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Ping G410 Plus driver: Shifting the gears of adjustability

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Ping has always been a company comfortable in a leadership role in terms of research and custom fitting.  Indeed, the company lead the custom fitting revolution before most golfers had any idea of what a lie angle was.

Ping makes the effort to lead again with the new Ping G410: Ping’s first driver with a moving adjustable weight. It would be false to claim they are the first OEM to offer a driver that has adjustable weight, but like anything Ping, they are doing it their own way and offering a unique take to help golfers play their best.

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What the new G410 offers that no Ping drivers has offered before is

  • A 16g adjustable weight with three distinct positions, to allow for greater direction control. This need came right from the tour since more than two-thirds of Ping’s Tour staff had their drivers custom fit for CG by using hot melt.
  • A new counter balance weight plug under the grip raises the balance point to allow for more mass (leading to greater MOI) in the head while maintaining swing weight.

Some of the other features of the new 2019 G410 driver include:

  • Five-way hosel adjustment to allow plus/minus 1.5* of loft adjustment and up to 3* flat
  • Ti 9s+ forged face for maximum ball speeds
  • Improved turbulators
  • Hidden Dragonfly technology inside to support the ultra thin light weight crown

To put into perspective what Ping is bringing to the table with their new driver, we have to think about how a driver is modified through custom fitting. The challenge presented to the design team was: how can the company bring moveable CG fitting to every golfer while also improving MOI and add ball speed? This is where all of the previous technology advances, along with the 16g of moveable mass positioned to the furtherest reaches of the perimeter to allow for a tour level fitting experience.

Each of the three settings on the G410 moves the CG 1/10th of an inch, which doesn’t sound like much but for the average player that equates to 10 yards of additional directional control equally a total of 20 yards of movement from side to side. 20 yards can be the difference between fairway and rough, or rough and a punch out.

Ping G410 SFT

Like with previous drivers from Ping, there will also be a Ping 410 SFT version withe the same hosel adjustment options but it will have no custom moveable weight. This is because Ping has once again improved on the previous 400 SFT and placed 50 percent more heel weight in the the new G410 Plus.

Ultimately, the Ping G410 SFT (Straight Flight Technology) is essentially a slice-correcting/draw driver.

Solheim, again: “There is still a large segment of golfers who will play better with a driver completely optimized for performance with the benefit of maximum fade correction. When we pioneered Straight Flight Technology several years ago, we wanted to provide a ‘slice-fixing’ driver without adding huge offset or just closing the face.”

Ping G410 Availability & Specs

Ping G410 Plus with come in the following lofts: 9, 10.5, 12

Ping G410 SFT (Straight Flight Technology) loft option: 10.5

Standard length will be 45 3/4″ with the Alta CB Red 55 & ;45 1/4″ for PING tour & aftermarket shafts

No-upcharge shaft options are the PING Alta CB,  PING Tour 65, 75, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 60, & the Project X Evenflow Black 75

The retail price will be $540

 

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Tom

    Jan 22, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    These guys are always about three years behind everyone else in technology….

  2. Rich Douglas

    Jan 21, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    New name, same old….

  3. Jim

    Jan 21, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Like my Max better for looks but this is interesting. Can’t see how it’s worth approx $150 more than the last version though. Ping produces great clubs that help everyone and don’t release a club unless it’s improved. I understand they won’t be issuing an LST version as they couldn’t improve on the 400 version. Class outfit

  4. Bert Gwaltney

    Jan 21, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Doubt it will come close to my G-400 Max, but I doubted the G-400 Max, so where do I go from here? Try it!

  5. JB

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    I’m sure this is going to be another fantastic driver from PING! I just highly doubt if it can know the G400 Max out of my bag. Looking forward to giving this a try!

  6. Nick Thurgood

    Jan 21, 2019 at 11:12 am

    A counterbalancing weight in the grip because they made the head heavier? Dumb idea. Ping drivers already feel like a block of cement because they’re heavy. Now even heavier. Now even slower swing speeds. Nice Innovation…

    • Mat

      Jan 21, 2019 at 4:50 pm

      Ya, that comment is not based in any facts, Nick.

  7. moses

    Jan 21, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Ping is AWESOME.

  8. Cv

    Jan 21, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Love the top of the driver, love the matte finish. The bottom….. that’s what you call ugly.

