Which Ping iron suits me?

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Which Ping irons should I buy? Your guide to each iron in Ping's line-up, and who they are aimed at

Most major brands have five, six or even seven irons in their 2019 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.  

So with such a huge amount of choice out there, we felt it was far too easy for golfers to get confused about which model 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.

So as 2019’s irons hit pro shop shelves, we felt the time was right to show how a brand’s whole iron range compares against each other.

As well as launch monitor data from our pro, we’ve given every iron a forgiveness rating and a handicap guide to spell out simply what sort of players should be considering what sort of models, and why.

Ping iBlade iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 34°; Offset: 2.3mm; One-piece cast, 431 stainless steel construction

Iron forgiveness rating

Ping iBlade iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 118.6 MPH Launch Angle: 20.1° Backspin: 8019 RPM Peak Height: 36 Yards Descent Angle: 51° Carry Distance: 159 Yards

Who are they for?

Ping says less than 10% of their Tour pros put the iBlade in play, which shows just how specialised they are. There’s a little more forgiveness compared to other forged muscleback irons as a tuning port in the back helps nudge up MOI and forgiveness.

As you’d expect, iBlade has the least amount of hosel offset (it’s a look great ball striker’s demand), which along with the highest lofts and lack of fast face tech means they’re Ping’s shortest iron... not that anyone who plays them is overly worried about distance.

iBlade launched three years ago and a handful of Ping players have been spotted recently with a new forged Ping “Blueprint” iron (including Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen) in their bag, so it’s worth noting the iBlade might be replaced soon.

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Ping i210 iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 33°; Offset: 2.3mm; One-piece cast, 431 stainless steel construction

Iron forgiveness rating

Ping i210 iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 122.2 MPH Launch Angle: 19.1° Backspin: 7227 RPM Peak Height: 37 Yards Descent Angle: 50° Carry Distance: 167 Yards

Who are they for?

Ping’s players’ iron; Lee Westwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Wallace are all big fans. 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.

i500 is a players’ distance iron whereas i210 is for golfers wanting a good degree of forgiveness in a compact shape. Ping say forgiveness levels are comparable between the i210 and i500; our test pro believes i210 can be more punishing on off-centre hits, which our data supports with a 5mph ball speed drop-offs compared to 3mph for i500.

How do you choose between the pair? You’ve got to be a decent player to consider either first off. If you’ve got any desire to add or maximise distance from your irons, then you have to be looking at i500.

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How do they compare - Handicap Guide

Brands hate giving an indication of which handicap of golfer each iron typically suits, as it pigeon-holes their models. We've given each a handicap guide below to help ensure you buy the set most suited to your ability.

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Ping i500 iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 30.5°; Offset: 2.3mm; Hollow body (17-4 stainless steel) with forged C300 maraging steel face construction

Iron forgiveness rating

Ping i500 iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 123.4 MPH Launch Angle: 18.4° Backspin: 6535 RPM Peak Height: 36 Yards Descent Angle: 49° Carry Distance: 172 Yards

Who are they for?

You won’t find much that’s forged in Ping’s iron line-up, but the faces of the i500 are, and they’re stamped from the same springy steel used for Ping fairway woods and hybrids.

Hands-down it’s an iron that has been designed for speed, with a wood-like hollow body construction. Strong lofts, when combined with the right shaft, deliver a towering flight, extra ball speed and carry as well as good stopping power.

Sitting right on the fence between players’ and game improvement irons, try them against the G410 to understand what you’re giving up in terms of MOI and forgiveness.

At a glance comparison

Ping iron comparison

Ping G410 iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 30°; Offset: 4.6mm; One-piece cast, 17-4 stainless steel construction

Iron forgiveness rating

Ping G410 iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 125.2 MPH Launch Angle: 17.9° Backspin: 6799 RPM Peak Height: 37 Yards Descent Angle: 49° Carry Distance: 174 Yards

Who are they for?

Literally anyone. Thanks to 10% less offset (than the previous G400) G410 would be just as at home in the hands of an average ball striking five handicapper as they would be in an erratic 22 handicapper’s bag.

The lovely head has moved away from what used to be considered a traditional Ping “boxy” shape and become a super sleek, stand-out performer for us in 2019. If you can’t decide whether to go i500 or G410, Ping told us they’d struggle to get a hollow-headed iron to offer anything like as much MOI performance as the G410, so if ball striking isn’t your strength give serious thought to the G410s before choosing i500s.

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Ping G700 iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 29.5°; Offset: 5mm; Hollow body (17-4 stainless steel) construction with C300 maraging steel face

Iron forgiveness rating

Ping G700 iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 132.4 MPH Launch Angle: 18.6° Backspin: 5171 RPM Peak Height: 42 Yards

Who are they for?

Anyone looking to add ball speed, distance and a high degree of forgiveness to their iron game, but would like to do so without heads that look like shovels.

The G700’s larger head means extra face flex and ball speed, which can’t be achieved in a smaller model. Ping says that because of how the head’s leading edge hinges, G700 is their longest, highest-flying iron ever, which is incredible as it’s also the strongest lofted iron in the 2019 line-up.

As long as you don’t take offence at the extra offset (if you do, try the G410) they’re perfect for golfers looking to add yards to their game. For anyone who does take the plunge, you’ll own one of the most forgiving irons on the market, too.

How they compare in data

Ping iron data