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Ping i25 irons

by   |   January 3, 2014
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Golfers who use Ping irons can usually describe their equipment needs with a single letter.

“G” Series golfers, such as those who use Ping’s G25 irons, don’t mind larger-sized irons with more forgiveness that help them hit the ball higher and straighter. “S” Series golfers, such as those who use Ping’s S55 irons, prefer smaller-sized irons that offer more workability, versatility and a softer feel.

Somewhere in the middle falls the i-Series golfer, who needs more forgiveness than the S-Series irons can provide, but doesn’t want to play a set of irons as large the G-Series.

According to Marty Jertson, director of product development for Ping, the biggest challenge most golfers face is hitting their long irons high enough. That’s why Ping’s new i25 long irons are designed more like to the G-Series irons: they have longer blade lengths, wider soles and more offset, which helps golfers hit them higher, farther and closer to the target line on mishits. The irons also have thinner, more narrowly spaced stability bars in their cavities that make their faces livelier than their predecessors.

The short irons more closely resemble the S-Series irons, with shorter blade lengths and narrower soles for added versatility and less offset for more trajectory control. The stability bars in their cavities are thicker and wider-spaced, adding consistency and creating a softer feel at impact.

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The most noticeably change between the new irons and their predecessors is their vertical Custom Tuning Port (CTP), an thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) insert that is positioned much lower in the head, freeing up precious grams of discretionary weight that designers used to fine tune ball flight across the set. In the long irons, the weight was placed low and deep in the head, boosting ball speed by about 1 mph and lowering spin by about 100 rpms.

“Golfers will get more ball speed, more distance and more max height, especially from the 7 iron down,” Jertson said.

In the short irons, the weight was used to move the center of gravity lower and more forward, creating a flatter trajectory for better control.

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The i25 irons are cast from 17-4 stainless steel and have Ping’s “Foggy Chrome” finish. They’re available in 3-9, PW, UW, SW and LW and come stock with Ping’s CFS shaft in Soft R, R, S and X flexes. The stock graphite shafts are Ping’s TFC 189i shaft, which is available in Soft R, R and S flexes.

The i25 irons will be available in mid-February for about $99 per club with steel, $125 with graphite.

 

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70 Comments

  1. mike mcferron

    February 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Anyone know how the CFS shaft compares to Steelfiber 80 or 95 – or the c-taper lite? Looking for a somewhat lite shaft with some shock absorption and a slightly lower launch. With the CFS stiff I was launching 7-iron at about 24* with 5500 avg. spin rate. Any feedback would be appreciated.

    • Joe

      February 16, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      That is exactly what I came up with last weekend. Some LA were just over 25*. It really concerned me, despite all the great things I have heard about the CFS. I am a low launch guy normally… Please let us know what you find if able.

    • MJ

      March 2, 2014 at 1:45 am

      The steelfiber shafts are totally different. You need to get fit for those. No comparison.

      The CFS is a good shaft however. I cannot speak on loft and spin rate.

      This is a good start.
      http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/828815-updated-2013-trackman-pga-tour-averages/

    • Sean O'Malley

      March 4, 2014 at 10:49 am

      I just went through a 2 month testing of irons. I am a 1.4 index, 62 year old, with a 95 mph driver SS. I hit various Mizuno models, the new Taylormade tour preferred models, 714′s, Titleist CB’s, the new Adams, all of the new Callaways (Apex, Apex Pro, X2Hot pro), the new Ping models (S55 and i25), the new Cobra’s (Bio+, last years AMP cell pro), etc.. I can’t think of anything from a major supplier that I didn’t hit, other than Wilson. I liked the i25 the most, and it wasn’t all that close. The i25s gave me a high penetrating flight that didn’t balloon, excellent distance, very smooth feel, and good forgiveness on off center strikes. The CFS shaft was OK, although I tended to hit the club left (my frequent miss, due to being a bit handsy). I hit the Aerotech i95, but found it feeling soft and mushy, and the ball did not carry well or fight the wind well. The fitter put me into the ZZ65, which he described as giving me the attributes of a DGS300, but with 109 grams instead of 130 grams (like in the DG). I found the ZZ65 to hit the ball plenty high, without ballooning, and the best distance of the bunch. The stiff tip also helped take some of the left out as well. I ordered the clubs the same day. If you don’t like the CFS, try the ZZ65 (which only comes in stiff). The second best club that I hit, by the way, was the Cobra AMP CELL PRO with a PXI 6.0.

