GAME ENJOYMENT IRONS
We differentiate irons into categories like, blades, player’s irons, game-improvement irons, and super game improvement irons. The Ping G-irons would fit into the game improvement iron category, but don’t let that name get in the way of trying these irons. We sometimes don’t want to admit our short comings and all desire to play blades or the “pro” version of a model, but sometimes enjoying the game with steady but great shot after great shot is the better route. The Ping G-irons are better than just game-improvement irons, they are Game-Enjoyment irons.
HOW DO THEY LOOK?
The new Ping G series irons dropped the numbers and just went G. They also kept many of the previous G characteristics, yet repackaged them into an even better looking head. They are a little more compact, a little less off-set and a little thinner on the top line, yet offer everything you want in terms of forgiveness and ease of hitting. The first thing you notice is how good they look. They are certainly the best looking G iron Ping has ever made, the blend of satin and chrome looks very good.
We received the Ping G-irons as a stock set 4-UW with DG S300 shafts. I found it interesting that their standard lie angle for these is a yellow dot. Many people (including us) have been a huge fan of the Ping fitting system over the years, but the lie colours seem to be changing, what were a black and blue dot in the past are now yellow, hitting these in the new stock colour seemed odd. If you’ve been one colour in Ping for previous irons, you might want to check if it is still the same for the new sets.
We also had them in at D2 so they would play at our preferred swing weight. These are all things that you should look into when buying a set of Pings. It doesn’t add cost and is worth the little extra time to get fit properly.
DO THEY FLY?
These irons are longer, straighter and higher, and yet are very accurate and forgiving. They aren’t just jacked up for distance, they are made for consistency and accuracy. We found them to be very good on miss-hits as well as pure shots. They spin just a little less than the other irons (in the same category) we have played recently, but they use height as part of their stopping power so they can maintain a consistent landing spot.
HOW DO THEY FEEL?
Ping irons also continue to evolve in terms of feel. Going back to some of the earlier sets of Pings we reviewed you could get harsh feeling, especially on miss-hits but, they continue to use their cavity plate and tuning bars in the pocket to reduce vibration and improve feel across the face. Pure hits feel better as do off-centre ones. They aren’t dead feeling, you know that you hit it off-centre but because of the design, you won’t lose too much ball speed or accuracy.
SUM IT UP
There is a reason that the Ping G-irons are the number 1 selling iron right now, they will fit a much wider audience of golfers based on their improved looks paired with their amazing forgiveness. Like always I suggest getting fit so these are just right for you game, but based on my rounds with them and time on the Flightscope, they certainly are Game-Enjoyment irons. They look great and are easy to hit.
FLIGHT SCOPE X2 LAUNCH MONITOR Ping G irons – 8-iron
- Spin: 6012 rpms
- Launch Angle: 30.5*
- Dispersion: 3.1 yds
- Club Head Speed: 82.2 mph
- Ball Speed: 105.8 mph
- Total Distance: 159 yds
- Carry Distance: 147 yds