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Spotted: In-hand photos of the new Ping i500 irons

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First, we spotted Tony Finau testing out an unidentified Ping utility iron that was rumored to be the new i500 by GolfWRX Forum members. Then, we learned that Ping’s Director of Product Design Marty Jertson used “Ping i500” long irons to qualify for the 2018 PGA Championship.

Now, we have in-hand photos of the Ping i500 irons in our forums. It’s now clear that this will be a full set of clubs, not just utility irons. It also appears, judging by the screw in the toe of all the irons pictured, that the irons will have a hollow-bodied construction throughout the set.

Check out photos of the 7 iron below, and check out photos of all the irons we photographed in the forum thread.

Ping i500 7-iron

 

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  1. mizuno29

    Jul 14, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Remember the Anser irons? They were 8620, the body of this iron is 17-4, the face is 8620. I’ve hit this club, got a set on order, they are $162.50 per with the graphite Recoil shaft, they have all the same playing characteristics that the G 700’s have without all that offset, but you can control the trajectories with these and the 700’s you couldn’t. Hollow club design is the future of irons, makes the face hotter, launches higher, and produce very little spin. Great job Ping!

  2. Mmmmooooo

    Jul 13, 2018 at 1:50 am

    Hit it. Feels and sounds terrible. Very hollow and cracked sounding. Need foam in it lmao

  3. jc

    Jul 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    one thing for sure…they will be longer, higher, straighter and more accurate..might as well throw your old stuff out or donate to kids.

    • Mike

      Jul 13, 2018 at 8:17 am

      And they’ll probably be on about $160+ a club. (refer to G700)

  4. Austin

    Jul 1, 2018 at 12:57 am

    It is a hollow body full set. Also coming out with new i210s that look and feel good

    • george

      Jul 1, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      …. look and feel good when you grab the club in your hand and rub it down….

  5. Captain Obvious

    Jun 30, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Clearly says forged for people who comment without actually looking at the pictures…. ????

    • ogo

      Jun 30, 2018 at 3:07 pm

      …and you blindly mindlessly ignorantly accept the “forged” claim?!!
      “forged” could mean made falsely with intent to deceive. Is it ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ forged… big difference in metallurgy. Or is the face plate roll forged and welded to a cast body stamped with the false ‘forged’ claim?

  6. Caroline

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Any one else find the lie angle on Pings getting changed after a few rounds on these hard summer fairways? I guess the notch in the hosel makes them easier to bend?…I had my short iron lies corrected a month ago and today I had them checked and two of them were off enough to be reset again???

    • dilly dilly

      Jun 30, 2018 at 1:15 am

      Most Pings are cast and don’t bend at all.

      • Tom

        Jul 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

        cast stainless is difficult to adjust. Ping knew this and addressed this with the hosel notch.

      • Steve Buchanan

        Jul 9, 2018 at 11:54 am

        Of course they bend. Even the old Ping Eye 2 Irons were bendable. They did it at the factory as one of the last steps. That is how they adjusted to the correct lie. They didn’t have different castings for the different lies. The irons were pounded by a mallet into the correct lie and then the dot was painted to show which lie it was as the last step.

    • Swing Dr

      Jul 1, 2018 at 7:11 am

      Impossible. The guy checking them probably doesn’t have his machine calibrated correctly. Send them back to Ping for loft/ lie and put your mind at ease.

  7. calc

    Jun 29, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Drink GOLFERAID …. there’s a swing in every can …. 😮

  8. Tom

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    That iron has 7 less screws in the head than PXG…..lol!

  9. Tom

    Jun 29, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    PING clubs are the most copied of all time and have brought the most innovations to the industryratepayers by far. They are engineers, it’s the others who copy.
    i500 is a beauty to behold.

    • Jeffrey Anderson

      Jun 29, 2018 at 10:54 pm

      Stan Thompson had ‘‘tthis design in the 60’s -70’s
      Less the hotel ….
      Great looking iron

  10. Milo

    Jun 29, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Doesn’t look to bad honestly.

