Ping’s new G410 fairway woods are designed to deliver faster ball speeds, more distance and accuracy. Ping continues the tradition of familiar technology with an adjustable club head and claims a penetrating ball flight in their new fairway wood.
Ping designed the G410 fairway clubface for higher impact on the face, resulting in faster ball speed and lower spin. Center of Gravity is strategically placed forward of the previous G400 to help launch higher with faster speed and more forgiveness. Tungsten weight is positioned at the back of the club for additional stability and forgiveness.
The extremely thin and strong face, engineered from C300 maraging steel, is responsible for increasing ball speed, peak height and distance. G410 fairway woods utilize Ping’s Trajectory Tuning 2.0 adjustable hosel with eight different settings, including +/- 1.5 degrees of loft or altering the lie angle by up to 3 degrees.
Ping offers G410 fairway woods in 14.5* 3 wood, 17.5* 5 wood, 20.5* 7 wood and 23.5* 9 wood. Standard length begins at 43” in the 3 wood and decreases an additional ½” in each clubhead as loft increases. Stock options for fairway woods begin at D1 swing weight for all models.
Ping Alta CB Red 65 is the standard stock fairway wood shaft option available in four flex options. The 61 gram Soft Regular offers high launch, 63 gram Regular is mid high launch, 67 gram Stiff produces mid launch while the 71 gram X-Stiff creates mid launch characteristics.
Players looking to really dial in launch characteristics can take advantage of several aftermarket shafts available at no upcharge including Ping Tour 65, Ping Tour 75, Project X EvenFlow Black 85 and Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 70. Stock grip remains Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet or 360 Tour Velvet Cord.
Ping’s G410 fairway is a slight modification from the previous G400. The flat black finish and four turbulators make it indistinguishable for a Ping fairway. The dark, forged face with white groove lines frames the ball at address. Even better is the shallow face that instills confidence of launching the ball in the air from the tightest lie.
Visually, the black, red and silver elevate the fairway from the bland color scheme of the previous G400. The tungsten weight is visible on the sole at the back of the club head. I could easily put the G410 fairway in my bag, aesthetically, it looks very eye pleasing and easy to hit at address.
I tested the Ping G410 17.5* 5-wood with the stock Alta CB Red 65 stiff with standard length, lie angle and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 Grip. All testing uses TaylorMade TP5 golf ball and Foresight GC2-HMT to reduce additional variables.
Impact produces a solid crack on the club face. You can feel where you hit the ball on the face, however, contact with the G410 is extremely forgiving and easy to hit. Ball speed is really good with an average 138.7 mph and peak 141.7 mph. As a result of my swing, launch angle might be slightly low at 12.7* launch and average backspin rate of 2908 rpm. The average peak height on shots reached 28.3 yards, slightly higher than the 3-hybrid while slightly under the peak trajectory of the driver. Shots descended with an average 37.3* descent angle and rolled out a projected 20.3 yards per shot. Carry distance is relatively good at 225.1 yards with a total distance of 245.3 yards. The overall carry and roll distance is a consistent gap between a 3-hybrid and 3-wood.
Consistency in the G410 is exceptional, it actually outperformed the 3-hybrid in dispersion. Side spin averaged 127 rpm with a right to left ball flight while average shot was only 3.5 yards right of the target. The worst shot was only 21 yards off the target line, the G410 does a great job of keeping you in play. I teed a few shots up after I finished original testing and the fairway is a great alternative on the tee rather than hitting driver. If you want to hit fairways, hit the G410 fairway woods.
Better Value Fairway Wood
Players on a budget can pick up the previous model, G400 at a ridiculous price of only $179, a full $80 less than the current G410. G400 fairways are very similar in look, feel and performance to the current G410. If you are looking for more performance out of the shaft, unfortunately G400 only offers Alta shaft at the base price. Other shaft options carry an additional charge.
I have always enjoyed the traditional shallow face on Ping fairway woods. In my opinion, the clubs look great, offer confidence at address and are very easy to hit. Ping G410 fairway woods are ideal for players of all ability levels with a solid mix of distance and forgiveness. The fairways retail price is firmly between most competitors at $259 each.