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Ping GMax irons: What you need to know

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Ping’s GMax irons ($121.25 per club with steel, $136.25 per club with graphite) have a dark satin finish, and are available in 4-9, PW, UW, SW. Default color code is yellow. Stock swing weight is C6-D2.

  • Ping’s Stock Shafts: CFS Distance Steel (Soft R, R, S, X), CFS Graphite (65 Soft R, 70 Regular, 80 Stiff)
  • No Upcharge Custom Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold (S300, X100), True Temper Project X (5.0, 6.0), True Temper XP 95 (R, S), Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 105 (S, X)

What you need to know

  • Ping’s GMax irons are larger than the company’s previous G-Series irons, the G30, and are the longest and most-forgiving game-improvement irons currently offered by the company. The G30’s made our Gear Trials: Best Game-Improvement Irons list in 2014 and 2015.
  • GMax are the first Ping irons to be designed with “fast faces.” The 4-8 irons use COR-Eye technology that allows their club faces to flex at impact for more distance. The construction, which uses 17-4 stainless steel bodies and heat-treated Hyper 17-4 alloy faces, creates approximately 1-3 mph more ball speed across the face, according to Ping.
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COR-Eye technology allows the sole and top rail of the GMax irons (4-8) to flex more at impact for increased ball speed, creating more distance.

  • Like Ping’s new i irons, the GMax irons have a revamped Custom Tuning Port (CTP). It connects low and deep on the sole, improving forgiving and raising launch. According to Ping, the GMax irons are more forgiving and fly slightly farther than the company’s Karsten irons. Their blade lengths are also approximately 1 percent longer than the Karsten irons and 2 percent longer than the G30 irons.
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The GMax’s CTP sits low and deep in the club head to improve moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of a club’s forgiveness. An elastomer weight inside the CTP improves feel.

  • Like Ping’s Karsten irons, the GMax irons have progressive lengths and lofts that are designed to create high trajectories and consistent yardage gaps throughout the set.
  • The GMax irons have swing weights that get progressively lighter as the clubs get longer to help golfers swing the clubs faster and square the face more easily at impact. See the specs below.

GMax Iron Specs

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  1. Ted

    Feb 2, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Ping does not make junk…never have and never will. They have research backed reasoning for everything they produce. If you haven’t played them, any criticisms ring hollow to this 6hdcper who absolutely loves them. Cheers!

  2. Rick

    Dec 8, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I’ll add one thing…….We had 4 guys hitting these irons on a range with several other brands.
    We never compared notes….just waited to hear everyone’s choices in order of preference.
    From me (61 and a 9 hdcp) to a strong 30 yr old guy who plays to about a 12 and hits it a mile, as well as a 50 yr old golf nut who plays to around a 12….and finally a 30 yr old relative beginner, who’s improving daily but still a high handicapper. We ALL loved this club.
    EVERY one of us simply chose these irons over every other stick we tried that day including Titleist (which I thought I’d love), Calloway, and TaylorMade.

  3. Rick

    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I hit these the other day and they are terrific. I am 61 but play to a 9 hdcp and DISTANCE has never been an issue for me…even at my age.. Still hit an 8 iron 160. I currently play G15’s
    But these stix were as forgiving as I could ever hope for. They provided great feedback, and mis-hits were still salvageable. Are they going to please the college tourney player, or 3-4 handicapper ??….probably not. Will they make the game more FUN for us recreational golfers ?….WOW, yes. They’ll be in my bag soon.

  4. KK

    Jul 18, 2015 at 8:21 am

    The swing weight is progressive, more like MOI-matched clubs. I like it. It seems to be better for the vast majority of golfers compared with constant swing weighting.

  5. MARK D.

    Jul 17, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Maybe these are not supposed to be G30 replacement irons but K15 – Karsten replacement irons and as such are not GI but SGI.

  6. Patrick

    Jul 17, 2015 at 10:30 am

    People. Please please. I beg you. Stop speaking on engineering if you have no idea about engineering. In sum, there is a difference between dynamic loft and static loft. Club length doesn’t just affect club speed. It also changes things like dynamic loft, max height, and ball speed. You can’t just look at lofts and know exactly what the gapping will look like on the course for your average golfer. Also, variable swing weights can change squaring power by making the MOI of each golf club more consistent. PING tests things years longer than any other manufacturer and all of this is solid science.

    • Mark

      Jul 17, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Patrick, so if I read in to your post correctly, if the Ping nFlight says that I need a certain length and flex to my irons, it means that I really should follow it as all of their science is reflected in their results. I’m not try to be a smart alec here, just want to make sure I understand you correctly.

  7. MHendon

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:14 am

    A lot of complaining about the gaping on these clubs but lets keep in mind who they’re designed for gentlemen. High handicappers, generally speaking they don’t swing as fast so a 5 degree gap my actually give them better gaping between their clubs.

