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Ping i230, iCrossover irons: Everything you need to know

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What you need to know: Ping is throwing a ton of technology into a an offering for a wide swath of players clubs market with the successor to the popular i210 line, new i230 irons and long-iron alternative iCrossover.

Key technology

Ping i230

  • Multi-material construction: 431 stainless steel body; activated elastomer insert; 304 stainless steel/injection molded TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) cavity badge
  • Tungsten toe/shaft tip  weights

Ping iCrossover

  • Multi-material construction: 17-4 stainless steel body; forged, maraging steel face
  • Tungsten toe/shaft tip weights
  • Trajectory Tuning 2.0 hosel

What Ping says

“The new i230 irons and iCrossovers are for avid players who want to get better,” said John K. Solheim, Ping CEO & President. “In the i230 iron, we’ve engineered a lot of performance into one design. It has the precise control and consistency of a players iron with an amazing feel while offering the forgiveness of a game improvement iron. It reminds me a lot of the iconic PING EYE2 iron in that it will appeal to so many player types, from the tour pros to everyday golfers. It’s really packed with performance.

“We’ve re-branded our Crossover category into the ‘i’ family to target golfers who most likely play one of our blade-style irons. The tour-inspired head size and sole design along with higher ball speeds help it to transition more seamlessly as a long-iron alternative. We’ve also added hosel adjustability, a highly beneficial innovation allowing golfers to dial in their trajectories for the first time in an iron-style design. We believe this re-design will greatly improve its appeal and find its way into a lot more bags on tour and other competitive settings.”

2022 Ping i230

The latest installment in Ping’s i-series continues the “players tech” theme. Ping touts the 21-gram weight savings from re-allocation of activated elastomer technology in the i230 and resulting ability to position the center of gravity low in the face. Increased face deflection, in turn, yields higher ball speeds and more consistent energy transfer.

In player testing, Ping saw an average of three yards of increased distance — presumably relative to the i210. With respect to the i230’s increased MOI, Ping cites the benefits of tungsten toe and tip weights, calling the clubs “the most forgiving “i” irons to date.”

Additional details

  • Re-engineered cavity badge (304 stainless steel cap with injection-molded thermoplastic) dampens sound and creates a more pleasing feel
  • Activated elastomer sits in a “toaster-style” pocket and supports the face behind the multi-material badge
  • Long irons (3-5) are slightly more compact than the i210; the rest of the set is designed with similar blade lengths
  • Similar sole design to i210 (a more rounded lead edge and ample bounce)
  • Precision-milled MicroMax grooves

2022 Ping iCrossover

Ping designed the iCrossover for high-swing-speed players looking for long-iron alternatives, which blend seamlessly into the rest of the set.

  • Thin, maraging steel face and lower CG position
  • Robotically welded face (with targeted EVA polymer on the rear) joined to a a 17-4 stainless steel body with a lower-hinged bend point for higher launch
  • Slightly shorter blade lengths with less offset than previous Crossovers
  • Trajectory Tuning 2.0: Adjustable hosel with eight settings for loft and lie — ±1.5 degrees loft and lie. Standard setting is the stated loft of the club at 1.5 degrees upright.

Specs, availability

i230 Specifications

Available: 3-9, PW, UW in 10 color codes (lie angle). Black color code is standard. Available November.
Loft options: Standard, Power Spec and Retro Spec
Stock shafts: Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300) & PING Alta CB Black (SR, R, S)
Optional stock shafts: PING AWT 2.0 (R, S, X), Dynamic Gold (S300, X100), Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100), KBS Tour (R, S, X), Nippon NS Pro Modus Tour 105 (R, S, X), Elevate MPH 95 (R, S), UST Recoil 760 ES SMAC (A), 780 (R, S)
Stock grip: Lamkin Crossline Black
MSRP: $205 per club with stock steel shaft; $220 per club with stock graphite shaft

iCrossover Specifications

Available: 2XR (18° loft) 40 1/8” std. length, 3XR (20°) 39.50”, 4XR (22.5°), 39.00″. Available November.
Stock shaft: Ping Tour 2.0 Chrome 85 (R, S, X)
Optional stock graphite shafts: Ping Alta CB Black (SR, R, S), Mitsubishi Kai’Li White 80 (S, X), Project X HZRDUS Smoke Red RDX 70HY (5.5), 80HY (6.0, 6.5)
Stock grip: Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet (six sizes)
MSRP: $275 per club with graphite or steel shafts

