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WRX Spotlight: Ping G410 hybrid

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Product: Ping G410 hybrid

Pitch: Per Ping: “Our first-ever adjustable hybrid allows you to customize your ball flight eight different ways through more loft (+/- 1.5 degrees) and lie combinations for consistently better results. Thinner and more flexible, the maraging-steel face generates faster ball speeds and higher launch so you carry trouble while hitting (and holding) more greens. A larger profile provides added stability and helps elevate MOI heel to toe.”

Our take on the Ping G410 hybrid

We all want the same thing from a hybrid — forgiveness, green stopping power, extra ball speed, adjustability (fitting options), and consistency. For the longest time, it seemed that for any particular hybrid, you could you pick four of the five but with the Ping G410, there is no sacrifice to be made: you get all five.

When designing the G410 hybrid, the team at Ping pulled out all the stops and finally included the option of adjustability on the consumer level for dialing in both loft and lie angle — something the company famously popularized with the color coding system. It should be noted in BIG BOLD LETTERS that Ping has ALWAYS given accounts the option of ordering hybrids either digitally lofted and bent for lie within a couple of degrees through the WRX Department (hey that has a nice ring to it) for a few extra bucks, but it was never really advertised, and I would guess, underused.

With the new adjustable hosel, the ability to fine tune and dial in has never been easier. Just like with the entire G410 metals lineup, it’s all about increasing the ability to fit better, decrease dispersion, and help golfers score better.

Ping Canada HQ fitting studio.

SO… about this hybrid. I was recently given the opportunity to go through a long game fitting at Ping (Canada), which included getting me dialed into a G410 17-degree hybrid to gap in between my longest iron and my 3-wood. I have played a 5-wood in the past but recently have been much keener on a hybrid because of the versatility and shorter length to help with dispersion.

Here are the biggest takeaways from the fitting

  • The Ping G410 hybrid is FAST — compared to my current hybrid, which has 16 degrees of loft and is a full inch longer than the 17-degree G410 (tested at 17 degrees), I was getting faster balls speed (2-3 MPH) even though I was swinging my own club faster on average 1.5 mph. That’s a noticeable gain in ball speed, and it’s all thanks to the maraging-steel face that, along with other design aspects of the head, produces consistently faster ball speeds across a larger area of the face.
  •  The shape at address, for me, is another reason this hybrid sets up so well to the eye. It’s deep enough to give you confidence from a lie in the rough yet shallow enough that from a tight lie, it’s easy to elevate. Sure the “ease to elevate” might not apply to someone fitting into a 17 degree, but for the slower speed players that will fit into the higher lofts (up to 30 degrees in the standard setting), it’s a huge factor for players and fitters alike. I can’t count the number of combo sets I built in a previous life that involved Ping hybrids down to the 6-iron for players with less speed.
  • The “wood-like” rounded shape, compared to a compact driving iron style hybrid (think Crossover), did wonders to help get my launch window up, even though spin was in a very controllable range. This increased carry distance and decent angle — more parameters that measurably help hold greens. Distance was comparable to my 5-wood, but with a tighter dispersion and at a shorter length.

  • Now to that adjustability. Oh, how I (along with many fitters and builders) have longed for an adjustable Ping hybrid. Getting the distance and launch window dialed in exactly to the player helps deliver confidence that you aren’t making any sacrifices during a fitting or in your bag as a player. As I mentioned off the top, Ping has offered bending hybrids in the past, but since it was never an actual option to test, there was a lot of guesswork for the fitters. The adjustable hosel puts an end to that with lie angle adjustments totaling three degrees to help golfers are both ends of the lie angle spectrum & those looking to help prevent misses one way or the other.

At the end of the day (or start to your season), when it comes down to finding the right clubs to properly gap the higher end of your set, there will always be a lot of options depending on a number of factors including clubhead speed, impact dynamics, usual course conditions, and personal preference. If you play in dry, windy Texas, for example, the hybrid or even Crossover, might be the better option than the 5-wood, and vice versa if you play anywhere in the North East. No matter how you end up gapping the clubs through your set, make sure to get fit to play your best (you knew it would be in there somewhere), and give the G410 a shot.

