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The PING G410 hybrid is the first PING hybrid with an adjustable hosel. Incredible consistency and surprising distance.
Improvements in hybrids are often impossible to see. OEMs may move some weight or use a new material, but the clubs look largely unchanged. With the G410 hybrid, PING is making at least one of the upgrades very obvious: the hosel is now adjustable. This is a first for PING and could be an exciting improvement for those seeking more precision in their long game.
To my eye, the G400 hybrid was a knockout, so I’m pleased to see that PING didn’t change too much visually. The matte black crown has no alignment aids except the Turbulators. The combination of the painted grooves and Turbulators frame the ball perfectly, giving me confidence in my set up. In the standard hosel setting, this club sits perfectly square.
The G410 hybrid has a larger head than the G400 so that it will be more forgiving. I’ll get to the performance later, but I can tell you now that the aesthetic difference is minor. The G410 hybrid is average or slightly above average in size for a modern hybrid.
Sound & Feel
As much as I like the look of the G410 hybrid, I may like the sound and feel even more. It’s quiet, solid, with a very modest “tink” to give you the sense that the ball is going for a long ride. If every hybrid sounded like this, I’d be very happy.
Feedback is good through the hands, modest in terms of sound. If you really miss one, the sound changes a bit, but you’ll mainly notice your misses through feel.
There are plenty of interesting technology talking points in the new G410 hybrid. PING has textured the face to reduce spin, reshaped the Turbulators for improved aerodynamics, and used a thinner maraging steel face to create more ball speed. There’s also the headline feature: the ability to adjust the loft up or down 1.5 degrees, a first for a PING hybrid.
Despite all these cool tidbits, the story for me is really simple: this hybrid is unbelievably consistent. Thanks to a bigger head and a tungsten back weight, the MOI of the G410 is 6.5% higher than the G400. What that translated to for me was shot after shot carrying nearly the exact same distance.
Knowing that PING targeted a higher MOI, the forgiveness did not surprise me. What did was the ball speed and distance. On my best swings, I was seeing ball speed that rivals many 3Ws. Paired with a strong, mid/high launch and mid spin, the ball flight was absolutely perfect to my eye.
The PING G410 hybrid pulls together an array of performance characteristics that is uncommon, maybe unprecedented. It combines tremendous forgiveness with great distance and a strong ball flight. Many hybrids will give you one or two of those, but rarely can you get all three in a club that also looks and feels this good.