PING G410 LST Driver Review

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The PING G410 LST driver is the lower spinning version of the G410 Plus.  Adjustable weight plus hosel adjustability.  More forgiving than previous PING LST drivers.

Introduction

There are few things more frustrating than hitting a pure drive then watching the ball balloon weakly into the sky.  And while most modern drivers are much lower spinning than their predecessors, some players still need more help bringing their RPM down.  That’s where the PING G410 LST driver comes in.

Looks

The look of the PING G410 LST will not surprise those familiar with the last few generations of PING drivers.  The crown is matte black and the leading edge has PING’s Turbulators.  What is different is that the Dragonfly Technology is no longer visible on the back of the head.  Instead you’ll see two ridges that run from the back of the head to the middle.

Above you’ll see the G410 LST on the left and the PING G410 Plus driver (review HERE) on the right.  It’s a bit hard to tell in the photo, but the LST is markedly shorter from front to back.  Interestingly, the LST is only 5 cc smaller in total volume (450 vs 455).  Outside of that size difference, they’re nearly identical.

Sound & Feel

The PING G410 LST driver has a wonderful, satisfying impact sound.  It’s a mid-volume, bass-y, staccato “crack” that enhances an extremely solid feel.

When you miss substantially, you will hear a louder impact sound.  Feedback through the hands is excellent – I was able to precisely locate even small misses.

Performance

The raison d’etre of the PING G410 LST driver is low spin, and it certainly delivers there.  PING states that the LST is 200-400 RPM lower spinning than the Plus and SFT, depending on the player and the shaft.  I tested a 10.5 degree LST against my 9 degree Plus – same shaft in both heads – and saw spin numbers that were virtually identical.  The LST is a great option for fitters to have because it can be used to reduce spin or maintain spin while boosting launch angle.

My primary question when testing a low spin driver is, “How much forgiveness am I losing?”  In the case of the G410 LST, the answer is, “Very little.”  The G410 Plus is one of the most forgiving drivers available, and the G410 LST is not too far behind.  Ball speed, launch, and spin all stayed fairly consistent even when impact skipped around the face.  I’ll add that, in my opinion, no driver beats the G410 LST on the forgiveness to looks ratio.  This is a very sleek looking head at 450 cc, but it still delivers the consistency we all want.

Just like the G410 Plus, the G410 LST has two forms of adjustability – at the hosel and through a weight in the rear of the head.  The new Trajectory Tuning 2.0 hosel has eight positions and allows up to 1.5 degrees of loft change in either direction.  The movable weight has three possible positions to promote a draw, fade, or straight ball flight.  My experience was that the LST is slightly more fade-biased than the Plus, but that may just be my reaction to the smaller head and forward CG.

As has become their custom, PING offers a variety of shaft options with the G410 LST driver.  The PING branded options are the low spinning PING Tour 65 and 75 as well as the high launching Alta CB Red 55.  If you prefer something from the aftermarket, the MCA Tensei CK Orange 60 (review HERE) and Project X EvenFlow Black 75 (review HERE) are available, too.

Conclusion

Whether you battle the dreaded balloon ball or just want to shave off a little more spin to get to optimal, the PING G410 LST driver is worth checking out.  This club will definitely reduce your spin without asking you to give up the forgiveness you want.  All that, plus it looks fast.  Just make sure to visit a fitter to dial in the correct loft and shaft for your swing.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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7 Comments

  1. Michael Haley

    Matt thanks for the review as usual. Feel
    And flight which do you prefer this or the Callaway epic flash subzero. I’ve been gaming the F9 and like it, but my miss is left and the cobra doesn’t seem very forgiving. I’m demoing the subzero for 2
    Weeks from global golf and so far like it. Feels more solid on strikes and gives me a more penetrating flight. Wondering if I should try the lst as well.

    • Matt Saternus

      Michael,

      I prefer the LST, but I’ve been gaming PING drivers for a number of years, so a lot of that is just comfort. I do think the feel and sound is second to none.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Michael Haley

    Thanks. I can understand that sentiment. Comfortability goes a long way.

  3. Please help me understand the advantages of low spin versus high spin in drivers as well as irons.

    • Matt Saternus

      Garry,

      Great question. I’ll start with this: low spin and high spin are relative terms. There’s no objective definition that says, “A driver that spins less than ____ is ‘low spin'”. The next thing I’d say is that any given golfer’s goal should be to have optimal spin with each club for their swing speed. For me, swinging a driver around 105 MPH, I’ll get maximum carry distance with spin somewhere in the neighborhood of 1700-1800 (different people prefer different ranges, but that’s a range I like). If I were much below that, the ball would drop out of the air. If the spin got into the mid or high 2000s, I would see it balloon. For a different golfer, that optimal range will be different. Slower swingers need more spin to keep the ball in the air. Faster swingers need less spin to prevent ballooning. The same things are true with an iron, except that the goal isn’t maximum distance, it’s good, predictable distance plus the ability to hold the green.

      I hope that answers your question.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Brian Martin

    I recently went for a driver fitting out of literally having nothing better to do on a rainy Friday afternoon. I was gaming the TM M5 with a Hazardous shaft (stiff) and just not happy with the consistency. I told my guy look – I’ll pay you for just getting me set up right on my current driver – or – if we can do better I’d make a deal on a new one….just help me get more consistency from my efforts. My fitter put a few clubs in my hands – new Titleist T2, Callaway Epic Sub-Zero and a TM M6. When we got to the Ping G410 LST, the lights went on! My gamer was an elliptical shot pattern of 190 short right to pulls a 230 or so to the left – nothing consistent. The Ping LST gave me a tight shot pattern at 245-255 carry and straight down Trackman’s center-line. I went with the Evenflow 75g shaft – a little beefy weight wise but good for my swing, and we lowered the loft to 7 degrees. At an average 100 mph swing speed I was getting it out over 260 (total distance) and said OK – this is it. Next day I went out in the afternoon to play an easy 9 at my club, wary a bit over what I had just done the day prior and curious if I’d see the expected results on the course. I was carrrying bunkers and doglegs I hadn’t carried since I was 40 (I’m 56 now). I was straight and true, missing only 1 fairway but only in the first cut. I can’t say enough good things about this club.

  5. I just returned from Phoenix Arizona and finally had a Ping club fitting done there. It’s free through the factory with no sales pressure. The G410 LST fit my slightly negative driver attack angle well, helped my launch angle, ball apex and lowered ball spin, but most importantly tightened my ball dispersion. Obviously, shaft also plays a major part and actually being fitted with the right equipment, with the right lie angle, and right loft was eye opening. It certainly reinforced the potential problem of just buying the latest and greatest equipment off the shelf with the wrong loft, wrong shaft, and even the wrong head. Great review Matt!

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