The Ping G410 Hybrid is Ping’s first entry into the adjustable hybrid market. Although they took longer to release the adjustable hybrid, it was well worth the wait with one of the best looking and performing hybrids available. The larger design and faster ball speeds translate into longer and straighter shots.
Ping enlarged the G410 hybrid club head for added stability and increased MOI by 6.5%. Reshaping the club head is designed to help align the face to the target while crown turbulators frame the ball at address. Ping’s Trajectory Tuning 2.0 hosel sleeve allows eight possible adjustment positions that allows +/- 1.5* of loft and up to 3* flatter from standard lie position.
Ping positioned tungsten weight in the back of the club for improved perimeter weighting resulting in more forgiveness. The G410 hybrid’s thin, maraging-steel face creates faster ball speeds and more distance.
The Ping G410 hybrid is available in six different loft combinations beginning with 17* 2-hybrid through 30* 6-hybrid. Each club allows you to alter loft by +/- 1.5*. The standard swing weight on each hybrid is D1.
G410 hybrids are meant to take the place of their respective numerical iron, meaning the 2-hybrid replaces a 2-iron while the 6-hybrid replaces a six iron. If you prefer to swing a hybrid rather than fairway wood, the 2-hybrid replaces a 5-wood, 3 hybrid replaces a 7-wood and 4-hybrid replaces a 9-wood.
The stock shaft for G410 hybrid is Alta CB 70 Red. Alta CB is available in high launch Soft Regular (76 grams), mid-high launch Regular (73 grams), mid launch Stiff (76 grams) and low launch X-Stiff (79 grams).
For the player that needs more out of the shaft Ping also provides additional aftermarket shafts at no upcharge including Ping Tour 85, Project X Evenflow Black 85, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue in either 70 or 80 options. Ping let’s you choose Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 or 360 Cord as a stock grip option.
The larger size of the G410 hybrid offers plenty of confidence. The top line looks very straight without any curvature. Four turbulators are positioned at the top line of the crown that run about a quarter of the crown back to the trail of the club head.
The entire club head is a flat black color scheme with a few silver and red highlights on the sole. The tungsten weight is visible on the sole located at the back of the club. The overall head design squares the face up with the target for a great look at address. When you look close you can see the club face has a textured finish that is meant to reduce spin. The painted white grooves also provide a nice contrast at address.
I tested 19* Ping G410 (3) Hybrid with the stock Alta CB 70 Red stiff shaft, standard length in the standard sleeve adjustment with Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 Grip. All testing uses TaylorMade TP5 golf ball and Foresight GC2-HMT to reduce additional variables.
I really like the G410 hybrid, it’s a solid performer with great feel. The lighter weight makes it easy to feel the club at address while someone who prefers a heavier weight could try some of the other shaft offerings.
Testing yielded some really solid performance statistics, beginning with an average 134.3 mph ball speed and launch of 13.3*. The average backspin is 2661 rpm with a peak height of 26.3 yards and average descent angle maintained 35.4*. The 19* 3 hybrid is meant to replace a 3-iron, and the average carry distance is very generous at an average 217.5 yards.
Gapping from 3-hybrid to 4-iron is consistent. I had a few big misses left and right of my target. Several shots were right down the target line, potentially one of the heavier and firmer aftermarket stock shafts would help dispersion.
Impact produces a quiet, dull sound yet the larger club head made it easy to find the middle of the club face. Even the shots to the right and left still found the center of the club face. It might not be the longest hybrid available, contact feels smooth, looks visually appealing and could produce consistent contact.
Despite a few big misses, I really like the gapping and could really see myself putting the G410 hybrid in my bag. I could easily get comfortable and groove the club to fit my swing.
How to Save $50
If you are on a budget and looking for a bargain check out the previous model G400 hybrid listed at a price of $169. Visually, the shape and design of G400 is not much different than G410. The color scheme is a little different, yet G400 products were fantastic performers with minimal changes so picking up the previous season’s product will provide little difference in playability and appearance.
Normal price on the G410 hybrid falls in the middle of many competitors. With a price tag of $219, there are several models more expensive and a handful that fall below the $219 threshold. The club looks appealing and performs well, if you are in the market for a new hybrid give the G410 a few swings.