Ping G410 Driver Review

 
Ping is coming off its most successful driver lineup in company history. The G400 won countless awards and was adopted by Ping Staff and non-contracted Tour players alike. The G410 driver line up packs movable weight technology around one of the longest and most forgiving drivers in golf. The G410 Plus and SFT feature internalized Dragonfly aerodynamics and a forged face for faster ball speeds. Ping is remarkable at creating products that shine in the hands of golfers of all abilities. Already in the bags of some of the PGA Tour’s biggest names, the G410 looks to build on the success of its predecessor.

Key Features

  • The G410 driver is the first ever Ping driver to feature movable weight technology to control the center of gravity for a precision ball flight.

  • Dragonfly has been re-engineered to the inside of the driver’s head for improved aerodynamics in a cleaner look at address.

  • The new 8-lobe trajectory tuning system is providing golfers and club fitters with more loft and club face angle options to help players dial in the launch, spin, and shot shape.

 

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  • Faster, streamlined design reduces drag over previous models to increase distance and club head speed
  • Forged, high-strength T9S+ face powers a thinner, hotter impact area for high ball speeds and distance
  • More efficient crown Turbulators reduce aerodynamic drag and create more efficient airflow around head

Ping G410 Driver Detailed Review

Design and Technology

The G410 driver is built for speed, forgiveness, and ultimate adjustability. Everything Ping engineers packed into the G410 improved on the model of G400. Internal Dragonfly, the fast-forged face, and aerodynamic shape players more clubhead speed, more ball speed, and more forgiveness. The G410 Plus and SFT are designed to replace the standard G400 and G400 SFT. The G400 LST and Max still stand as perfect compliments for a complete driver range. To Ping’s own admission, it just could not beat the LST or Max in terms of performance and it only releases products when they are better.

The Ping G410 Plus and SFT come standard in 455 cubic centimeter head sizes. These smaller head sizes give players more speed while the rear and low center of gravity maximize forgiveness and moments of inertia. Around the perimeter of the back of G410, a new movable weight has been introduced by Ping for the first time ever. By placing this weight as far back as possible, Ping has given players the ability to dial in their preferred shot shape without sacrificing MOI as other companies must.

Having played the G400 Max for a complete season I am highly familiar with the quality of Ping drivers and metal woods. My expectation of the G410 Plus was that I may see benefits from the ability to adjust the lie of the driver to help eliminate my overdraws without giving up any of my distance or accuracy.
I loved the new look of the internalized Dragonfly crown. The streamlined shape and confidence inspiring profile helped me feel at home quickly with this club. I played this driver in the same shaft as my Max, the Tensei CK Pro Orange 70TX. I found that the Flat setting of the new trajectory tuning hosel really allowed me to swing freely without fearing the left miss. Of all the drivers I have tested this year, the G410 is one of my favorites.

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Pros

  • The movable weight and trajectory tuning hosel give players more ball flight customization than ever before.
  • Internalized Dragonfly is hidden under the crown and is more subtle for players preferring a classic look.
  • G410 offers the most complete blend of aerodynamics and forgiveness by moving weight low and back.

Cons

  • Higher spin players may struggle to reduce spin in the G410 Plus model and should wait for the LST version.
  • The larger Turbulators are present and can be intrusive for players that like a cleaner look at address.
  • Players looking for a muted sound may not enjoy the higher pitched ting of the G410 Plus and SFT models.
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Control and Performance
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Specs

The Ping G410 replaces the standard G400 and the G400 SFT. The G410 Plus is the new standard option and the G410 SFT continues a similar name as before. The G410 Plus model is available in both left- and right-hand configurations. Lofts come in either 9-, 10.5-, or 12-degree settings with 8 total changes on each hosel. The movable weight can be placed in either of three positions to give players the ability to create neutral, fade, or draw bias centers of gravity in each club. G410 SFT comes in 10.5-degrees of loft with the weight stationary in the heel for players struggling with slices.

G410 Plus comes with stock shaft offering in 50-, 60-, and 70-gram ranges. The Alta CB 55 Red is available for players wanting a lighter feel and more launch. The Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 60 and Ping Tour 173-65 are available for players looking for lower launch and more distance. The Project EvenFlow Black 75 fits players looking for a better feel in a heavier shaft. The SFT head is available in either the Alta CB 55 Red or the Ping Tour 173-65 but each model offers Ping’s expansive custom option chart for little to large upcharges.

Conclusion

The G410 driver gives players the same great performance as the G400 lineup. The G410 Plus offers players the largest array of the custom loft, lie, and shot shape option in Ping storied history. The G410 Plus is designed specifically for the golfer who wants to sacrifice nothing in performance and forgiveness but dial in their shot shapes. Ping has created a driver that combines industry-leading MOI, movable center of gravity locations, and the only driver that offers golfers the ability to manipulate the club lie truly independent of club face loft. The G410 Plus and SFT are a club fitter and golfer’s dream if they admire precision shot control.

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How Does the G410 Driver Compare?

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  • Innovative combination of Titanium exo-cage and triaxle carbon crown (lightest EVER in a Callaway driver) and sole create unprecedented forgiveness in a high-launch, low-spin design
  • Redesigned Track and sliding 17g weight allows you to fit the club to your swing, providing 21 yards of shot-shape correction for more control and distance
  • Streamlined head incorporates our proprietary speed step, created with Direct Input from aerospace experts, to improve airflow for more swing speed and distance

 

TaylorMade M6

The TaylorMade M6 Driver is the most forgiving driver in TaylorMade’s lineup this season. TaylorMade is making everyone faster by giving them tour-caliber tolerances across each model produced. Each M6 driver is made beyond the COR limit and slowed down to give golfer legal performance that pushes the boundary of classical golf club manufacturing. M6 is fast, forgiving, and promising players more ball speed than ever before. Played by Dusting Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood, the M6 is proving to be perfect for golfers of all abilities and swing speeds.

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  • SPEED INJECTED: Every head is individually speed tested and injected with tuning resin to optimize COR across the entire face; The Speed Injection process is designed to maximize ball speed and distance in the M6 driver
  • TWIST FACE: Revolutionary new face curvature with a corrective face angle on off center hits, engineered to reduce side spin and deliver straighter shots
  • AERODYNAMIC CARBON SOLE DESIGN WITH "INERTIA GENERATOR": Sleek, aerodynamic shaping designed to provide increased club head speed for more distance

 

Titleist TS2

The Titleist TS2 Driver is the most forgiving and fastest driver Titleist has ever produced. The 917 line of drivers from Titleist deliver golfers shots that spun too much and cut short important distances. The Titleist Speed Project ensure that golfers are getting maximum club and ball speeds from this improved design. The TS2 is lighter, more aerodynamic, and faster across the face. The result is a Titleist driver that delivers craftsmanship and classic Titleist looks in a package that is faster and longer than prior models. Golfers that love Titleist but have been let down by their recent driver offerings are not alone, the TS2 is a must try for any loyalist looking to get back their highest performance.

 

Should You Buy the G410 Driver

The G410 PLUS and SFT drivers deliver on their promise to give players better performance than the standard and SFT models in the G400 line. The movable weight and trajectory tuning system deliver more customized performance for elite and low-handicap golfers. The SFT delivers industry leading slice shot shape correction and help for players that need to find more fairways and keep the ball in play. Ping only releases a club when it is better than the club it is made to replace. Players that are gaming the LST or Max models can rest until the next iteration is released, but players coming from another brand or other G400 models will likely get a better fit and improved performance from the G410 Plus and SFT drivers.
 

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