  11. HDTVMAN

    Jun 29, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    These are hollow and not “gel” filled. I have the G700’s and the ball “flies long and high” off the face. The i500 is designed for the low-digit handicap player. The new designs are great looking and perform beautifully, construction is based on Ping driver, fairway, and hybrid construction.

    • calc

      Jun 29, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      So the toe port is for variable weighting and the rest of the head is solid? Okay, I suppose that’s better than lead tape but why only the toe?

      • Swing Dr

        Jun 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm

        Good question. There is a matching screw hidden in the hosel for heel-toe balance.

      • Travis

        Jun 30, 2018 at 10:18 am

        If they can drill out a section and put heavier weight in the toe it will move COG more towards the middle of the face instead of being heel biased.

    • Noa Idea

      Jul 4, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      the g700’s have a lot of good points, but they are way too loud at impact. Hope the i500’s have sorted that issue.

  12. MuskieCy

    Jun 29, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    They are all copying the Adams XTD forged irons from 2014.

    Forged face, hollow urethane-filled bodies.

    • Wiger Toods

      Jun 30, 2018 at 3:34 am

      Not even close. Cavity is much bigger in the 500.

  13. calc

    Jun 29, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Looking at the i500 toe, is that a weight port or is it a jello-elastomer port… like TM and PXG ??!!!

  14. DougWilsonsSlapper

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Countdown to “their copying TM who’s copying PXG” and “these aren’t forged” and “Ping are ugly” and “thick topline” in 3…2…1…

    • JJD

      Jun 29, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      Yeah but, I don’t think these are forged. And, everyone knows they are just copies of TM and as you know, they copy PXG. But we all know PXG copies Tommy Armour.

    • Marooned

      Jun 29, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      No. PXG copied TaylorMade. In the year 1993 TM put foam in the Burner midsize irons. In 1993 PXG did not even exist.

      That’s why PXG lawsuit never go anywhere, seemed just like a poor PR stunt from PXG to be honest since it’s pretty easy to look it up beforehand…

  15. Tim Armington

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Really like it!!! What is the difference between the i500 and the i210?

    • calc

      Jun 29, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      That’s easy….. i500 minus i210 = i290 …. 😮

    • Chuck Barkley

      Jun 29, 2018 at 3:07 pm

      One’s a race track in Indy, and the other is a freeway in Los Angeles!!! Hahahaha!!! Yuk yuk!! I should’a been a comedy guy.

  16. 2putttom

    Jun 29, 2018 at 10:57 am

    I’ll give em’ try

    • calc

      Jun 29, 2018 at 1:53 pm

      … sure you will Karsten Jr. ….!!!!

      • 2putttom

        Jun 29, 2018 at 4:19 pm

        calc ! ya bald headed wombat where ya been … are we still on for Monday?

  17. The dude

    Jun 29, 2018 at 10:50 am

    They look great……but printing Forged on the back of the cast club is a bit misleading (I know….marketing has their hook for gullible wannabe players)

    • Brooky03

      Jun 29, 2018 at 11:34 am

      How do you know it’s not forged? You can forge multiple pieces of the club and weld them together. That’s still a forged club. It’s possible just the face is forged and the body of the clubs are cast, but you can’t know that from the pics.

      • calc

        Jun 29, 2018 at 1:47 pm

        Ping and other golf club companies who claim their clubs are “forged” are scamming gullible golfers… they’re more like “forgeries”… 😉

    • calc

      Jun 29, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      … not “forged”…. “forgeries” ….. 😮

    • Travis

      Jun 30, 2018 at 10:20 am

      Titleist AP2’s are only a forged face, they call them “forged”, nobody seems to complain about that….

