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The Ping G700 irons are their longest, highest-flying iron to date
In the G700 iron, PING engineers put a high priority on creating an iron that offers power and forgiveness by leveraging the advantages of a hollow-body design and a thin, maraging steel face, creating PING’s longest, highest-flying iron to date.
“The desire for golfers to hit their irons farther continues to grow,” said Solheim. “We want to provide options that greatly increase distance without sacrificing other performance attributes, such as consistency, forgiveness and feel. With the G700 iron, we’ve been able to accomplish all of that in a very appealing design with a sound that screams distance from the moment golfers hit it.”
The hollow-body construction of the 17-4 stainless steel head allows for an internal geometry design that positions weight away from the face, creating a frame for metal-wood-like flexing and high COR to greatly increase ball speed and produce launch results that will amaze golfers.
Maraging steel, which is also used in the G400 fairway woods, hybrids and crossovers, is one of the strongest alloys in the world and is commonly employed in the aerospace industry, where strength and flexibility are necessities. Those properties make it an ideal face material to deliver more flexing for faster ball speeds that launch shots farther and higher.
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Ping G700 Irons Review: You need to know
Ping's longest, highest flying iron ever. A new machined C300 steel face generates twice the face flex as the usual 431 stainless steel. Low and extreme heel-toe weighting boosts resistance to twisting (forgiveness), protecting ball speed and distance. Sole widths, bounce and offset are all similar to the G400. Expect improved turf interaction, without sacrificing playability or shot height, for this style of iron, which is crucial to stopping shots on a green.
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Ping G700 Irons Review: We say
The G700 appears three times in our Best Gear 2019 testing, which tells us it's a top drawer performer for a good chunk of mid to high handicap golfers. We'd say G700 is for golfers looking to add ball speed and distance to their iron game, but combine it with a high degree of forgiveness from heads that don't look like shovels.
The G700's larger head means more face flex and ball speed, which is di cult to achieve in a smaller model. The head hinges backwards from its leading edge, increasing launch and carry, which is really clever as it counteracts the strong loft, and means shots fly high and approaches stop on the green. A brilliantly powerful but super forgiving iron for 2019.
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Ping G700 Irons Review: Verdict
Just to prove hollow iron tech is for everyone, the G700 – aimed at super game improvers – makes an appearance here. Whereas most hollow irons try to blur the lines between player and game improver categories, the G700 blurs the line between game improver and SGI models. Or as our pro put it... "it's a hacker's blade". None of our three testers felt they'd choose the G700s increased head size and wider sole over the very tidy and low o set look of the G410s, but we can't take anything away from the G700's performance (second longest iron of 2019). Just make sure you take advantage of Ping's brilliant fitting to ensure you get your perfect set.
Everything about the G700 is slightly bigger than the massively popular G400, including the price tag. At £39 a club more (that's £273 extra for a seven-piece set) than the G400 it's the price which is highly likely to be the deciding factor between whether golfers go G400 or G700. Whichever you choose both are a great option, our data suggests so long as you're not put off by oversized heads the G700s are a fraction more powerful, making them an excellent all-round choice.
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- RRP: £149 per iron (s), £159 per iron (g)
- Multi-material construction: Hollow-body 17-4 stainless steel head, C300 Maraging Steel face, HydroPearl finish
- Availability: 4-9, PW, UW, SW in 10 color codes (lie angle). Black is standard.
- Std. grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet in six sizes (Blue -1/16", Red -1/32", Aqua -1/64", White Std., Gold +1/32", Orange +1/16")
- Shaft options: Stock steel shaft - PING AWT 2.0 (R, S, X); Stock graphite shafts -- Alta CB (counter-balanced) powered by AWT, UST Recoil 760 ES SMACWRAP (A), UST Recoil 780 ES SMACWRAP (R, S)
- Aftermarket steel shaft options (no upcharge): True Temper Dynamic Gold (S300, X100), Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300), Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100) Project X LZ (5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5), True Temper XP95 (R, S,), Nippon NS Pro Modus 105 (S, X), KBS Tour (R, S, X)