Ping is known for making great game improvement irons, but the company’s G25 irons for 2013 will be special. Over the years, many PGA Tour players have used Ping “G” series irons because of their forgiveness. The difference between the 2013 G25 irons and previous G-series irons is that this year’s model is the total package — it has all the benefits of a game-improvement iron without the usual bulky soles that are inherent in the GI class.

Marty Jertson, a senior design engineer for Ping, said the company wanted to re-align the size of the new iron to be more in the sweet spot of the game-improvement category.

“We felt like we were going past that with the sole widths on models like the G20,” Jertson said.

The G25 irons feature thinner, more progressive sole widths, thinner top lines and moderate offset, which will appeal to golfers of all skill levels. The progressive sole widths provide higher-launching, more-forgiving long irons, and short irons with added playability and control.

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A staple of Ping’s irons, the Custom Tuning Port (CTP), was repositioned lower on the face on the G25s — so low that it required engineers to halve the size of the CTP from previous models, as it now rests against the sole of the club.

g-25 iron
This increases the efficiency of the irons, better aligning the impact line, a line perpendicular to the loft of an iron, with the club’s force line at impact. According to Jertson, this means the face won’t rotate as much at impact, resulting in less energy loss and more ball speed.

Engineers also thinned the faces of the G25 irons. The face deflection (read: springiness) of the face hasn’t changed — it’s actually similar to the deflection of the G20 irons. But the thinner faces do allow for the redistribution of weight in more optimal places. This allowed Ping to increase the forgiveness of the long irons, and design short irons that have a flatter trajectory.

“The easiest way to get inertia is to just widen the sole,” Jertson said. “But we didn’t want to do that. [With the G25 irons] we wanted to give the same forgiveness package as the G20 irons, but with more versatility.”

Support bars in the cavity of the G25 irons stabilize the 17-4 stainless steel face to ensure a solid feel and exceptional distance control throughout the set. Engineers also also tweaked the materials, thicknesses, density, weight and even the process of adhesion of the multi-material cavity badge, proving that that badges are much more than a sticker that’s glued to the back of an iron for aesthetics. They’re factors that can make or break the performance and feel of a cavity back iron.

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There is a significant change in the width and the “effective” bounce on the G25 soles on the 7 iron through pitching wedge.The soles are more narrow, and a trailing edge grind means the soles of the G25 are closer the the size of the Ping’s i20 and Anser Forged irons. This will translate into more control for better players, because more sole width and bounce can interfere with a player’s trajectory and ability to make crisp contact out of the rough.

The grinds will reduce the working or “effective” bounce on the sole, meaning the club head will rip through the turf with more ease. That will give lower-handicap players an exciting opportunity to experiment with a more forgiving irons without the typical drawback of wide soles. Bravo to Ping.

Below is a chart where we measured sole width at the center of the face with calipers to compare the G25 to other Ping models, as well as comparison photos:

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The word that came out of our mouth when we opened the box for the first time was “badass.” Pardon our french, but it is to hard to describe our reaction without just saying it. These irons look sinister — dark and high tech. The non-glare grey finish reminds us of the murdered out carbon fiber panels of the Audi R8 super car. A high-tech, modern oozes from this design.

Ping says the G25’s thinner top lines and moderate offset offer a look that will appeal to a wide variety of golfers that are looking for a high-launching, extremely forgiving game-improvement model with a chassis that resembles a players iron. At address, the toplines look great and the overall shape frames the ball nicely.

In addition, the non-glare matte finish will help reduce reflections in bright conditions. The finish begs to hit the range, and will fade with use in a way that will add character over time.

Tech Specs

Click here to see what people are saying about Ping’s G25 irons in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 

Click here to see what people are saying about Ping’s G25 irons in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 

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  1. Been hitting the Ping G25 irons the past year. Probably 20 rounds with range practice. Really like them for their forgiveness and solid, smooth feel at impact. I am a little disappointed in wear to the face and overall fading of the dark grey finish. Not so much the fact that they have gotten lighter but they look splochy. Wondering if anybody has had the same experience.

  2. Went to an Outdoor fitting with a trackman today. A rarity on Long Island. $50 refundable fee with the latest offerings from Mizuno Titleist and Ping. I’ve been playing Mizuno irons for years. Spent a fair amount of time with the fitter and different head shaft combos from Mizuno and Titleist. Nice but no game changer for me. Fitter put together a G-25 for me and I took one look at the sole and was about to leave. Then I set up. G-25 had a relatively thin top line so I decided to hit the club. About 150 balls later the credit card came out. No one could have made me believe that I would have ever abandoned Mizuno especially for Ping. The GI features are hidden on address and the consistency and flight of the iron is like nothing I’ve ever hit


  4. what is under the CTP cover on the G25 irons? I’ve read that it may be foam? or is it a solid metal insert?


