The Ping G410 Crossover is the third generation of the hybrid style iron that started with the Ping G Crossover.
This 'category' of club was supposed to bridge the gap you probably didn't realise you had between your hybrids and your irons. I would probably have put it in the driving iron category, even though the two previous versions looked more like hybrids.
However with the G410 Crossover, Ping has made more of a distinction between their hybrids by making it more of a iron shape than the previous G400 Crossover.
The hollow head is still made from 17-4 stainless steel with a stronger Maraging Steel face insert to maximise ball speeds.
Inside the hollow head Ping has added internal ribs that connect the sole to the crown to stiffen the body to improve the sound, feel and performance.
Whilst the sound at impact is still hollow, the G410 Crossover is a little sharper sounding than the G400.
The head is 6.3mm or 0.25 inches shorter than the Ping G400 Crossover Hybrid and that highlights the iron style design that Ping has created to appeal to better players.
At address the G410 Crossover looks much more like an iron than before, with a thinner topline and the classy Hydropearl finish that Ping has been putting on their irons since the Ping iBlades in 2016, having first introduced it on the original Ping Glide wedge the year before.
The sole features a 30-gram dual density tungsten weight in the toe that is twice the size of the one in the G400.
This helps to move the CG point more towards the centre of the club and reduces the amount of face twisting on off centre hits to improve the forgiveness.
The G410 Crossover comes with a Ping Alta CB shaft, which is counterbalanced to improve accuracy and club head speed by putting more weight towards the grip end of the shaft.
It is the same shaft that is in the Ping G410 Hybrid, so if you are using them both then they will blend together well in the set.
However I am not sure there will be many players who will do this as the differences became clear when I compared them on GC2 with Titleist Pro V1x balls.
As you would expect, the Hybrid launched the ball higher with more spin and that reduced the distance a little compared to the Crossover. It was also noticeable how much extra ball speed the Crossover delivered, so the internal ribs must be doing their job.
Ping G410 Crossover Hybrid Verdict
Before you all rush out and buy a Crossover on the numbers, remember it is a less forgiving head and you will need a driver swing speed of around 90 mph+ to get the most out of this club.
If you are slower than this, then the Ping G410 hybrid would probably be a better option. Going through a Ping fitting session will help you make the right choices at the top of your bag for your swing.
Compared to the previous Crossovers, the G410 is much more defined as a standalone club. It is like a larger version of a Ping i500 iron, which is exactly what is required for better players - a little bit more forgiveness and speed from a club that behaves like an iron.
The price does make it a look like a very expensive iron. However you are getting the best of both worlds, with an iron style head on a graphite shaft that looks much sleeker than the previous chunky looking Crossovers.
The G410 Crossover only comes in 17°, 20° and 23° options and I can see low handicappers and elite players being all over the 2 and 3 iron versions.
Apart from a low lofted game improvement iron, there are not many quality, proper driving irons out there in the market and therefore Ping G410 not only fills a gap, but leads the way in this sector.