Which Ping irons should I buy? Your guide to each iron in Ping's 2021 line-up and who they are aimed at.
Most major brands have five, six or even seven irons in their 2021 line-ups, which shows the importance of having solutions for all golfers, irrespective of ability or personal preference. Choices range from slimline musclebacks to hollow heads and cavity backs, and while some are forged, others have springy faces just like a driver.
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So with such a huge amount of choice out there, we felt it was far too easy for golfers to get confused about which iron best suits them.
Even golfers who have a good idea of which iron suits them probably don’t realise what they put on the line in terms of ball speed, carry and forgiveness by choosing a set above their station.
To help you choose the right Ping model, we will show you how the brand’s whole iron range compares against each other.
As well as launch monitor data from our pro, we’ve given every Ping iron a forgiveness rating (1 = least forgiving, 5 = most forgiving) and a handicap guide to spell out simply what sort of players should be considering what sort of models, and why.
REVIEWED: Ping G425 drivers
How we tested which Ping iron is best for you
We asked Ping to submit their entire 2021 irons range for testing.
We created a controlled test environment indoors at Keele Golf Centre and used premium golf balls.
We collected a ton of data from every iron shot hit, using a Foresight Sports GC Quad launch monitor, all of which can be found further down this piece.
REVIEWED: Ping's new 2021 putters
RRP £219 per iron
Category Muscleback blade
Forgiveness rating 1
Handicap range 4 and Below
Construction Forged from a single piece of 8620 carbon steel
Stock shaft True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100), Ping AWT 2.0 (R, S, X)
7-iron loft 34°
The Blueprint was developed with a handful of Ping’s tour players, and as lovely as they are, realistically they are only a good match for a tiny proportion of golfers; a point backed up by the fact Ping’s most played tour iron is the i210.
We’ve seen a lot of muscleback irons over the years, yet the Ping Blueprint have the slimmest sole widths we’ve ever laid eyes on, they really are wafer thin. For some that will mean lovely turf interaction, but it also dictates how you’ll need to be a cracking ball striker to even consider a set. This is Ping’s only full forged iron.
WATCH: Best Muscleback/Blades Test
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RRP £130 per iron
Forgiveness rating 2
Handicap range 4 and below
Construction One piece, cast 431 stainless steel
Stock shaft True Temper Dynamic Gold (plus four premium options at no upcharge)
7-iron loft 34°
You won’t find many six-year-old irons in any brand’s current line-up, but that’s how successful Ping's iBlades have been.
They have almost twice the hosel offset of the Blueprint, which highlights just how demanding the Blueprint is to hit. Our data has the iBlade producing very similar numbers to the Blueprint.
But if you think modern strong-lofted irons hit low bullet-type shots, you might be surprised to hear the 4° stronger G425 (7-iron) launched at the same angle, flew higher and landed on the green at a steeper angle, while also carrying 10 yards further than the iBlade.
TG test pro Neil Wain played the Ping iBlade irons until our test sessions revealed how much more forgiveness was on offer with the i210, without giving up anything in terms of looks.
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WATCH: Ping Blueprint vs iBlade, i210 and i500
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RRP £126 (s), £136 (g) per iron
Forgiveness rating 2.5
Handicap range 10 and below
Construction One piece, cast 431 stainless steel
Stock shaft True Temper Dynamic Gold (plus seven premium options at no upcharge)
7-iron loft 33°
Similar offset to the iBlade and i500 means all three irons look alike at address, but a 7-iron loft 2.5° weaker than the i500 spells out how the pair are aimed at very different golfers. The i500 is a players distance iron, whereas the i210 is for golfers wanting a good degree of forgiveness in a compact players shape.
Ping say forgiveness levels are comparable between the i210 and i500, which our data has completely supported over the three years we’ve tested them (they were introduced in 2018).
BUY IT NOW: Get the Ping i210 irons from Scottsdale Golf
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RRP £149 (s), £159 (g) per iron
Category Players distance
Forgiveness rating 3
Handicap range 12 and below
Construction Hollow body (17-4 stainless steel) with forged C300 maraging steel face
Stock shaft True Temper Dynamic Gold, UST Mamiya Recoil ES SMAC (plus five premium options at no upcharge)
7-iron loft 30.5°
Thanks to so many new players and players distance iron models appearing on the scene, we’ve revised our forgiveness rating of the Ping i500 iron up by half a point this year.
Its stronger lofts, thin fast face tech and a hollow body are all built for speed, and our data has them delivering five yards more carry than the i210s, without dropping serious levels of backspin.
If you’re considering a set you should also look seriously at the G425, which are much more progressive than Ping’s older G irons (compact shorter irons, more forgiving long ones).
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WATCH: Best Players Distance Irons Test
RRP £129 (S), £139 (G) per iron
Forgiveness rating 3.5
Handicap range 8 and above
Construction Cast 17-4 Body with hyper 17-4 stainless steel face
Stock shaft Ping AWT 2.0 (s) Ping Alta CB Slate (g) (plus seven premium options at no upcharge)
7-iron loft 30°
Over the years, Ping’s G irons have been consistently proven performers in almost anyone’s hands. But what’s changed dramatically over the last few versions is how the traditional boxy G heads have given way to very refined short and mid-iron shapes in the G425. It was second only to PXG’s super-premium Gen3 irons when it came to forgiveness among all 15 mid-handicap irons we tested recently, which is seriously impressive.
The G425 irons are a brilliant option for everyone from average ball striking, single figure golfers all the way up to erratic 20+ handicappers.
BUY IT NOW: Get the Ping G425 irons from Scottsdale Golf
WATCH: Best Mid-Handicap Irons Test
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RRP £169 (s), £179 (g) per iron
Category High handicap
Forgiveness rating 4
Handicap range 28 and below
Construction Hollow body (17-4 stainless steel), with maraging steel face
Stock shaft Ping AWT 2.0 (s), Ping Alta Distanza Black 40 (g) (plus eight premium options at no upcharge)
7-iron loft 29.5°
Ping’s longest and strongest iron, yet many will be surprised the G710 didn’t give our test pro his lowest flying or shallowest descent angle shots.
Strong lofted irons really have come a very long way, and if you believe some of the best engineers in the business, it’s because hollow body irons, with their thin, fast faces, add at least a degree of launch (and extra ball speed), even though lofts are stronger.
It should come as no surprise the G710 is great at protecting carry drop-off, although you’re unlikely to see the 11-yard carry gain over the G425 our test pro did (as at slower speeds distance gaps narrow). If you’re looking for Ping’s longest distance iron, you’ve found it.
BUY IT NOW: Get the Ping G710 irons from Scottsdale Golf