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2019 Official Forum Member Review-Ping G410 irons

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Following the huge success of the G400 irons, PING has hit a home run with the striking black and red colors of this iron, as well as a being a bit more streamlined in all the right places.   PING has achieved the rare feat of providing an iron that has a profile appealing to even the most discerning of golfers, but yet still offering the forgiveness and help that higher handicaps look for. 

Follow along with three forum members who have joined staff member Golfspy_Stroker in testing these G410's built to their custom specs over the next 6-8 weeks as they put the irons in play on the course, at the range and provide ongoing commentary throughout the process.

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Testing the irons are:

@ballplayer002003

@GregB135

@Rickp

@GolfSpy Stroker

Note: We're trying something a little different with this test and opening it up for comments, questions, answers, discussion both before and after the members receive the product.  Please feel free to pose any and all questions here to the testers and they will do their best to answer them!  And testers - remember to discuss anything and everything here instead of via PM!

 

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Looking forward to doing my fitting for these.

I've only had one iron fitting and it was for a set of single length irons in February in Rhode Island the day after an 18 inch snowstorm.

It was in a bay and I was hitting out into the range; the bay was NOT heated and I was hitting a white ball into white snow during a cloudy day and I couldn't see the ball at all.

The fitter had a small computer screen and said he could "see the flight" but I had no idea where the ball was going.

Needless to say it was not what I was hoping for from a fitting....

I've been to a demo day for Ping and tried a few of the shaft options there so I'll be curious if the one that was the best for me on that day is the one I end up with....

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Also anxiously awaiting the call for my fitting. 

My current irons were more of an off-the-rack purchase from Hogan, but I did take advantage of their demo program. The Mizuno 850s that were in the bag before these were a full custom fit. Both those irons are more of a player's cavity back than the G410s. 

I am trying to keep an open mind and temper expectations going into the fitting. I will let the fitter do their thing working to find the right combination for me, but I do have some thoughts and questions that I will bring up.

1. I already hit the ball fairly high with my irons, even with the mid-launch loft profile on the Hogan PTx's. I'm worried the high launch engineering in the G410 is going to result in sky high ball flight if we can't configure the right shaft combination.

2. How far down in the set are we being fit to? The lofts on the G410s are even stronger than my Hogan's through the long to mid irons, but match up at PW. If we aren't getting fit to at least UW with these, I'm leery the distance aspect of the G410s will mess with my gapping at the bottom of the bag where it matters more.

3. My normal ball flight is a medium to high slight draw. I did take a look at a set of the G410s during my last walk through of big box store X. While the mid irons looked okay to me, the 5 and especially the 4 iron had A LOT more offset than what I've been playing. I don't want that to turn my slight draw into a monster hook when I need to hit the longer irons.

I played the i10 irons for several years before I bought the Mizzies. They have changed thier fitting matrix since then, but i do have an idea of where I'll probably start out. I went through the nFlight web fitting tool on Ping's website and found something interesting. When I told it I wanted precision from my irons it recommended the i210. Changing that answer to distance I got the G410 recommendation. I will definitely ask the fitter if these are the irons he would put me in if we weren't dedicated to them for the test/review.

It's all gonna be fun!

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I still can't believe I was selected for this.  There were 45 pages of applicants...45!  When I heard the news I was excited yet in the back of my mind I had a few concerns as well.  My first concern...I L.O.V.E. my Mizuno's and I have been playing really well with them.  Do I compare the Ping's to my Mizuno's, or do I just simply demo them and give my overall feedback?

I am a single digit (6 hcp) golfer in Delaware.  By no means would I consider myself above average, however I feel I hit my irons pretty good!  Most hits are center club face.  I too, hit a mid to high ball flight.  These clubs are billed as a game improving set, will they help me or hurt me?  I mean, we can all use more forgiveness in all of our clubs, can we not?!  Generally, game improving clubs tend to get the ball up in the air quicker.  I don't need this.  Will I be able to flight the ball down when needed?

Lastly, there are two lofts offered, one is more strong.  Why would one want this other than ego?  Hell, do I get these and test them, I hit my long irons well and it would be nice to say I hit a 5 iron 230.  I guess I will let the Ping fitter decide.  Let the games begin!!!

 

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In case anyone is curious....there are loft options, one of which is a "power spec loft".

I, too, am curious if this will be for me since I already hit a high ball with a lot of spin.