      • Chris Wilson

        March 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm

        Sean,

        I am a 50y/o 4.5 index looking at clubs now as well. I am a Mizuno fan and have MP-53′s (4-LW), Ping driver and 3-wood, Callaway 2-hybrid. Which Mizunos did you try and how did they compare to the Ping irons?

        Chris

  2. Odie

    February 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Placing my order for the I25′s tomorrow. Hope to have them with in the week being in AZ. Been playing the Adam’s CB1 for years and with age need a little more forgiving club. Will repost as soon as I’ve played them a few weeks.

  3. Tim

    January 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Ugly?! They look great. Was lucky to be first club in the uk to get to try them our pro is very good.. From address the 7 iron looks like an S55. I really liked them probably a little longer than my i10s. I suspect much of that might be due to shaft difference AWT vs CFS.

    Will definetly be interested in buying when these hit uk market in February. Now where to find £600?

    • Patrick

      January 17, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Hi. Just hit the i25 iron. Fitting components were delivered to my fitting guy today. Hit the 7 iron with CFS Stiff side-by-side with same spec Anser iron. Ballflight on i25 was a tadd lower than with the Ansers. Also less spinny because I was hitting outside into the wind and i could see the shots with i25 having less trouble cutting through the wind. What struck me most was the feel and sound. When hit from the middle of the face there is almost no difference in feel or sound. Much softer than i20. When you miss the middle you can feel and hear the difference with the anser being softer. This was the same between full shots and chips. Distance there was no discernable difference. Anyhow for people that generally hit the center and want to know when they have hit it less then perfect the i25 will be a great match.

  4. Sam

    January 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Yes please.. Ugly like the i20s (which I have in my bag) but ugly or not they are the best irons so I will be getting them as soon as I can afford them..

    • Brady Wilson

      January 8, 2014 at 12:10 am

      You’d be doing yourself a real disservice if you ignored the competition and bought these. . . give them all a chance

  5. A

    January 5, 2014 at 1:15 am

    That i25 is going to be a silent killer. It’s gonna do great. You can just see it coming, it’s gonna do so well like the old Eye2 did back in the day.

  6. Jedidiah

    January 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Zak looks like such a creep

  7. Michael

    January 3, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Ping….I love the new design attributes you’re moving to with these i25s, s55s, and the Rapture wood and driving iron. Fun clubs and I hope to be transitioning from my old Pings to these new i25 irons this year!!!

    • Jcorona

      January 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Classic “boring” looks dont mean cheap. Sorry they don’t have screaming reds or yellows or orange. I’m sure Playskool has a good looking set for you.

  8. S Gautama

    January 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I definitely preferred the looks of the i20 but I will say I was blown away by the looks of the s55 when I first saw them in person, so perhaps these too will look better “in the flesh.” The S series is probably still for me though – by far the most deceivingly forgiving players club in my opinion, I never did find any real benefit in the i20 than the s56 (own both), even as a 12 capper.

    • chad ryan

      February 6, 2014 at 11:27 am

      You should really hit the 55′s up against the i25′s then. I was considering the 55′s as well until i saw the carry numbers. My avg 7 iron with my MP 64′s carries 178. The avg with the 55′s was 176 and the avg with the i25′s……185. They aren’t as “pretty”…but the numbers were convincing for me.

  9. Joe Ramirez

    January 2, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I do not, and have never owned Pings, but am going to seriously consider them this year. I have so much respect for their simplicity, functionality, and durability. I hit i20s this past fall, and was blown away with their combination of forgiveness and control. I can only assume at this point, that the i25s will be similar in their performance.

