PING expands iron offerings with i525 players-distance model

RRP: £180 per club (stock steel shaft), £190 per club (stock graphite shaft)

PING has unveiled its latest players-distance iron offering – i525 – boasting significant distance gains combined with improved feel and sound.

“What’s most satisfying in the i525 iron from an engineering standpoint is how our team has been able to maximise the flexing of the metal-wood-style face structure while creating a pleasing sound and feel,” said PING president John K. Solheim. “As golfers know who’ve played this type of iron design, they often sacrificed some of the feel for more distance. That’s not the case in the i525 as we’re able to provide golfers a solid-feeling iron with the increased ball speed they need to hit longer, higher shots that hold the green. We’re seeing some incredible results as a lot of golfers are a club stronger or more, including Tour pros who are attracted to the compact look and increased ball speed of the longer irons.”

The strength of the variable-thickness, maraging steel allows for a thinner, more dynamic face structure with an internal sole undercut in the 17-4 stainless steel body to increase flexing for more ball speed and shots that launch faster and higher.

Meanwhile, a polymer is precisely injected onto the inside of the face to improve feel and sound without interfering with face deflection, the source of the irons’ increased ball speed. Tungsten toe and shaft tip weights combine with a tiered, dynamic face structure and cavity to expand the perimeter weighting while preserving ball speed, and PING’s Friction Face with MicroMax Milled Grooves provide an average of four extra grooves on each club to reduce fliers in the short irons and preserve spin in the long irons.

The new irons are available in 3-UW in 10 color codes (lie angles), for right and left-handed golfers. There are also three loft options – Standard, Power and Retro – as well as a wide range of stock and optional shaft options.