Pros: Ping packed tons of technology in the i25s while maintaining clean looks. Their progressive design offers higher-launching, more forgiving long irons and short irons that are smaller and more versatile.

Cons: Better players might prefer a more compact look at address.

Bottom Line: Tour players and average golfers love the i25 irons, and so do we. They’re reasonably priced ($699 for a seven-piece set) and offer great forgiveness, distance and consistency through the set.

Overview

Ping’s i25 irons are the next generation of Ping’s very well received i20 irons. The i20s marked the beginning of a strong run of success by Ping, so the idea then is to just give the i20s a cosmetic makeover and push them out to the public as “new,” right? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, yes and no.

Ping’s design team set out to make them better. Want more consistent distance control? How about a higher launch without higher-spinning long irons? Then how about more forgiveness? And more workability?

[youtube id=”9EmuUeSBzzU” width=”620″ height=”360″]

Marty Jertson, director of product development for Ping, said 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 the company’s larger 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.

Ping i25 irons

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 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 i25 irons ($699 for a seven-piece set) come stock with Ping’s 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 Review

ping i25 irons review

 

ping i-25 irons review

 

i25 and i20 comparison


2Y9G0467

Ping i25 and the Ping s55 irons pictured above (i25 iron on the left). Click the images to enlarge them.

Tester: Todd Hibbert (asleep)
Handicap: 5
8 iron carry: 150 yards
Swing Speed (driver): 100 mph

Houston Country Club’s Par 3 14th hole was playing 197 yards across the ravine into the slightly uphill green. The dusk air was cool, but not blowing. I pulled the i25 4 iron, added some spine tilt and the result was a high arching ball that stopped light-footedly 15 feet below the hole.

2014 i25
ping i-25 ironsping i25
Ping facePing’s i25 7 iron. Click the images to enlarge them.

Not all my shots were like that, however. My first rounds with the i25s were accompanied by poor setups and rusty swing mechanics that resulted in some, ahem, bottom groove shots. What I noticed while stinking-up-the-place was the frame of the i25s is very sturdy and held those shots on line to or through the green, depending on how low I made contact.

ping i25 reviews
Ping’s i25 3 iron.

On the par-5 13th hole at Memorial Park Golf Course, I thinned a 3 iron out of the sparse left rough that held its line dead straight well past my intended layup distance. Again, I felt the structural sturdiness of the frame keep my ball on line and moving out there. There was much less of a clang and twist on these mishits, a notably more solid feel and outcome.

i25 and i20 comparison2Y9G0460
2Y9G04612Y9G0447
Ping i25 and the i20 comparison photos above. The i25 irons are on the left. Click the images to enlarge them.

Like the i20s, the i25s are a blended set with compact heel-to-toe dimensions and minimal offset in the shortest irons that allows for ultimate control and the better look many golfers ask for in shorter irons. Moving out to the mid and long irons, Ping introduces more offset and thicker toplines for added forgiveness and launch.

The 6th hole at Memorial Park is a short par 4 that requires a layup off the tee unless you want to risk water that cuts well into the majority of the fairway. I pulled my new 4 iron and found the center of the face for a towering (for me) 228 yard tee shot that came to rest on the fairway. My buddy Tom let out a “Wow!” after that strike, which felt like buttah and flew like Boeing Jet.

My yardages increased about three yards with the PW up to six yards in the longer irons going compared to the i20s, with the aforementioned higher ball flight in the longer irons. My distance spacing improved with the longer irons and did not deteriorate with the shorter irons. There were no “hot-face flyers” at all through 15+ rounds with the clubs, which matters most to me.

While pulling a PW from 150 yards sounds fun and all, I have zero interest in giving up one yard of distance precision because an iron’s “trampoline” face yields variable results. Zero. Thanks to improved face stabilization bars it is not a problem here, so no worries. Trajectory control is also improved. I can hit any of these irons high or low, whereas before high, long iron shots were more challenging.