  10. nik dallos

    January 2, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    The only problem with these clubs is They are pings. Sorry guys. They just yell “CHEAP!” To me. If i was paid to play them , maybe. They look like cheap pot metal. Any lash you throw at the ball with those clubs will fly high and straight. Great for weekend warriors, but they look boring and uninspiring. Do they actually manufacture their heads in the U.S.of A.? If so, ill tip my hat to that

    • Joe Ramirez

      January 2, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      I have buddies that play all different Ping products, and am blown away with how long they last, and how well they have aged. I don’t think that could be cheap in anyone’s book. I can understand that the look may not appeal to everyone, including me, but would never classify them as cheap.

    • Progolfer

      January 3, 2014 at 1:28 am

      Cheap?! Ping makes some of the most quality equipment in the game. Ping clubs are known to last forever– groves hardly show wear over the years because of the quality. I admit it takes time to get used to the looks (aside from the “S” line), but I would never call them cheap. The Ping staff players are the most underpaid players on tour, but still use the clubs because they know they are playing arguably the best equipment on the market. I used to be a Titleist guy and went through iron sets and Vokeys like nothing. Not to mention Ping has the most advanced club-fitting tools in the game. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Looks are one thing, but performance is FAR more important. If you want to talk about cheap, maybe you should move over to the TaylorMade threads…

      • MJ

        January 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm

        +1

      • Brady Wilson

        January 7, 2014 at 11:58 pm

        Ping clubs last forever because they feel like crap. The cast steel they use is so hard you can’t dent em. They all sound so clicky and loud for an iron. In terms of performance, Myself and the two pros at my course all agree that they have hotspots in their irons. Seriously. I demo’d the S55 when the van came to my course, I hit one or two that rocketed off the face, hit the same as other swings. Are they forgiving? Very much. Are they durable? yeah, at the cost of feels.

        • Joe

          January 11, 2014 at 9:38 pm

          I play forged irons currently, and while the i20 isn’t as soft as forged, they are still quite cushioned at impact.

        • HV

          February 25, 2014 at 8:23 pm

          The feel of the S55 is absolutely incredible. I have owned MP Mizunos, Titleist forged, and all the Callaway forged irons. The S55 feels better than anything I have hit, except, maybe, the Mizunos. If you miss it, not the best feel, but that is with ANY iron. They all feel different when mis hit, but when you hit it in the center, the S55 is as good as any forged irons I have ever hit. This comes from a forged snob. Try the S55, it is out of this world and can be played by anyone up to about a 15 handicap.

        • Dave

          April 18, 2014 at 9:05 am

          If you really think pings feel clicky and cheap then you haven’t tried the i25. Dont comment on a thread with info on a different product lol

      • Willy

        January 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

        Not to mention all the pros with a sponsor name on the bag and hat, but different clubs in the bag. More times than not, those clubs are PINGS. They are awesome…..

    • Mikec

      January 3, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Ping was the last vendor to move their head manufacturing to China. I cannot think of a single large OEM (perhaps Scratch bit they are not a large OEM) including Mizuno, that does not produce their heads in China.

      Ping unlike many still assembles their clubs in AZ.

      • Brady Wilson

        January 7, 2014 at 11:59 pm

        So they glue their Chinese heads onto their Chinese shafts… woo, Go team!!!

    • Hunter

      January 4, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Yeah, they are one of only three golf manufacturers in the world that make and design all of their golf club heads. Proudly done in the U.S.A., FYI

    • mifty

      January 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      simple fact is- and Mr. Wishon has spoken to this many times- the foundries in China not only manufactured the goods cheaper but also BETTER than what was done in the US when most of the companies made the move. i’m a MUSA kind of guy, but i’m not ashamed to tip my hat to the Chinese when it’s deserved.

      • Tom

        January 6, 2014 at 11:41 am

        True, well said.