  8. Joke

    Jul 16, 2015 at 1:51 am

    The gaps go from 3 to wait for it…. 4.5 degrees all of a sudden from 7 to 8. Whaaaaat? Who came up with that bright idea? Only because they had to?? And what’s with the swing weight? Oh my deary me. Don’t swing the club, folks, is what Ping is telling you – just flick at it with your amateur, stiff bodies and keep the arms in front. But hey it’s G MAX! Like CGB MAX by Taylormade! Just copy and paste it all into the computer and don’t do any designing at all. Bleh.

    • joke is on you

      Aug 28, 2015 at 2:05 am

      It’s always amusing to see ppl on the internet knock something they never tried AND because they didn’t even read, or do some basic math in this case. There’s actually a loft gap of 3.5 between the 3 and 4.5 gaps. Considering it goes from a de facto 3-iron to the wedges while eliminating 1 club (that 90% of golfers and 100% of the Gmax’s target audience wouldn’t notice or miss), the lofts are very well thought-out. As for swingweight, they’re more like MOI-matched. There’s no right answer on that.

    • Rick

      Dec 27, 2015 at 1:35 am

      I’d check the lofts agin my friend. You are way off.
      Here are GMax lofts:
      4- 21deg
      5-24
      6-27
      7-30.5
      8-35
      9-40
      PW-45
      U-50.5

  9. Golfraven

    Jul 15, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    This concept reminds me of the Adams XTD Irons that were released not long time ago. Obvious market are high handicapers – folks that play the G-series at the moment. Now borh the i and Gmax modes don’t jump on me. looking at the new Mizuno irons and those are just in another league.

  10. Plinko

    Jul 15, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Lets just steal it from Taylormade this year. Why not! Inverted cone! What a laugh Pling is

  11. Nick

    Jul 15, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I’m a big PING fan. I love the clubs they make, but this club will obviously not appeal to many players out there and certainly won’t be for me….I wonder if the PING engineers enjoying designing a club like this when they’re obviously just trying to win business from Callaway and TaylorMade. There’s no way they’re thinking “Yes, this is a great club that’s really going to help people play their best golf possible”. A lot of negative comments will be made on the low lofts and long shafts, but if that’s what a large number of people are buying then PING would be silly not to at least have one offering in that category.

  12. Ping Lover

    Jul 15, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I love Ping, but seriously? A 30 degree 7 iron? And 5 degree gaps all through the top end of the set where what you really want is smaller distance gaps between clubs? This is as bad as Taylor Made…

    I will stick with my 9yr old set of i5’s – proper lofts, great forgiveness, still in amazing condition – and put the money in my pension pot where it belongs, not in some corporation’s pocket.

    • Matt

      Jul 15, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      I still play Ping i5’s too, they are probably some of the finest clubs Ping has ever produced (they are also the last irons Ping actually manufactured in the USA). Clean appearance and superior performance, with great workability and forgiveness.

      I really like Ping’s products and the company in general, but I totally agree. Take a lesson and turn that weak fade into a draw. Then you won’t need to buy clubs that are ridiculously overpriced (considering what the used market currently bears) and with outrageously strengthened lofts.

      I carry my i5 8-iron 150-155. I have no interest in hitting it any further than than that. As it is I carry 3 wedges in addition to my PW. Really against the arms race that is continuing to occur in this industry. I don’t want to carry any more wedges.

      • Cliff

        Jul 17, 2015 at 10:03 am

        So when you carry your 8i 130 and your 9i 125 what are you going to do? These clubs are designed to give slow swing speed players the proper gaps between clubs. What’s so hard to understand about it.

        • Philip

          Jul 18, 2015 at 8:42 pm

          Think about it – if the larger gaps are truly to help slower swing speeds and not because of the foolish my #7 club is longer than your #7 (only because I increased my lofts and club lengths) then why hasn’t this been a standard for GI and SGI clubs for decades? Why is it only recently that they are even keeping a straight face when calling a 39 inch long 21 degree club a 4 iron that the gaps are increasing for the higher lofted clubs. I don’t deny that in certain cases the extra gaps can help, but if that was truly their logic than they would have also removed a couple of clubs from the set and have 6-7 degrees gaps at the lower end too. Fact is, they need the larger gaps to prevent eventually having 5-6 wedges in a set and having a 39 inch 21 degree 6 iron within the next few years. The entire industry has gotten themselves into pickle – will be interesting.

    • JH

      Jul 15, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      5 degree gaps all through the top end of the set? What are you smoking brah?

    • Rick

      Dec 27, 2015 at 1:32 am

      The G15’s have 32 degrees. I’ll bet you cannot tell the difference in 2 degrees (unless you are a scratch or better player). If you ARE that scratch player, why are you even concerned about these stix ?? They are not for you.

