What we say...
Ping's i200 irons made our top 10 better player irons of 2018 in our biggest ever equipment test - Top Gear. Find out below what our three testers made of them.
Ping i200 Irons Review: You need to know
The i200 replaced the “i” iron, and brings some notable updates to the table. The face is 30% thinner, which means more mass is positioned in the toe and heel to nudge MOI 7% higher. A higher leading edge and extra bounce improves turf interaction and means less lost energy at impact. Extra elastomer behind the face dampens vibration to give a blade like feel but from a cavity back.
Ping i200 Irons Review: We say
Speak to any designer of better player irons and they’ll tell you how good players want forgiveness from their irons. They’ll also make it clear forgiveness can’t come at any cost. So a designers first priority is producing a good looking head. Or Better players simply won’t entertain putting them in play. Secondly they focus on forgiveness. And that’s where the i200 comes into its own.
Yes some will accuse it of being a bit boxy (like our test pro) but it’s a look Ping have made their own. And it’s the clubs ability to marry good looks with decent levels of playability which makes it an outstanding choice for reasonably-decent club golfers. We loved the sleek hydropearl finish, it looks great in the bag and because our 11-handicap amateur would love a set in his bag, it proves just how wide an audience the i200 appeals to.
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Ping i200 Irons Review: Verdict
Our test pro’s numbers with the i200 were just below average for ball speed and carry distance, which in part at least is down to a higher seven iron loft than our test average. It’s everything you wouldn’t really expect in a better player iron, we reckon they’re a fantastic all-rounder, which means they won’t put undue pressure on your ball-striking.
Click here to see how the i200 compares to other Crossover irons (TaylorMade P790, Mizuno MP-18 MMC, Titleist 718 AP3, Wilson Staff C300 Forged)
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