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Ping iBlade irons: shot at the 2016 Players Championship (In-hand pics of Louis Oosthuizen's irons added)


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#61 2putttom

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 10:18 AM

View Postpainter, on 09 May 2016 - 09:28 AM, said:

View PostBirdieBob, on 09 May 2016 - 08:45 AM, said:

Anything special about these?
Will they get sued by Apple for calling them an iBlade... :)

Ping already has the iE irons, so, no protest from Apple. These "Plain Jane" irons (for Ping) might be lookers, but performance? We'll have to wait on that.

I agree with the criticism of the numbers' font - way too "heavy" for an iron that's supposed to look sleeker. And, Ping can't seem to get rid of the designer who wants that blue in as many places as possible. Must be one of Karsten's relatives. I also semi-objected to my Mizzy's (MP 30s) dark blue paint fills. I guess my decades in art and design schools have something to do with it. Good design is not automatic or does it require something outrageous. Design choices are not usually a matter of personal taste or opinion. Professional success in art and design is very similar to golf: "talent" gets you to the front door, and after that, those who work the hardest and have the strongest will should have the most success - everyone has talent to one degree or another, but not everyone has a developed work ethic and desire to continue to learn and practice and do those things for a lifetime.
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Posted 09 May 2016 - 10:19 AM

Wow looks like I might finally have to try some Ping irons

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 10:27 AM

These are sweet! I'm taking time off from the game for awhile, but will be buying these when I get back in!

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 10:31 AM

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 10:41 AM

Wow! 3 pages in just over 7 hours...going to be a big thread especially when everyone can start testing!


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Posted 09 May 2016 - 10:44 AM

View PostPingfitz, on 09 May 2016 - 10:41 AM, said:

Wow! 3 pages in just over 7 hours...going to be a big thread especially when everyone can start testing!

This site may crash once the full details come out on this new line...

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 10:44 AM

View PostPingfitz, on 09 May 2016 - 10:41 AM, said:

Wow! 3 pages in just over 7 hours...going to be a big thread especially when everyone can start testing!
Well thats based on the wrx'er style of mojo. "it looks good...I gotta have..if I don't like it, I'll sell it" attitude.
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Posted 09 May 2016 - 10:57 AM

No tungsten weighting?
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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:05 AM

So Glide irons. Great. I assume that these are meant to have more forgiveness and a higher ball flight, look forward to seeing what the inner workings/shape of that filled in cavity is.

Is this really a replacement of the S line or is this meant to be between an I and S, thats what they look like.
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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:07 AM

View PostNessism, on 09 May 2016 - 10:06 AM, said:

Hum, with the release of these clubs the "S" identifier will be retired.  Apparently Ping didn't put much value in that nomenclature.

seems like ping is just overall trying to consolidate the nomenclature.  Got rid of the k, i and anser line of woods and then made multiple G series types of heads (regular, sf tec, ls).  and with irons the K line got consolidated into the G line as G-max.  Now, seems like they might be consolidating the S irons in the i line as i-blade.  might be a bit of marketing there too with the blade moniker, but in general seems like a longterm effort on ping's part to consolidate the overall names and then just have subsets underneath.  so in the context, given what they've done with the K series generally as well as the i series in woods, it makes some sense they'd do the same thing with the s series in irons.  not saying, its good or bad, just there's a clear trend.


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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:08 AM

Those look awesome.  Way beyond my pay grade but still awesome looking, clean irons. I'm sure they will be put in play by a lot of staff members too.

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:14 AM

There is definitely Tungsten in the toe.  Look very very closely at the picks.  For instance, look at the straight on shot of the cavity of the 8 iron.  It's color blended much better than the older irons likely to have a super clean look.

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:15 AM

Same finish as the s55's I wonder?
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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:15 AM

Oh My..........
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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:18 AM

Very excited to see these in person. Looks to be a set of "Glide" irons, which is a great thing, IMO. They do seem to have changed the address profile quite a bit from the prior S series, but I can't quite put my finger on the changes.  There is definitely a bit of change in the way the top line transitions into the hosel in the long irons. Also seems the heel has a bit more of an under slung look to it.  They look a bit sleeker than the angular/squarish predecessors.


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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:23 AM

View Postcardoustie, on 09 May 2016 - 10:12 AM, said:

if these don't have tungsten in the toe, then the s55's are not going anywhere

It's there. Look at the pics of the 8 iron.
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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:26 AM

Sweet...

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:32 AM

View PostKonklifer, on 09 May 2016 - 11:23 AM, said:

View Postcardoustie, on 09 May 2016 - 10:12 AM, said:

if these don't have tungsten in the toe, then the s55's are not going anywhere

It's there. Look at the pics of the 8 iron.

good spot

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:34 AM

I think they look great. Cosmetically I guess the only thing I wish was different would be that they matched the glides in that it said PING above the cavity and iBlade inside the lower corner of the cavity. Nit picky. These look awesome.

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:36 AM

a cast blade with tungsten in the same area as the AP2's but in the scoring irons?

doesn't make much sense to me and obviously these are already behind in the tech department if all this is true....they look great though

Edited by tsecor, 09 May 2016 - 11:39 AM.


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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:37 AM

Sploosh.
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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:38 AM

There were calls on here some time ago for Ping to make an iron version of the Glide wedges. Looks like they listened.

These look great IMO. Wonderfully clean and classy. Best looking Ping iron in as long as I can remember. Well done.
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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:46 AM

If Ping offers some decent no-charge upgrade shafts for these, I will be all over them.  I think these look great.

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:48 AM

might be the best looking Ping iron ever
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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:49 AM

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:51 AM

It's more important to look good than to feel good!

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:55 AM

I wonder if that clean understated look is hiding any technical sophistication inside.

so looking forward to learning its story.

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:58 AM

Like the finish.  They look smaller than the S55's.
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Posted 09 May 2016 - 12:02 PM

They're doing this again? It wasn't a blade last time, and it sure isn't now either.
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Posted 09 May 2016 - 12:03 PM

So I guess this is the icing on the simplifying the naming convention cake. If it has a "G" it is a GI iron, its its got an "I" its a players iron, with both ranges offering a bit of progression. Can't wait to give them a swing.


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