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Ping G irons: What you need to know

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Ping’s G irons (MSRP $110 per club with steel, $125 per club with graphite) will be in stores February 11. They’re available in 4-9, PW, UW (50), SW (54), LW (58). Default color code is yellow. Stock swing weight is DO-D4. 

  • Ping’s Stock Shafts: AWT 2.0 (R, S, X), CFS Graphite (65SR, 70R, 80S)
  • 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

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  • The G irons use Ping’s COR-Eye technology, which debuted on the company’s super-game-improvement G Max irons that were released in July 2015. The fast-face technology gives the irons higher ball speeds, as well as a higher launch angle because of the bending mechanics of the club face.

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  • Previous G-Series irons were known for their impressive forgiveness – Ping’s G30 irons were the top-rated irons for forgiveness in our 2015 Gear Trials Club Test – but they tended to fly shorter than their competitors. COR-Eye not only improves distance, but improves the overall forgiveness of the irons as well.
  • The G irons have a moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of forgiveness, that is 1.5 percent higher from heel to toe, and 5 percent higher from top to bottom compared to the G30 irons, according to Ping.

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  • When comparing 7 irons, the G irons are approximately 5 yards longer than the G30 irons, according to Ping. The company’s testing of the new irons showed a ball speed increase of 1.25 mph, a 0.5-degree higher launch angle and 250 rpm less spin rate.
  • Comparatively, most golfers will see even more distance from the G long irons. The distances the short irons fly will be more similar.

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  • The G irons are cast from 17-4 stainless steel. Their two-stage construction process takes six hours to complete, Ping says. The special heat treatment process used to make the G’s Hyper 17-4 club faces increases strength by 40 percent, compared to the G30 irons.

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  • To make room for the G’s increased face bending at impact, Ping pulled its CTP (custom tuning port) away from the clubface, creating a wide, deep undercut. A thicker badge in the cavity of the irons manages the added vibrations from the irons’ thinner, more flexible faces.
  • The sound of the G irons is a cross between the company’s G Max and G30 irons. “The acoustics tell you there is more speed,” said Marty Jertson, Senior Design Engineer for Ping.
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Ping’s G (6 iron) and G30 (right) at address.

  • At address, the G irons appear to have thinner toplines than the G30 irons. While the width of the toplines is essentially the same, they were given a bevel that makes them appear about one-third thinner. The irons also have a slightly different toe shape, with a low toe that has been extended, and a higher peak.
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The soles of Ping’s G (left) and G30 irons.

  • Ping made the soles of the G irons slightly wider, but they play effectively thinner because of sole relief added to the back of the sole.

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  • Ping’s G irons debut the company’s new AWT 2.0 shafts, made by Nippon, which have an ascending-weight design. In the R flex, shaft weights range from approximately 95 grams (4 iron) to 105 grams (wedges). In the S flex, weights range from 100-110 grams. In the X flex, the weights range from 115-123 grams.

G Iron Specs

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  1. Jamz50

    Jun 20, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    I still use the I2 irons on my third set. A seven iron is a seven iron regardless of the number on the sole of the club.

  2. Luke

    Jun 14, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I agree they look ugly, but if they make the game easier who cares. There ain’t no pictures on the scorecard.

  3. Ruth

    Apr 1, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I just got my fitted G irons today and tried it at the driving range. It added 10 meters to my distance and its so forgiving. Can’t really feel the ball on contact and added more height to the shots with added distance. Nice.

  4. M-Herd4

    Feb 19, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    The back of the cavity looks eerily similar to the Cobra FLY-Z irons with the harmonic insert which were released at the end of 2014.

  5. Adrian Thomson

    Feb 10, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Playing Ping since 92 & had many sets, last Dec changed to the GMax, big mistake don’t like them, just waiting for the new order of the new G, Irons, not convinced any more that Ping are so great, if these don’t work then a switch to Callaway Irons, like a previous comment already made they are not fair G30 is still a new Iron really.

    • KoKo

      Apr 22, 2016 at 10:27 am

      GMax are max-game improvement irons and not comparable to the G series IMO. There is a huge feel difference having tried them I couldn’t possibly consider them for my own game (currently using G25). I’ll stick with the G25 or maybe move to the G – I tried the “i” as well which I really like but they are lower trajectory.