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Rory McIlroy WITB (2020 ZOZO Championship)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @8 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6X (45.5 inches, 59.25 lie, D4)

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3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 @13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX (43.25 inches, 58 lie, D4)

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (19 @ 18.25 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 90 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7MB (3-PW)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 7.0 (6.5 in PW) 

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (54-10SB, 60-08LB)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

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Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper (34.25, 2.5 loft, 70 lie)

Ball: 2019 TaylorMade TP5 (#22)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (58R 1+1, logo down)

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GolfWRX Spotted: 2021 Mizuno ST-Z and ST-X drivers on USGA Conforming List

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When it comes to drivers, Mizuno isn’t usually the company that comes to the top of mind for many golfers, but starting with the ST-190, and then the ST-200 series in 2020, they have quickly changed the perception of their metal woods thanks to wins on tour and more players choosing to put them in play—most recently Brandt Snedeker as a non-contracted player.

This morning, with the update of the USGA and R&A conforming equipment lists, we are getting a sneak peek at what Mizuno will have in store for 2021 with the release of the ST-Z and ST-X drivers.

What we know

Based on the information provided in the USGA submission by Mizuno, the ST-X will only be available in right-handed (10.5 and 12-degree lofts), while the ST-Z will be available in both right (9.5  and 10.5 degrees) and left-handed (9.5 degrees only).

ST-Z

Based on the images from the USGA list and our experience with the Mizuno product line, it appears that the ST-Z is the next step in the evolution of the standard ST200 with no adjustable CG but with a customizable weight in the back of the head.

We haven’t seen any images of a moveable weight driver in this new ST series, so it could be that the G-woods are getting phased out in favor of more internally biased weighting, but since those types of drivers often take a bit more time to get just right, it could be a matter of time before a “G” type driver hits the list.

As for technology, it has Mizuno’s standard wave to create flexibility behind the face, an adjustable hosel, and based on the images, more carbon fiber used around the head compared to previous generations, especially on the sole. I would also expect to hear a new face material or design story to complete the package and to boost MOI and ball speed.

ST-X

Based on the image from the USGA list and our experience, it appears that the ST-X is the next step in the evolution of the ST200-X driver, which is the lighter weight, more upright, and draw-biased driver from Mizuno. Don’t think draw bias always means it’s for higher handicaps either, because Mizuno staff player Chris Kirk got along very nicely with his out on the Korn Ferry and PGA Tours in 2020, including a win.

The tell-tale sign is the more heel biased weight in the back of the driver and what looks to be some sort of textured area to create “visible technology” towards the heel of the clubhead.

Beyond being draw-biased, when it comes to technology, it shares a lot of similarities to the ST-Z with Mizuno’s standing wave to create flexibility behind the face, an adjustable hosel, and more carbon fiber used around the head compared to previous generations, especially on the sole, and in the case of the ST-X, on the sole.

We don’t have any information on the release of these new drivers, but considering Mizuno didn’t adjust product release schedules in 2020, I would imagine it will be doing the same in 2021, and we can expect to hear more about these ST drivers either late 2020 or early into 2021.

To see what other golfers are saying about the newly spotted Mizuno ST-Z and ST-X drivers, check out the GolfWRX forums and join the discussion: GolfWRX – New Mizuno drivers spotted on USGA Conforming List

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5 hybrid vs 5 iron – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the logic behind removing their 5 iron from their bag. WRXer ‘rwl’ asks whether any fellow members have experiences doing so, and WRXers have been sharing their thoughts and experiences in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • RobertL.: “I replaced my 5 iron with a 5 hybrid. I find it far easier to hit than my 5 iron. I also took my 6 iron out of the bag, so now my longest iron is a 7. I now carry a 3, 4, and 5 hybrid since they’re so much easier to hit than long irons. Makes a big difference for this senior golfer.”
  • JohnKHawk: “For last 2 seasons I’ve played with a Cobra F9 5 hybrid. It’s 24 degrees & gaps perfectly between Cobra OS 3-4 hybrid at 20.5 degrees & Apex19 6 iron which is 26.5 degrees. The 5 iron was just getting to be to undependable. Misses with the 5 hybrid were more playable than the 5 iron. Use what works best for your game.”
  • Abe21599: “Never a bad idea to have both a 5i and 5h options in the trunk, just gotta watch lofts.”
  • nitram: “I know it sounds so “old man” but if you want to make a change in your 5-iron slot and can’t seem to get along with a hybrid, give the 9-wood a try. You may be pleasantly surprised.”

Entire Thread: “5 hybrid vs 5 iron”

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