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. RL

    Mar 27, 2019 at 9:02 am

    These hybrids are off the charts great. I have the 17 (dialed down to 15.5) the 19 and the 22. They have replaced my 3 wood, 5 wood and 4 iron. Easy to hit and long. I’m 64 and play to a 5 handicap. Best hybrids ever.

  2. RJL

    Mar 26, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Best Hybrids I have ever hit. I have tried for years to gap with them but never able to. Completely takes the hook ability I have always experienced out of them. Even went and got a second one and took out my 4i for the first time in my life.D-4w-3h-4h-5i thru 58° now. Loving the confidence on long par 3s being smooth now instead of forcing something or dialing something back.

    • D

      Mar 26, 2019 at 9:42 pm

      You couldn’t find a single club out there over the last decade to work that gap? Wow may be golf’s not ur thing

      • RJL

        Mar 27, 2019 at 1:48 pm

        “I’ve tried for years to gap with them” referring to hybrids.

        I have gapped fine with 3w 5w Driving irons just fine. These are stupid easy to hit was my point.

        Speaking of stupid, reading comprehension isn’t your thing I guess.

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How far do you really hit your driving iron? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing driving irons. WRXer ‘ Dufner’s Waggle’ kicks off the thread, saying:

“I have been through SIM UDI, U510, HMB, U85, CB ProH…I just don’t hit driving irons very straight or very far. I’ll have a day where I stripe it, but on the whole it’s not really giving me accuracy or a ton of distance. Maybe 225-230 at MOST.”

And our members have been revealing the driving iron they use and what distance they get out of it consistently.

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.

  • Gsea: “My driving iron is a Mizuno True 2 iron. Hit it 200-210. Strictly for tight short par 4s. Love the trajectory.”
  • MtlJeff: “I have a G400 crossover at 20 degrees, I hit it about 225 or so.”
  • COL_B: “I’ve been playing a Srixon U65 18* that I hit 220-235. I can hit it further, but high spin kills it. The Miyazaki Stiff shaft has too much flex, and when I try to really turn on one, it is a hook machine. I recently got a TM TP UDI 2 iron with a C-Taper Lite 110 S that matches my irons. It is 2 in shorter than the Srixon and goes about the same distance, but with a lower spin, and lower trajectory. Carry is 220-225, but it will roll out further than the Srixon if the fairways are dry. The thing is that I really don’t want it to go any further, as I use it on dogleg Par 4s and par 5s where a 250-yard shot gets you in trouble. Straight is the priority with the DI, which is my the Srixon is out of the bag until I get around to reshafting it.”
  • SUPERG: “19 P790 3 iron bent strong 1 degree. C taper 130X same as my irons. It’s going 250 after roll, my fave club. I hit my driver maybe 3 times a round; I hit my 3 iron everywhere else. Just way more reliable!”

Entire Thread: “How far do you really hit your driving iron?”

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The most popular golf balls on Amazon right now

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Editor’s note: Items accurate as of author’s search of Amazon Best Sellers “Standard Golf Balls,” September 17 at 9 a.m. ET. Search conducted from Ireland of Amazon.com. Per Amazon, the results are updated hourly. 


What are the most popular golf balls on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf balls on Amazon as of September 2020. (Prices per dozen unless noted)

1. Callaway Golf Supersoft Golf Balls

Callaway’s Supersoft golf balls are currently the most popular option amongst Amazon consumers this summer

From the listing:The Callaway Superset is a long, straight distance ball that’s incredibly soft. An ultra low compression core promotes fast ball speed and increased accuracy. New Low Drag HEX Aerodynamics are optimized to reduce drag and enhance lift for longer carry and longer distance. A new softer Trigonometry cover formulation has a low compression for enhanced feel and increased greenside control.”

Price: $22.99

Buy here.

2. TaylorMade Distance Plus Golf Balls

TaylorMade’s Distance Plus balls designed to provide maximum speed and low spin are second on the list

From the listing: “React core – low spin – high speed. Has 342 aero dimple pattern. Low drag aerodynamic design”

Price: $11.97

Buy here.

