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My New Ping GMax Irons


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#1 dereckbc



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 04:50 PM

OK I was in the market for new irons. I have owned quite a few sets from various manufactures in my 35 years of playing. The big 3 anyway, Ping, Callaway, Taylormade. Did my homework and went to the PGA superstore in Frisco to try all the irons of interest. Tried out Callaway Rogue and Big Bertha, Ping G400 and 700, Taylormade M3/M4 and a couple of others. None really grabbed my attention, but I favored Ping G400, but not thrilled. So i went home to think about it and do more research

Next day I went up to Calera OK to  a local Ping Dealer I have done biz with for 15 years. Great golf fitter and a little less expensive than Box Stores. He sized me up and I tried 4 models G400, G700, and GMax. I knew of GMax bu tPGA store only had senior and left hand floor models left so never tried them there. GMax is now two models old replaced by G400 and now G700. I was impressed and went home to think about it. Price was decent for a 8-piece set @ $600 new. vs $750 and $900 for 400/700 respectively.

That night I looked on line for Gmax irons and ended up on Flea Bay. Found several sets bu tone stuck out. My exact specifications open for bid starting at $300 8-piece set from a guy with no sales, just a buyer with 100% feedback. He had a lot of pictures including serial numbers. They were mint condition. So I reached  out to him with a few questions like why is he  selling them. Liked the answer because he said he bought them new and did not like the graphite shafts and wanted to recover some of his money back. So the auction was going to end in 2 days so I waited. Well logged back in about 30 minutes before the auction ended and only 1 bid for $302. So I waited until 15 seconds left, no other bids came in, and I punched $325 and got them for $303 plus $30 shipping. Crossed my fingers and when they arrived 3-days later, I got exactly as seen, a mint condition set of irons.

To hit the irons accurately I had to slow my tempo down. Naturally one would expect to be more consistent and accurate slowing down. Now what I did not expect from slowing down was gaining distance on the fly. Before my 7-iron was my 150-155 carry distance. With these and slightly higher trajectory my 7--iron distance increased 160 to 165 carry. If I flush it 170 yards. So now my 150 club is 8 iron. It gave me 15 to 20 years back and I am now 59.

The other big pleasant surprise is these are the easiest clubs to hit I have ever played. Almost impossible to hit a bad shot.  Does not matter if you toe it, heel it, thin it, or heavy. You still get a playable hit without getting robbed of a lot of distance or off line. Only way I have found to miss hit them so far is to top it or chunk it. Fortunately have not made the S-Word hit. Even on the miss hits with the graphite shafts, you can feel it to get feedback, but no stingers in the fingers, wrist, or hand.  In TX we have a lot of hard pan, and heavy shots hurt, not with these and you still get usable distance.

If I had anything negative to say, and is not an issue for me, is they earn the name PING when you hit them. They do sound a bit like a aluminum baseball bat and some do notice. But those that notice say Awe when the see the ball flight and that swoosh from the ball cutting air. .

I am very happy with them. So much so like 35 or so years ago when I bought my first new set of irons, Ping Eye 2 Beryllium Copper. I liked those so much I bought two sets and stored one in the attic for 6 years, and then pulled them out and played the 2nd set for 4 years. Still have 2nd set and they are in good shape. Just looking for a sucker, err I mean buyer who is willing to pay up for them. I am just as impressed with the Ping Gmax I am going to buy a second set new before Ping quits producing them. $150 cheaper than the G400 and $300 dollars less than the new 700 model. Not exactly sure what Ping did to the G400 and 700 irons, but they are not near as easy to hit as GMax. Only thing I have heard is Ping added some composite to the G400 to change the sound. Granted they sound different, but I do not care what they sound like other than the one I make with a good shot.

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#2 LaymanM


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 06:38 PM

Congrats on the new clubs.  Hit em well!
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:38 PM

Actually GMax are only one model old. They replaced the Karstens and GMax were recently replaced by G700s though one could argue that with G700, Ping entered a new category. They aren't really SGI or GI. Sort of a combination of both. With that said, GMax may be Ping's current SGI.

You just can't go wrong with Ping. Having owned several sets I can tell you that they will last forever. Also, Ping will replace or fix any issue you may have for the life of the clubs, free of charge.

Enjoy and hit em well!
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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:21 AM

I got the GMax irons earlier this season as well.  My distances did the same thing yours did.  I'm having a 10-20 yard distance increase on my irons now.  I don't dislike that at all!  It's just an adjustment period.  I do find that when I shorten my swing a bit that I get better contact and distance...but that's more of a "me" thing than a club thing, IMO.  I absolutely love these clubs and glad you like yours!
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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:51 AM

Great review Dereckbc,  nice to see the Max getting some love. I picked up a set of used max and have had very similar results as you. I am using the 567 Max  89pwuw i200 as of late. I was loving the Max off the matts this winter, but have found the turf interaction of the scoring irons a little clunky.  Going to try them again once the fairways get more lush.  

You got a heck of a deal enjoy.


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 02:07 AM

Enjoy your new clubs. I trialled the Gmax last year and loved it, as they were easy to hit and I got the extra distance youíre talking about. I held off buying them as as I read here that a replacement (G700) was coming. I trialled the Gmax against G400 and G700 a few weeks ago. For me, I got my consistent best results with G700, so thatís what I bought. Itís giving me even more distance and forgiveness, but YMMV. Iíd tell anyone that you canít go wrong with either club (or the G400 for that matter).


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 07:18 AM

Still liking the GMax irons?

I tried all season (about 25 rounds) with the gmax irons, but I just couldn't get the hang of them.  My mishits were soooo poor.  The club would either dig too much or produce a weak slice.  The good shots felt really good and the ball would fly forever.  But my contact was just too inconsistent and my handicap has gone from 16.5 to 18.4.  Mostly a "me" thing.  Not sure if the clubhead was just too big for me or what.  

Anyway, I just switched to some JPX900 hot metals and for me my contact has been so much better.  I still have a Ping driver, woods, and a hybrid in the bag, so I'm not off the brand yet. lol
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