PING G IRONS
CATEGORY: Game Improvement Irons
PRICE: $800, steel; $900, graphite
WE TESTED: 4-PW (45°), UW (50°), SW (54°), LW (58°) with AWT 2.0 steel shafts and CFS graphite shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The wide sole should improve contact from a variety of lies.
PLAYABILITY: A classic GI iron -- it simplifies the game; prefers straight lines, but composed curves are not off the table; broad sole sweeps the ball off its feet and gets it high in a hurry.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: This is why you buy the G: it's the easiest iron to hit in the category, so forgiving that you may forget to practice; aim where you want it to go and it'll get there; possibly the most precise big head on the market; won't typically bend around trouble, but can keep you away from it.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Plenty long and extremely predictable; a hardworking iron that gets the job done on heel and toe misses; added altitude can provide a few yards for players who tend to hit it low.
FEEL: A consistent, reassuring thunk across the entire face; perimeter weighting pays off -- this thing's a freight train through the turf; it's not trying to re-create the feel of a blade -- more interested in soothing misses than rewarding perfect strikes.
LOOK: Sturdy, industrial setup should look familiar to anyone who's seen a G series in the past; looks durable and borderline unmissable -- inspires confidence, especially in testers who fight the rights; big for where this category is trending but smaller than most Max Game Improvement irons.
Up, up and away -- it's going to hit the ball high, even if that's not the shape you want; compared with some peers, the G seems big; some testers would swap out the wedges.
BOTTOM LINE: Ping's mission of mercy carries right along with the new G, an earnest, straightforward iron that's the most forgiving club in its class. Mid- to highhandicappers looking for a point-and-shoot club don't need to look much further.
MORE INFO ON THE PING G IRONS
From GOLF.com, January 11, 2016:
The new G irons are a slimmed down take on a modern Ping game-improvement iron, with a thinner topline and sole than the previous G30. The biggest change, however, is the addition of a new “COR-Eye,” technology that activates the sole, top line, and face to create approximately four times the amount of face flex as the previous model, resulting in significantly more ballspeed and distance.
A new alloy used to construct the clubface is approximately 40% stronger than traditional alloy, allowing designers to save weight, which has been moved to the perimeter of the clubhead for a higher MOI and forgiveness. In addition, the new custom tuning port is connected to the sole, further helping to lower the CG for improved launch angles.
G irons are available in 4-9, PW, UW, SW, and LW with Ping AWT 2.0 steel shafts or Ping CFS graphite. -- Michael Chwasky