Sub70 845 Pro – Official MGS Forum Review by Shapotomous
I am thankful to be chosen for testing and looking forward to see how this driver compares to my custom weighted G410+ with an Accra shaft upgrade (especially in the spin #’s and its impact on distance & accuracy). I’ve been playing over 50 years (still waiting for my first HIO by the way) and currently around a 5 handicap. I’ve been getting out about twice per week – a 9 hole league and as many as I can get in on a weekend evening. I moved to the G410 from a G10 in late 2019. I liked the G10 so much I stuck with Ping & experimented with a couple shafts, loft / lie adjustments and head weights to settle on the current version of the gamer.
With a warm weather comfortable swing speed about 105, usually carrying about 240 and pretty straight, the driver doesn’t get me in much trouble and I consider it a strength of my game on the courses & tees I usually play. A small draw or fade will be prevalent for the round depending how my back feels and I play it rather than trying to fight it. Keeping it in play at about 250 yds is my #1 priority, I don’t swing at 100% to gain an extra 15 yards at the expense of accuracy. I am stubbornly ignoring the oft quoted length statistics so that I stay out of the trees at 275! I don’t mind aiming over a hazard or a few trees if I know the carry number is below my normal 240. A few years ago some disk issues in my lower back had robbed me of some distance and playing time. Thankfully through stretching and light workouts and equipment advances I’ve been able to turn the clock back about 10 years in how it feels and got back that distance.
My miss is an infrequent over the top pull. I think it generally shows up if my top half gets ahead of my bottom half. It doesn’t play favorites and can happen on occasion with woods, hybrids or irons (maybe even the putter ).
If a par 5 is about 500 I can usually get on in two if my drive gets a little friendly roll to it. Usually a 7i thru pw will get me onto the par 4’s on the courses & tees I play. At times some young punk will drag me to the back tees and the 5 & 6 irons & hybrids get used quite a bit more on the par 4’s.
I have a small synthetic putting green in the backyard but ironically putting can be a weakness if I don’t play a lot. For me green reading breaks and speed have to be ‘played’ rather than ‘practiced’ in the backyard. The practice green is fast and flat so it’s good for dialing in a consistent stroke but not developing touch so I get too mechanical. This backyard green has turned 45 – 65 yard wedges shots into a strength as thousands of balls have been hit to it so those distances are in my DNA now.
I couldn't find an assistant but after a few times with bad camera aim, I have this one from tonights testing...
Modern Bag: Ping G410+ 9*, Accra TourZ X265 M5; Snake Eyes 15*, 18* & 23* Hybrids; Mizuno JPX 900 Forged 5 - PW, PX LZ 6.0; Cleveland Tour Action 49*, 53*, 57*; PX LZ 6.5 ; Ping Heppler Fetch; Ball - Snell MTB-X; Bag - Sun Mountain H2NO
Classic Bag: Driver - Wilson Staff Persimmon; 3w - Hogan Speed Slot; 5w - Wilson Staff Tour Block; 3 - pw - Staff Dynapower; sw - Ram Tom Watson; putter - bullseye standard or flange.