PING G400 Max Driver

Published on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 in Gear of the Week

Puetz Golf Price: $397.00

Few golfers are as unique as Patrick Reed. While the 2018 Masters champ is notoriously difficult to work with (players last year voted him the one they’d be least likely to support in a fistfight), he’s also one of very, very few who play at the highest level of the game without any kind of equipment deal. Since leaving Callaway following the 2017 season, Reed has played without a commitment to any specific manufacturer, making his an interesting case … what clubs would a top player choose to hit, if given total freedom?

When it comes to the big dog, at least, the answer is the PING G400. We first wrote about the G400 last August, noting its streamlined head that reduces drag (up to 15 percent overall) for faster swing speeds, its fully-forged face that flexes more for higher launch speeds, and its Dragonfly technology that makes it lighter and more forgiving.

This spring, though, PING released a new version of the driver, the G400 Max, a larger, even more forgiving version (due to the larger head and subsequently lower and deeper center of gravity) of the club Reed and others having been using to tremendous success.

Tony Finau was one of the first to switch to the Max this year, and soared to second in total driving distance, with five top-10 finishes, including The Masters. Between Finau and Reed, the PING G400 is off to a fast start — pick up a Max, and you might be, too.

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