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
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.