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Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged, 919 Forged, and 919 Hot Metal hit USGA’s conforming list

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As alerted by our always investigative GolfWRX Forum Members, three new Mizuno JPX irons have shown up recently on the USGA Conforming Clubs list; JPX 919 Forged (there is no image of the RH version, but there is of the LH), JPX 919 Hot Metal (and LH), and a JPX 919 Tour Forged iron.

Although still unannounced and unreleased by Mizuno, it’s likely these JPX 919 irons will be the replacements for the previous JPX 900 series. If you remember, Brooks Koepka won back-to-back U.S. Opens using JPX 900 Tour irons; now, it seems there may be a replacement for that iron on the way, judging by the USGA Conforming List.

Check out the Mizuno JPX 919 irons below, as listed on the USGA Confirming list.

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See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the USGA photos.

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SPOTTED: Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons

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Photos have recently popped up in our GolfWRX Forums of Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons. It’s been nearly two years since the company released it’s previous Z565, Z765 and Z965 irons, so it’s possible (if not likely), based on nomenclature, these could be the replacements for that series.

The photos in our forums show Z785 short irons (5-PW) and Z785 long irons (4 and 3), but it does not appear that the Z785 irons shown in the photos are driving irons, so it’s likely these photos come from a mixed set.

We do not have any official tech or release information about new irons from Srixon at this time, so we’re left to speculate for the time being. What do you think about the photos of these Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons?

Check out the photos of each below, and click here for more photos and discussion.

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Michael Kim on why he switched to a Titleist TS2 driver, and the change he’s making for The Open

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Michael Kim set a tournament scoring record at the John Deere Classic last week, so, needless to say, the UC Berkeley alum was firing on all cylinders.

With respect to one of those cylinders, Kim, historically not a great driver of the golf ball, was 34th in Strokes Gained off the tee and tied for second in driving accuracy with a new Titleist TS2 driver in his bag last week. For reference, he’s 192nd in Strokes Gained off the tee and 183rd in driving accuracy for the season. In other words, while Kim’s incredible putting (+13.51 strokes gained: putting) helped, the Titleist TS2 driver he began experimenting with at the FedEx St. Jude Classic also played a role.

We caught up with Kim by phone from Carnoustie and asked him about the decision to put the new TS2 in play.

“When I hit it, I liked it right away. I noticed the biggest difference on mishits. On my old driver, the ball speed would drop a little bit on a toe or heel hit, but with the new one, you barely saw any [drop in ball speed]. And it was definitely going straighter off the mishits. Straighter and longer, honestly.”

“Generally, I don’t make a switch, especially with the driver mid-year, but I put it right in play. And I’m working on some new things with my swing…I kind of turned the corner at the Quicken Loans…obviously hit it great at the Deere.”

“I tried the TS3, but it was a little too low spin for me. So we kept the same shaft [Aldila Rogue Black 60X] and I think it’s the same setting.”

Kim also mentioned he’s putting a steel-shafted driving iron in play for The Open this week–on the recommendation of a guy who knows a thing or two about playing well at the British Open.

“Zach Johnson told me on the plane ride here that I should maybe try a driving iron. So…I got out here and I asked to try a couple of different driving irons…On Tuesday, I tried out a couple of different T-MBs…2-iron, 3-iron. The 2-iron was going way too far, so I tried the 3-iron on the golf course. The way the course is set up, it’s just so firm…It’ll be great if there’s some wind. Exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll put it in play and I’ll probably use it a decent amount throughout the week.”

With respect to Kim’s wedge setup, Vokey Wedge rep, Aaron Dill, offered this comment

“Michael Kim has a really good short game that shows tremendous confidence. Michael uses a great system with his gap wedge having higher bounce, this help with flight and consistency, his 56 is high bounce for bunker and all shots needing extra bounce, and his 60 is a low bounce L for all tighter conditions and shots that need easy and fast lift. The beauty of this setup is it covers multiple shot window and types.”

We’ll see how it works out for him. Kim is competing in his first Open Championship. He tees off at 9:04 a.m. local time with Ryuko Tokimatsu and Chez Reavie.

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