Ping’s heritage is built on game improving Irons so its no surprise to see them adopt every scrap of new technology for the impressive GMAX. Flexing faces, increased ball speeds, lighter swingweights and a repositioned centre of gravity add up to the MAX being Ping’s most forgiving iron ever.
Here’s six things you really should know about them.
1: Increased Face Flex.
The whole of the GMAX structure has been specifically designed to improve Ball Speed. Results show the designers hard work has paid off as MAX is Ping’s hottest faced iron ever. Ping engineers worked on three key areas…
1: The clubfaces of the #4 – #8 Irons are 40% stronger than previous models.
2: The clubfaces are 31% thinner around the perimeter to maximise face flex, rebound and of course Ball Speed.
3: Leaving no stone unturned the technicians also thinned out the sole where the cavity meets the face to maximise face flex.
Ping’s testing shows this extensive engineering results in Ball Speed gains of 1-3mph depending on where you impact shots on the face.
2: Lighter swingweights in the Long Irons.
It’s unusual to change Swingweights from Mid to Long Irons in a set. Take a look at Ping’s other sets and the Mid to Long Irons share the same swingweight. But the GMAX #6 (C8), #5 (C7) and #4 (C6) Irons get progressively lighter. Why? Well its shows Ping paid particular attention to the type of golfer the Irons are aimed at. Learning from the SF-TEC Driver Ping know golfers likely to use the GMAX lose club speed in longer shafted clubs and particularly in the long irons. So they’ve specifically made the problem clubs lighter, which gives golfers a better opportunity to square the face at impact, thus increasing ball speeds and promoting straighter flighted shots.
3: Progressive Lofts and Shaft Lengths
Ping have tailored the GMAX lofts and shaft lengths to their target audience. Which means stronger lofts and longer length shafts when compared to Ping’s Better Player Irons. How will this affect your game? Well it helps GMAX golfers optimise their particular launch conditions based on their typical club speed. Meaning distance gains but maintaining proper distance gapping.
4: GMAX are Ping’s most forgiving Irons.
Ping’s “CTP-Custom Tuning Port” which allows for weight customisation (when custom fitting) for the first time has been positioned in the sole. No big deal we hear you cry! Usually its behind the face, so this new positioning means the GMAX has a lower and deeper CG which raises the MOI by 10%…..which is significant when shots are hit off centre.
5: The numbers stack up.
The MOI performance of the GMAX is impressive. The soles of the short irons are narrower than the Karsten Series yet their MOI is higher, which has to say the low and deep CG is doing its job. When it comes to how GMAX launches shots into the air its not going to just balloon shots skywards either. Even with wider soles (some 25% wider) than G30, Ping reckon shots potentially will only reach an additional 4 feet in elevation.
Its worth bearing in mind the head’s are barely bigger (2%) than the G30, so it’s a really good looking club at address, which has certainly not always been the case with Ultimate Game Improvement clubs.
6: Choose leading shafts at no extra cost.
Paying up charges per club for shafts when buying a set irons can soon ratchet up the cost. Ping have decided to overcome this hurdle for consumers with the GMAX. You get to choose between Dynamic Gold (S300 or X100), Project X (5.0 or 6.0), XP 95 (Regular or Stiff) or a Nippon Modus 105 (Stiff or X-Stiff) without incurring any additional up charges.
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RRP: £100(Steel) £112(Graphite) Per Iron
Availability 4-PW, UW, SW
Stock Shafts: CFS Distance (Steel) CFS Graphite
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