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.
The most noticeable 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.
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.