KEY TECH Denser tung­sten and higher-strength steel for more for­give­ness than Ping's S55 AIMED AT Play­ers seek­ing a clas­sic, com­pact look and max­i­mum con­trol HOW MUCH TBC

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With Ping’s longer launch cy­cles you al­ways know you’re go­ing to find no­tice­able im­prove­ments, and the new iBlade, which re­places 2013’s S55, is no ex­cep­tion. Ping says the iBlade is its most work­able and for­giv­ing blade-style iron ever.

As you’d ex­pect from Ping’s most com­pact iron of­fer­ing, thin toplines, straight lead­ing edges, sharp high toes and min­i­mal off­set are fea­tures to suit the eye of more con­fi­dent ball strik­ers.

There’s also much tech­nol­ogy hid­den away in­side the head that moves iBlade on from S55, like the higher strength-to-weight-ra­tio steel that saves 4g, which is then used to in­crease for­give­ness.

The faces are also half as thick as S55 so they can spring more pow­er­fully, which means higher tra­jec­to­ries and up to six yards more dis­tance.

The iBlades fea­ture 1.6 times more elas­tomer than S55 (inset), cov­er­ing a larger sur­face area to save weight and also gen­er­ate more damp­en­ing be­hind the face for a softer feel.

Denser tung­sten has been used to cre­ate heav­ier toe weights (inset), which re­duces twist­ing on mishits to fur­ther in­crease for­give­ness.

While the sole widths re­main the same as on S55, you’ll find more heel re­lief, which al­lows dirt and grass trapped be­tween the sole and the ground to es­cape more eas­ily for bet­ter turf in­ter­ac­tion at im­pact.

The iBlade's stock True Tem­per Dy­namic Gold shaft is joined by four no-up­charge op­tions, with the stock grip Golf Pride's New Decade Mul­tiCom­pound in black and white.

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