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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.

ping-g410-face

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

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  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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Jordan Spieth what’s in the bag accurate as of the Valero Texas Open.

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95 X Hybrid

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F, 52-08F, 56-10S), Vokey Proto (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.0 (6.5 in 46)

 

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Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0

Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

 

 

 

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Equipment rewind: A deep dive into the Cleveland HiBore driver legacy

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I have always been fascinated by product development, specifically the development of unconventional products. Now in the world of golf clubs, one of the most unconventional designs ever introduced was the Cleveland HiBore driver, which during its lifespan, experienced tremendous success through a number of generations, including the HiBore XL, XLS, and finally, the Monster XLS, which, as you may remember, hid the acronym “MOI” on the sole, alluding to its massive level of forgiveness.

As a golfer, I played the original HiBore, along with the XL Tour for a period of time and was always curious about the story behind the “scooped out crown.” In a search for answers, I reached out to Cleveland-Srixon to get the lowdown on the HiBore and discuss where it sits in the pantheon of drivers.

Ryan Barath: Considering how engineers are continuing to do everything they can to increase MOI and push the center of gravity low and deep in driver heads, it feels like the original HiBore and the subsequent models were well ahead of their time from a design perspective. 

It makes logical sense the best way to save weight from the crown is to make the crown “disappear” compared to traditionally shaped drivers, am I correct in assuming that?

Cleveland design team: You nailed it.

At the time of the HiBore, there were really only two solutions to create a low and deep center of gravity:

    1. Make the crown lighter – by either replacing the crown with a lighter-weight material such as a graphite composite or magnesium or by thinning out the material on the crown. Thinner crowns were possible thanks to advances in casting technology and using etching techniques to remove material.
    2. Make the driver shallower – this change in geometry created a very forgiving low profile design, but the downside to this was that you ended up with a very small face that looked intimidating compared to the larger-faced drivers on the market.

The HiBore took a new approach and inverted the crown geometry so that all the crown weight was moved lower. By inverting the crown the HiBore design allowed for a very long and flat sole, therefore there was space in the head that was really low and deep to put the weight.

The HiBore was really the first driver to eliminate, or nearly eliminate the tapered skirt. Almost every modern driver in the market is inspired by the HiBore in that respect. It was a two-part solution where we lowered the weight of the crown and simultaneously created a low/deep location to put any extra mass.

The lower and deeper CG of the HiBore improved launch conditions significantly, but also made the driver much more consistent across the entire face. The deep CG increased MOI resulting in tighter dispersion since the sweet spot was in the center of the face. Misses both low and high performed exceptionally as opposed to having a small hot spot high on the face.

RB: In every conversation I have ever had with engineers, there is always this give-and-take mentality from a design perspective to get to the final iteration. Was there anything that was given up or sacrificed for overall performance with this design?

Cleveland design team: The hardest part about the HiBore design was the sound. Prior to the HiBore, internal ribbing in a hollow golf club head was nearly unheard of. To make the HiBore sound acceptable, we had to design a ribbing structure to control the sound and design an entirely new manufacturing process to produce those internal ribs. To this day, most drivers include some form of internal ribbing to control sound or improve ball speed and that ribbing technology can be traced back to the HiBore.

In terms of tradeoffs, the major one was the low spin nature of the driver made it more difficult for low spin players to use. If a golfer is already low spin, this club would be too low and drives would just fall out of the air. Low spin golfers tend to be low spin because they hit the ball high on the face. Since we lowered the sweet spot, a high face impact was further from the sweet spot so ball speed fell as compared to a higher CG driver. Fortunately for us, in that era most golfers were fighting too much spin or way too much spin, this wasn’t a real issue.

RB: Do you have any final words on the HiBore drivers and the legacy they have left behind?

Cleveland design team: We are very proud of the HiBore driver family and the success it had at the time, but we are also proud of its legacy.

In the same way that you can trace nearly every modern band back to the Beatles or Led Zeppelin, you can trace nearly every modern driver back to HiBore either through the internal structure that is prolific across modern drivers, or the long, flat sole that is a must-have in a high-performance driver.

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals who all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing, including equipment or, in this case, a sweet set of irons!

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for Tiger Woods spec’d TaylorMade P7TW irons, or as they are also known: the GOAT irons.

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade P7TW **TIGER SPECS* 3-PW

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules.

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