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SUIT­ABIL­ITY: The i500 irons suit low to mid-hand­i­cap play­ers look­ing for an iron with a tra­di­tional blade-like ap­pear­ance com­bined with im­pres­sive dis­tance, while the i210 will ap­peal to bet­ter play­ers look­ing for a for­giv­ing but work­able op­tion. SHAFTS: True Tem­per Dy­namic Gold 105 and UST Mamiya Re­coil ES SMAC come stan­dard in the i500, while True Tem­per Dy­namic Gold 120 and PING ALTA CB shafts are the stan­dard for the i210. And a range of af­ter­mar­ket shafts are also of­fered at no up­charge. LEFT HANDED: Both the i210 and i500 are avail­able for left-han­ders. PING SAYS: The sleek-shaped i500 iron em­ploys much of the same tech­nol­ogy as the G700 in a smaller, more com­pact, mus­cle-back ap­pear­ance. Its forged, C300 marag­ing-steel face is pre­ci­sion milled and com­bined with a 17-4 stain­less steel body to cre­ate metal-wood­like per­for­mance, gen­er­at­ing sig­nif­i­cant ball-speed in­creases and lower-spin­ning, higher-fly­ing shots with stop­ping power.

In the com­pact i210 iron, Ping’s en­gi­neers put a pre­mium on the feel and pre­ci­sion by lever­ag­ing a patented multi-ma­te­rial con­struc­tion that com­bines a 431 stain­less steel head with a larger and softer elas­tomer insert. The ad­di­tional vol­ume of the cus­tom tun­ing port, which also in­creases perime­ter weight­ing and pro­vides swing­weight fine tun­ing, al­lows for a 30 per­cent larger insert and cre­ates 25 per­cent more face con­tact, re­sult­ing in ac­ti­va­tion of the elas­tomer to pro­duce a soft and pleas­ing feel. They also took great care in re­fin­ing the shape and look to en­sure the iron ap­pealed to the dis­cern­ing golfer’s eye.

The i210 iron’s face and grooves are pre­ci­sion milled as is the cav­ity, giv­ing it a high-end ap­pear­ance. Tighter groove spac­ing in the pitch­ing wedge and U-wedge pro­vides greater pre­ci­sion and helps pre­vent fliers on shots where con­trol mat­ters most. A new hy­dropearl chrome 2.0 fin­ish re­pels wa­ter to greatly im­prove con­sis­tency from the rough and wet con­di­tions. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.amer­i­can­golf.com.au

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