PING G410 SFT Driver Review

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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.

Introduction

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.

Looks

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.

Performance

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.

Conclusion

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.

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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. Hi Matt,
    Is this or the 410 Plus enough of a change to move the G400 Max out of your bag?

    • Matt Saternus

      Mike,

      The G410 Plus is in the bag now.

      Best,

      Matt

      • I went to Club Champion and was excited to hit the 410 Plus but I actually hit my fitted G400 Max just as well. Kind of bummed, liked the look of this club a lot. Thanks for the great work!

  2. umm, wouldn’t a better review be by someone who hits slices?

  3. If you’re hitting a big slice, doesn’t that mean your swing is the problem not the driver. Okay let’s say the Ping keeps you in the fairway , you pull out a 5 iron and hit a big oh slice into the next fairway. A new drive is the quick and easy fix that will not lower your score try a lesson because the slice is still there.

    • Matt Saternus

      Scott,

      Biomechanically, the driver swing and iron swing are different, not to mention the additional loft on an iron, which reduces curvature. So, I disagree with your premise.
      If you don’t want to buy a driver to help your shot shape, that’s your prerogative, but it’s a perfectly viable way to manage your game.

      -Matt

  4. Bob Diggs

    Hi Matt, I’m 67 and just started playing. Ping G30 driver that goes straight unless I try to “crank it!” and then it flies extremely long with the distance I want, but will slice to the right drastically at the top long end of the launch. I’m thinking about trying the G 410 SFT. Need to know what shaft best regular graphite/or best regular shaft you recommend. I want to buy the best out there. My club head sped with the driver is 84.3 to 87.5 at 122 to 126 mph with the TM M4 at Golf Galaxcy.
    Bob Diggs

    • Matt Saternus

      Bob,

      There is no universal “best shaft,” there is only the best shaft for you. I would suggest working with a qualified club fitter like Club Champion to find the best shaft for your swing.

      -Matt

  5. Hey Matt, I am a 70 year old average golfer & I’ve been using the G30 STF driver – with the Soft R shaft – for the last several years. It has been a good experience, but I still tend to have a slight fade 50% & pretty straight 50% off the tee. I’m thinking of upgrading to the new G410 STF and am curious as to your opinion of the new club relative to the G30. I worry that the new STF bias might be too extreme? I hit the rest of my clubs (Ping G) pretty straight, fading the 3 fairway only occasionally. Thanks for your time.

    • Matt Saternus

      Tom,

      My recollection of the G30 is that the draw bias was less extreme than the G410. The best thing to do would be to test your driver head to head against the G410 SFT.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. You say “you were able to locate impact positions correctly .” Where did you find that position to be on the face? Near the heel, the center, or near toe? Thanks for another good and interesting review.

    • Matt Saternus

      Robert,

      What I mean by that statement is that, through the feel in my hands, I can know accurately if I struck the ball on the toe, in the center of the face, etc.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. Was playing a Callaway Epic Driver last year and the beginning of this year. struggled big time with what would be either a fade on a good tee shot to a straight slice on bad shots. Demo with the 410SFT today and it was an amazing instant change. Straight ball flight and could actually shape a slight draw. Bought one on the spot. Pricey but all drivers are these days

  8. Matt,

    Thanks for your great reviews. Always find them helpful and interesting.

    I am a 70 year old golfer and have played for 60 years with a current handicap of 11 for 18. I have been a user of Ping drivers since the K15, which the SFT was a game changer for my driving. I have upgraded to the G30 but have found the longer, heavier Ping shafts difficult to manage. So, I have used a shorter, lighter shaft (typically to 45″ and Ultralight Bassara shafts) and have used the 12 degree loft in the head. I would like to upgrade to the G410 but 2 issues concern me. Will shortening the counterbalanced shaft (probably the lighter Red) or using a shorter, lighter Bassara shaft create problems? Also, I noticed that the SFT only comes in the 10.5. Would adjusting it up to 12* create even more draw? I plan on getting with a fitter to try these out but your educated comments would be helpful. Thanks very much.

    • Matt Saternus

      Gary,

      Good questions.

      Shortening a counter balanced shaft may remove some of the counter balancing (depending on exactly how it’s weighted), which could raise the swing weight, but shortening the club will generally reduce the swing weight. It all might just even out. I would suggest measuring the swing weight of your current driver and trying to get your new one to match.

      With regard to the loft, yes, if you increase the loft you will close the face making the club more draw biased, all else equal.

      Best,

      Matt

  9. Hey Matt – I’ve been using the G SFT for a few years. My natural ball flight is a cut and I bought the SFT to avoid hitting slices. However, I find myself mishitting hooks much more often now and I never try to hit draws. Do you think I should move to just the regular 410 plus and not the SFT?

    • Matt Saternus

      Charlie,

      The best thing would be to bring your current driver to a good fitter and work with them to figure out the new best driver for you. I think the G410 Plus would be a top contender and the adjustable weight only makes it that much more attractive.

      Best,

      Matt

  10. Dick Thompson

    Hi Matt
    My first inquiry ever but I’ve never been 73 either.
    Just sold Epic which I had hosel adjusted to draw and plus 2 on a 10.5*. Also had sliding weight placed midway between center and heel side.
    Hit 95% of fairways on good days with mostly straight drives with an occasional mild draw.
    Feel like you’re reading my mind just like I pretty much know your response. Ping G410 plus or G410SFT??
    I live on a barrier island and due to virus pretty much shut down and closest Ping dealer 75 miles and across the bridge which is manned to prevent entry.
    Thus second reason for inquiry.
    Would genuinely appreciate input as my course is open and only 1/2 mile from home.
    Thanking you in advance
    Dick

    • Matt Saternus

      Dick,

      If I had to buy one without trying it first, I would go with the G410 Plus because it gives you more flexibility. The SFT is awesome, but if you don’t need all that slice-busting help…too bad. With the Plus, you can move the weight back to neutral if the hosel adjustments get the job done.

      Best,

      Matt

  11. Looking to get a new Ping G410 Driver.. Currently play G400. Not sure which one to buy. Hit ball normally with a little fade or occasional pushes.
    Fitting centers closed down due to Corvid19.
    What do you recommend.

    • Matt Saternus

      Ken,

      It depends if you want the flexibility to move the weight or just a permanent draw bias.

      Best,

      Matt

  12. STEPHEN LOYNACHAN

    Matt
    Great review, when I was in Fla in March I was informed Ping had a demo day at Riverwood in Port Charlotte,I asked the Ping rep he he would pullout the track man
    so could see the difference ,you guys are worse than drug dealers,I ordered 2 one for Fla and one for Oregon and while I was there I tried the Ping 710 irons , 2 sets please yikes that was an expensive day on the driving range “ yes you can buy a golf game “ great technology great review thanks again Steve

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