. The increase in the effectiveness given by the numbers is enough evidence why this club features relatively high price. However, if you are looking for a premium utility club, then this deserves the price it has.
Amazing increase in performance
Higher, longer and better stopping balls
Improved design and quality of the materials
It requiers dexterity and skill to be well handeled
4. G400 Hybrid
It features square to pear-shape at address and has a standard size of contemporarily designed hybrids. The frame has turbulators and there are scoring lines on the face with a matte black crown. The crown is purposely cast ultra thin in order to save weight for the center of gravity optimization and for an increase of MOI and that effects in a face that offers full-forgiveness. And, since we are talking about the face, it is made of a very innovative maraging steel which has the purpose to increase the speed of the ball and provide further distance. The texture of the face and the material it is made make it 35% more flexible, which translates to faster speed.
One of the greatest features of this club is its extremely easy playability and easy to shot swings. It features softer-drop angle that launches the ball higher. The hybrid is adjustable and the locations of the center of gravity are progressive so that golfers are able to gap their sets accordingly. This means that there is a great deal of versatility, where 2 and 3-hybrids have the CG more on the toe side in order to make a left bias minimal, while the 4, 5 and 6 hybrids have added forgiveness and are made to launch the ball higher. As these hybrids are constructed to serve as a replacement of long irons, the golfers will never have to struggle to hit the ball high enough since this hybrid provides the highest trajectory and the greatest stopping power seen so far.
Cost and Value
The improvement of this hybrid brought out some very interesting features that many golfers are keen on using. The hybrid will provide extra game-saving components and increase your performance by more than 30%. The material that this hybrid is made of is one of the strongest and most durable materials and together with the Alta CB premium shafts make this hybrid one of the best that you can find on the market. For such quality and design, one can never say it is priced too much since the quality you get and the increased performance that you’ll experience are priceless.
New maraging steel which provides the greatest flex and sped
Larger sweet spot and increased forgiveness
Highest hybrid trajectory and stopping power
Besides the price that is a bit high, everything else seems to be flawless with this hybrid
5. G400 Fairway Wood
When we take a more insightful look into this G400 range, we can realize that it is the maraging steel that makes a great difference when compared with other similar models, and the same applies for this fairway wood too. This material is much stronger than the stainless steel, so they integrated it in the face of the club making it lighter, thinner and as the Ping says, up to 30% more flex. This in practice means that the ball will have a higher speed. The crown features classic black matte design, the rear part is a bit rounder and more compact. The sole is flatter and only 5, 7 and 9 woods have grooves while the 3 wood is just faintly grooved.
We talked about the maraging steel as a novelty that was introduced in this model that makes the face flax more, resulting in reduced spin and higher speed. Another thing that is worth pointing out is the gold weight in the sole which according to the manufacturer makes it denser by 30% compared to its predecessor. The crown is made of stainless steel which has variable thickness due to the redistributed weight that makes the center of gravity lower. Another distinguishing feature would be the responsiveness of the club, the sound they make is very satisfying to hear the difference between a centered and off-centered shots. Each of the lofts provides higher trajectories than you’d expect, the reason being the easy launch and the low CG. All in all, they workability is excellent providing large sweet spot and steady swings.
Cost and Value
We have a fairway wood that brings much more at stake than any similar one of the kind. It produces high-speed balls with even higher than expected trajectory and even better feel. And it would even be unreasonable for one to look for a low price when every piece of this club is premium, starting from the design to the materials used and the performance it provides. This makes us comfortable to say that this club is reasonably priced.
It offers great forgiveness and high trajectory
Can be used by golfers of different skills
It features gold weight and optimized center of gravity
The face is constructed of maragin steel for greater flex and speed
Very similar to G fairways without any especially when it comes to ground breaking features.
6. Sigma G Platinum Putter
All aforementioned 16 models that are being offered within Sigma G line of putters feature various design and it is hard to provide a consistent description of each separate model. In order to provide a decent insight to this range of putters and because despite the design they do share some features, we took the B60 Platinum model as a representative of the group to bring these family of putters closer to you. Anyway, all Ping putters that were launched on the market featured a unique grooved face pattern which was made by the True Roll technology which proved to be very successful in improving distance control. Sigma G models have improved material and construction which enables even better control, touch, and feel. The company used eye-tracking technology to remove all the distractions from the putter's design and made them look unobtrusive and stimulating. Each of the models is designed with one or two finishes, either nickel or platinum and everyone has a mark that indicated the type of the stroke for which it is intended. So they are marked as strong-arc, slight arc and straight.
Unlike the previous horizontal grooves of the previous Ping putters, these Sigma G models feature aerospace grade aluminum curved marks that have different depths all across the face. It was proved that deep grooves are not as effective as shallow groves when it comes to energy return and due to this they marked the face with shallower grooves towards the heel and the toe. This results in normalized ball speed across the face surface and all mis-hits roll out further than it was the case. In addition to the aluminum, there are Pebax elastomer layers behind the face to dampen the occurring vibrations and to return the energy efficiently. This family of putters also features heel-toe weighted blades and mallets, or semi-mallets that have traditional or counterbalanced weighting.
