ClubTest 2013: Ping G25 Irons
Ping G25 Irons
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $699, steel; $899, graphite
WE TESTED: 3-9, PW, UW, SW, LW with Ping CFS steel shaft; 3-9, PW, UW, SW, LW with Ping TFC 189i graphite shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Support bars plus low-toe weighting stabilize the face to enhance feel and improve distance control. A multi-material badge (aluminum and elastomer) softens feel. Progressive sole widths help long irons to launch high shots and short irons to produce a more boring flight.
PLAYABILITY: Great for getting the ball in the air -- if you're trajectory-challenged, these are for you; straight shots are the norm but easier to draw than many anticipated.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: You can hit the ball all over the face and still find the target more than you deserve; solid correction on directional misses; long irons are surprisingly easy to hit.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Most testers control distance adequately on solid strikes; short irons are easy to place where you want them when you make a good pass at the ball.
FEEL: They're Pings and they feel like you'd expect -- solid, with a firm message to the hands through the shot; very stable at impact, no twisting at all.
LOOK: Attractive dark finish appeals to most testers; cleaner appearance than previous G Series irons.
A minority of testers experience a rare flyer; the Ping look and feel isn't everyone's cup of tea; long irons can be a bit cumbersome for a few guys.
BOTTOM LINE: Forgiving irons that inspire confidence and get the ball airborne with ease.
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