Equipment: Ping G irons reviewJanuary 11, 2016 Golf Equipment
New model boasts legendary forgiveness levels but is appreciably longer than G30 version
You know what you are getting from a Ping G iron – industry-leading levels of forgiveness and consistency.
That is exactly what is on offer here but with two massive additional factors.
First, Ping say this iron is five yards longer than the G30 through the air.
Secondly, and more subjectively, this is a considerably more attractive iron both on the shelf and behind the ball than its predecessor.
Ping freely acknowledge that on G30, while forgiveness levels were very high, the overall distance was not as good as some of the competitor product.
The engineers got to work on a new Cor-Eye face structure that allows for a thinner, bendier face.
And they uses a new Hyper 17-4 Stainless Steel as the head material which is 40 per cent stronger.
The result, in 7 iron shots when compared to G30 product in the same lofts and specs, is 1.25mph more ball speed with 0.5Ëš higher launch and 250rpm less spin. That translates to a five-yard increase in carry distance.
“I think these irons have a fantastic feel and sound to them ” very solid,” said Marty Jertson, Ping’s director of product development.
“We’re very satisfied by the acoustics.”
As for the big change in the looks, that’s down to a refined hosel position that reduces the visual offset. Ping used some of the head shapes from their current I iron to help with the looks.
It appears that the top rail is much thinner but it is actually the same and the illusion is down to improved contouring.
The finish is also similar to the I iron.
The stock shaft is the AWT 2.0 where the weight differs from one club to the next to optimise each iron’s performance.
There is 10g difference between the lightest shaft, which is in the 4 iron, and the heaviest, which is in the pitching wedge.
The lighter weight in the long irons helps to square the face and avoid the most common miss of low and right.
Furthermore, the regular version has an average weight of 100g, the stiff 105g and the X 118g to cater for the needs of different swing speeds.
The irons will be available at a pro shop near you from February 11.
Ping G irons
Stock shaft: AWT 2.0 steel/ CFS graphite
SRP: £92/104 per club