POWER OR PRE­CI­SION?

Ping’s two new bet­ter player irons of­fer dis­tinct per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics.

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Ping’s new i500 and i210 irons give you a choice to make.

It’s un­usual for a man­u­fac­turer to si­mul­ta­ne­ously re­lease two new prod­ucts aimed at the same seg­ment of the mar­ket, but that’s ex­actly what Ping has done with its i500 and i210 irons. Both are player’s clubs that fill the same space in the Ping range as the pre­vi­ous i200 – more for­giv­ing than the iBlade but less for­giv­ing than the G400 and G700 – but they of­fer two dis­tinct per­for­mance pro­files.

The i500 is a dis­tance club in­spired by the suc­cess of the ul­tra-for­giv­ing G700, with many of the same ball speed-boost­ing fea­tures squeezed into a com­pact mus­cle­back head with min­i­mal off­set. It’s hol­low with a vari­able thick­ness forged marag­ing steel face plasma welded onto a 17-4 stain­less steel body. This al­lows the face to flex more at im­pact for faster ball speeds and higher launch.

The i210 is de­signed for pre­ci­sion and dis­tance con­trol with a less rounded pro­file than the i200. It has a cav­ity with an elas­tomer in­sert that is softer and has more face con­tact than its pre­de­ces­sor. This im­proves feel and trans­fers more en­ergy into the ball at im­pact. The shorter irons have a thicker face and more mus­cle­back pro­file, while the longer irons have more for­giv­ing shapes, re­fined off­sets and thin­ner faces.

Hol­low head The new i500 is a hol­low con­struc­tion that took its in­spi­ra­tion from the com­pany’s highly suc­cess­ful G700 iron.

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