Golf Monthly's Ping G irons review, the new iron with Cor-Eye technology and extra forgiveness to help golfers achieve more distance and accuracy
On the face of it, these irons are very similar to the recently-launched super game improver Ping GMax irons. Same loft, same shaft length, just perhaps with marginally less offset, a lighter coloured finish and a slightly shorter blade length.
But looking down at address, the G iron appears to have a far slimmer profile than both GMax and the outgoing Ping G30. This is because the topline is rounded, giving the appearance that it is thinner.
The new colour is much more in line with the recently-launched Ping I iron and will consequently blend in more seamlessly with the Glide wedges. There’s no question I prefer it and am glad Ping have gone down this route.
Send a few balls out there on the range and you’ll be immediately struck with how long the ball stays in the air for. There’s some serious hang time on well connected shots and without climbing or spinning too much, which is reassuring should you be playing in strong winds.
I experienced average carries over 185 yards with a six iron, a good 10 yards further than I was expecting given the loft of 27°. But the long irons were the surprise package, offering a strong, powerful flight, explosive feel and high levels of accuracy.
While there’s no way of knowing exactly where the performance come from, I believe the lighter AWT 2.0 shaft in the long irons plays a big part in minimizing distance loss through increasing head speed. The shorter shafts create a predictable trajectory that makes distance control a simpler task.
The irons felt pretty good too – not too hard like game improver irons can be, just a hint of softness combined with a lively impact.
Forgiveness is another performance trait worth mentioning. Stability at impact is up there with any iron on the market and mishits don’t seem to lose out on feel or accuracy.
The spectrum of players using the G30 spread far and wide but the new G iron has potentially opened it up further. Providing you don’t prioritise workability, there’s no reason single-digit golfers can’t use these irons. Higher handicappers will benefit from the extra distance while all will appreciate the forgiveness and classier, more premium look.