At a glance
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- Owner Rating
– One of the longest players' distance irons
– Very consistent
– Sounds better than i500
– Beautiful; looks like a players' irons
– Loft options allow you to make clubs stronger or weaker than standard
– Genuinely hard to find fault but they're not the cheapest. Seven clubs (4-PW) will set you back £1,260 for steel.
- RRP £180.00
What we say...
Ping i525 players’ distance iron combines improved sound, feel and forgiveness with four more grooves to eliminate ‘fliers’ and preserve spin.
Not many irons survive more than two years in any brand’s line-up. But, thanks to the pandemic, Ping’s steady, 18-month product cycles have taken a hammering.
It means their first ever hollow body player’s distance iron, the i500, launched in 2018, has unwittingly become the grandfather of player’s distance irons – at four years old, it’s older than any other major iron currently on the market.
Ping originally had the i500’s replacement, the i525, scheduled for a big reveal last year, but thanks to delays and component shortages, the launch was pushed back to 2022. Thankfully they are now fully stocked and are ready to go full tilt at pushing the new model, which will be their only iron launch this year.
Let’s take a closer look at the new model.
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Ping i525 iron review: Key Technology
Cast and forged
The i525s have a cast 17-4 stainless steel body and forged maraging steel face, so the model is fast and long but also feels great.
Ping say the hollow, metalwood-style design (because it has a dynamic face structure and undercut sole) has the look of a players’ iron thanks to their engineers carefully considering blade length and levels of hosel offset throughout the set.
From what we’ve seen the model is a great looking stick, with a profile not too dissimilar to the excellent but more player-focused i59.
Improved sound and feel
Technology has moved on in the world of hollow body irons since 2018, and if the previous i500 had a downfall, we would say it didn’t give quite the crisp sound and feel expected of a players’ iron.
Ping have taken the feedback onboard and say strategically positioned EVA polymer inside the i525 creates both the sound and feel that players desire, while also not hindering or slowing face deflection.
Four more grooves
Like the i59s, the i525s have four more face grooves than the previous model. The idea is tighter grooves and a new groove geometry (with steeper side walls) which reduce the likelihood of fliers from the rough with short irons, while also preserving spin in the long irons for better control, consistency and stopping power.
Toe and heel weighting
It’s not a brand-new idea and we probably already take it for granted, but there’s a clever toe screw and shaft tip weight embedded within the i525’s design.
Just like Ping’s most recent iron launches, they nudge up MOI and forgiveness, while taking nothing away in terms of cosmetics.
The discrete weights also allow the set to be accurately weighted for custom built over- and under-length sets, as thanks to the hollow head there’s no ‘custom tuning port’ as you get in the cavity back i210.
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Choose your spec
Ping don’t just make their iron sets with just one set of lofts. Every time you buy a Ping iron you can choose to play the standard loft or opt to go 1.5° stronger (7-iron) with Power Spec, or 2° weaker with a Retro Spec set-up.
It means you get to choose whether or not you play stronger or weaker loft irons, without having any standard spec forced upon your game.
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Ping i525 iron review: What Ping say
“What’s most satisfying in the i525 iron from an engineering standpoint is how our team has been able to maximise the flexing of the metal-wood-style face structure while creating a pleasing sound and feel,” said Ping President John K Solheim. “As golfers know who’ve played this type of iron design, they often sacrificed some of the feel for more distance. That’s not the case in the i525 as we’re able to provide golfers a solid-feeling iron with the increased ball speed they need to hit longer, higher shots that hit and hold the green. We’re seeing some incredible results as a lot of golfers are a club stronger or more, including Tour pros who are attracted to the compact look and increased ball speed of the longer irons.
“As we advance all of our iron technologies through our continuous research and knowledge development, it’s important for golfers to understand the different attributes engineered into each model. The i525 is clearly for the golfer in search of more distance. But it offers so much more performance, including exceptional forgiveness concealed in a players- style head. Its size and shape are beautifully crafted, and it’s packed with tremendous technology on the inside, which makes it very appealing to a wide range of golfers.
“One of the biggest challenges we face in designing all clubs is tuning the feel and sound. Because of the i525’s metal-wood-style face design, we knew sound would require additional attention to ensure the gains in distance didn’t come at the expense of the feel. We couldn’t sacrifice one attribute just to improve another. The solution was to inject the polymer in precise amounts to the same area behind the face. The result is a significant improvement in distance, sound and feel.
“The structure of the face and cavity is a significant mechanical-engineering accomplishment. They function as one to ensure golfers benefit from the forgiveness Ping irons are famous for while maintaining consistent bending across the face to deliver the added ball speed and higher launch that golfers expect in a distance-focused iron.”
How does the Ping i525 compare to the TaylorMade P790, Mizuno Pro 225, Callaway Rogue ST Pro and other leading Players’ Distance models?
Ping i525 iron review: Today’s Golfer test verdict
More than any other brand, Ping have their roots tapped into engineering. If other brands employ 50 marketeers and three engineers, Ping will be the exact opposite with everything the brand does built on sound engineering principles.
Ping are the first company we’ve spoken to who’ve talked about how their hollow body irons (the i59 players’ iron and this new i525) have been specifically developed to eliminate the ‘no spin knuckle ball’ that flies forever, that some players complain about with fast face irons.
It’s not something we’ve really experienced ourselves in our tests over the years, but if the lack of consistency is something that’s put you off hollow body fast face irons before then the brilliant new i525 should definitely tempt you.
We love how the i525 sits alongside the i59, and how four extra face grooves build the perception that the model is a really good players’ iron.
In terms of data, at 177 yards the i525 was just two yards back from our very longest models (PXG 0311 P Gen4 and Mizuno Pro 225), which could easily be reversed on another day’s testing, whilst also ranking above our test average for every other metric.
Any golfers looking for the best players’ distance irons of the year has to have i525 on their list. It’s just as powerful as it is beautiful.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rob Jerram is the Digital Editor of
He has been a journalist for more than 20 years, starting his career with Johnston Press where he covered local and regional news and sport in a variety of editorial roles across ten years.
Rob joined Bauer Media in 2010 and worked as the Senior Production Editor of Today’s Golfer and Golf World magazines for ten years before moving into the Digital Editor’s role in July 2020.
He has been playing golf for almost three decades and has been a member at Greetham Valley Golf Club in Rutland for eight years, playing off 12.
Ping i525 irons
RRP £180 (s), £190 (g) per iron
Category Players' Distance Iron
Forgiveness rating 2.5/5
Handicap Range 12 and below
Stock shafts Project X 10 or Ping AWT 2.0 (s), Ping Alta CB Slate, Alta Distanza Black 40 or UST Recoil (g)
Stock grips Golf Pride Tour Velvet/Tour Velvet Cord
7-iron loft 30.5º
First launched February 2022