2013 Irons Test
James and Chris liked the gunmetal finish, but James and Joel weren’t fans of the size, shape or large amount of offset. Joel also said it looked strange without a ferrel covering the join between the head and shaft and found it quite off-putting. Kit also didn’t enjoy the head shape or finish, but couldn’t fault the performance. Despite three testers not being won over by the looks, performance across the board was high. Feel and forgiveness scores were sky-high, surprising all our team. Distance was about average, but the distance control really stood out. Joel’s distance was above average at 172 yards.
First Hit Test - Jon Greathead 10 hcap
I’ve flitted between the G20 irons and the slightly less forgiving i20s, essentially because I prefer the more compact look of the latter. The G20s, as brilliant as they are in terms of forgiveness, are just a little on the chunky side. Ping have addressed this with the G25s. They still look reassuring behind the ball, but aren’t off-putting. And what’s truly amazing is that these seem to be even more forgiving than their predecessors.
So, essentially Ping have been able to make the irons easier to hit, but at the same time reducing the size of the club. I’ve always hit my irons pretty high as a rule, and it’s a similar story with the G25s. But I have noticed the shorter irons seem to fly a little lower than I might have thought, whereas the long irons are still orbital, which is clearly great for attacking long par 3s. I’ve saved the best for last – these irons offer sensational control throughout the bag; consistent distance is something we all want, and the G25s deliver this brilliantly.
Pros: Sensational looks and amazing distance control, as well as a high ball flight.
Cons: Nothing. Not one. For a game-improver, these are as good as it gets.