PING G410 Plus Driver Review

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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.

Introduction

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.

Looks

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.

Performance

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.

Conclusion

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.

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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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23 Comments

  1. Mark Kuyawa

    I hit this driver last weekend and will be giving it one more fitting to fine tune. I love my G400 but I feel this improves even more. Thank you for confirming !!!!

  2. John Eidinger

    Considering the new “Draw” position on the G410 Plus, is there any need for the G410 SFT ?

  3. Jim W Rosteck

    Is the shaft connector the same as the G400 or is it a new system?

  4. In your opinion is there that much of a difference between the 400max and 410 to get you to spend the money and switch?

    • Matt Saternus

      Patrick,

      The biggest difference is the adjustability. If that’s not important to you, continue enjoying the G400 Max.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. Matt,

    I’m somewhat surprised that you were able to keep spin that low with the (non-pro) tensei orange.
    Thanks for the review.

    James

  6. John Eidinger

    Matt,
    A follow-up on a comment and question I posted on 3/12 re: the need for the G410 SFT.
    Attended a fitting session today and compared the G400 SFT, G410 Plus in draw position and the G410 SFT. Obviously, the results are particular to me (senior golfer) but I have to report that the results definitely favored the G410 SFT. My drives were moderately longer and the shot dispersion was more concise. If senior golfers are the target audience for the new SFT, I urge Ping to keep this model as an option.

  7. Mark Kuyawa

    As a Ping G400SFT player, I will add the G410 SFT to options to try ! I was leaning toward the G410 but will look at all.

  8. Hi Matt,

    Great review! When comparing with Callaway epic flash driver, which one do you find more forgiving?

    Thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      Ta Wen,

      That’s really splitting hairs. I don’t know that there’s much difference. I would tell golfers to play the one they prefer aesthetically, the one that gives them confidence at address.

      Best,

      Matt

  9. ANTHONY Murray

    I am 80YR Young golfer who laid out a heap of money on a set of G400 recently
    and now Ping bring out the G410 I can’t afford to keep up will ping swap them for me
    they LOOK awesome

  10. 45.75″ length, doesn’t feel too long?

  11. Marcos Cadó

    Are you bagging G410 or Flash Sub Zero?

  12. Hey Matt,
    Were you able to hit this driver with the Ping Tour shaft ? If so any feedback on that shaft, and also how it compares to the Evenflow Black that is also a shaft option.
    thanks,
    jon

    • Matt Saternus

      Jon,

      I have hit past versions of the PING Tour shaft. I’m not certain if it’s any different in the G410 series. In the past, it’s always been a very stout shaft, very little kick. The EvenFlow Black is smoother, in my opinion.

      Best,

      Matt

  13. 45.75″ is just too long

  14. bill argersinger

    Matt,
    Can you elaborate on perceived compromise of distance vs forgiveness between the plus head vs the LST head? I’ve hit the g400 max and the last version from last yr and I felt like the max was the most forgiving driver I’ve ever hit. The LST longer for sure when right on the button but less forgiving when off center.

    Curious if you have an opinion on the 410 lst vs the plus primarily for forgiveness. Thx

    • Matt Saternus

      Bill,

      I haven’t hit the G410 LST yet, so I can’t speak to that, but I will certainly address it when I get one in for review.

      Best,

      Matt

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