  6. Birdiedog

    Feb 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Just got fit for a set, took the seven on the range and striped 23 out of 25. That said, I’m older and have an artificial right hip, so my top club head speed was 85. I’m 61and have een playing since I was eight and this is by far the most forgiving golf club I’ve ever swung. For me to swing the club at only85 miles an hour And fly a 7-iron 155 yards with a slight draw is huge. Had no trouble working it left to right, either.
    I’m all in. I ordered mine.

  7. Mark Combs

    Jan 29, 2016 at 9:00 am

    After playing Ping irons for many years, I switched to Callaway and play their Apex irons. I always loved the look of Ping G series irons, I played the G10, G15, G20, and G25. I think these irons are just plain ugly. I don’t like the finish, which is something I always loved about their irons, the dark finish always wore well. Plus, the junk they’ve put on the head of the driver looks ugly as well. I also switched to the new Callaway Big Bertha driver, which has a smokey gun metal finish, which reminds me of something Ping used to make. I feel like Ping has really lost it’s way and is headed in the wrong direction. They should have come out with a G35 that was “better” and waited the appropriate amount of time. It should be noted they brought these out quicker (less than 2 years) to replace the G30, this is unusual for Ping, so obviously the G30s were not moving….Sad, this was a great company, I think Callaway is taking market share from everyone right now

  8. frank freeze

    Jan 22, 2016 at 11:18 am

    If i was a buyer of the G 30 irons i would be quite pissed about the statement that those irons being 5 yards less and less forgiving than the new ones shown above. It seems to me that they should get it right and not keep coming out with a new “set” of clubs each year or every two when they charge you a grand for a new set of clubs. Or they should have a buy back program that allows a golfer to get 80% of the value of the old clubs towards the new set if a new set is released within two years of the old set…….Hmmmm just a thought!!! I do play Ping I-20 and love them but it seems to me that Ping is becoming a taylormade or callaway and just producing new clubs without really creating a new benefit to the average golfer…..Just saying!

  9. Rich

    Jan 14, 2016 at 7:22 am

    “The acoustics tell you there is more speed”. This statement worries me. Callaway and TM have made some awful irons that sound like you’re hitting something so harsh. Hope Ping haven’t gone down the same path.

    • WILSON!!

      Jan 20, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      Are you crazy? Ping irons have always felt harsh. “heat treatment that makes them 40% harder” eh? I didn’t know that was possible.

      • Dave e

        Jan 21, 2016 at 8:41 am

        Got fitted for these at ping gainsborough. Really smooth irons with lots of forgiveness and good distance even on mishits. No harshness either. Needless to say mine are on order ready for the release date.

  10. TMP

    Jan 11, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Is it Taylorping or Pingmade? Either way, that is one fugly iron

  11. jgpl001

    Jan 11, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I seem to remember TM being slated for jacking up iron lofts….27 deg 6 iron here, but its Ping, so nobody will complain!!!

    I sure they perform well (as all Ping clubs do), but God they do know how to do ugly

    • xring

      Jan 11, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Looks like the 2008 TM burner as well. I am a Ping fan and currently play them but find the look recycled. Ditch the baby blue inlays as well.

      • WillyE

        Jan 11, 2016 at 7:05 pm

        Play PINGS and have for years. They are losin me..

  12. Jim

    Jan 11, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I don’t particularly like the Cor Eye badge but everything seems pretty nice including the new bezel and trimmed top line. Can’t wait to read some full playing reviews too.

  13. Greg V

    Jan 11, 2016 at 11:05 am

    A Nippon AWT shaft – I’m quite interested.

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Bubba Watson WITB 2021 (June)

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Driver: Ping G425 LST (9 degrees @7.5, 14g CG shifter in neutral, D3+)
Shaft: Grafalloy Bi-Matrix X AKA Project X Bubba Watson Prototype (tipped 1/2″, 44.5 inches)

 

5-wood: Ping G425 Max (14.5 degrees @14, neutral hosel setting, D2+)
Shaft: Fujikura Tour Spec Speeder 8.2 X (tipped 1.5 inch, 42 inches)

Irons: Ping S55 (3-PW; custom lie and lofts, 10 degrees open, D4 swingweight)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (.5″ standard length)

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52-SS @51, 56-SS @55, 60-TS)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (+1/2 inch)

Putter: Ping PLD Anser Prototype (blast finish, 34.25 inches, 21.5-degree lie, 4.5-degree loft, 350 grams)
Grip: Ping PP58 Midsize

Grips: Ping 703 Gold (between 11 and 15 wraps of tape under left hand, between 11 and 13 wraps under right across set)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

 

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Miller Lite X Bettinardi unveil patriotic Fourth of July collection

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Miller Lite and Bettinardi Golf have teamed up to create a limited-edition collection dropping ahead of the Fourth of July, with the collection integrating iconic looks for each brand and featuring a patriotic red, white, and blue color palette.

