Ping has been tasked with improving a very popular i20 line. What was once tagged as a better players iron ended up in a broader range of players bags than maybe even Ping expected.
The i20s felt ridiculously good for not being forged as with pretty much all Pings clubs. They have a very powerful feel and a compact enough look to impress even the highly skilled golfer, hello Lee Westwood.
Ping seems to adhere to the, “no wine before its time”, or golf club for that matter philosophy. They were the first to admit that their S56 was a very tough club to improve and in my opinion they hit a homerun with the S55. I expect that same dilemma came up with the i25 too.
Let’s take a quick look at the 2014 Ping i25 irons in further detail.
The i25 irons are using the same 17-4 stainless steel as the i20 but have now made the custom tuning port vertical which allows the Ping engineers to distribute weight more adequately. This move allowed them the ability to better fine tune the set by placing the weight in the long irons low and deep for lower spin and higher ball speed while moving the center of gravity lower and forward for flatter trajectory, also better control, in the short irons.
The i25 combines the best of the more forgiving G series and the better player S series. Ping makes the long irons soles wider with more offset to help with forgiveness and launch while the 7 iron and above will have minimum offset and a narrower sole for shaping shots.
If you were to place the i20 and i25 down at address you would be hard pressed to find a difference visually, not a bad thing at all. The i25 has a nice compact confidence inspiring look with a nice muted “foggy chrome” finish.
The i20’s have a very solid feel and nice penetrating flight. If you’re looking for a pure distance iron look elsewhere. The i20-i25 are not short by any means but should be for the player that needs some added forgiveness but can also shape and flight shots.
The Ping i25 fits a broad range of golfer from the mid handicap to PGA pro. If you prefer a more compact look and need an iron to help lower spin then this should be a must try if you’re on the hunt for irons.
Available in mid to late February the Ping i25 irons are available in 3-PW, UW,SW, and, LW.
Shafts will be the CFS in steel and the TFC 189i in graphite. As with most Ping clubs custom options are available through PingWRX.