Cost and Value
This family of putters offers a wide range of different models that are designed to answer different golfers styles and skills. They come in improved variant and offer greater rolling of the ball, improved accuracy, and material that is able to increase the level of performance and dampen vibrations. When it comes to the price, there are three different price ranges, depending on the style of the putter, so counterbalanced putters feature the highest price, the blade-style have the lowest price tag and the mallets fit in between.
16 various Sigma G models to choose from
Three styles of putters: blade-style, mallet style, and counterbalance
Excellent performance and increased ball-roll
Some golfers might find the sound too loud
7. Glide 2.0 Wedge
When it comes to its design Ping have decided to stick to the older model because it indeed showed elegance and felt beautiful. However, there are some changes that they have made in this model, particularly two that are worth mentioning. The first change can be seen in the groove edges that look sharper now and there’s an additional groove to the lower lofted wedges. The reason for this additional wedge can be observed in the fact that now it has a much better launch angle, increased spin and higher trajectory of the ball. The other thing is the four different sole grinds varieties which have separate matching attack angles and divot characteristics and which make the wedge easy to be used. The club head is cast from 432 stainless steel and the finish of the wedge is hydro pearl which is known to have moister resisting properties and increased friction.
Since the face features milled grooves that have sharpened edges, it provides a lower flight of the ball that has increased trajectory. The name hasn’t been chosen accidentally, but it stands as an indicator that it glides through the ball and the turf very well without creating much resistance. It was constructed from grip to clubhead and its length is 0.75 inches longer compared to the standard to enable the golfer to increase the quality of the shots and the versatility.
Cost and Value
It is no doubt that this wedge meets the expectations of any serious golfers. As you could see from the review it is designed in a variety of sole grinds, lofts, and lies which is what a serious gofer might expect. The excellent hydro pearl finish adds to the quality of the wedge to its fullest. When it comes to the price, we can say that it is reasonably priced and it is not over the roof as you might expect for quality of this kind.
Many different varieties of lies, lofts and sole grinds
Elegant and smooth design
The hydro pearl design makes it moisture resistant and makes the frictionless felt
Premium launch angle and trajectory of the ball
One type of finish only
8. G Le
At first glance the set looks similar to men’s version of the range, featuring the eye concept in the middle of the face. This design actually means that the Cor-Eye technology was used to increase the face flex up to four times more compared to the previous model. The company says that the face is now 11% thinner achieved by removing mass from the center to the perimeter of the head and that created greater forgiveness. Regarding the design of the hybrid, it features a square face that is thinner and it features a thin CarTech 455 technology.
The irons are constructed with 17-4 stainless steel and are thus designed so that they improve the performance from lower swing speeds. That is achieved through thinner, flex face which makes the boll faster and higher. They were able to achieve greater forgiveness by perimeter weighting and expressed in numbers that would be 19% tighter dispersion. Regarding hybrids they come in different lofts, i.e., 4H (22), 5H (26) and 6H (30) which make the long approaches easier and they allow for lighter swing weight. In addition to the iron club heads, the company offers a choice of shafts that would make a perfect match to the needs of the golfers. So, golfers can choose from steel and graphite shaft flexes.
Cost and Value
This set is specially designed to appeal to women with a mid or low handicap, but it is also suitable for not that advanced golfers who wish to feel the pro segment in the game. They offer maximized performance and enhanced playability which will make you even more confident in your performance. Regarding their price it is indeed higher than many would expect, but bear in mind that you get excellent quality and name-brand combo set.
Enhanced performance and extra strong materials
Increased forgiveness and high-speed balls
Specially designed to meet women's needs
9. G SF Tec
Many golfers were utterly speechless when they first took a look at this massive club head featuring a round shape, matte black crown nicely adorned with turbolators. When you take a look at the face of the driver you’ll notice the block of weight that is positioned more towards the heel in order to move the ball right to left. Regarding its face, it has a variable thickness which varies in relation to the ratio of the strength to weight. This lighter fT95 titanium face allows for the CG to be positioned low back and that contributes for better launching conditions and forgiveness.
The fact that this driver was designed with the center of gravity which is nearer to the heel together with the adjustable loft made this driver official slice buster. There are two different technologies used to increase the speed, stability and forgiveness, Vortec Velocity and Dragonfly Technology. In additions to this, there are these crown turbolators that have the function to decrease the dragging that is created through impact and thus generate the effect of speed and forgiveness.
Cost and Value
When you think of a perfect driver, this one must come to your mind as one of the options, especially if your shots end up very near the target. It features optimal launch conditions, great forgiveness, and large energy transfer. The price it has goes hand in hand with the real performance boosters it offers, so we can say it is reasonably priced.