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So to all the testers...why specifically are you drawn to test the G410s ?  Is there a particular feature that you think will help your game?  Manufacturer reputation?

 

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My draw was toward the increased forgiveness factor. I tend to be what I would call a decent but not great ball striker. If I can maintain my distances and gapping but get tighter dispersion on iron shots then I’ll start scoring lower.
I’m willing to let the fitter figure out the best shaft combination to manage ball flight and see if these clubs can match Ping’s claims of distance with accuracy.


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So to all the testers...why specifically are you drawn to test the G410s ?  Is there a particular feature that you think will help your game?  Manufacturer reputation?
 
MDGolfHacker

At my age (almost 73) looking at G410’s as a game improvement iron that will, with properly fitted shaft gain height and distance lost with diminished swing speed.
I’m sure Ping will hook us up with great fitters that can get all of us into the correct setup.
We have Execs on every corner (30+) so I can get actual course results with the irons.
Should be a lot of fun and it looks like a good mix of different golfers, age and handicap.


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In case anyone is curious....there are loft options, one of which is a "power spec loft".

I, too, am curious if this will be for me since I already hit a high ball with a lot of spin.
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I’m curious about this “Power Loft Spec”. I don’t hit a high ball anymore so maybe this will help me get some height back?


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8 hours ago, GregB135 said:

Also anxiously awaiting the call for my fitting. 

My current irons were more of an off-the-rack purchase from Hogan, but I did take advantage of their demo program. The Mizuno 850s that were in the bag before these were a full custom fit. Both those irons are more of a player's cavity back than the G410s. 

I am trying to keep an open mind and temper expectations going into the fitting. I will let the fitter do their thing working to find the right combination for me, but I do have some thoughts and questions that I will bring up.

1. I already hit the ball fairly high with my irons, even with the mid-launch loft profile on the Hogan PTx's. I'm worried the high launch engineering in the G410 is going to result in sky high ball flight if we can't configure the right shaft combination.

2. How far down in the set are we being fit to? The lofts on the G410s are even stronger than my Hogan's through the long to mid irons, but match up at PW. If we aren't getting fit to at least UW with these, I'm leery the distance aspect of the G410s will mess with my gapping at the bottom of the bag where it matters more.

3. My normal ball flight is a medium to high slight draw. I did take a look at a set of the G410s during my last walk through of big box store X. While the mid irons looked okay to me, the 5 and especially the 4 iron had A LOT more offset than what I've been playing. I don't want that to turn my slight draw into a monster hook when I need to hit the longer irons.

I played the i10 irons for several years before I bought the Mizzies. They have changed thier fitting matrix since then, but i do have an idea of where I'll probably start out. I went through the nFlight web fitting tool on Ping's website and found something interesting. When I told it I wanted precision from my irons it recommended the i210. Changing that answer to distance I got the G410 recommendation. I will definitely ask the fitter if these are the irons he would put me in if we weren't dedicated to them for the test/review.

It's all gonna be fun!

Greg.  I am a high ball height hitter as well but the AWT 2.0 shafts actually hit lower than my PE2's with the ZZ-lite.  I'm sure they'll match you up with a suitable shaft.

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44 minutes ago, Rickp said:


I’m curious about this “Power Loft Spec”. I don’t hit a high ball anymore so maybe this will help me get some height back?


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Rick.  The power loft will do the opposite.  They are designed to gain distance. My fitter strongly recommended against the power loft option, said it would very likely create excessive yardage gaps... ymmv.  I suspect it will be shaft selection/match that will dictate your optimum ball height.

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Rick.  The power loft will do the opposite.  They are designed to gain distance. My fitter strongly recommended against the power loft option, said it would very likely create excessive yardage gaps... ymmv.  I suspect it will be shaft selection/match that will dictate your optimum ball height.

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I had Ping G10 years ago and gamed them for years.  They were easy to hit and very forgiving.  I went away from Ping for a while and I feel in that time Ping lost a lot of luster for me.  Nothing exciting from them as far as woods and irons.  The past few years, it seems as if Ping is swinging for the fences now and hitting homeruns!  They have put out great products lately with a lot of distance and forgiveness.  I think we all want that!  My Mizuno's feel amazing, no other iron has felt better to me...EVER.  Can they be more forgiving, of course.  Can they be longer, you bet.  I am not brand loyal.  I will hit whatever performs the best for me.  It doesn't even have to feel the best.  Case in point, this year I was fitted for a driver.  I ended up with the Epic Flash Sub Zero.  The numbers were way better than any other driver (and I hit them all).  However, the best FEELING driver I thought was the Titleist TS2.  Now, after a season, I have become accustomed to the "feel" of the Callaway.  If the numbers are there, I will game them.  If not, I will give my honest opinion about them.  I am interested in seeing what shaft option they put me in as well.  

