PING i25

We test 10 of the latest better player irons on the market and then award them with Gold, Silver and Bronze

PING i25

Brand: PING
Player iron: i25
RRP: £630
Loft: 30-degree Lie: 61.5-degree Length: 37.25”
Shaft: CFS Grip: 360 ID8

Summary: i25 irons are made of 17-4 stainless steel and deliver forgiveness and distance with control to inspire confident shot making. In the progressive set design, the long irons are designed with head sizes and sole widths that deliver high trajectory and extreme forgiveness. The more compact mid and short irons have narrow soles and less offset for enhanced accuracy and scoring.

Looks: Inspiring foggy chrome finish is a great touch and there's a neat squat head design on offer with a reasonably thin top edge. It sits right in between the S55 and G25 in terms of its sizing. Not too big, not too small. A little bit of offset in the long irons but that's to be expected. It's a very good looking iron and has that better player appeal, but at the same time, has plenty of game improvement qualities behind it. This iron, like its former i20 iron, could be used by any one ranging from the Tour professional (such as Lee Westwood, who used the i20) or the double-digit handicapper. 4 (out of 5)

Feel: Very soft feeling off the face. There's a nice click sound at impact on a consistent basis. It's by no means over powering. Superb turf interaction as club collects the ball sweetly. Hard to fault. 9.5 (out of 10)

Performance: Controlled, mid-high ball flight. Distance control is superb thanks to the machined grooves and it's relatively forgiving thanks to the tungsten weight in the low toe. You could throw a blanket over the balls we struck out there. Easy to work both ways, too. Not as powerful as some despite the narrow face-stabilising bars behind the face but it's certainly longer than the norm. 9.5 (out of 10)

Full review: PING i25 iron

Verdict: i25 delivers terrific forgiveness, above-average distance and great control throughout. Certainly one of the better player irons on the market today and very much deserving of a Golfmagic Gold. 23 (out of 25)

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