Ping i Irons Review

Updated on February 8, 2016

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Ping i Irons, the pros and cons, and a comparison with other irons we have recently reviewed.

We reviewed the Ping i Irons as part of our Best Golf Irons Review.

Ping i Irons

Our Assessment 

Ping have been an industry frontrunner for some time now and they just always seem to produce quality sets.

The Ping i’s are a progressive string with minimal offset in the shorter irons - more offset in the longer. Now despite there being less offset than its predecessor, the Ping i’s are very forgiving and cater to a slightly wider handicap and player bracket because of this. In the past we found Ping irons to be fairly squared off at the toe, but they have turned this around and now are pleasantly rounded particularly at the toe. 

Ping are the first manufacturer to use the new 431 stainless steel, which has a higher strength to weight ratio and subsequently improves feel as well as trajectory control. 

Sure they aren't terribly workable, but in general most of us are after consistency rather than workability. Good value for money for a great set or irons.

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Pros

  • Boy are these irons long!
  • Forgiving on off-center strikes
  • Cater to wide handicap bracket

Cons

  • Not exceptionally workable
  • The slightly hollow sound may take a bit of getting used to if having used forged irons before

Key Facts

Features

Details

Launch RRP

$999.00

Gender

Mens

Handicap Range

Low to Mid

Hand Availability

Right & Left Hand

Lie

59.63° – 64.75° (3 – PW)

Offset

.210″ – .03″ (3 – PW)

Swing Weight

D1

Lofts

20° – 45° (3 – PW)

Length

35.50″ – 39.00″ (3 – PW)

Shaft Type and Name

True Temper Dynamic Gold

Grip

Ping 5L or 5L Cord

Manufacturer's Website

Official Video

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Ping i Detailed Review

Design & Appearance

Not the most beautiful or exciting set of clubs ever produced, but they are by no means ugly. The entire ‘i’ set of irons in the Ping range are aimed at the better player and they have leaned more towards less offset in this particular set, which is a big positive.

Other irons such as the Srixon Z 745's have slight offset to them – some like that, but most don’t. In the past even the best version of the i range carried a bit too much offset through the set and as most will agree, this is not beautiful.

One other noticeable thing is that the toe of the club is far less square/angled and is now fairly rounded.

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Image Credit: Official Ping Image

Build Quality

Ping have switched to a 431 stainless steel that is improved the feel. The Custom Tuning Port has been moved towards the sole of the club – this improves vibration and feel at impact.

The change in stainless steel has provided a better strength to weight ratio and allows for a minimal amount of weight to be moved to the sole of the club.

The irons are cast and not forged, the biggest benefit of this is longevity and not having your clubs looking tattered after a good few rounds of golf.

Control & Feel

The Ping i’s, as well as it’s predecessor the Ping i25’s, have a somewhat hollow sound at impact due to the elongated cavity toward the back sole of the club. This may take a bit of getting used to if having used forged irons for a long period.

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Image Credit: Official Ping Image

Performance

As Ping say, these are “players irons that anyone can play”. This is definitely true and is a big selling point with amateurs who have mid handicaps. Anyone under a 15 handicap can effectively use the same irons that Bubba Watson is using.

How they’ve done this is by stepping the offset and sole width as the clubs/irons get shorter i.e. long irons carry more offset and larger sole width than the shorter irons which have little offset, a thinner sole as well as a narrower club-face.

The most important characteristic though is that they are super long!

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Image Credit: Official Ping Image

Value for Money

Solid choice in terms of value for money, Ping have a reputation of providing a consistent offering and the Ping i Irons are catering to a wide handicap demographic. Easy to hit and making the game that much easier for the mid handicap golfer.

About the author 

Michael Todt

Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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  1. I have a friend that bought your G 410 with recoil shafts. He spent over $1,000 for the irons. First the seven iron head flew off. Two day’s later the six iron head flew off. He was told by PING that never happens. He sent them back. Got them in about a week. Played one round with them and the seven iron head came off and almost killed someone. I think they should give him his money back and give a brand new set of clubs at no charge. I’ve had all types of ping club’s over the year’s. It hasn’t happened to me. But come on man. Twice in less then a month. I used to praise PING Club’s. Not anymore. My advise to anybody looking for new club’s. ANYTHING but PING. FYI We play in Prescott mainly. We also play at many other golf course’s. PING no way. To whom it may concern.

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