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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.