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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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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. Bob

    May 10, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Everyone ripping off Nike design on the vapors, must be an open model now?

  2. Paul Runyan

    May 4, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Get used to waiting 4 or 5 months for anything from China or the US.

    And buy Now! Prices will increase dramatically!

    You can probably add a 20% mark up while you wait too

  3. Jim

    May 4, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    What will it take to get these? Maybe 6 months if you want other then 4 through PW in black dot, standard Ping shafts???? Management of Ping is getting worse almost daily, bring out new clubs when you cannot meet orders for what you are already selling sickening…

    • Will

      May 4, 2021 at 6:45 pm

      Jim,
      It isn’t just Ping, all of the manufactures are suffering long lead times due to supply chain constraints. Orders placed with Taylormade and Callaway take up to to 4 months and even longer for the rare stuff like MMT shafts.

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