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.