You’ve made the decision to get new irons this year and you’re going with or at the very least seriously considering PING.
Good choice. After all, PING has been an industry leader for decades when it comes to delivering exceptional iron performance and also has long been ahead of the curve when it comes to customization options and fitting, most notably with its Color Code system for lie angle.
The big decision now is to decide which PING iron is going to help you optimize performance on the golf course.
In its current lineup, PING has four unique options to choose from — iBlade, i200, G, and GMax — each of which will have different attributes in terms of look and performance.
TGW has detailed information about these irons, including playing reviews, below on this page, as well as at each iron’s respective product page.
But we also wanted to give you an overview of the current lineup and how PING positions each of its iron offerings.
PING’s iBlade would qualify as a true players iron. After all, these are irons that feature compact blade shapes, thin toplines, minimal offset, and thinner soles for enhanced workability. Designed for control, this iron also offers more forgiveness than one might expect at first glance, and its thin, responsive clubface generates impressive distance. The iBlade would be a great option for elite ball-strikers and low-handicappers who value the ability to shape shots, but there’s enough forgiveness built into the design that it could also be a good fit for the mid-handicap player who wants the look and a feel that a blade provides.
This is a set of irons that delivers impressive playability, most notably as it relates to distance, launch, and forgiveness, the latter of which has been achieved through enhanced perimeter weighting. But these are irons that also have a classic, compact shape, and they’re exceptional in terms of feel and acoustics. The i200, which has also earned accolades for its outstanding turf interaction, but there’s also enough technology under the hood with this iron that a mid-handicapper could easily play it and maybe even some higher-handicappers who place a premium on look and feel.
PING’s G irons are also a versatile offering that will fit a wide array of players. A specialized heat treatment allows for a thinner clubface and COR-Eye Technology allows the face to flex more for faster ball speeds from all impact points. These irons do have a larger overall profile than the i200 or iBlade, but the look is still clean and a damping badge has been used in the design to soften feel. G irons will be a great choice for mid- and high-handicappers in search of more distance and forgiveness, but their look is clean enough that some lower handicappers simply won’t pass on their performance benefits.
The GMax is the largest iron from the PING lineup, and it will deliver a more explosive sound at impact than its stablemates. The GMax is also a monster in terms of distance, as it creates the fastest ball speeds in the PING lineup thanks to an incredibly thin clubface that offers significant flex at impact. The high ball speeds, however, are protected on mis-hits thanks to proprietary COR-Eye Technology, and a low, deep CG placement gives players incredible launch conditions. GMax irons also feature a progressive design in terms of loft, length, and swing weight to optimize performance through the set. This iron is going to be the perfect choice for higher-handicap players who need more distance and higher launch.