The collaboration features two bespoke putters, along with putter headcovers, golf bags, wood headcovers, ball markers, divot tool, golf towel, golf polo shirt, hats, t-shirt, cooler, LED neon and koozies, with prices ranging from $35-$2,300.

“Miller Lite believes in authentic connections, and the golf course is an amazing place to bond with close friends for a few hours. With roots in the Midwest, we sought a golf partner who shared similar values and delivered a high-quality, dependable product. The partnership between Bettinardi Golf and Miller Lite is the perfect combination of fun, pride and mission to bring superior quality products when it comes to trusting what you drink and what you play with on the golf course.” – Jeff Schulman, marketing manager for Miller Lite.

The Fourth of July collection will be available from June 29 at 10 am CDT, at shop.MillerLite.com and Bettinardi.com in The Hive.

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Addressing club fitting’s biggest myth: It’s only for good players

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By far, one of the biggest misconceptions among golfers is that club fitting is only helpful to the most skilled who can really “tell the difference.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. Getting fit for a set of clubs is no different than getting fit for a suit or a dress — everybody can benefit from having something tailored just for them, whether it be simple adjustments or a full-blown bespoke experience.

To break down one of the club fitting world’s greatest myths, we have teamed up with Club Champion to help you better understand how the process can help you have more fun and play better golf.

What are the benefits of a club fitting for any level of golfer?

  • For higher handicap and more beginner golfers, a club fitting helps to eliminate unnecessary variables that work against you on the course and while practicing. Especially for beginners or people taking lessons, it’s imperative to have equipment that works with your body, not against it. The right clubs prevent you from having to compensate for things like lengths that are too short or grips that are the wrong size.
  • By working with a fitter, a golfer will get a better understanding of how his/her body and natural swing motion relate to their equipment.
  • A fitting will help any golfer find out exactly what they need to achieve their specific performance or scoring goals.
  • Fittings lead to lower scores, more distance, better dispersion, and a lot of other benefits whether you’re a high handicapper or a scratch golfer. The reason pros tinker with their clubs all the time is because details matter.
  • It’s not just about making your best shots better, it’s about making your worst shots more playable. This applies across all skill levels, and the more a fitter can help keep the ball closer to the intended target, the quicker you are going to see results on the course and on your scorecard.

How does a less skilled golfer specifically benefit from a club fitting?

  • The interesting thing is higher handicaps actually benefit more since there tends to be more low-hanging fruit that fitters can adjust that help them see instant results. In a way, it’s like making sure you have the right size bike, if you try to ride a poorly fit bike you will always struggle, but as soon as you have the right fit — you’re flying.
  • As mentioned above, a fitting helps beginners by removing obstacles that work against their natural swing motion.
  • We fit a lot of golfers and generally, there’s an education gap with higher handicaps in terms of what technology is out there to help their game. We’ve had people come in with 20-year-old clubs who don’t know what sort of clubs are available in the market now and how much easier newer clubs can be to hit. If we use players on the lower end of the speed spectrum as an example – in the last 5 years have we seen a huge improvement in lighter weight shaft technology.
  • We see some of the biggest gains with putters, a club many golfers really don’t think that much about when it comes to fitting. Most golfers just buy the style that suits their eye, not their stroke, so there are massive improvements to be had on the green. It could be a whole new putter or just a grip and length change but when you consider how many shots you take make on the greens, a 15-20 percent improvement can be a game-changer.

How does something on the level of a “basic” fitting help golfers over using off the rack?

  • Small details like shaft flex, length, and swing weight play a huge factor in success, and when you buy off the rack you’re just guessing on how those and many other factors will work for you.
  • Even just having your existing set adjusted will lead to better golf. Even if it’s not absolutely optimized, small tweaks are a lot more benficial than off the rack clubs built for the masses.
  • No golfer is truly “average” in the sense that everyone’s body is so different. Height, swing motion, strength/speed, attack angle, etc. all of these things change from person-to-person, even if everyone in the test group is the same handicap. Lastly, stock clubs are mass-produced, which can lead to inconsistencies throughout the set and those variables can be addressed and eliminated even with a basic fitting.
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