Looks and Feel

The sound and feel of the i25s is a bit improved over the i20s overall, and noticeably better on pured shots. I’m able to more easily discern where on the club I’m making contact, and with center strikes it all disappears into that Ahhhh! nothingness feeling we all yearn for.

ping 2014 irons
Ping’s i25 pitching wedge.

At address, the i25 are substantially larger than Ping’s S55 irons, particularly in the long irons. But Ping took care to add smoothness to the transition between the heel and top line, and rounded the toe of the irons to give them a very pleasing, traditional look. While the top lines get pretty thick in the long irons, the back of the iron stays invisible, a pet peeve for many good players. In the short irons, the top lines and blade lengths get thinner, giving better players the more compact look they’re used to seeing.

In the bag, the i25 irons look awesome, with a “Foggy Chrome” finish that removes glare at address and looks majestic in the bag. The new CTP also adds a clean look to the cavities of the irons, as well as a bit of bling that is trending in the golf equipment world.

My gamer irons are Ping Anser Forged with C-Taper shafts in them. They’re expensive, but worth it in my opinion. After too much back-and-forth, I decided to order the i25s with the same C-Taper shafts to get a truer comparison. But comparing this set to the set I demo’d at Ping with the CFS shafts I have to say I personally prefer Ping’s CFS shafts in the i25s, which was what I had in the i20s. The CFS shafts give me optimal spin across the set with the i25s, while the C-Tapers are better for the Anser Forged. Your mileage may vary.

i25 irons
2Y9G04332Y9G0437
2Y9G0438Ping i25 3 iron. Click the images to enlarge them.

What about the diggers and sweepers out there? Diggers get an improved sole grind that gets through Earth’s mantle more easily than the i20s. This was readily noticeable to me when I was setting up too much on my left side and coming in steep early on in the review process. Video resolved that eventually, but the i25s handled it well.

ping i25 review
ping i25 irons review2Y9G0451
2Y9G0453Ping i25 pitching wedge. Click the images to enlarge them.

If you’re a sweeper who tends to release the club early you might request that Ping to put a heel grind, back grind or bounce grind on your set to suit your needs and playing conditions. Sweepers/early-releasers should consider the i25s, as they perform admirably with low-face strikes.

The Takeaway

In my piece on Ping’s Play Your Best philosophy, I left you hanging with the question, what’s in Ping Chief Designer Marty Jertson’s bag for 2014? Well, I can tell you Marty will be hitting his second shots with the Ping i25 irons if he again qualifies for the PGA Championship. That’s a move from the G25s he designed, and a pretty good endorsement.

i25 and g25 comparison
2Y9G0464Ping’s i25 (left) and the G25 (right) irons. Click on the photos to enlarge them.

As for me, I’m torn between my Anser Forged and the i25s as to which to set I’d have in the bag at Augusta National Golf Club. Considering the sneaky and variable winds, the crowd and cameras all around me, and the ultimate second-shot golf course with tiny optimal landing zones on those greens… aww, heck man, I’m taking all the forgiveness I can get while preserving shot making capabilities. The i25s at the Masters. Wish me luck.

Learn more from PingBuy Now on Amazon

To Click here to say what GolfWRX Members are saying about the review in our forum.

Your Reaction?
  • 98
  • LEGIT12
  • WOW5
  • LOL3
  • IDHT1
  • FLOP2
  • OB2
  • SHANK35

Previous articleReview: Bio Cell and Bio Cell+ Fairway Woods
Next articleThe 10 Best Things about Playing in the Rain
GolfWRX is the world's largest and best online golf community. Expert editorial reviews, breaking golf tour and industry news, what to play, how to play and where to play.

GolfWRX surrounds consumers throughout the buying, learning and enrichment process from original photographic and video content, to peer to peer advice and camaraderie, to technical how-tos, and more.

