Ping G15 Irons
From Golf Magazine (April 2011)
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
We tested: 4-PW with Ping TFC 149i graphite shaft; 4-PW with Ping AWT steel shaft
Key Technologies: The reshaped "Custom Tuning Port" shifts seven additional grams to the perimeter, while the thinner face construction frees up mass that's distributed to the toe. These modifications are designed to improve head stability.
OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the top models tested. It exhibits excellent accuracy/forgiveness qualities and is so easy to hit.
PLAYABILITY: High, straight shots are the norm from fairway or rough; ball launches quickly; stupid-easy and automatic from the first swing.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Dispersion patterns are very small; the head seems to adjust for you on bad swings.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Very little discrepancy in distance between center and off-center hits.
FEEL: Clubhead is very stable through impact; mis-hits are cushioned and easy on the hands.
LOOK: Large head with extra-wide sole gives you confidence to hit it flush every time.
Not a shotmaker's club—you'll hit the green all day but forget about chasing tight pins; bulky head and thick sole can present difficulties at times on tight lies.
From Sports Illustrated Golf+ (February 7, 2011)
The technology of the G15 provides the high-launching, maximum-forgiveness benefits that make for more consistent iron play. The stainless-steel-cavity design features a new Custom Tuning Port that expands the perimeter weighting and increases the moment of inertia. Weight savings from a thinner face are moved to the toe for added forgiveness, while the wider sole produces a higher launch angle.
From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, March 2010)
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
We tested: 3-UW with Ping AWT steel shaft
Company line: "The club's 'floating' Custom Tuning Port (CTP) moves more mass to the perimeter and increases MOI. Weight removed from the thin, light clubface is redistributed to the toe for added forgiveness. A wider sole contributes to higher launching shots. Stronger lofts (and the low, deep center of gravity) should lead to longer shots."
Our Testers say:
PROS: One of the top irons tested in its class; reliable, so simple-to-hit, forgiving and accurate; tight dispersion, no shot ever goes too far from its intended line; some testers find it to be longer, on average, than their current irons; straight-hitting sticks; handles shots from rough with style; produces repeatable distance (on mis-hits, too) and predictable high, straight ball flight.
CONS: Wide-ish sole and offset require an adjustment period; center hits and mis-hits feel too similar for some panelists; a few testers prefer a bit more shotmaking ability.
From Sports Illustrated Golf+ Equipment Issue (February 8, 2010)
The technology in the G15 produces the high-launch, maximum-forgiveness benefits that most golfers rely on for consistency in their iron play. Stronger lofts and a lower center of gravity result in longer shots without sacrificing the higher trajectory required in a forgiving iron.
From Golf Magazine (November 2009)
The updated CTP (Custom Tuning Port) increases perimeter weighting and MOI while a wider sole produces higher launch angles. A thinner clubface (by 5 grams) is said to increase ball speed (1-2 mph faster equals 3-6 yards longer carry than the G10 iron). Strong lofts take full advantage of these high-launch characteristics for max carry.
$699, steel; $899, graphite