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PING G410 Driver – First Look

PING has been on a roll for a number of years, especially when it comes to drivers. I’ve had a PING driver in my bag since 2015 with the fantastic G30. At the time it was one of the most forgiving and consistent drivers I ever played. Then came the “G” driver, and last year the G400 driver, which combined with a custom shaft from TPT Golf produced a 9-yard gain in carry distance!

The latest offering in the never-ending driver wars is PING’s new G410 driver. Given the great performance and sales success of the previous models, PING had a tough task in improving on the G400. Instead of reinventing the wheel, they’ve improved the adjustability with a moveable weight instead of fixed one and tweaked the design for better aerodynamics.

It’s difficult for any manufacturer to realistically promise more distance since they have all been engineered to the maximum tolerances that golf’s governing bodies allow. The USGA max limit for Characteristic Time (CT) is 257 microseconds. In simple terms, CT is the measure of how springy the face of a club is. A higher CT means a higher rebound effect, leading to faster ball speeds and more distance.

Because virtually all drivers are manufactured to the highest tolerances possible these days, performance comes down to custom fitting a club for each golfer by tweaking spin rates & launch angle. This is done by changing shafts and moving weights around until the best combination is found. The new PING G410 offeres greater adjustability than the previous generation with the moveable weight in the back that can be adjusted for neutral, draw or fade bias positions.

Specs

The G410 driver is available in two models:

The G410 Plus is available in 9, 10.5 or 12-degree lofts. Standard length is 45 3/4″ long with a 206g head weight, 455cc head size, and D3 swing weight. The head weight is adjustable for neutral, fade or draw bias positions.

The slice fighting G410 SFT (Straight Flight Technology) driver is available in 10.5 degrees with a 204 g head weight and D1 swing weight. The weight is fixed in a draw biased position.

Pricing

Street price at TGW.com and Dick’s Sporting Goods is $499. Custom options will drive the price to $549 and up.

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