What should I play? The hybrid or crossover? Why hit the hybrid? Why hit the crossover? What type of golfer are they for? As explained by our lead fitter, Jon Pannone:
Typically, the hybrid is for the the player looking for maximum hight and steeper descent angle. Meanwhile, the Cossover (XR) is for the player looking for more off the tee driving iron with lower trajectory and a touch more roll-out.
In our fitting studio, we put these two clubs in a head-to-head test!
|Club||PING G410 Hybrid||PING G410 Crossover (XR)||Difference|
|Loft||#3 - 19º||#3 - 20º||+/- 1º|
|Shaft||EvenFlow Black 6.0||EvenFlow Black 6.0|
**Note - There is a slight variance in the loft (1º difference) and in length (.5" difference). Nothing can be done here, PING does not make identical clubs, so this is the closest comparison we could make.
|Club||PING G410 Hybrid||PING G410 Crossover (XR)|
|Total||246 (+17 yards roll)||<- +10.5yards||235.5 (+15 yards roll)|
|Club Speed||99.9 MPH||<- +4.4 MPH||95.5 MPH|
|Ball Speed||141 MPH||<- +3.5MPH||137.5 MPH|
|Smash Factor||1.42||+.02 ->||1.44|
|Spin (Average)||3,479||+/- 4 MPH||3,483|
|Launch Angle (Average)||13º||+/- .5º||12.5º|
|Descent Angle (Average)||42.6º||+/- 1.6º||41º|
|Height (Apex)||98.5'||+/- 8'||90.5'|
You can make an argument that the variance in club specifications make up for the difference in performance numbers. If that is the case, these two clubs compare very similarly.. So, it all comes down to what you prefer. You're not loosing any performance on the table by choosing one over the other. Which one suits your game? That's your decision... We do want to make note of the Crossovers' new look. WAY BETTER than the G400 Crossover (XR), the biggest complaint being how chunky it looked, and for a low-handicap player, not at all what they where looking for. The NEW PING G410 Crossover (XR) has a great new look, and feels just as good. The hybrid, is still just a hybrid. Its solid feeling, solid sounding, and performs, well, like a hybrid! Overall, we thought PING did a great job with both clubs.
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