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The PING G410 LST fairway wood is a beast. Huge ball speed and low spin. If you can elevate your fairway woods, you will hit bombs with this club.
In the last two generations of PING woods – G and G400 – PING has offered a Stretch option for players who primarily hit their fairway woods off the tee. In the new G410 line, Stretch has been replaced by LST. This new option promises increased versatility without sacrificing the huge distance that made the Stretch models popular.
To my eye, the look of the PING G410 LST FW is so appealing, it removed all my concerns about trying to hit a low spin fairway wood. PING made the G410 LST smaller than previous versions and made the face shallower. Both of these things boost its visual appeal and my confidence that I’ll hit it well off the turf.
The crown of the G410 LST looks exactly like you would expect: matte black with Turbulators. The score lines on the face are only painted at the edges which helps to frame the ball. Overall, I think this is one of the best looking fairway woods of 2019.
Sound & Feel
The G410 LST fairway wood is a better players club, so it’s not afraid to let you know when you’ve missed a shot. On center it sounds and feels really good – a solid, mid-pitch “crack.” However, when you wander away from the center of the face, the sound gets louder and a bit hollow. It’s a stark reminder to pay better attention to your next swing.
Let’s start with my standard caveat: I’m not the world’s best fairway wood player, in large part because I tend to hit everything fairly low. Moving on…
The most important change from the older Stretch fairway woods to the new G410 LST FW is the addition of more loft. Both Stretch versions were 13 degrees; the G410 LST FW is 14.5. One and half degrees may not seem like a lot, but it can be a game changer for players who need more elevation in their long game. The G410 LST also has more adjustability (plus or minus 1.5 degrees) than previous models thanks to the new eight-position sleeve.
When I started swinging the G410 LST fairway wood, something else caught my eye: ball speed. Despite the added loft, the G410 LST was producing more ball speed than I got from either the G400 or G Stretch FWs. Combined with the namesake low spin, the result was long shots with strong trajectories.
Any time that I test a low spin club, one of the things that I look for is the forgiveness. Generally speaking, low spin and forgiveness don’t go hand in hand. In the case of the G410 LST fairway wood, the forgiveness is surprisingly good. Shots near the middle of the face have consistent ball speed, spin, and launch. No reasonable ball striker should be scared away from trying the G410 LST FW.
I was also pleasantly surprised by how consistent the launch angle was. This is not a high launching fairway wood – I launched very few shots over 11 degrees – but it’s predictable. Everything from dead solid to reasonably thin launched between 10 and 11 degrees, which made the distance very consistent, a word I rarely connect with fairway woods.
If you’re looking for a fairway finder off the tee or a way to bring more par 5s within reach, the PING G410 LST fairway wood demands a demo session. It lives up to its low spin name while also delivering huge ball speed and surprising forgiveness.