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SPOTTED: In-hand photos of Ping i230 irons at The Open, and Stewart Cink’s initial feedback

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Two of the hottest posts in our GolfWRX forums right now revolve around the same unreleased set of prototype irons: the Ping i230.

Early photos and speculation surrounding the i230 irons hit the forums in early July when they were spotted on the LPGA Tour and in the bag of Tyrrell Hatton. Stewart Cink and David Lingmerth have also put them in play, leading to increased buzz around the models.

It was way back in 2018 when Ping released its i210 irons, which remain popular choices on the PGA Tour (Viktor Hovland, Matt Fitzpatrick and Joaquin Niemann currently have i210 irons somewhere in the bag), so the hype makes sense. A four-year build up is a long time for a successful tour product, especially one that has wider-ranging appeal than just tour players; the i210 is suitable for low-to-mid handicaps, as well.

Without seeing up-close and in-hand photos of the new i230 irons, though, there was too much to speculate and not enough visual evidence.

Then, at The 2022 Open Championship at St Andrews, GolfWRX was finally able to take in-hand photos of the Ping i230 irons, and capture Stewart Cink’s WITB setup, which included Ping i230’s for his 4-PW, UW.

GolfWRX has also received early word on what Stewart Cink is liking so far about the irons (which could also clear up some of the design speculation in our forums).

Ping Player Development Manager Spencer Rothluebber said:

“Once Stewart saw that the i230s were smaller heel to toe in the long irons, he was instantly excited to play them. He loved the feel and sound, the i230s have a very solid impact experience. He also found the transition to the new iron very easy as the sole design of the i230 compared to the i210 didn’t change.”

For comparison purposes, below are a few side-by-side photos of Stewart Cink’s former i210 8-iron from April 2021, next to his current i230 8-iron.

Clearly, there’s two glaring differences; the i230 appears to have some type of covering on the back cavity, and the i230 has a screw in the toe section of the sole.

I couldn’t track down in-hand photos of Cink’s i210 8-iron for a perfect comparison at address position (I’m sorry!), but I did have a recent photo of Hovland’s i210 7-iron handy:

We’ll keep you informed if and when more details surface about the Ping i230 irons. For now, enjoy more photos below…

Ping i230 8 iron

Ping i230 UW

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  3. ericsokp

    Jul 15, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    So they’re supposedly shorter (at least in the long irons) heel to toe, with less offset, and thinner toplines … not exactly what I’m looking for so I guess I’ll keep my i210’s.

    P.S. Any reason why they “skipped” the i220 name and went wit i230?

    • Hipster

      Jul 18, 2022 at 3:08 pm

      Because they will go in line with the new g430 line.

  4. Ray

    Jul 15, 2022 at 11:12 am

    Looks good at address but the back – not so much. Old 210 looks better from the back

    • Vinnie

      Jul 16, 2022 at 12:56 am

      I would say the same thing about your mom, but it’s just as irrelevant.

  5. Craig

    Jul 14, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    These look nice. Once confirmed what the covering on the back is, hopefully not cheap like the Titleist T200, then will be in my bag.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best older hybrids 

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In our forums, our members have been discussing older hybrids. WRXer ‘akronswitness’ recently played with a Nike Covert hybrid and was blown away with the results, saying:

“Played the other day with a friend’s old, beat up Nike Covert 3H, and I absolutely crushed it. It was my first time really using a hybrid, and I hit a bunch of great straight, easy shots with it. Even planted one about 5-6ft from the pin from 220 out. Something my 4i definitely cannot do.

I’ve received advice on here in the past about hybrids. Most people are saying to go for the G410 or the Apex UW. The problem is those are still going for $220-$280, and that is a little bit too much for me to spend on a single club that I will probably only hit 3-4x per round. I also wanted something a little newer than the 10+ year old Nike hybrid. 

Can anybody recommend to me a 3H that was really good years ago that I could get for relatively cheap, maybe off eBay or 2nd swing?”

And our members have been sharing their top suggestions in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Davemc82: “Anything with Adams on the clubhead. Personal preferences are the pro and pro mini.”
  • sanjaygolf: “Titleist 818. Easily can find it for <$100. Also, I think it’s important to have adjustability and that opportunity to change shafts.”
  • NoTalentLefty: “Callaway Epic Flash. Get it. You can dial in your lofts.”
  • naval2006: “If you happen to come across a Ping G15 hybrid, go for it. They must be almost giving them away, I assume. This should be the club that originated the phrase “‘it’s like cheating.'”

Entire Thread: “What GolfWRXers are saying about the best older hybrids”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (8/23/22): Miura MB-001 irons

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a set of Miura MB-001 irons.

From the seller (@wholeinone): “Muira MB-001 – $1000 $900. RH. 3-PW. Nippon NS Pro 950gh. Stiff. Iomic Black . 4 iron chip, see picture below.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Miura MB-001 irons

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Min Woo Lee WITB 2022 (August)

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Driver: Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond S (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Red 7 X

3-wood: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Red 8 X

Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW (21 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X

Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (19 degrees), Callaway Apex TCB (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White X100 (19), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (3-PW)

Wedges: Callaway Jaws (50-10S), Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (54-10S @55), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60-T)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 120 S

Putter: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Double Wide
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Claw 2.0

Grips: Golf Pride ZGrip Cord, Grip Master

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