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  3. James Pacifico

    Nov 8, 2022 at 10:31 am

    Is the shaft for the icrossover .370 to fit into the adapter or will .355 work?

  4. jgpl001

    Oct 27, 2022 at 7:30 am

    I’m not a Ping iron fan, but these look very good and I will certainly test them when they are released

  5. Moses

    Oct 26, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Ping on a roll. Magnificent looking irons

  6. TL

    Oct 26, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    So these are more forgiving than the i525? If so that is surprising (but welcome news)

  7. ericsokp

    Oct 26, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Couldn’t help but notice that the cut-away of the new i230 with the badge removed looks pretty similar to the old i200 underneath. Additionally, I’m not sure if these are worth upgrading from my i210’s (especially at $200 per club in the middle of a recession).

    • chip75

      Oct 27, 2022 at 10:37 am

      There probably isn’t a huge need to upgrade from i210s, they seem pretty bulletproof. Perhaps wait for the i250s in 2-3 years. I think the i210s will go down as classics.

  8. Stu

    Oct 26, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Would these irons suit me? Only been playing 3 year currently using 2nd hand my irons and got my handicap down to 12 however I struggle with my 5 6 7 irons low ball flight not much control distance not a problem hit 9 iron 140 / 150 8 iron up to 165 going for a fitting and like the look and specs of the i230

  9. Gooba

    Oct 26, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Shame they’ve rounded the leading edge. The 200/210 were a truly special players iron. Soft, forgiving, but aggresive. These seem to be going to wrong direction for me.

    • PeterO

      Oct 27, 2022 at 2:06 am

      It remains to be seen but I don’t get the impression that the leading edge is MORE rounded than the i210. I think the article is saying the iron is more rounded, presumably, than the Blueprint and i59.

      I agree with you about the i210 and am hopeful these are similar, with a more compact head in the 4, 5, and 6. Let’s hope!

      • Cut and Paste

        Oct 30, 2022 at 10:33 am

        “Similar sole design to i210 (a more rounded lead edge and ample bounce)”

  10. TDBach

    Oct 26, 2022 at 10:53 am

    Why did this write-up exclude the one product detail that is most important to the aesthetic of the club: the top line. If I’m looking down at the club at address, and it’s fat and clunky looking, the physics don’t much matter. IMHO of course.

    • stephen

      Oct 28, 2022 at 1:42 am

      Go to youtube and watch Michael Newton he is the best.

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TOUR REPORT: Jason Day’s new Scotty Cameron, celebrity Ben Baller’s WITB, and Xander’s new 3-wood

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The West Coast swing continued this week on the cliffs of San Diego at Torrey Pines for the 2023 Farmers Insurance Open, and we caught up with some of the top players (and celebrities) in attendance to see what clubs are in their bag, and what changes they’re making.

As GolfWRX uncovered, Xander Schauffele, Jason Day and Justin Rose made equipment changes ahead of the event. We also caught up with famous celebrities Ben Baller and Gareth Bale to get glimpse at their equipment setups; both players competed in the Pro-Am on Wednesday. We also spotted some new equipment that players were testing, and we caught up with Gary Woodland to check out his new Cobra setup.

Let’s waste no more time and get right into this week’s Tour Report from the 2023 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Check out all of our photos from Torrey Pines here

Day switches to a new blacked-out Scotty Cameron…and a 7-wood

Back at the 2022 Shriners Open in October, I caught up with Jason Day to learn why he switched into a Scotty Cameron putter for the first time in his career, and what he liked about his new rounded mallet putter. He said the previous putters he used in the last few years – TaylorMade’s Spider Tour, and Odyssey’s Toulon Daytona – sat a bit too square, and looked as if they were pointing left of the target. The rounder Scotty Cameron mallet looked to point a bit more to the right, helping him to start the ball on a better line.

