Ping G410 LST

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Editor’s Conclusion
Is the PING G410 LST the most exciting club on the market? Probably not. It doesn’t have the fascinating technological stories of some offerings from Cobra or Callaway and perhaps doesn’t carry the same sex appeal and glamour of Taylormade. But does that matter?

Not at all. Because what the G410 LST does is PERFORM. It’s a great-looking club aimed at slightly better players, or at least those with higher ball speeds and a more consistent strike pattern. But if you’ve got the swing to use it, you’ll find the G410 LST can more than keep up with any club out there in terms of distance, feel, and consistency.

Key Features

In reviewing the Ping G410 LST, you’re going to hear a lot of the same stuff that you hear from other premium drivers. There’s none of the Callaway or Cobra-inspired AI supercomputer work going on. There’s no Twist Face, or Speed Face, or any of that molded face technology many other brands are working with.

In fact, the only really new thing that Ping has added when compared to previous models is an adjustable weight at the back. This is the first time that Ping has incorporated such technology (interestingly, at the same time, Taylormade has taken it out!). Still, it’s been around in other drivers for about fifteen years.

Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Often, brands put tonnes of money into marketing their ‘new, groundbreaking innovation,’ which then drives the price of the club up even though the average golfer will see little to no impact. What Ping does, and has done here, is just looking to refine their manufacturing technique. They make good drivers, they always have, so why go for huge changes when there’s no need to do so?

So in this Ping driver, much of the same technology can be found in other models. A high-density tungsten weight at the back of the club promotes high launch - in the LST (Low Spin Technology) version, it has been moved ever so slightly forward of Ping’s previous models, leading to a spin reduction of 200 to 400 rpm (according to Ping’s testing). High launch plus low spin equals distance, of course.

That weight is moveable - Ping’s only real innovation in this club - meaning you can set the club up to promote a draw, a fade, or a straight ball flight.

The weight is also positioned at the extreme boundary of the club to increase the MOI - ‘Moment of Inertia,’ essentially how stable the club is through impact. High MOI means higher ball speed and more forgiveness, exactly what you want from your big stick. As well as the adjustable weight, the G410 LST also uses an ‘eight lobe Trajectory Tuning’ sleeve, which allows loft adjustments of up to 1.5 degrees up and down, as well as adjusting the lie angle to up to three degrees flatter than standard.

On top of this, the G410 LST has Ping’s ‘High-Speed Face,’ which is precision forged to create a thin, light, and high-speed impact zone for maximum distance. A cool little detail is that the face has a slightly rougher texture, which reduces spin. Inside the club, the G410 LST uses Ping’s patented ‘Dragonfly Technology.’ This stabilizes and strengthens the club, allowing them to use an ultra-thin crown and reduce weight.

That weight is then shifted to the extreme boundaries of the clubhead, increasing MOI by a further 3%.

Looks & Feel

The Ping G410 LST fits very neatly into the lineup of Ping drivers, so if you like the look of their previous offerings, you’ll love this one, too. It’s straightforward in terms of the cosmetics, black and grey with a tiny splash of red, so if you like your drivers understated and sleek, this should really appeal.

It has the speed fins on the crown of the clubhead that Ping has utilized in a lot of recent clubs - whether they actually make any difference to performance is unclear, but I think they look cool and also can be a real help with alignment as they slant in towards the center of the clubhead.

In terms of shape, this isn’t the biggest driver on the market - it’s a 450CC head rather than the maximum legal 460CC - so it should appeal to slightly better players and those who are a bit more confident in their driving. Its profile is smaller, more rounded, and slightly pear-shaped, which helps to increase clubhead speed and also makes the driver a bit more workable than something bigger and deeper.

Again, this is great if you’re someone looking for maximum performance out of a driver. Still, if you struggle a bit for consistency, something a little more confidence-inspiring and with a bit more forgiveness might be a better option.

This is also a powerful feeling club. It’s a bit louder than some of the deader carbon-sounding drivers on the market, which is really down to personal preference. But that loud ‘crack’ it makes at impact, plus a solid thumping feeling from the face, definitely makes this driver feel long and dangerous in your hands.

Overall Performance

Here’s the thing about Ping drivers and the G410 LST specifically: they work. This is a really fantastic golf club, despite not having the same X-Factor and sex appeal as some of its competitors. For a comparatively smaller clubhead, the forgiveness is excellent - even poor strikes saw not much drop off in distance or direction - and it is long.

Not ridiculously long, and it doesn’t shout about it as much as something like the SIM2, which is literally designed to be a missile launcher. But, quietly, sneakily, this can really keep up with anything on the market right now.

You need to have the ability to hit it - there is a regular non-low spinning version as well, which might be a better option for a larger variety of golfers - but if you’ve got the clubhead speed and consistency, you’ll see great results out of the G410 LST.