      • Jim

        March 24, 2014 at 3:45 pm

        Mifty: Please don’t tip your hat to the Chinese yet. When you understand the difference between physical defects to internal defects then you might be able to tip your hat. I bought a Harley Davidson because most of it was made in the USA (07)and I did the same last week in buying some I25′s. Working in a foundry, the stainless cast pour in a good foundry should be fine if your iron temp is correct and you have the right molding system. Forged clubs are denser materials being hammered with a couple blows by huge presses using carbon steel. I like forged clubs even though I didn’t buy the Mizuno’s. Everyone is going to China for a couple reasons which still tick this poor golfer off–low labor, but, much lower regulations etc. Do you know why they shut down all the factories about Bejing during the last Olympics? So the athletes could breathe!!! Quality–people say it, write it, and market it, however, the ones that show the process (like Mizuno and Ping) can go over the head of many unsuspecting golfers who will never know the differences. Pro’s may and you low scratch players will. I know because I work in the business. I heard my I25′s were made in Arizona? I sure hope they didn’t outsource because I will pay for American products. And, you mention Chinese do it better?? IF they do, it is only because we also sold our manufacturing technology to them anyway. Not all of technology is ours, but a darn good portion of it is. Mizuno I read has one forge shop in Japan, well, Japans standard of living is similar to ours and their quality is pretty good–Honda/Toyota ring a bell? However, due to the above costs I have heard they now are looking in China to make clubs. You can see you hit a sore spot here. We need to be a global market, no doubt. And, when most foreign countries talk about partnerships, well, to them that only means they get to stay on the top position. When you ask when you can get on top, it doesn’t happen. So, if any OEM is reading this dissertation, please, a lot of us would pay more for a forged or stainless steel cast quality USA made clubs. I hope I did?

    • Jack

      January 5, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      LOL! Ping is actually considered a quite premium brand like Titleist. What so you consider high end?

    • Jon

      January 7, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      You are so wrong or misinformed about Pings. Go to any decent range and you will find at least two people hitting Ping irons that are 10-25 years old. They make quality products that last forever. I have a set of Eye2s and game i15s and both of them still play really well.

  11. pack7483

    January 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Should lower the price on the i20s! So I say releasing these is a win!

  12. Mike

    January 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Certainly not thrilled on the looks department. Will continue with my i20 that are far more appealing to me. If I was to switch next season I would go with 714 AP2s. I am sure those still play nicely though.

  13. Numnum

    January 2, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Ping fanboys who says that the company is not the same without the old man Karsten being there just can’t get with the times. It’s not as if Ping had any idea what clubs would look like in 2014 back in 1990. If they did, we would have had 460 headed adjustable drivers back in 1990. So shut up or put up. Same with the irons. Nobody thought to put slots in irons, did they?

    • Joe

      January 11, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      I would not have used Ping 10-15 years ago…but I am considering i25 irons…mainly because their looks have evolved a little, while their legendary performance remains.

  14. golfjam

    January 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I’ve been noticing that Ping is like Intel and their Tic Toc policy. Tic being something new and Toc just an enhancement. But I’m fine with that, i20 is great and can’t imagine anything better.

  15. jon w

    January 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Just me, or is Ping starting to loose its Pingnes?
    A good start would be to go back to the old hosels.

    • Joe Ramirez

      January 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      You can get their old hostels in the G and the Karstens. Better players prefer the ferrule on the I and S irons.

      • jon w

        January 3, 2014 at 3:02 am

        Maybe the pros prefers them, but imop (and I think many others) the I5s are the best irons Ping has made, and they dont have a ferrule :)

        • Joe

          January 11, 2014 at 9:44 pm

          I understand. I have buddies that play the old, and love them. On the smaller headed stuff, I just prefer the ferrule. The “ping ness” that matters mostly is performance….all else is secondary.

  16. llamont

    January 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Personally, I’m not thrilled with the i25 iron’s aesthetic. I’m not really liking the “G” series profile. While I’m still bagging a set of i15 irons, Ping really seemed to hit the nail on the head with the i20 design. On the other hand, the S-55′s are pure awesomeness!

  17. benseattle

    January 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm

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    Yep, ever since the old man croaked, Ping has been on the verge of extinction. The kids obviously have no clue, despite a documented record of sales success and Tour acceptance.

    Are you like me? Don’t you just LOVE it when visitors to a website can completely dismiss a new club’s introduction based not on actually hitting the club, not by even seeing it in a store but on A HANDFUL OF ONLINE SNAPSHOTS?

    You’re expecting a new set of irons to perform what miracle, exactly?

  18. Willy

    January 2, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Just got on PINGS web site and the i20′s have been pulled off of it. WOW.

