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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

 

Click here for more photos and discussion.

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  1. rex235

    Aug 9, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Let us know if and when a LH i500 model shows up…

  2. Mike

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Don’t understand the Ping strategy. G400, G700, I500, I210, I700, etc. And the prices are sky-high, ESPECIALLY re the G700. As a mid-handicapper, am I really going to spend $1,200 for a set of irons? What will these do that the previous G-Max irons can’t do (& they can now be had for half the cost).

    • Mat

      Aug 9, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      You think $1200 is a lot for irons? And why not wait so you can have these for ‘half the cost’?

      If you hit the G700 and the i500, you’ll know immediately that they are very, very different clubs.

  3. 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!

  4. Mmmmooooo

    Jul 13, 2018 at 1:50 am

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

    • David

      Aug 7, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      Came to the exact opposite conclusion. Love the feel and sound.

  5. 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)

  6. 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….

  7. Captain Obvious

    Jun 30, 2018 at 12:13 pm

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

  8. 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.

  9. calc

    Jun 29, 2018 at 7:21 pm

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

  10. Tom

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:58 pm

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

  11. 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

  12. Milo

    Jun 29, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Doesn’t look to bad honestly.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 ??!!!

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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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