PING IBLADE

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - GOLFING | GEARGUIDE -

www.ping.com Avail­abil­ity: 3-PW

Stock shaft: True Tem­per Dy­namic Gold (plus four pre­mium op­tions)

7i loft/length: 34° / 37”

TECH: Ping’s most for­giv­ing blade-style model to date. A 431 stain­less steel head, with a thin­ner top rail, min­i­mal off­set, straight lead­ing edge and high toe is de­signed to ap­peal to the dis­cern­ing golfer.

WE SAY: Forged heads are the over­whelm­ing choice of tour players when it comes to irons. You might think that puts the cast iBlades at a dis­ad­van­tage. But re­mem­ber it’s de­signed for players like Bubba Wat­son, Louis Oosthuizen and Lee West­wood, so it’s no sur­prise it per­formed ad­mirably in our tests. Our data shows how the iBlade was right on our pro’s test av­er­age when it came to ball speed and carry, and it recorded a tiny carry drop off of just three yards (joint low­est) be­tween on and of­f­cen­tre hits, which makes for some se­ri­ously ac­cu­rate shot-mak­ing.

VER­DICT: Ping openly ad­mits the iBlade will make up a tiny pro­por­tion of its iron sales, but that doesn’t mean the iBlade isn’t good. It is. But the ex­tra for­give­ness from the wider-sole, big­ger-cav­ity i200s will be much more sat­is­fy­ing for most of us.

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