PING I200

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - GOLFING | GEARGUIDE -

www.ping.com Avail­abil­ity: 3-UW

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.

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