Adjustable loft by 1 degree by utilizing aluminum lightweight hosel
Lighweighted head that provides lighter swing
Great blend of distance and performance
Some golfers said that the ridges on the crown were distracting at setup
10. G Fairway Wood
When it was designed it was one of the flattest and shallowest club heads offered on the market. The head is all black with turbolators on the crown and the discrete blue design on the sole makes it look very attractive at address. The crown is much lighter than the previous model and because of that, it was made possible to move weight towards the sole and increase the MOI drastically. The face is cast from carpenter 455 steel which is much stronger than the stainless steel. That is important to note because that increases flexing which means that the ball will be launched easily, faster and higher.
The focus of the designers for this model was to enable greater playability and improvement in the ability of the golfers to get the ball airborne since there is all the struggle. The changes have been made in the straighter leading edges, i.e. the lower lead edge gets the face under the ball in order to provide a higher and more centralized impact on the face. As the ball is hit, the cascading structure makes the impact more relieved by pooling it and that leads to engaging the overall surface of the face in flexing. The increased energy transfer makes the ball fly faster without much spin, but with a longer distance.
Cost and Value
This fairway wood would suit every player’s skill and no matter what your handicap level it is, it will come handy as it will provide a getaway from some tricky and difficult situations. Its general playability is much increased and that refers to the forgiveness too. Since it is an older model which has already been upgraded and redesigned, it is cheaper and more affordable. This means that you will have a very good wood for a lower price which makes it good value for the money you pay.
Excellent playability and increased forgiveness
Low spin rate and improved accuracy
More focus is paid on getting the ball airborn, less on distance
Criteria Used in Selecting the Best Ping Clubs
We are all aware of the large impact that Ping has in the golf industry. If you are a regular golfer you must have noticed that they are an inevitable part of a tournament or a round of golf where at least one piece of this company’s clubs or equipment is proudly owned by a top skilled golfer. Not only have they been influential in the production of clubs, but also they have been pioneers in developing many hi-tech technologies that influence the way modern golf has been perceived and played. As we mentioned at the beginning of this guide, this company started out as an innovative company that altered the designs of putters and then it proceeded as the one that has its say in almost every piece of equipment related to golf. So, when we were selecting the best clubs, we made sure that we would include all those clubs that feature increased performance, playability, durability and influence and which have the capacity to improve the game. Below, we provide the criteria that were used to make the selection.
Over the years, Ping has been advancing their products to a level of perfection and each consecutive release features increased performance. The latest range of clubs represent a reflection of implemented hi-tech advancements, and the blend of ability to achieve greater distance with increased forgiveness is a proof for that. Namely, until recently many manufacturers were able to offer either distance on account of forgiveness or the other way round, so the blend wasn’t seen because of the outdated technology. However, due to all the advancements in modern technology, hours of dedicated work and their dedication to meet golfers need, the latest production line claims to have won the battle over what it was previously considered to be impossible.
The year of release
We have been talking about the technology and its influence over the modern production. This directly leads to the notion that the newer products are expected to have increased performance and much more sophisticated bells and whistles. And when it comes to a company that is shaped by new ideas but now designs and new concepts, then that progression is more than natural to be expected. So, the order on our list shows the latest offer that comes from them.
The impact on players
It is never completely true that a new product is a necessarily good product just because it was made with new technology. To declare that a product is really good and deserves to be among the best it must have features that claim a new way of performance and those features must live up the description of the product. This means that when a player starts using that product, he/she knows what to expect and in the game, the expectations live up to their true value. That is called positive impact and that impact influences the method of playing the game, maybe it will change attitudes, setups, the manner of performance and the only reason for that will be the focus on improvement.
This is the most valuable source of information regarding the actual quality of the clubs and gives us an unbiased insight into the way golfers felt when they played the clubs. The manufacturers might claim one thing, might use the best of technology, however, if the most of the players do not agree with the manufacturer’s claims or if the clubs fail to meet their expectations than it is a good indicator about the quality of the clubs. Luckily, all the clubs that we have on our list are more than praised and they have been among the best on many top lists.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the difference between the blades, game improvement irons and cavity back irons?
A. They are intended for differently skilled players, which means that blades are made for the best golfers and they have very little forgiveness and must be hit in the center. The cavity back ones offer greater playability, so if there are off-center hits they are well handled, and game improvements are models which are larger in size and provide larger sweet spots and great forgiveness.
Q. When choosing the golf club, is the sole important to consider?
A. That is something that many golfers pay attention to. When the sole is wider the weight is lower and helps you get the ball airborne. The wider the soles are, the more game improvement feature they offer. When the sole is narrow, that club is intended for better players. Some contemporary irons have beveled soles which increase the interaction with the turf and provide smoother glide and less lost energy.
Q. Is it better to have a lightweight shaft
A. Mainly yes, and that can be noticed in the way manufacturers produce them nowadays. The lighter your shaft is, the ball is more likely to travel faster. However, depending on the type of the club there are various shafts that are specially made to fit the clubhead.