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Ping adjusts with the times

Ping’s 2019 product introductions feature the company’s trademark forgiveness and have added a degree of adjustability that Ping clubs haven’t known before.

The G410 Plus driver leads the line for Ping, following the successful launch of the G400 and G400 Max drivers, which were billed as the most forgiving drivers the company had ever created.

The G410 Plus is the first Ping driver that is adjustable for left or right shot direction. It has three positions (draw, neutral, fade) that can be attained by moving the ultra-high density tungsten back weight toward the heel or toe. The company says that moving the weight can influence the shot direction by 10 yards, or 20 yards of correction between draw and fade.

The G410 SFT (Straight Flight Technology) has a fixed weight on the outer boundary of the clubhead and more center of gravity toward the heel that the company says will straighten out slices, which are the bane of the existence of higher handicap golfers.

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The G410 Plus is available in lofts of 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees. The G410 SFT is available in 10.5 degrees. The Alta CB Red, a 55-gram counterweighted shaft, is stock for both G410 drivers.

The G410 fairway woods also have eight loft and lie adjustments in the hosel sleeve and Ping engineers positioned the low-back CG slightly forward of the G400 model to deliver more energy from the shallower face while providing greater stability. The G410 fairway woods come in three models – standard, SFT and LST (low spin).

The fairway woods are available in lofts that range from 14.5 degrees for a 3-wood to 22 degrees for a 7-wood. The Alta CB 65 is the stock shaft.

The hosel adjustability follows to the G410 hybrids, which has the same eight loft and lie adjustments as the drivers and fairway woods. It’s Ping’s first adjustable hybrids. Thinner and more flexible, the maraging-steel face generates faster ball speeds and higher launch. A larger profile and high-density back weight provide added stability and elevate MOI for more forgiveness.

The hybrids are available from a 2-hybrid (17 degrees) to a 6-hybrid (30 degrees). The Alta CB Red 70 is the stock shaft.

Ping engineers took up the challenge of making an iron with maximum forgiveness and distance in a smaller shape. The result is the G410 irons, which are smaller and have 10 percent less offset than the G400. The company says the G410s are the most forgiving iron of its size.

More distance is created by a more flexible, free-moving face that generates more speed and a higher launch. And more forgiveness is created by a new face and cavity structure that moves additional weight to the perimeter.

The wedges in the G410 line – PW, UW, SW and LW – are built with grooves like Ping’s Glide 2.0. The grooves are precision machined with a sharper edge radius, increasing interaction with the cover of the ball at impact and creating more friction for improved spin and trajectory control.

Ping’s proprietary AWT shaft is the stock steel shaft for the G410 irons, while the Alta CB Red is the stock graphite offering.


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Mike Purkey has written about golf for more than 30 years for a number of publications, including Golf Magazine and Global Golf Post. He lives in Charlotte, N.C.

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