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The PING G410 Plus driver is the company’s first foray into adjustable-weight drivers. All the forgiveness and performance of the G400 with more adjustability and better sound.
When I think of PING, one of the first things that comes to mind is custom fitting. That commitment to getting every player into the perfect club is evident in the new G410 Plus driver. Not only does it feature a moveable weight to customize ball flight, it also has an upgraded hosel adjustment system. I was very excited to test it and see if it could dethrone my beloved G400 Max.
Anyone who has seen the last two generations of PING drivers knows what to expect from the G410 Plus. 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.
Compared to my G400 Max, the 455cc G410 Plus driver looks smaller and more streamlined. It’s shorter from front to back and heel to toe. Also, the back of the crown is cleaner and sleeker looking.
Sound & Feel
I remember hitting the G400 for the first time and remarking to the fitter that the sound was a massive upgrade over the previous generation. PING improved upon that even further by making the G410 Plus quieter and more solid feeling.
The impact sound of the G410 Plus is best described as a “clap” – mid-bass, fairly quiet, and exceptionally solid. Even mishits feel very stable but somehow there’s also precise feedback in the hands. Like many of the other G410 clubs that I’ve tested, there’s not a big change in the sound between pure strikes and mishits.
The PING G410 Plus driver had, far and away, the best out-of-the-box performance of any driver I’ve tested this year. There are certainly some confounding variables at work – I’m extremely comfortable with PING drivers and the Tensei Orange shaft is one I’ve had success with – but the fact remains that this club was crushing it from the word go.
My best swings mirrored the results from my G400 Max game: high launch, low spin, fully optimized carries. What was impressive is that the G410 Plus also went toe-to-toe with the G400 Max on forgiveness. Even tragic mishits maintained strong ball speed, high launch, and low spin. My worst swings were carrying 30 or 35 yards short of my best ones instead of losing 50 yards or more.
What’s new in the G410 Plus is enhanced adjustability which starts, most noticeably, with the moveable weight. The tungsten weight slides along the back edge of the driver to keep MOI high. It can screw into three positions: fade, neutral, or draw. PING states that the difference between the Fade and Draw settings is 20 yards. For me, moving the weight shifted the sweet spot noticeably. It also made a significant impact on my ball flight.
Also new is the Trajectory Tuning 2.0 hosel. PING has added two more positions – there are now eight – to allow golfers to add or subtract as much as 1.5 degrees of loft. You can also set the lie angle up to 3 degrees flat.
Finally, PING has five stock shaft options available at no upcharge. The Alta CB Red 55 is a proprietary counter-balanced shaft that’s lightweight and high launching. PING also has a low launching stock option in the PING Tour. If you prefer something with an aftermarket vibe, you can choose between the EvenFlow Black and MCA Tensei Orange.
PING has taken my favorite driver, the G400 Max, and added new adjustability without sacrificing forgiveness. I don’t know how they did it, and, frankly, I don’t care. All I want is for the snow to melt so I can find the perfect shaft for the G410 Plus and get it on the course.