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I had my local pro shop install a Ping adapter in my Ventus Black 7X. Much to my surprise it turns out that my G425 Max head won't fit it (my fairway wood doesn't either). It looks a bit different than the adapter on my other driver shaft, Ventus Blue. Did they install a fake one? I've attached a photo below. The one one the left is the one installed by the proshop (the one that doesn't fit).

 

 

 

 

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Could be an old one, Ping did change the adapter when the G410 came out, few more options on it. 

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Just now, scoobanny said:

It's not a G400 adapter. Previous adapters have different fonts, and different values printed on them.

 

I'd then go back to the pro shop, say it doesn't fit, show them and ask for another to be installed. Also to make sure that fits first. 

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37 minutes ago, AzRoger said:

Any chance they put a G425 hybrid adapter on by mistake?

I'm pretty sure hybrid adapters have the number "0.370" printed on them. This one doesn't. Also, installing a hybrid adapter on a driver shaft would normally require putting on a shim - this driver shaft is 0.335" tip.

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2 hours ago, scoobanny said:

Hi there!

 

I had my local pro shop install a Ping adapter in my Ventus Black 7X. Much to my surprise it turns out that my G425 Max head won't fit it (my fairway wood doesn't either). It looks a bit different than the adapter on my other driver shaft, Ventus Blue. Did they install a fake one? I've attached a photo below. The one one the left is the one installed by the proshop (the one that doesn't fit).

 

 

 

 

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What exactly do you mean it doesn't fit?  If you mean the adapter doesn't seat all the way, then that's a common issue with aftermarket adapters.  See pic below.  Left is an OEM Ping adapter, right is an aftermarket adapter.  The one on the right looks like it's not inserted as far but functions just the same.

 

Chances are your shop got a bunch of aftermarket adapters vs paying for OEM adapters.

 

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There is no rule that pro shops or any builders have to install oem adapters unless they say they do. In fact it’s UNFORTUNATELY (since I think they’re trash) widely accepted to use aftermarket china adapters since oems are so expensive in comparison. 
 

 

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16 hours ago, third-times-a-charm said:

There is no rule that pro shops or any builders have to install oem adapters unless they say they do. In fact it’s UNFORTUNATELY (since I think they’re trash) widely accepted to use aftermarket china adapters since oems are so expensive in comparison. 
 

 

 

While there is no rule around using OEM adapters, there IS a rule around reselling counterfeit goods.  Under federal law, any individual who knowingly distributes, wholesales, or sells counterfeit merchandise faces substantial penalties: Imprisonment for the first offense up to 10 years and up to 20 years for repeat offenders.

 

If the adapter has "Ping" on it, and is not produced by Ping, it is counterfeit.

 

I actually stopped buying from one of the forum sponsors years back as the guy selling $1500 drivers with counterfeit adapters.  Not sure if they do any more, but selling counterfeit goods is all bad.

 

The silver threads are typically a give away on fake Ping adapters, as is the slight gap between adapter and head when installed.

 

I'd go back to the shop, demand a refund, and find a different shop going forward.

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49 minutes ago, MysteryV said:

 

 

The silver threads are typically a give away on fake Ping adapters, as is the slight gap between adapter and head when installed.

 

I'd go back to the shop, demand a refund, and find a different shop going forward.

 

 

100% agree on the counterfeit thing.  I have shafts built by Ping (shipped with Ping clubs) that have the silver thread inside the adapter.  The adapter also does not sit flush with the club hosel  (there is a gap as shown in the other posts.

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I have11 Ping driver shafts and the adapter tip ends are shown in the photo.  All the silver ended tips are Ping Stock shafts - Alta, Alta CB, Tour and Distanza.  The 2 black tips are non stock but ordered from Ping.  They are Tensei  Blue. The adapter tip on the right is an older adapter, pre 410.

 

Authentic Ping adapters are easily available in the aftermarket at a low price.  

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27 minutes ago, snapier said:

See my post above.  I believe your statement immediately above is inaccurate 

 

It's been a while since I dealt with the fake adapter (it was for a G400 series driver) and I was going off memory.  I may have had it reversed.   

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Is it that hard to figure out that the new adaptor is for the G400 series and not the G425/G430? :WTF:

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35 minutes ago, Socrates said:

Is it that hard to figure out that the new adaptor is for the G400 series and not the G425/G430? :WTF:

Here is a photo of a pre G410 adapter on an Alta CB driver shaft.

 

The font and style of adjustment numbers for pre G410 adapter do not look like either adapter photo provided by the OP.  The orientation of the +1 is different as well as the + O indicators

 

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2 hours ago, Anser3 said:

 

 

Both are clearly G410/G425/G430 adapters.

Clearly the one on the left is not as it doesn't fit according to the OP.  The picture is poor enough that the one on the left looks like a G400 adaptor.

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30 minutes ago, Socrates said:

Clearly the one on the left is not as it doesn't fit according to the OP.  The picture is poor enough that the one on the left looks like a G400 adaptor.

 

It has the beginnings of a 1.5 mark on it which is not on the G30/G/G400 adapters.   It may be  a hybrid adapter  (already debunked on here, though) but those have a .370 marking on them.  For sure, it is nota  G400 adapter.  The markings on the two adapters are not the same. 

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New Ping adapters have the flat setting. Old ones don't. Does the adapter the proshop installed have the Flat setting options? 

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On 5/15/2024 at 11:47 AM, Socrates said:

Is it that hard to figure out that the new adaptor is for the G400 series and not the G425/G430? :WTF:

 

The G400 adapters had a chamfer on the tip.

 

That said - this COULD be a fairway adapter?  Golfworks has both parts listed - and I'm hard pressed to find a difference from the images.

 

The right answer here is to go back to the shop and let them know it's either wrong or fake - either way - have them fix it.  

 

OR

 

Just buy a new driver, throw away the old one and the shaft as they no longer work anymore.  You only live once and money has no value if it's not spent.

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3 hours ago, MysteryV said:

 

The G400 adapters had a chamfer on the tip.

 

That said - this COULD be a fairway adapter?  Golfworks has both parts listed - and I'm hard pressed to find a difference from the images.

 

The right answer here is to go back to the shop and let them know it's either wrong or fake - either way - have them fix it.  

 

OR

 

Just buy a new driver, throw away the old one and the shaft as they no longer work anymore.  You only live once and money has no value if it's not spent.

 

 

Ping driver and fairway adapters are the exact same across models.  G4430 driver adapters fit G430 fairways too (as well as the G410 and G425) .  That is great about them.

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