Here’s a look at his original Scotty Cameron build:

Last week at The 2023 American Express, however, Day switched into a nearly identical head, except this time it was made with a “Tour Black” finish. He ended up finishing 2nd in Strokes Gained: Putting on the week, and we caught with him on Tuesday at the 2023 Farmers Insurance this week to get a look at the new putter for ourselves:

Could this be the putter that helps Day get his magic back on the greens?

I went into way more depth into the putter switch over on PGATOUR.com, so click the link if you’re interested. We also have more photos and discussion of the putter in our GolfWRX Forums.

For this week, due to the particularly heavy rough and firm greens at Torrey Pines, Day also put in a TaylorMade Stealth 7-wood, equipped with a Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80X shaft. His caddie says he flies it about 245-250 yards and lands softly.

Check out more photos and discussion of Day’s switches here

Schauffele finally changes up his 3-wood

While Schauffele upgraded into a new Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond driver at the 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions, he kept his old Epic Speed Triple Diamond 3-wood in the bag that week. As we covered in our full story on PGATOUR.com, he struggles with 3-woods that spin too low when he hits a right-to-left shot; he doesn’t want the ball coming in too hot and not being able to hold the green.

Since then, however, he found a new Paradym Triple Diamond 3-wood setup that minimizes that concern. His new 16.5-degree HL fairway wood, which is actually bent down to 15.3 degrees, has helped Schauffele tighten spin variation due to the spin consistency across the face.

He put the new 3-wood into play on Wednesday at Torrey Pines.

Xander Schauffele’s full WITB at the 2023 Farmers Insurance Open

Woodland’s new Cobra setup

Gary Woodland officially signed an equipment deal with Cobra at the beginning of 2023, and we finally got a first look at his full WITB setup as a full-time Cobra staffer at the 2023 Farmers Insurance Open. Most notably, Woodland switched into a new set of Cobra King MB irons, which he said are “literally off the rack.”

Check out the rest of his 2023 WITB here

Hideki tests an all-new Graphite Design putter shaft

According to Graphite Design rep Erik Boysen, there have been only two prototypes made of a new Graphite Design putter shaft, and Matsuyama tested one of them this week at Torrey Pines. The shaft is designed to provide increased stiffness and stability throughout the stroke. While Matsuyama isn’t putting it in play just yet, we’ll certainly keep an eye on his putter shaft going forward, and keep an eye on Graphite Design to see how this product may progress.

Join the discussion about the new shaft prototype here

Ben is a Baller

Ben Baller is a famous actor/jeweler/designer/entrepreneur/avid golfer/TaylorMade staffer, and he was also on the winning Pro-Am team this week.

Ahead of his victorious round at Torrey Pines, we got a look at all the clubs in Baller’s bag.

We expected nothing less than an eye-popping custom Scotty Cameron Masterful putter, engraved with his name and paint-filled with Lakers yellow. Uniquely, though, Baller went with a driver-less setup to help avoid the rough at Torrey Pines, so he went with a top-end setup full of TaylorMade Stealth2 and Stealth fairway woods and hybrids.

He fills out his bag with TaylorMade Stealth irons, TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedges and custom TaylorMade golf balls with his logo on them.

Check out Ben Baller’s full WITB here

Kickin’ it with Gareth Bale

 

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Gareth Bale – a newly retired Welsh soccer player (or footballer, if you prefer) – also teed it up alongside Ben Baller on the winning Pro-Am team. While we didn’t get a chance to capture photos of every club in Bale’s bag, we managed to capture a few photos of his setup.

He doesn’t have a bad golf swing, either, especially for being a former world-class member of Real Madrid and Tottenham.

