Ping i25 Irons
Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $800, steel; $1,000, graphite
WE TESTED: 4–PW with CFS steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Stabilizing bars contribute to high-launching long irons and lower-flying short irons.
PLAYABILITY: Consistent, repeatable flight; medium-high trajectory that sits quickly on the green; easy to maneuver; manageable from a variety of lies and grasses—takes every situation head-on.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The i25’s greatest strength—very accurate, and extreme weighting in the clubhead all but erases directional misses; some guys find the forgiveness in the longer irons makes them more like a game-improvement club than a true player’s iron.
DISTANCE CONTROL: No surprises here—the i25 is reliable on both center and off-center strikes; easy to hit predictable lengths; touch shots with the short irons are simple and controllable.
FEEL: The i25 is well balanced and stable throughout the swing; very good sensation at impact.
LOOK: An attractive, thin profile; surprisingly clean at address, with more of a modern look behind the face; hides its game-improvement elements well—minimal offset, medium topline, square set up.
Some guys don’t see much improvement over the i20s; doesn’t quite have the look that other testers seek in a player’s iron; a few guys find it more difficult to work side-to-side than they’d like.
BOTTOM LINE: This iron finds the middle ground between a pure players’ stick and a game-improvement iron. Those looking to graduate from more forgiving game-improvement irons would have an easy transition into this model.
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From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2014, April 2014
WE TESTED: 4-SW with Ping CFS steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Stabilizing bars behind the face get wider as lofts go up, which increases launch in long irons and lowers it in scoring clubs. The blades get longer and more offset as loft decreases.
PLAYABILITY: Some testers have no problem working the ball, while others default to high, straight and predictable; the wide sole tears through tall grass and glides out of bunkers.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Difficult to miss — maybe the most forgiving iron in the category; it finds a way to get your ball to the target, minimizing unwanted sidespin and squeezing extra yards out of squirrelly contact.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Full swings give average distances; high, floaty trajectory carries a long way and stops quickly; outstanding forgiveness gives mis-hits almost a full measure; consistent distance overall.
FEEL: Light yet stable, to most testers a nicely balanced club with a powerful impact sensation; the head feels firmer than the truer blades in its class, but the ball erupts off the face.
LOOK: Midsize head is bigger and bolder than your typical better-player iron, which some find reassuring over the ball; hides its technology well.
Some testers see it more as a game-improvement iron — too much bulk and too little playfulness; many guys want more responsiveness at impact; devotees don’t report much improvement over i20.
BOTTOM LINE: High marks for ease of use and accuracy make it a good intro to better-player irons. Blade enthusiasts might look elsewhere.
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