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On 9/18/2019 at 7:35 AM, GolfSpy Stroker said:

I've gamed my one-length irons off and on for the last couple years.  They're fine but I'm ready to move back to something conventional.

Iron design has come a long way in a short time and now we have Super Game Improvement, Game Improvement, Players, Blades, Players Distance and any other 2 words you want to pair together.  

I've been to a few demo days with multiple OEMs in attendance (Mizuno, Ping, Titleist, Srixon etc.) and I've hit the g410s next to some of the others.  I'll be honest - I was smitten with the JPX 919s.... but I need to be honest with myself.  

I'm not a great player but I can make it around the course and I need something with a bit more forgiveness and when I tried those Pings I just couldn't get over how the dispersion was.  I was hitting a 150 yard green within a 30 foot circle pretty regularly.... at one demo day I must have hit about 100 balls because I just couldn't believe it.  There was the occasional mishit when tried to 'go for it' but for the most part these were just spot on.  And I'm sure I wasn't in the middle of the club every time.

I like the fact that they are somewhat in between that "game improvement" and "players" category.  Smaller head, thinner topline... blah, blah, blah.  I also like the matte gray finish.

I'm looking forward to improving my scores with these.  My off the tee game isn't bad, my chipping is so-so, my putting is trash (haha), but I feel like I lose a few strokes due to my iron play.  I've been told that the shafts I have now aren't correct and that may have something to do with it.

Sounds pretty familiar, but for me inconsistency with the driver and 3w, and coming up short with a PW 9/10 were my weaknesses.  The G410P driver and G400 3w have much improved, and the G410 irons are an improvement as well.  As I've stated before, collectively, they have moved my handicap down at least 2 strokes (playing closer to 12 now).  I think my opportunity for finally reaching single digit lies more with my chipping and putting.  Most tell me that part of my game looks good, but I really think that is the focus area at this point.  

I too like the Mizuno's and went back n' forth on which to get for several weeks. The numbers were really close as was their feel. In my case, it was just the long relationship playing PING that won the day.  Plus, having had such a fantastic result with the G410 driver, likely factored into my decision.

More so than most, I'm really looking forward to these reviews.  In particular what shafts you all get fitted too and what your swing speed/mechanics are.  Please share that information with us.  Have fun!

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2nd round in the bag with the G410's with 2 consecutive 56% GIR (38% GIR on the season) performances including 7/9 on the back after poor striking on the front. Excited to see if that can go even higher on an easy course Sunday. Used the 9 iron and wedges around the green for the first time, you can definitely notice the speed off the face on touch shots. 

Quickly turned into a believer on the value of getting fit... Probably need to sneak in a driver fitting before winter hits. 

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21 minutes ago, BMart519 said:

2nd round in the bag with the G410's with 2 consecutive 56% GIR (38% GIR on the season) performances including 7/9 on the back after poor striking on the front. Excited to see if that can go even higher on an easy course Sunday. Used the 9 iron and wedges around the green for the first time, you can definitely notice the speed off the face on touch shots. 

Quickly turned into a believer on the value of getting fit... Probably need to sneak in a driver fitting before winter hits. 

Lucky you!

...can't wait until we hear back and are able to get our fittings.

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Guys, congratulations again for getting chosen to do this review. I think every one of you will do a fantastic job and be a great ambassador for MyGolfSpy and Ping. I'm really liking the new review template and think it should be interesting, especially the part about bringing the PM conversations out here. Some great discussions take place there and sharing them here is brilliant.

I'm curious to see if any of you will be fit for a different loft designation than what you believe you will. In any case, the Ping fitters did a great job in the long game gapping review.



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My first fitting I was a yellow dot.

My second one I was a black dot.

Wonder if it will be another color this time???  😃

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My first fitting I was a yellow dot.
My second one I was a black dot.
Wonder if it will be another color this time???  
Red dot...maybe? As long as they don't go maroon or gold.

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