First impression: Ping i15 irons

'Pure class and bridge the gap between tour and handicap golfer'

Richard Green
Thu, 6 Aug 2009

Ping is breaking with golf industry tradition by introducing a range of new clubs in mid-August. The Ping G15 and Ping i15 Series, which include drivers, irons, hybrids and fairway woods have been engineered with two distinct player profiles in mind. They update the Ping G10 and Ping i10 series of clubs, which have proved so popular with handicap golfers and club pros.

We've been getting first impressions of the new Ping i15 irons

Ping i15 irons
Specifications:The i15 iron has been designed as a progressive set, larger, more forgiving long irons and smaller more workable mid and short irons, all with a tungsten toe insert, stabilizing bar and tuning port to aid feel and sound. Available 3-PW in steel or graphite
Price:£85 per club (steel), £100 (graphite)

The Ping i15 iron

While the accent is on high launch and forgiveness for the Ping G15s, more control and workability are the hallmarks of the Ping i15 irons.

Looks: Clearly designed with the better - if not always consistent - player in mind, the Ping i15 irons slot perfectly into the tricky gap between Ping S57 blades used by the Tour's top players and G15 game-improvers. For anyone in fairly close proximity to 12-handicap, they are perfect. The mid and short iron heads are neat and compact, but by making it a progressive set, the 3-, 4- and even 5-irons are a bit bigger and a bit more forgiving, with an easy-up high ball flight.

Stylistically, the Ping i15s are a big improvement on previous 'i' models. Not only does the graphics badge act as a dampener, it also adds a real look of quality to the brushed steel head.

Feel/performance: Hybrids might be all the rage but it’s also rewarding to be able to hit a penetrating 3-iron should the need arise. The mid and short irons are much more compact, and the ball flight is a bit lower, more penetrating and controllable. Both the new Ping G15 and Ping i15 sets of irons conform to the new groove rules, but with only a fraction less groove volume there is certainly no problem in generating spin on nipped iron shots.

Much like the Ping G15, hitting the ball with the Ping i15 iron is effortless, but with the narrower soles and smaller heads it’s a lot easier to work the ball. The new ID8 grips also help by giving a simple reminder of optimum hand positions.

In my opinion these irons are pure class and bridge the handicap gap between Tour and club player.

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