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Driver: Titleist TSR3 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Tour Z5 65 M5

2-wood: Titleist TSR 2W Prototype (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K White 80 TX

Irons: Titleist T200 (3), Titleist T100 (4-5), Titleist 631.CY Prototype (6-9)
Shafts: MMT Utility 105 TX (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 (4-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (48-10F, 52-12F, 58-08M, 60-04T @62)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X7

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom 5.5 Tour Prototype

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 Left Dot

 

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At GolfWRX, we believe the best hybrid for your game is going to be the one that gives you the greatest opportunity to both score and save shots during your round of golf.

In 2024, we have seen a continued expansion of hybrid options from every manufacturer with models designed to fit golfers of all skill levels and clubhead speeds. Some manufacturers offer models all the way down to 8-iron-replacement lofts.

That being said, ultimately the best way to find the best hybrid or hybrids for you is to work with a professional fitter using a launch monitor and gap them accordingly. The difficult part is a lot of people don’t have easy access to fitters, launch monitors, and club builders — so at GolfWRX, we have done a lot of the work for you.

We want to give you the tools and information to go out and find what works best for you, and we’re offering recommendations based on exactly what you need from your hybrids.

We have again broken our 2024 best hybrid list into two categories.

  • Best hybrid for golfers seeking forgiveness
  • Best hybrid for golfers seeking versatility

We reached out to our trusted fitters to discuss how they sort through the hybrid club options available to golfers. Forgiveness and versatility were the highest-ranked choices.

Most versatile hybrids of 2024

Titleist TSR2

“Forgiving speed and performance,” is the branding for the TSR2. TSR2 hybrids remain slightly longer with a classical shape. Center of gravity is lower and deeper in the TSR2 for higher launch and maximum forgiveness.

For more information, check out our launch piece.

Ping G430

In all of the G430 fairway woods and hybrids, Ping developed Carbonfly Wrap in a bid to deliver more distance by positioning the CG closer to the face line in design to maximize ball speed, resulting in higher, longer carries. The lightweight composite crown wraps into the heel and toe sections of the skirt, creating weight savings of 10 grams, which are reallocated to achieve a lower CG and increase ball speed.

For more information, check out our launch piece.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke

Leveraging the company’s new Ai Smart Face, Callaway’s Paradym Ai Smoke hybrid has been reshaped and features a larger profile for greater forgiveness and a refined sole camber for better turf interaction. The Tungsten Speed Cartridge is positioned in the front of the club for lower spin and ease of launch.

For more information, check out our launch piece.

TaylorMade Qi10 Rescue

The Qi10 Rescue is designed with an all-new Carbon Crown that helps free up weight for improved weight distribution in the heads. The club has split internal weighting to achieve more distance and a higher launch.

For more information, check out our launch piece.

TaylorMade Qi10 Tour Rescue

The Qi10 Tour Rescue model features a C300 face with a more compact look and a higher-toe design. It’s designed for better players who seek to combine distance and control with iron-like turf interaction, workability, and precision.

For more information, check out our launch piece.

Most forgiving hybrids of 2024

TaylorMade Qi10 Max Rescue

Qi10 Max Rescue clubs are designed with all-new Carbon Crowns that help free up weight for improved weight distribution in the heads. The Qi10 Max has an ultra-low CG (center of gravity) and a shallow face height for even higher launch and greater forgiveness.

For more information, check out our launch piece.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke HL

Designed for players with moderate to average swing speeds who are looking to hit the ball higher to maximize carry distance, the Paradym Ai Smoke HL leverages the company’s new Ai Smart Face. It features a larger profile for greater forgiveness and a refined sole camber for better turf interaction. The Tungsten Speed Cartridge is positioned in the front of the club for lower spin and ease of launch.

For more information, check out our launch piece.

Ping G430

In all of the G430 fairway woods and hybrids, Ping developed Carbonfly Wrap in a bid to deliver more distance by positioning the CG closer to the face line in design to maximize ball speed, resulting in higher, longer carries. The lightweight composite crown wraps into the heel and toe sections of the skirt, creating weight savings of 10 grams, which are reallocated to achieve a lower CG and increase ball speed.

For more information, check out our launch piece.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max Fast

The Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max Fast is designed for moderate-swing-speed players. In addition to Ai Smart Face, Max Fast features a larger profile for greater forgiveness and a refined sole camber for better turf interaction. The Tungsten Speed Cartridge is positioned in the front of the club for lower spin and ease of launch.

For more information, check out our launch piece.

Titleist TSR1

Titleist’s new TSR1 hybrids are built with a larger, “wood-like” size to help golfers find more speed and forgiveness. They’re also built 0.5 inches longer than standard to provide additional assistance in creating speed.

For more information, check out our launch piece.

Best hybrid of 2024: Meet the fitters

Conclusion

The fitters consulted for this piece have accumulated data from thousands of fittings with golfers just like you. From beginners to tour players, their feedback and information can’t be undervalued.

Join the discussion about the best hybrids of 2024 in the forums.

 

 

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5-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 (21 degrees)
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