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GolfWRX Spotted: Ping i59 irons

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GolfWRX was founded on the good old fashion “spy pics,” and this week we spotted something that many golfers have been very anxiously awaiting—new Ping irons and more specifically i59 irons.

The irons were spotted in the bag of Ping staffer Viktor Hovland along with some also recently spotted Glide forged Pro wedges.

Although we don’t have all the details of the new irons or a comment from Ping, there are a few things that can be deduced from the images we captured from the Zurich Classic.

  • They are clearly an “i” iron: As straightforward as this might seem, the name alone gives us a lot of insight into the golfer this iron is targeted towards. The i-Series has always been a “better players” iron with added forgiveness, and these look the part with a larger flange and medium width sole.
  • The “59” means something old and new: There is some history here that we need to break down. I-ve already touched on the i-series (see what I did there?), but the number 59 has a significant role to play in Ping’s history. The last time “59” was used was when Ping introduced the golf world to the S-Series, and the S59 was the first blade-style club the company had ever launched. The model naming was n homage to the Ping 69’s—which Karsten Solheim chose because he believed it to be a great golf score.

    So we have a new style of iron under the i-Series, and a reference to a previously used number—it sure sounds like a lot of new is going on with these.
  • It looks to be hollow: Based on the geometry of the head combined with the toe screw, I am willing to bet that these new i59 irons are hollow. Hollow irons aren’t new for Ping but a players centric hollow iron is, which is part of the reason I believe Ping has chosen to go a little off-menu with the name—this is not like any iron Ping has released before. The question now is whether the entire area behind the head is hollow or just the bottom section.

Beyond speculation, we don’t have any further details about the internal technology of this new iron or a potential release date, but we will follow this story closely over the week along with Viktor Hovland’s play.

To see what GolfWRX members are saying in the forums, check out the Ping 2021 irons discussion.

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. Pingback: GolfWRX Spotted: Ping i59 irons (exclusive in-hand pictures) – GolfWRX

  2. JP

    Apr 24, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Looks like just a bigger blueprint iron.

  3. Chris

    Apr 21, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Cannot wait to give these a hit. Has anyone heard anything about the rumoured i565’s?

  4. Paul

    Apr 21, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Doesn’t matter, they’re already backordered.

  5. RJM

    Apr 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    These look like a rehash of the Nike Vapor Pro Combo without the graphics.

  6. Ryan

    Apr 21, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    I’m doubting Hovland switched to a hollow body iron.

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GolfWRX Spotted: Ping i59 irons (exclusive in-hand pictures)

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This week GolfWRX is on-site at the Wells Fargo Championship getting all of the inside equipment scoops from the tour vans, and early this morning we got the scoop of scoops with in-hand pictures of the highly anticipated new Ping i59 irons.

GolfWRX forum: Ping i59 irons – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

We first spotted these i59’s in the bag of Viktor Hovland a couple of weeks ago from a distance and now thanks to in-hand pictures, including some comparison shots, we can take a closer look.

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Even with access to taking images, we don’t yet have any details of the technology from Ping, although there are a few things that can be deduced from the images we captured from the Wells Fargo.

GolfWRX forum: Ping i59 irons – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

  • They are clearly an “i” iron: The name alone gives us a lot of insight into the golfer this iron is targeted towards, and the i-Series has always been a “better players” iron with added forgiveness. The i59s clearly looks the part with a compact profile and medium to thin sole width.
  • It looks hollow: Based on the head geometry combined with the toe screw, I am willing to bet that these new i59 irons ( at least in the longer irons) are hollow.
    Hollow irons aren’t new for Ping but a player’s centric hollow iron is, which is part of the reason I believe Ping has chosen to go a little off-menu with the name—this is not like any iron Ping has released before.

Beyond speculation, we don’t have any further details about a potential release date, but we will follow this story closely. It’s very rare for Ping to release an iron out for tour use without a release date on the horizon, but with 2020’s impact on OEM logistics, it’s anyone’s guess at the moment.

For all the images, and to join the discussion check out the GolfWRX forum: Ping i59 irons – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

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