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Spotted: Ping i200 irons

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PGA Tour winner Ted Purdy hasn’t finished in the top-10 of a PGA Tour event since 2009, but he’s a favorite with golf equipment fans tonight.

The 43-year-old posted a photo on social media of a set of Ping irons marked “i200” that the company is yet to announce. “Now these are sweet,” he said. “The NEW @PingTour i200.”

What’s new about the i200 irons? What makes them “sweet?” It appears that Ping may be spilling the beans sooner rather than later.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the irons in our forum.

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  1. Michael

    Jan 12, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Also see link: http://clubping.jp/product/. From there you can get to i200 specs, new putter line the Sigma G and Ping Glide 2.0 specs

  2. DevilDog18

    Jan 8, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Mizuno T-Zoids! Yet cast….

  3. Big lefty

    Jan 8, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Most likely these are miura / shaped by / or custom shaped for x player by ping clubmaker then stamped with “ping” for the tour pro. The masses will get something that looks similar and plays very different. Wake up folks the stuff the big boys are playing is not at all the same so don’t let the marketing fool you. Get fit for something that suits your game and stick with it. I played on small tours and saw this first hand when moving up to the big tour for Monday’s believe me this was over fifteen years ago and this is the way it was and it has never changed.

  4. Chunkiebuck

    Jan 6, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Sure looks familiar, didn’t TM do the ribbed look back in 2001?

  5. Dave R

    Jan 6, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Ping has not made a good iron since the eye2. I have hit them all when they came out. Will stick to my mizuno …… thanks.

    • The Stallion

      Jan 7, 2017 at 11:32 am

      No …… thank you for that incredible comment! Enjoy your mizuno!

  6. Guia

    Jan 6, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Basically, just another deep cavity iron, low back weighting, etc. I am sure it will work because all the others work also. Nothing to get excited about.

    I have a number of sets of pings, Eye2 BeCu, ISI Nickel, ISI BeCu, G30, G30 Max, and any number of drivers and putters. They all work well, but dependent on the lofts they all play the same.

    • Tom

      Jan 7, 2017 at 11:19 am

      or the person playing them. I played with a member who had the same set I have, His results are vastly different than mine

  7. Brian

    Jan 6, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Finally, Ping has made a club I may actually put in my bag since the 1990s. Last Ping I played were Eye2s.

  8. GolfBum

    Jan 5, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Hope they offer decent shafts on this model. I am looking at this release to see if they might go that direction. If other manufacturers like Mizuno can offer decent shafts at no upcharge for irons, why can it not be done by PING?

    No upcharge shafts by some manufacturers is classified as upcharge by PING, where I am from it is a very expensive to go outside the normal offerings, especially if you play regular shafts.

    Currently play PING clubs but might venture elsewhere if the shaft selections does not improve.

    • bob

      Jan 6, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      look at the base price of mizuno irons and you can understand why there is no upcharge.

    • The Stallion

      Jan 7, 2017 at 11:35 am

      There are 6 no charge steel shafts available. Most golfers can be well-fit into one of those. The I200 will retail for $125/club. Most Mizuno irons retail for $150/clubs. Would you rather Ping up the price across the board like that? I wouldn’t.

  9. Mat

    Jan 5, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    At an equipment website, you see a leaked photo, and you’re meowing about not seeing it top-down? What, are you going to be “that guy” that yells FINALLY when it is officially released? Ugh.

  10. Brian

    Jan 5, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Agreed…I’d really like to see the topline and the sole.

  11. bogeypro

    Jan 5, 2017 at 11:27 am

    They look like TaylorMade RAC LT2 irons from 2005ish. I like them!

  12. TexasSnowman

    Jan 5, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Look VERY GOOD. Note to OEMs; lose the large logos, bright colored badges, etc and give us more options like this.

    This goes for everything in my opinion; for example, as a recreational golfer why does my golf bag need a giant manufacturer logo painted on the it?

  13. Brian

    Jan 5, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Decent looking Ping irons, for a change. I would consider those if they were forged and the production models looked like that. Knowing Ping, they’ll slap a colored badge on and Ugly them up.

  14. JR

    Jan 5, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Look like some 20 year old Taylor Made clubs!!

  15. Excited

    Jan 5, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I saw these in person and at address they look similar to the iblade iron (AWESOME). I was also told from someone I consider a highly reliable source that the MOI on this iron is BETTER than the wide soled G15 from a few years back. With the great looks, if it is truly that forgiving…. THEY WILL HAVE A WINNER!

  16. CARSON

    Jan 5, 2017 at 8:30 am

    these Irons are awesome on of my tour players were telling me about them and he said that there the best iron they have some out with in 10 years. the top line is super thin and the PW to the 4 iron look great the offset is perfect and the performance is great yall are going to love these most of the tour players will switch other then the guys playing the Iblades

    • Excited

      Jan 5, 2017 at 8:33 am

      They look flat awesome! I was unable to hit one though 🙁

  17. Jim

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Look like a TM iron with a Ping CTP weight. After the elegance of the Ping I series this is a major disappointment at visually. And what’s with the name, shouldn’t it be Ping I-e2 to keep with the simpler names they were loud about with the recent releases, saying that the name would remain the same for each new release? They might still be a very good iron but they’re off to a poor start in my opinion.

  18. Prut

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Ping RACs?

  19. Johnnylongballz

    Jan 5, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Sweet! Looks like the I25 and S55 made a beautiful baby.

    • Jack

      Jan 5, 2017 at 4:08 am

      Agree! Whoever designed these clubs, S55, iBlade should definitely get a raise. These are beautiful clubs.