  5. SGI clubs may make the game more fun, But it does not improve scores. Average handicaps have not gone down forever. Hitting your irons farther does not improve your scores. If you take a old 9 iron(45*loft), Say an Eye 2 from pre-1984(v-groove) that still has grooves in very good shape and a modern SGI PW with a loft of 45*, the distance gains will be minimal. Scores have not improved noticeably for the golfing masses. They are called Game Improvement clubs when they should be called Game Enjoyment clubs. Sure its fun to turn to your group and say i hit that par5 in 2 with driver 5-iron, But your not hittin a 5iron, it was 3.5 iron. Just my opinion

    • I’m going to disagree with you completely. My father who is in his mid sixties, switched from Ping ISI irons to the G25. He’s playing better golf this year than in the past five. New technology like multi material irons has allowed this iron to be smaller than the G20 and yet be more forgiving. I’ve watched him hit shots that are quite a bit off of the sweet spot and still end up on the green, with a reasonable putt. Now, of course he was fit for these clubs. The issue is, if you’re going to drop that kind of money on clubs, you’d be a moron to buy them off of the rack. If the clubs don’t fit, you’re probably not getting the best out of the new technology.

    • If it says 5 on the sole, it’s a 5 iron
      That’s how it works…
      How many of you “purists” out there still
      have hickory shafts

  6. Ordered my G25 irons and expecting them any day now. I hope I don’t have the same issue as you Dennis. I will be sure to inspect them more carefully though now. Compared them side by side to the G20 and the G25 definetly look nicer but it was hard to see a real difference between the amount of offset. I could see the difference in the sole width in the lower irons but the difference was not that significant. The biggest differences between the 2 sets for me was the darker color (which looks great!) and the thinner top line.

  7. Just received my new G25 irons and the weight was not inserted into the 4 iron.{ no quality control here} I also have a concern with the 5 iron weight but will talk to the Ping rep. I ordered with the graphite shafts and have to say they look sic. I have played pings for many many years so if they do not fix this problem I will be sure and tell all.

    • Ping rep was very disappointed on the missing weight. The club is going back for warranty work and should be back in a week. He did explain the weight is not as flush to the head as a more lofted iron is. We looked at others in a GT store and they all had the same gap. He assured me that if the weight did ever get lost or fell out that warranty would apply. Time will tell I guess.

  8. I own a set of ping anser irons . When the irons after One year showed excess wear and the weight started to fall out I made an attempt to have the problem rectified ,. After shipping the clubs back to ping at there request the weights were reset and the clubs cleaned ? They were returned to me. Many further conversation that appeared to be justo frustrate me a further request to send back to ping and I have given up. Given the response and actions it has left me with the attitude that warrantee after one year was not met . I have given up and will neither buy ping in the future or recommend any one else do so . Great for pr or advertising . Don Easton Maple ridge B.C.

    • D. Easton…I’m really surprised to hear of your displeasure with PING’s customer service. I have had the exact opposite experience with them over the years. I have sent various sets of irons back to have the loft/lie adjusted or set back to the original color code on a number of occasions. One of my I15’s had a badge come loose and they said to ship the whole set back to check and replace any that might become loose. NO CHARGE. (just paid the postage) We visited PING while on vacation, and we brought in my young son’s PING putter to be cut down and the L/L adjusted, along with an old set of G2 irons I had trashed while playing in the desert. The fixed them ALL WHILE I WAITED…NO CHAEGE (except $3.13 for a new putter grip that they installed!!!) There’s no other club manufacturer that will deal directly with the consumer like PING. I’m sorry, but they get my vote for best customer service bar none!

  9. One thing to consider and remember, some of us play for the “FUN” of the game and if these help high, or “super” high handicappers ENJOY the game more then great. If you don’t like the offset, then go buy a different model. Just because it is made/produced doesn’t mean you “HAVE” to buy it or like it. “Moderate” offset or substantial offset, those that are buying the G series could really care less due to the fact that most are looking for a “Game Improving” club set. Those that don’t need it, go buy and play “blades”. We that need the extra help and confidence in our clubs, swing and game appreciate the innovation that Ping brings to the table.

    Drive for Show, Putt for Dough

  10. I was fit for and ordered a set of these Wednesday, was very surprised by how good they look at every shot I hit was easy and straight. Started with the CFS stiff and wasn’t all that impressed, had the fitter put in a DG S300 and the difference was amazing, I knew in one swing that was what I was getting. Am pretty sure I saw Bubba Watson playing one of these at the Waste Management yesterday? Only downfall was the DG shaft was a $10 upcharge, but should be worth it. Cheers.

  11. I am a huge Ping fan and the asthetics of these new G25’s look great. Ping’s quality control and customer service are the best in the business and their product is exemplary. I am too handsy for the G series, too much offset even in these, so I await the i25’s. I currently play the i15’s and absolutely love them.

  12. I’m thinking of getting new irons and am currently in-between the g20 and g25. Why does this article show images comparing the g25 to g15? It’s the same as when comparing the sole widths. I’m actually wondering if it is worth the extra $$ to but the g25 set or spend ~$150 less for a g20 set. Any replys would be appreciated.