POWER OR PRECISION?
Ping’s two new better player irons offer distinct performance characteristics.
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.