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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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Jon Rahm WITB (October 2020)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @10 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

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3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 @14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

jon-rahm-witb-2020Utility iron: TaylorMade RSI TP UDI (4)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (52-09), TaylorMade MG2 (56-12SB, 60-11)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X (Chalk)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 (#10)

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The most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now (Fall 2020 edition)

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What are the most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf shoes on Amazon as of October 2020.

1. Adidas Men’s Tech Response Golf Shoes

From the listing:Mesh/synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Thintech, adituff, thintech cleat, traxion, adiwear. Lightweight mesh and synthetic upper for enhanced breathability and comfort. Soft eva insole for lightweight comfort and cushioning. 6-spike configuration with thintech low-profile technology for improved traction and stability.”

Price: $59.99

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2. Skechers Go Golf Men’s Torque Waterproof Golf Shoe

From the listing:Synthetic. Imported. lace-up. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Replaceable soft spikes. Waterproof.”

Price: $59.99

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3. FootJoy Men’s Fj Flex Golf Shoes

 

From the listing:100% Textile. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Performance Mesh – lightweight performance mesh delivers incredible comfort, breathability and all-day comfort. Complete support – a soft EVA midsole provides increased underfoot cushioning, enhanced comfort and exceptional stability.”

Price: $89.99

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4. PUMA Men’s Ignite Nxt Lace Golf Shoe

From the listing:100% Textile and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Sole shield. Performance Mesh +TPU. Ignite Foam.”

Price: $99.99

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5. Skechers GO GOLF Men’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Skechers Goga Max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning for all day comfort. Durable grip tpu outsole with a spikeless bottom. Lightweight. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $74.97

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6. Adidas Men’s Tour360 Xt Spikeless Golf Shoe

From the listing: Leather and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Leather and microfiber synthetic upper. Spikeless Puremotion outsole for enhanced flexibility and grip with X-Traxion primary lugs for grip and balance.”

Price: $135.59

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7. FootJoy Men’s Fj Originals Golf Shoes

From the listing: Built on the Austin Last, this last offers the fullest rounded toe character, fullest fit across forefoot, standard instep and heel. EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) Fit-Beds provide lightweight cushioning underfoot. EVA does not take a set, so the cushioning will remain the same for the life of the shoe. This easy care synthetic upper offers outstanding 1 year waterproof comfort, breathability, and durability.”

Price: $89.95

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8. Skechers Women’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Spikeless, durable grip tpu outsole. Ultra-lightweight, responsive ULTRA Flight cushioning. Goga max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $57.55

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9. FootJoy Women’s Sport Retro-Previous Season Style Golf Shoes

From the listing: ” Lightweight – the linen-textured synthetic uppers offer lightweight comfort and durability. Cushioned rubber – the gum rubber outsole is a soft rubber compound which provides flexibility and comfort. Enhanced traction – This molded rubber outsole provides turf gripping performance and durability.”

Price: $59.95

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10. New Balance Men’s Sweeper Waterproof Spiked Comfort Golf Shoe

From the listing: Synthetic. Imported.Rubber sole.Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Waterproof microfiber leather upper. REVlite 10mm drop* midsole provides lightweight cushioning & premium responsiveness. NDurance rubber outsole with removable FTS 3.0 Pulsar spikes.”

Price: $59.99

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Justin Thomas: What makes him an elite wedge player

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It might be easy to say that a player like Justin Thomas is near the top of the leaderboard because

  1. He hits it the best
  2. He drives it long and relatively straight
  3. He is having a good putting week

I would agree and disagree with all three. Yes, they are definitely factors, but in my opinion, it’s his wedge play that has been the most notable part of his game—especially in 2020.

If you look at the stats, you will find a player who is not only damn-near deadly from 150 yards and in, but also a player who gets out of trouble about as well as anyone in the top 10 in the world.

We are talking about 2020 as a whole FYI.

(Stats via PGATour.com)

Now strokes gained wedge stats have multiple variables affecting the ultimate stat, fairways hit, where a player misses it, out of the rough vs out of the fairway, putting, yada, yada, yada….

At this point, if I had to pick a player to get it done around the greens it would JT or Jon Rahm. True artists. Go back and watch some of the shots from the FedEx at TPC Southwind or even Kapalua this year, it was the reliance on his wedges that became the secret sauce. Like the putter, good wedge play can be an equalizer when anything else is falling short. And when the rest of the bag is decent, for a player like JT, good wedge play equals wins.

I wanted to dig in a little deeper, so I asked my old friend, Vokey’s Aaron Dill a few questions on what makes JT unique with a wedge in his hands…

JW: As far as technique, what in his action makes JT so good? And if you could compare him to someone who would it be?

AD: Justin’s technique is really something to watch. His ability to stay loose, calm, and maintain effortless speed while delivering the wedge accurately really shows his comfort with a wedge in his hands. Justin keeps the club out in front of him and he has mastered the ability to control his golf ball’s flight and spin.  I could compare him to many, but I sometimes feel he is in a league of his own.  

JW: Beyond the great shots we see on highlight reels, where does JT really get it done from an SG perspective? What do you see that the average person wouldn’t? 

AD: Justin does it all very well. You know this because he is 9th in SG around the green and this is partly due to his spotless technique but his ability to scramble in difficult situations. Something he does that amazes me is his creative vision of shots. There are times when he is in a situation where he hits a shot we don’t expect or think of. His comfort with a wedge is fun to watch, he makes all short game shots seem like they are no big deal and you can see this by his free-flowing, loose and speedy wedge action. You can tell he feels at peace with his wedge technique.

JW: He has an interesting set up for his wedges that has been well covered, but since you first met him, how has his understanding and approach to his wedges and wedge play evolved?

AD: Justin’s wedge set is unique, however, a lot of thought and intelligence has gone into crafting this matrix. Since the first time I met him, he has worked hard and he has always had the desire to want to improve and push himself. You can see it in his strength training, his increase in ball speed, and his general approach to competitive golf. His knowledge of his short game has improved over the years and it shows in his success. You can see how comfortable he feels when a wedge is pulled from the bag, you can bet he will be landing the ball close to the hole setting himself up for a makable putt.

Justin Thomas’ wedge specs 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46-10F @47.5, 52-12F @52.5), Vokey SM8 (56-14F @57), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60T @ 60.5)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

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