Which Ping iron suits me?


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

Most major brands have five, six or even seven irons in their 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. Some irons are forged from one piece of metal, while others have multi-material construction and springy faces just like a driver. 

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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 the wrong set.

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With that in mind, 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 what sort of players should be considering which models, and why.

Ping Blueprint iron

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RRP: £219 per club

Construction: Forged from a single piece of 8620 carbon steel

Who are they for?

A very small percentage of very good players! Blueprint was developed with a handful of Ping’s Tour pros (Louis Oosthuizen being one) and as lovely as they are, realistically they are a good match for only a tiny number of golfers – especially when you know Ping’s most played iron on tour is the i210. If tour pros are favouring the i210 over the Blueprint, you'd have to be a pretty confident ballstriker to opt for the latter. 

With all that said, though, if you find yourself focusing in on muscleback irons, it’s worth having the Blueprint on any shortlist, because tungsten weighting in the toe and hosel can nudge MOI up over the competition.

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Ping iBlade iron

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RRP: £130 per club

Construction: One piece cast 431 stainless steel

Who are they for?

There’s a little more playability than Ping’s Blueprint and other muscleback irons as a weight  tuning port in the back helps nudge up MOI and forgiveness. Almost twice the hosel offset of the Blueprint should highlight just how demanding the Blueprint are to hit (especially in the mid and longer irons), especially when you realise less offset makes irons harder to launch into the air.

Our data has the iBlade cutting carry distance drop-off (difference between our longest and shortest hits) in half compared to the Blueprint, which means it’s a good choice instead of a full-on muscleback blade. TG test pro Neil Wain played the iBlade until our test sessions revealed how much more forgiveness was on offer with the i210, without giving up virtually anything in terms of looks.

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Ping i210 iron

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RRP: £126 (s) £136 (g) per club

Construction: One piece cast 431 stainless steel

Who are they for?

Ping’s players iron; Lee Westwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Eddie Pepperell 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. The 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; which our data supports (just 2.1% difference in carry distance drop-off between the pair). But thanks to the loft difference you could be giving up 10 yards of carry opting for the i210 instead of the i500.

How do you choose between the pair? First, you’ve got to be a reasonable player to consider either. But if you’ve got any desire to add or maximise distance with your irons, the i500 should be pinging your radar.

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Handicap Guide: How do the Ping irons compare?

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

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RRP: £149 (s) £159 (g) per club

Construction: Hollow body (17-4 stainless steel), with C300 forged maraging steel face

Who are they for?

The i500 is an iron that’s been designed for speed (our data has it very evenly matched to the bigger G710), with a wood-like hollow body construction. Strong lofts, combined with the right shaft, deliver a towering flight, extra ball speed and carry distance, as well as good stopping power.

Sitting right on the fence between players and game-improver irons, try them against the G410 to understand what extra a cavity back offers in terms of MOI and forgiveness. The i500 will be two years old in July, so it could well be replaced in 2020.

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Ping G425 iron

Ping G425 irons

RRP: £129 (s) £139 (g) per club

Construction: Cavity back with aluminium cover, hyper 17-4 stainless steel face

Who are they for?

Literally anyone.

Ping see the G425 as a distance with forgiveness iron. If it’s ultimate ball speed and distance you want, the Ping G710 will be the way to go, but Ping know that whilst many golfers want extra distance, they also want shots that launch high and land steep to make them actually playable on a golf course, not just impressive on a launch monitor. That's the role of the Ping G425. 

With a new construction method, Ping say they are able to get a 7-iron to launch as high as an 8-iron but with the ball speed and carry distance of a 6-iron. That's a dream combination for any golfer. 

If you’re a half-decent player and struggling to decide whether your game best fits the G425 or i500, Ping say they’d struggle to match the forgiveness performance (MOI) of the cavity back G425 in a hollow-headed model (i500). That means the G425 is a brilliant option for everyone from average ball-striking single-figure golfers all the way up to more erratic 22 handicappers.

We particularly like the Ping G425 wedges, which come with the CNC Milled face grooves you normally only see in specialist wedges like the Ping Glide 3.0. It's a first for Ping, but it's a move we hope they (and other manufacturers) continue to pursue. 

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Ping G710 iron

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RRP: £169 (s) £179 (g) per club

Construction: Hollow body (17-4 stainless steel) with maraging steel face

Who are they for?

If adding some extra distance to your game is a priority, then the G710 should be at the forefront of any shortlist.

The bigger head has a larger face, which allows more face flex and the fastest ball speeds you’ll find from any Ping iron. The G710s are brand new for 2020 and tungsten weights in the toe and shaft mean this model is 5% more forgiving than the brilliant G700, the G710’s predecessor.

Our test data has the G710 down as Ping’s longest iron, but it fulfils that goal without cutting backspin, peak height or descent angle to dangerous levels, so shots will stop on the dancefloor. Incredibly, thanks to some clever weighting tech and by using a higher launching shaft, our numbers show how, even though the G710 has a 7-iron 4.5° stronger than the Blueprint (Ping’s forged muscleback) shots launch within 0.6° of one another. Very impressive stuff.

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