As the largest online golf community we continue to protect the purity of our members opinions and the platform to voice them. We want to protect the interests of golfers by providing an unbiased platform to feel proud to contribute to for years to come.

You can follow GolfWRX on Twitter @GolfWRX and on Facebook.

29 COMMENTS

Not seeing your comment? Read our rules and regulations. Click "Report comment" to alert GolfWRX moderators to offensive or inappropriate comments.
  1. ordered a new set of i25’s and they came with irons swingweighted C4 and wedges at C7. They are supposedly redoing them now, but was a little taken aback with the lack of quality control at Ping UK. By the way, I hit them before returning and they still performed better than my Mizuno mp32’s – go figure.

    • You can specify ANY swingweight you want from Ping. The will change the backweight to accommodate oversize grips and such.
      I’ve ordered at least 6 to 8 sets over the years all with +1/32″ grips at std lengths. I specify D2 in irons and D4 in wedges. All have come spot on.
      Their irons do come in lighter swingweights std unless heavier is specified.

  2. Just bought a set of i25 Irons and have to say I love em, not played the game for yrs then started using borrowed clubs (Cobra s9)to see if the interest was still there. Only been out a few times with them but they are well worth the money spent, also got the ss60 gorge wedge, I new there was a reason I liked pings.

  3. Hit the i25’s. Liked them, but I’m sticking with my i20’s. I didn’t really notice much difference and I’m of the mind not to change something if it isn’t broke and the i20’s are staying in the bag. Like the CFS shafts also.

  4. will keep my i20s for at least another 2 years and then see if any new Titleist, Ping, Callaway irons excite me. I25 don’t really win on looks unfortunately which is another reason I am pleased with my i20 set.

    • I had the i20s, and really liked them. I took them to Edwin watts looking for any reason to get the i25s. I would hit 5 with each set, with each club and compare . There was nothing to differentiate between the two other than looks. Same distance, dispersion, almost the exact feel. The salesman( who I trust) talked me out of the i25s and even said their ping rep admitted to little difference .

  5. The delimitation problem is real. The flaking of the plating on the outside of these irons happens too often. PING will replace them if you send them back but the hassle of doing that a THIRD time forced me to buy other irons this year. My i20’s flakes twice and my Wedge was starting to do it yet again when I dumped them. My buddy sent 3 of his i25 clubs in this year for replacement. Good playing irons but in this age there are lots of good playing irons to choose from.

  6. I have the i25’s new for this year, I have only played 5 rounds with them, but these are game changers for the better. I like the CFS shaft too, I had KBS-S in my old Mizuno’s and I liked them, but they were a little stiff for my swing speed. These are some of the easiest to hit clubs I have ever owned

  7. I have the i25s in the bag for about a week and they are terrific. Long irons are easy to hit and short irons just flat out perform. I find the CFS shafts in these irons to be too high of launch and spin for me – these paired with the C-Tapers are really nice.

  8. I’m surprised that more people aren’t playing these irons. These are classic Pings with all the tech and engineering. Forgiveness, distance and workability.
    Ping needs to do a better job of their TV commercials and get away from the stupid comedy ones starring their players as bad actors, and instead actually show the clubs’ winning awards and tournaments, and show the world what went into the design and technology. Not everybody actually bothers to use websites to get all the info, but they will watch TV.

  9. That’s the equipment these days, all the manufacturers are coming out with quality products. It’s really all based on marketing and personal preference on which clubs you buy.

  10. Its a little off topic but does anyone know what the upcharge is for a motore speeder 7.2 tour spec in the ping i25 driver i hit this combo at a demo day but cant remember what the guy told me for the life of me

  11. One thing I noticed about the i25 irons was my distance increase. I had gamed Taylormade T360 irons up until a week ago. I could hit my 7 iron a good 155….With the i25’s, I averaging about 200 with my 7 iron. Needless to say, this summer and college golf in the fall will be fun

LEAVE A REPLY