    • Excited

      Jan 5, 2017 at 8:34 am

      TOTALLY AGREE!

  20. Nu

    Jan 5, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Wow. Talk about a straight up TM rip. With just the Ping CTP.

  21. Neil Cameron

    Jan 5, 2017 at 1:15 am

    look like miura cb57

  22. rymail00

    Jan 5, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Wow, they look great from the pics.

  23. Johnny Wells

    Jan 4, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    this looks reminds me of TM’s 360 irons a little bit

  24. NolanMBA

    Jan 4, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Love the simplicity.

  25. coolhandbirdman

    Jan 4, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Hope they stay this way, I don’t like badges on the iE1’s.

  26. Andrew

    Jan 4, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Sexy. Looks like the i25 with a cleaner cavity.

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SPOTTED: New Callaway Forged irons… Apex or Legacy?

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Photos of a new Callaway Forged iron popped up in our GolfWRX Forums, and our members are trying to figure out whether they’re going to be replacements for Apex Pro irons, or whether they’re an update on the Legacy series. They could also be X-Forged irons, but since Callaway recently came out with new X-Forged irons, that would be unlikely.

Here’s what GolfWRX Members are saying:

  • elwhippy: A new Legacy iron? Looks a bit Japanese shaped. 
  • mattTHEkatt: Like an X-Forged/Legacy Black mashup. They look powerful. 
  • DTown3011: …gotta be the next Apex!
  • J13: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • mgholda: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • TheMoneyShot: I thought Cally was going to phase out the Apex name after they released the MBs?
  • john443: A larger cavity in these then the X- Forged… competitor to the 750 and AP3 maybe? …or Legacy Black finally brought to retail…hallelujah. CF16 replacement???!
  • Equipto: These look very sharp, and like thumpers. I don’t care if they are a Legacy Black or Apex replacement, call them whatever… i’ll try them 
  • mrmikeac: Next gen Callaway Apex Legacy? Hmmmm…..
  • Brizam: The Legacy Black might be the best players cavity back ever made.  If they were to become available they’d move straight to the top of the list of clubs to buy for me. 
  • Jourdan M: This is the Apex Pro 

Here are photos of the new Callaway irons we spotted

Previous Apex Pro irons

Previous Legacy irons

Which one do you think the new iron looks like? 

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Wilson’s new FG Tour V6 RAW irons (yes, they will rust)

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Wilson came out with its FG Tour V6 irons in 2016, but these new Raw versions have a different look… and with time, they’ll have a VERY different look.

The new FG Tour V6 Raw irons have an unplated finish, and they’re designed to “develop a unique patina based on age, exposure and use over time,” according to Wilson. This gives each iron a unique look, and one that’s far from the clean cut original FG Tour release that had a chrome finish (which won’t rust).

In addition to the rusting effect, the irons are different because they have a copper badge in the cavity that will eventually match the color of the golf club over time. Here’s a graphic mock-up of how the Raw irons may look overtime.

Like the original releases, the irons have tungsten weights and mass behind the impact area for a “forged feel” and “improved feedback,” according to the company.

The FG Tour V6 Raw irons are a custom option on Wilson.com, and are available through Wilson’s premium partner accounts as of today, Tuesday, June 19. According to Wilson, the Raw irons “are a very limited production run,” so only a certain amount of sets will even be built.

 

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Chief Engineer Chris Voshall on Mizuno’s approach to the Tour and some of the most insightful pros

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Mizuno’s Chief Engineer Chris Voshall chatted with Johnny Wunder on the latest episode of the Gear Dive.

Voshall offers innumerable interesting anecdotes–particularly interesting is the development of the JPX 900 iron for Brooks Koepka and Voshall’s discussion of his work with other Tour talents.

In the excerpt below, however, Voshall discusses Mizuno’s approach to Tour players and further, whose feedback has proven particularly valuable.

“We’re not making them something special. If they’re coming to us, it’s because the product is that good…They come to us instead of us having to go to them…that’s one of the really exciting things.”

Voshall indicated that players on Tour play essentially the same Mizuno products that are available at retail.

“If the Tour van is out of inventory, they can reach out to us…and we’ll get them more heads. There’s nothing unique about what they’re playing, which I think speaks to the customer…you can almost not trust marketing around the whole world these days, but for us to say ‘there’s nothing different’…that’s something we really hang our hat on.”

With respect to excellent testers on Tour, Voshall sang Luke Donald’s praises, as well as Jhonny Vegas and Brian Gay.

“I love working with Luke. Luke, especially when you’re talking irons…turf interaction, that’s the thing he’s looking for. So with Luke, you’ve really got to speak to him about how it feels, how it enter, how it exits [the turf] and how that’s causing the ball to launch. You could give him the exact same head with a slightly different sole grind, and he will love or hate one versus the other. He’s really cool to work with on that front.”

“Jhonny Vegas…he’s raw power. He goes at it. He wants to slam the club into the ground as hard as he can and see where it goes. He very much on the opposite end of the spectrum as Luke, who’s very much an artist out there, trying to work it, trying to do different things.”

“One of my favorite guys to work with, even though he’s not on staff anymore, is Brian Gay. He knows his game. He knows equipment. Speaking to the fact that he’s been out on Tour as long as he has and has the wins he has with the length he hits the ball, it shows that he does not miss a shot. And he knows everything…when he makes a comment on a club, that’s the one that I take most serious.”

For the rest of Voshall’s insights and perspective, give the full podcast a listen below.

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