3. GoSports Foam Golf Practice Balls

Foam practice golf balls so you can practice without worrying about breaking much!

From the listing: Set of 16 sturdy foam golf balls so you can safely practice at home, indoors or outdoors. Golf balls feature a realistic dimple texture showing the true trajectory of shots with limited flight.”

Price: $9.99

Buy here.

4. Bridgestone Golf e12 Soft Golf Balls

Bridgestone’s e12 soft golf balls feature the brand’s Delta Wing Dimple pattern designed for less drag and smoother airflow

From the listing: “12 SOFT features the Active Acceleration Mantle which is comprised of a new High Performance Polymer material with added surfactant that creates increased thrust and higher initial ball velocity at impact. The e12 SOFT utilizes Bridgestone’s patented Delta Wing Dimple pattern for less drag and smoother airflow when the ball is in flight. The enhanced aerodynamics increase the straight distance properties of e12 SOFT.”

Price: $29.97

Buy here.

5. TaylorMade Rocketballz Golf Balls (Three Dozen)

TaylorMade’s ultra-soft Rocketballz are a popular product amongst golfers who shop on Amazon

From the listing:The package height of the product is 2 inches. The package length of the product is 10.5 inches. The package width of the product is 3.5 inches”

Price: $34.99

Buy here.

6. TaylorMade Noodle Long & Soft Golf Balls (24)

Another TaylorMade addition to the list with the brand’s Noodle ‘Long and Soft’ balls claiming sixth spot

From the listing:Durable and soft iothane cover. Impact propulsion core for longer carry. Great feel and increased spin around the greens. Patented dimple design for straighter flight.”

Price: $21.99

Buy here.

7. Callaway Golf ERC Soft Triple Track

Callaway’s ERC Soft Triple Track golf balls designed for optimal alignment continue to be a popular seller amongst golfers

From the listing:ERC soft is our longest callaway golf ball with soft feel. A graphene infused dual soft fast core maximizes compression energy while minimizing driver spin and promoting high launch for long distance. New triple track technology helps to improve alignment compared to a regular side stamp alignment aid.”

Price: $34.97

Buy here.

8. Bridgestone 2019 e6 Golf Balls

Just like the brand’s e12 balls, the e6 balls promising excellent distance from all shots take their spot on the hot list

From the listing:Engineered for Consistency. Improved Aerodynamics for Added Distance. Soft Feel, Long Distance. Soft Golf Ball that also Provides Long Distance.”

Price: $21.97

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9. Polara Self Correcting 2-Piece Golf Balls

Self correcting golf balls? These balls aim to help prevent you slicing or hooking the golf ball!

From the listing:Polara Ultimate Straight Self Correcting Golf Balls are for the golfer whose problem is significant and persistent hooking or slicing off the tee. The unique 2-piece construction consists of a central core and an outer cover. HOW IT WORKS: From the tee, point the arrow on the ball directly at your target, or line it up with the center of the fairway. From the fairway, play the ball “as it lies” or re-adjust the ball orientation so the arrow again points at your target.”

Price: $44.95

Buy here.

10. TaylorMade TP5x Golf Balls

TaylorMade’s TP5x golf balls complete the Amazon hot list for some of the best-selling balls this summer

Price: $43.99

Buy here.

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: KristianJ

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of KristianJ.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: KristianJ

KristianJ WITB

Driver: TaylorMade M5 Tour (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Whiteboard 73 X (44.75″)

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (14 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 70 TX (43.25″)

Irons: Mizuno MP18 MMC Fli Hi (3, 4), Mizuno MMC (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 (hardstepped x 1)

Wedges: Cleveland RTX-3 Raw (50-10, 56-11, 60-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper Lite 110 S

Putter: TaylorMade Ardmore 3 Black Copper, 35″

Putter Grip: Super Stroke Pistol

Bag: Titleist 14 way hybrid stand bag

Golf Ball: Taylormade TP5

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

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