How to adjust your Ping G410 Plus driver
The G410 Plus driver from Ping is their first to feature an adjustable weighting system in the head. It also features a newly engineered hosel which is now adjustable through eight positions delivering loads of adjustability to dial in this driver to the best settings for you.
Suppose this is your first time owning an adjustable driver - a quick word on the opening and locking mechanisms of the screws and weight pad. To open or loosen either you place the wrench into the top of the screw and turn anti-clockwise. To tighten and fix back in place you turn it clockwise, and when fully tightened, there will be an audible "CLICK" to let you know the sleeve is safely locked in place and avoid over-tightening.
Where to start?
The best place to start is with the adjustable technology which is going to make the biggest impact and in the G410 driver it is the 16-gram adjustable weight in the back. By default, this screw will be in the centre position, which will be best to hit straight shots, but it can be loosened and moved to either the heel or toe position.
If you undo the screw and reattach the weight in the heel position, it will give the G410 Plus driver a draw bias. Ping say over the length of an average drive with the weight in the heel position, there will be 10-yards of draw. Consider using this setting if you suffer from a constant slice or want to eliminate the golf course's right side.
Conversely, if you loosen the weight and reattach it in the toe position, we are now setting the driver up to fade the ball. So if you're hooking your tee shots, try the weight in this position and see if you get some correction - with a 10-yard fade effect, you should notice a difference.
It's worth noting at this point that the G410 Plus has a huge moment of inertia rating, over 9000, so wherever you place the weight, it is a very forgiving and easy to hit - so don't be afraid to experiment.
The newly engineered hosel, or Trajectory Tuning 2.0 Adjustable Loft Sleeve to give its real title, allows you to change the loft by 3-degrees - increasing or decreasing the loft 1.5-degrees.
When it leaves the factory, the driver will be in the neutral setting. The little white arrow lines up with the big zero on the hosel, meaning this driver plays at the loft which is stamped on the head.
When you unscrew the driver's head and remove the shaft, the symbols you see on the hosel correspond to the loft and lie settings we can choose.
Changing the loft
To increase loft, line up the arrow with the small plus to add 1-degree of loft, or line up with the big plus to add 1.5-degrees of loft. Adding loft to the driver raises the balls trajectory and the spin rate imparted by the driver, which means a little less distance but a more stable ball flight.
To lower the loft, you have the choice of the small minus which is 1-degree less or the big minus which 1.5-degrees less. A lower loft means a lower trajectory and spin rate of the golf ball through the air down resulting in longer drives with a little less forgiveness.
On the back of the hosel there are three more 'flat' setting you can choose. By choosing the zero setting and reattaching the head, the driver will play the stated loft, but the club will lie flatter at address. There is also the option of going plus or minus 1-degree with a flat setting.
Why would you use flat settings?
Not all golfers are the same - some players at address may not be as tall as others, some may like to have their hands lower, and a flat setting works better for them. Clubfitters often also use flat settings as an anti draw mechanism. It's very difficult to hook a drive in one of these flat settings.
Is it for you?
If you are a Ping fan and like the idea of adjustability and tuning your driver, this is a terrific option for you. It's incredibly easy to experiment as before all the adjustability this is a very forgiving driver.
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