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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7 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

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