 

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Justin Rose switches drivers

The last time we caught up with Rose at the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open, the equipment free agent had an old TaylorMade M2 2016 driver in the bag. He’s been conducting extensive driver testing recently, though.

This week, he ended up switching to a new Callaway Paradym 8.5-degree head, equipped with a Fujikura Ventus Black 6X shaft.

Justin Rose full 2023 WITB at Torrey Pines

Ben Martin’s new EvnRoll putter

Martin was previously using an old Guerin Rife mallet putter, but he switched into a new EvnRoll EV5.2 mallet putter at the 2023 Farmers Insurance Open.

James Hahn shows up with a mixed bag

Former PXG staffer James Hahn has apparently gone the free agent route in 2023, since he showed up at Torrey Pines this week with a mixed-brand setup, which includes a Titleist driver, TaylorMade fairway wood, PXG hybrid, Callaway irons, Titleist Vokey wedges, and a Scotty Cameron putter.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about Hahn’s new free agency and golf clubs

TaylorMade’s San Diego head covers

TaylorMade’s Carlsbad HQ is just down the road from Torrey Pines, so the company typically designs some San Diego-inspired headcover heat when the PGA Tour comes into town. The 2023 Farmers Insurance sunset versions certainly did not disappoint.

Unfortunately, the sun is also setting on this week’s Tour Report from Torrey Pines. We’ll see you next week as the Tour travels up the West Coast to Pebble Beach.

Check out all of our photos from Torrey Pines here

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2023 PGA Show Day Two recap

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The GolfWRX crew are on deck at this week’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, primed to deliver plenty of content to our readers from the annual gearhead junkie extravaganza all week long.

  • Don’t forget that you can follow along GolfWRX on Instagram for live running updates of content we’ve captured throughout the week.

On Thursday, it was back to the Convention Center, and our guys were on-hand to showcase the best of what was on display on the grounds in the Sunshine State.

Here’s a look at every gallery in our forums from Thursday.

Show Floor Thursday – DeWiz, Tru Golf, About Golf, K Golf

Show Floor Thursday – Me and My Golf Breaking Balls, Pro Tee United, SAM Putt Studio, Bermuda Sands, Evolution Electric Vehicles, Maceoo, 7 Diamonds, Holderness & Bourne, RSVLTS

Show Floor Thursday – Criquet Clothing, Lyle & Scott, Anew Golf, Par X, Snake Eyes Clothing

Show Floor Thursday – Biion Shoes, Old Golf Club, Club car, Strackaline

Show Floor Thursday – Edel SMS Pro Ion, Zero Restriction, Ecco,

Show Floor Thursday – SQAIRZ, Design 2 Golf, Nikon Coolshot, Boxto Shoes,

Show Floor Thursday – Evolution Carts pt.2, CMC Design, Pinned Golf

Show Floor Thursday – ECHO Robotics, Johnston & Murphy, Perfect Practice, Bat Caddy Electric Carts

 

Show Floor Thursday – MacGregor Irons, Zebra Wedges, Ram Irons, Bucket Golf, Passport Patches

Show Floor Thursday – Atta Kid’s Clothing, Hutch Travel Case Prototypes, Clicgear, Smathers & Branson

 

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2023 PGA Show Day Two: 8 interesting items

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Thursday saw Day Two of the 2023 PGA Show from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, and GolfWRX were live on site to capture everything going down on the busy main floor.

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Our forums are packed full of galleries showcasing all of what has been happening the entire week, so make sure to head over to our forums to check out everything we’ve snapped from this year’s PGA Show.

But first, check out eight interesting items that caught our eye on Thursday in the Sunshine State.

Johnston & Murphy Limited-Edition Masters Shoes

Me and My Golf’s Breaking Ball Putting Mat & Balls

StrackaLine App

Club Car Luxurious Cart

deWiz Swing Analyzer

Par X Sustainable Cotton Apparel

ANew Golf Apparel, Bags & Accessories

Ecco’s Classic Golf Shoe

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