PGA Championship

Southern Hills CC


Hot List

Ping

i59

Hot List Gold 2022

Our Review:

WHAT IT DOES: The design goal of this iron was straightforward: Create a club that could serve tour players with a slightly lower launch, better feel and tighter dispersion. Distance was not the objective. Delivering consistency for a player willing to sacrifice a couple of yards for repeatability was the goal. The key to achieving this is the aerospace-grade aluminum insert that allows roughly 30 grams of material from the center of the club to be redistributed to the perimeter in the form of toe- and shaft-tip weights. This raises the forgiveness level to nearly that of the company’s i210 irons. Every iron in the set has a specific insert that reinforces the face while minimizing face deflection to produce consistent distance and trajectory.

WHY WE LIKE IT: An elegant club with a lot of technology, Ping’s latest players iron is perfect for the golfer who wants no surprises. The desire for consistency doesn’t stop with the insert. A 100-percent inspection on nine processes guarantees reliability. A new groove design tightens the spacing to reduce flyers in short irons and maintain spin on the long irons. The grooves are a tad shorter heel to toe—something Ping says makes players focus better on the shot. Read More >>

Price: $275/per iron
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Ratings
Performance

45%*

Innovation

30%*

Look / Sound / Feel

20%*

Demand

5%*

* Percentage of total score

Player Comments
Low-Handicapper

“Easy to turn the ball over or to fade it. Super accurate—like throwing darts and hitting the bull’s-eye. Better players can take full advantage of this club.”

Low-Handicapper

"The sleekest players iron I've seen from them in a while still looking like a Ping. They set up so nice. The screw seems to stabilize toe hits."

Mid-Handicapper

"Easy to hit, and I could control trajectory even from marginal lies. I felt like it was always going to head toward where I wanted."

Club Specs

LOFTS

7-iron: 34 degrees; PW: 46 degrees

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