REVIEW: Ping i-irons

There is no better shot in golf than the one down the middle. @dannypoulterpga

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Sure it is fun to “Bubba” cut the ball around a tree but the easiest shot to control and score well with is the steady, straight one.  If your irons hit really square, you eliminate questions about what is going to happen or where the ball will end up, all you need to do is dial in the distance.  The new Ping i-irons just want to hit the ball straight.

The straight ball is often the mantra of a “game-improvement” iron, players irons are often billed as workable.  Sure it sounds great, but what most users really want are players-irons looks that go straight like game-improvement irons, to me workable usually means crooked. The Ping i-irons offer a “players iron” with many game improvement qualities, for this reason Ping’s new irons will be among the hottest clubs on the market in the coming season.

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The history of the i-irons have always been the middle iron for Ping.  G-series was game improvement, S-series was “bladeish” and I-series was something in between.  These new irons follow that pattern.  These are just the next evolution of the i-series and like each set before, these got better too.  Put into use here at iPlayGolfUK simulator bays I can report that the ball feels significantly faster off the clubface, with a crisp sound, but with no loss of Ping’s legendary feel and feedback.

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The iE1 design team have inserted a ‘tuning port’ in the back of the irons, using elastomer, they really have worked hard on this technology over the years to get better feel out of their irons with each new version, it clearly works.  The different 431 steel now used along with the tuning bar, have these getting as close as you can get to a forged feel, add the Tungsten out on the toe on the long irons through to the 7-iron, which increases stability and accuracy and you have a fully balanced, great feeling cavity-back which is cleaner and increases forgiveness.

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Progressive offsetting makes the longer irons easier to hit, and makes the short irons more workable. The iE1 irons have clean lines, including a slim top line which will appeal to the better golfer, although they also offer all the latest technology from which higher-handicappers will benefit.

Ping have also increased their shaft offerings this year, introducing the Nippon N.S. PRO Modus 3, Project X and True Temper XP 95 to their options.

Throughout the full set and with the different shaft types the new Ping iE1 irons gave me fantastic feedback, high launch angles and superb workability. With the iE1, Ping really has made a club which can be used by the improver golfer through to the professional.

These clubs are a clear winner, and will appeal to golfers from approximately 18 handicap through to elite/professional players.

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