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Ping i500 Irons Review

Ping i500 Irons

Ping i500 irons are a thing of beauty – a forged muscleback that produces incredible distance and a high ball flight that golfers will love.

In the bag of PGA Tour star Cameron Champ, among other leading names, the i500s were released at the same time as the i210 irons to offer two completely different options for lovers of Ping.

The i500s target golfers looking for game improvements with gains in speed, power and most importantly distance from these irons, which have been proven to add yards to your game.

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What Ping say about the i500 irons:

“Unlike a lot of irons on the market, Ping irons are created without sacrificing the performance attributes all golfers need to improve the distance, accuracy and consistency they require from their iron play,” said John K. Solheim, Ping President.

Ping i500 Irons

“The i500 delivers unbelievable distance with amazingly high ball flights. In our testing, some golfers gained as much as 15 yards with the i500.”

Ping’s marketing adds: “After hitting this sleek, blade-style iron you’ll be amazed at its incredible speed, distance, and towering trajectory, with stopping power that gives you a real competitive advantage. The forged C300 maraging-steel face, metal-wood-like construction and hinged cavity create the conditions for unprecedented speed, power and distance.”

Ping i500 Irons Design

The i500 irons have some distinct similarities with Ping’s G700 irons, largely because of the design and appearance of this muscleback option.

There’s a beautiful forged muscleback look to it courtesy of the offset which gives it a blade-like shape, but the club head is hollow in nature.

Ping i500 Irons

The face of the Ping i500s is thin and crafted from C300 maraging steel, which flexes on impact up five times more than versions in previous ranges of Ping irons. It combines with the 17-4 stainless steel body to produce what Ping describe as “metal-wood-like performance”.

The comination helps produce improved ball speed and subsequently distance, all without affecting the forgiveness offered.

The geometry of the muscleback has been designed to increase the trajectory of ball flight, and is has improved it dramatically to help extract more distance.

Ping have used a HydroPearl Chrome 2.0 finish on the irons to provide consistency and distance control, particularly from the rough and in wet conditions with the i500s now able to interact with the turf much better.

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Ping i500 Irons Verdict

The i500 irons have a classic muscleback look, ooze sex appeal and will be a major player with golfers who like to look the part on course – although they do come at quite a premium of a price tag.

But these irons aren’t just about looks. They are all about performance too, and the big standout with the i500 range is the distance that Ping have managed to add to them – so much so it can mean club selection is one less than in other models.

Ping i500 Irons

The increased ball flight trajectory will ensure that the Ping i500s appeal to more than just the better golfers associated with playing blades. They produce all-round performance with plenty of forgiveness, but the real selling point about them is the eye-catching distance they produce.