Q & A
When PING set out to develop the iBlade, its ultimate goal was to create a true blade iron that was unquestionably PING. What does that mean? It means that players can expect all of the performance, control, and workability that’s typically found in a traditional blade, but they’re also going to get the playability and forgiveness that PING has been known for through the years. The shaping of the iBlade was inspired by PING’s Glide wedge, which engineers chose to work with as a foundation because of its simple yet functional shape. Visually, there’s no question that this is a true players club, as it features thin toplines, compact blade shapes, minimal offset throughout the set, straight leading edges, and a sharp high toe. The construction of the iBlade in terms of shape was designed to deliver control and workability. Interestingly enough, however, unlike most blades, the iBlade is not forged; it’s a cast club. But the use of soft 431 stainless steel and Activated Elastomer behind the clubface combine to produce a soft feel and muted impact sound. As mentioned, there’s still plenty in the way of forgiveness and distance incorporated into the sleek visual package. A clubface that’s almost twice as thin as the highly successful S55 iron is producing faster ball speeds and improved launch for more distance and stopping power, while tungsten weighting utilized in the design has enhanced the iBlade’s MOI. Also of note, PING engineers incorporated a new, progressive loft design that features stronger lofts in the long irons and weaker lofts in the 7-PW, a move designed to eliminate gapping problems through the set.
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Lower-handicap golfers would seem like the obvious answer given the true blade design, but the playability that’s been incorporated into the iBlade as it relates to high launch, increased distance, and ample forgiveness, also make this iron a realistic option for the mid-handicap player who places a premium of look, feel, and workability. In short, the iBlade has a little bit of something for everyone, and its impressive performance attributes should result in this iron winding up in plenty of bags.
Positioned with a larger surface area behind the iBlade’s clubface for enhanced feel and improved acoustics.
Utilized to provide heavier weights in the toe of the clubhead to increase MOI for improved forgiveness on mis-hits.
Enables faster ball speeds, higher launch, and improved ball flight consistency throughout the set.
Softer than 17-4 steel and also lighter but just as strong, the use of 431 steel enhances the iBlade’s feel and also allows for four grams of weight to be moved to increase MOI.
“We wanted to design a blade iron, but we wanted to do it the PING way. Under the hood, there’s a lot of technology that’s going to give this iron great playability.”
Cory Bacon, PING Design Engineer
“I think the inspiration, which is pretty apparent, is our Glide wedges. We wanted to use that shape and design language. We started there because it looks simple but the design is playable. It looks really good, but it’s functional at the same time.”
Cory Bacon, PING Design Engineer
“I really thought these were awesome. They’re easy to hit. You could get them up in the air way easier than a traditional blade iron. If I wanted to hit a lower trajectory shot that was very easy to do. One thing I did notice, too, when you do mis-hit a blade you typically feel it. And with these you didn’t feel it as much, and that was nice. If you mis-hit it, the trajectory would change but your distance really wouldn’t, which is huge. They’re not forged, however, they’re super soft and they have a great sound to them. I feel this is a set that I could definitely take home.”
TGW customer Jordan, 7 handicap
“I actually hit the PING i20 irons so these are a little bit more of a blade, but honestly I didn’t notice a lot of difference in forgiveness. They’re pretty much just as forgivable as the i20s are. I noticed probably a little further ball flight with them (and) a little higher trajectory definitely.”
TGW customer Miles, 8 handicap
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