PING G MAX IRONS
CATEGORY: Max Game Improvement Irons
PRICE: $800, steel; $900, graphite
WE TESTED: 4–PW with CFS Distance steel shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The topline, sole and face all flex as one unit to provide more distance than previous Ping irons.
PLAYABILITY: High, consistent flight; the wedges slide under the ball with ease around the greens; for some testers, it's relatively easy to manufacture shots with the mid- and short irons.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Shots fly high and straight almost without fail; directional misses are minimized, particularly when struck on the toe; long irons do a solid job of making up for poor swings with acceptable results.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Minimal distance loss on mis-hits; wedges and short irons are repeatable and reliable; long irons produce a soaring trajectory, which leads to good carry.
FEEL: Light-feeling clubs require less effort to swing, which appeals to slower swingers; solid click at impact delivers a good deal of feedback; muted and stable from the rough.
LOOK: Similar to past G irons but just a bit bigger; hides its plentiful game-improvement technologies at address; low-key finish minimizes head size.
Those seeking a hot trajectory would do better to look elsewhere; for some testers, it's not noticeably more forgiving than its predecessor, the Karsten iron; the big head can turn off some players.
BOTTOM LINE: The G Max is another very solid all-around performer from Ping, in the category in which the company excels. It makes the game easier to play for guys who want a little extra help.