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Stock shaft: Choose from seven premium steel and one graphite option
7i loft/length: 33° / 37”
TECH: The i200 replaces the “i” iron, and brings some notable updates to the table. The face is 30% thinner, which means more mass in the toe and heel to nudge MOI 7% higher.
WE SAY: Speak to any designer of better player irons and they’ll tell you how good golfers want forgiveness, but it can’t come at any cost. So their first priority is always to create a good looking head. Then they focus on forgiveness. That’s where the i200 comes into its own. Yes, some will accuse it of being a bit boxy (like our test pro), but it’s a look Ping have made their own. And the club’s ability to marry good looks with decent levels of playability makes it an outstanding choice for decentish club golfers. We loved the sleek hydropearl finish, it looks great in the bag. Our 11-handicap amateur now wants a set to replace his i’s.
VERDICT: Our pro’s numbers were bang on the test average for ball speed and carry, but a joint lowest carry drop-off (three yards) means it will make for some accurate shot making. A fantastic all-rounder.