Mexico Open at Vidanta

Vidanta Vallarta



Why We Like It

Ping realizes off-center hits are part of the game, even for single-digit players. This iron doesn’t ignore that unpleasant reality but places more of an emphasis on a clean aesthetic and more pop than a ball coming off Aaron Judge’s bat. The construction is almost metal-wood-like with a hollow-body design using C300 maraging steel for the face—the same type of metal used in landing gear for aircraft. The sole has an “arcing cascade” that aids in the flexing of the face and combines with strong lofts to ensure the desire for distance is satisfied.

Characteristics

  • A weight pad pushes mass down to lower the center of gravity and to help the face flex.
  • An EVA polymer improves feel and sound without hindering face flex.
  • Tightly spaced grooves (an average of four more per iron) increase spin.
  • 7-iron: 29 degrees; PW: 42 degrees

Highlights

  • Top 5 best-looking players-distance irons, middle-handicaps
  • Top 5 best-looking players-distance irons, high-handicaps
  • Top 5 best sound/feel players-distance irons, high-handicaps
  • Top 5 best-rated players-distance irons, middle-handicaps
  • Top 5 best-rated players-distance irons, high-handicaps

Price

$205 per iron

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HOT LIST SCORE

The aggregate star rating of all three categories rounded to the nearest half star.

4.5
Performance
4.5
50%*
Innovation
4.5
30%*
Look / Sound / Feel
4.5
20%*

HOT LIST PLAYERS FEEDBACK

Ratings are based on players’ assessments in three key performance areas.

Sensory
Soft Feel
Firm Feel
Ball Flight
Lower, More Roll
Higher, More Carry
Playability
Workable
Forgiving

Reviews

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