    • Jeremy

      January 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      They are now classified as “classic” irons on Ping’s website. Still there, just moved to a different spot.

  19. Fairways_and_Greens

    January 2, 2014 at 11:52 am

    For me, these are a big miss. I’d prefer the long irons be closer to the I-series than the G-series. If someone is looking for that much forgiveness they should be able to use a G-series and split their set… This basically splits the set for people… Bummer.

  20. Willy

    January 2, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I’m stickin to my i20′s. Nothing jumps out at me that would lead me to think I’d be any better with the 25′s. When they hit the shops out here I’ll hit em though.

  21. d

    January 2, 2014 at 9:48 am

    i 20′s looking better and better…

    • Mario

      January 2, 2014 at 10:55 am

      I have had 2 sets of I20′s trying to fix or adjust with different shafts, etc. but to no avail, was unable to make them work. The head size are an issue with me from 3 to 6 iron ( just can’t hit these correctly). The 7 through PW are just fine, very long. If Ping would have offered the set with all the same size head, I think they would have been fine. Will see what these new ones have to offer.

      • Brady Wilson

        January 8, 2014 at 12:02 am

        Skip Ping, seriously. You’re missing out.

        • Joe

          January 11, 2014 at 9:46 pm

          If you don’t like Pings, why are you on a thread specifically about them? They must be doing something right, because they enjoy customer loyalty that others can only dream of.

        • killerbgolfer

          January 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm

          Who do you work for brady? Your only contribution here seems to be steering people away from PING.

        • Wilson Brady

          January 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm

          Your position is understood, please go troll somewhere else.

        • Iron2850

          February 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm

          Brady, I don’t understand the animosity that you seem to have for PING products. I get that you don’t like the company or their products. But why the continued terse comments without any depth. We are missing out —- on what? Another brand? Another club? You clearly wouldn’t try the clubs to you can’t provide a review All of your comments are the same — there is no substance.

  22. joro

    January 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Well, it is something different, ask the marketing dept. Ping really misses Karsten, his boys are not him.

    • Marko

      January 3, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Why do you make this a personal thing. Ping is and has alway been a leader in golf equipment! Just look at the S line of irons! Well done boys.

  23. John

    January 2, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Failed? You sir are blind and just plain dumb. These are even better than the i20′s. PING made big improvements to the long irons. The i series of irons keeps getting better! Great job PING!

  24. Rob

    January 2, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Very clean lines in the new look and boy are they pure off the face. Great irons.

  25. getitclose

    January 2, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Really let down right now. Wanted the i25′s to be the one irons that knock out the 712 AP2. I loved the i20′s look but the stock shaft sucked and they were a little chunky. Now these are chunkier, with more off-set, and the same stock CFS shaft? Let down for sure

    • Brian

      January 3, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Troll,
      CFS shaft is great. If it’s not for you, try something different…It’s only stock if you don’t get fit.

    • visiondrawn

      January 6, 2014 at 10:30 am

      “with more off-set”… are you daft? look at the specs on Ping’s website. The offset on the i25 is EXACTLY the same as that on the i20. Gosh, what kind of excuses people with make up just to kvetch about something new.

    • Joe

      January 11, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      What?! I would put the CFS against the best from PX, KBS, or Nippon.

  26. Eric

    January 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Was waiting to see what these looked like. Keeping my i20s and buying a set of AP2s now. You failed, ping!

  27. Scooter McGavin

    January 2, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I can’t say I’m in love with the look of the back of the club, but being Pings, I can only assume they will perform well.

    • evan

      January 2, 2014 at 9:04 am

      I’m disappointed, ping seems to be getting away from there roots. They look like generic taylormade clubs. I’m keeping my i5′s.

      • Brad G.

        January 3, 2014 at 9:46 am

        you’re disappointed that you have to keep the clubs you play? i5s are some good ones.

        • Gallas2

          January 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm

          i5′s have cult like status. DA Points won with them last year and Calc played them until a few years ago. The anser (no pun) to 99 out of 100 questions is money. They tweak a few things and put in a tungsten toe and we all spend 800 bucks every two years…

          • Brady Wilson

            January 8, 2014 at 12:04 am

            You spelled answer wrong on purpose, didn’t you…

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