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The PING G410 SFT driver is the ultimate slice-buster. If you want a forgiving driver that will help you produce that sought after draw, this is it.
Nothing frustrates the high handicap golfer more than hitting weak slices off the tee. It’s demoralizing to stand on the tee knowing that your shot is going to tail weakly into the rough or trees or pond.
For the last few generations, PING’s SFT (Straight Flight Technology) drivers have been a great solution for the banana ball. With the G410 SFT driver, PING has taken slice busting to an even higher level.
With the exception of a slightly closed face at address, the G410 SFT driver is a clone of the G410 Plus. The crown is signature PING: matte black with Turbulators on the leading edge. One change from the G400 series 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. Overall, this driver looks fast and sleek.
Sound & Feel
Just as with the look, distinguishing between the G410 SFT and G410 Plus on sound and feel is difficult.
Impact with the G410 SFT is a mid-bass, mid-volume “clap.” Anything near the center of the face feels solid – no hollow, rattling feelings here.
Because the center of gravity is moved toward the heel, I did need to adjust my sense of center to understand the feedback. After a few swings, I was able to locate my impact positions accurately just like I can with the Plus.
With the addition of movable weight to the PING G410 Plus driver, I wondered if there would be any need for an SFT model. What I found in my testing was that PING used the G410 SFT to show just how far they could push draw bias.
The G410 SFT driver has three elements that work together to combat slices. First, the center of gravity has been moved dramatically toward the heel – 50% more heel side than the G400. Second, PING built the G410 SFT with a lighter swing weight (D1). PING asserts that this helps to square the face at impact. Finally, while PING says that the SFT sits “visually square at address,” to my eye it’s clearly more closed than the G410 Plus.
The result of all these changes is that this driver just wants to pound draws. For me – a recovering hooker – my best swings produced strong draws and sloppy swings went screaming left. If I set up a mile open, I could occasionally manage a baby fade. If you want to take the right side of the course out of play, this is your club.
Beyond the draw bias, the G410 SFT has everything that you would expect from a PING driver. The ball speed is outstanding, and the forgiveness is as good as you can get. Because I was hitting draws exclusively, the spin of the SFT was even lower than the G410 Plus.
The takeaway here is simple: if you struggle with a slice, the PING G410 SFT driver needs to be #1 on your demo list for 2019. This driver has everything you want: tons of distance, plenty of forgiveness, and as much draw bias as any driver I’ve ever tested. Make sure to put the right shaft in it, and you’ll be on your way to changing the way your foursome thinks about your driving.