Best Ping Irons 2022

We take a look at the best Ping irons on the market, from workable players’ irons to forgiving, game-improvement clubs

Best Ping Irons
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Best Ping Irons

Choosing the best irons could make a significant difference to your golf game. Iron play is crucial to good scoring and having the correct irons set-up to suit your game will help you find greater consistency. You need irons that give you the confidence to play with authority. To deliver the right blend of consistent distance and accuracy. Finding that magic combination will see you firing in closer to the pin more frequently and making more pars and birdies.

Ping is a brand known for making consistent, user-friendly irons. The best golf irons (opens in new tab) from Ping currently on the market cover all types of player and all levels of ability. From top level blades like the Blueprint irons, all the way down to the super game improvement G425, Ping is definitely a brand to consider when looking at purchasing a new set of irons. Just ask Lee Westwood (opens in new tab) who has used Ping irons for pretty much the entirety of his successful career.

Below we have run through the best Ping irons on the market. However if Ping is not for you, check out our guides on the best Titleist irons (opens in new tab)best Callaway irons (opens in new tab)best Mizuno irons (opens in new tab) or the best TaylorMade irons too. Whatever you are looking for, we have got you covered.

Best Ping Irons

ping g425 iron

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An inviting, forgiving iron that well help amateur golfers find more greens

Reasons to buy

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Classy, neutral styling
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Arccos sensors embedded into the grip

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Some will deem it to lack shelf appeal

Ping irons that don the ‘G’ moniker are known for being a forgiving distance iron that is well built and stylish. The Ping G425 delivers on all these fronts and has a classy and understated look compared to the bolder red colors featured on the G410. Of course the look is completely subjective, but we think this new design gives the G425 an altogether more premium look. The overall size of the blade is slightly smaller than the G410 too, creating a slightly more compact look at address, but the shape has pretty much stayed the same.

Off the face, the G425 feels fast, making a nice loud sound without being too clicky. It is very stable off the face too, with toe and heel strikes maintaining a strong line through the air. The strong descent angle through most of the set also means it’s nice and easy to control these irons when approaching greens.

Arccos sensors are now embedded in the grips throughout the G425 family and the premium shot tracking technology is another way these irons can directly improve your game. By resisting changing the lofts for even more distance, Ping has evolved the G425 into a forgiving, controllable and classy looking iron suited to a wide-range of golfers.

Ping i525 Iron ReviewEditors Choice 2022

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A compact distance iron suitable for a broad spectrum of abilities

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful looking iron
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Strong ball speeds and distance

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Not especially easy to align

The i525 iron, which replaces the i500, occupies the space between the G425 iron and the old i210 as a hollow, distance-orientated iron in a slimline chassis. In i525 this theme continues but Ping claims that changes inside the head should elevate the distance, forgiveness and feel to new heights. Notably, there are tungsten toe and hosel weights, a new maraging steel face for ball speed, four extra grooves to minimize fliers from the rough and an EVA polymer inside the head to provide a softer feel.

But how did the iron test and how did it compare to the i500? Well looks wise it is very similar, aside from down by the ball because the extra grooves are noticeable. The topline is definitely thinner than on i500 and the hitting area looks a fraction larger while the overall shape looks similar.

When hitting we also felt the i525 did raise the bar slightly when it came to feel off the face and forgiveness. It may be one of the best mid-handicap irons (opens in new tab) out there, but it’s built for speed and power too. For those seeking a classic looking club with modern performance, this could be the iron for you.

Ping i59 Iron Review

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A compact, traditional-looking iron for the better player

Reasons to buy

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Surprisingly forgiving for its size
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Delivers a controlled, consistent ball flight

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't feel as soft as some golfers may want

The i59 replaces the iBlade and the design has evolved significantly - we’re now seeing a hollow head with an aluminum core that improves feel and moves more weight to the edges for added forgiveness.

With the i59, Ping has created a faster feeling and more playable better player iron over iBlade that delivers improved consistency across the face that in testing produced more accurate approach shots. Shot making is still encouraged with a greater margin for error that will be received by all.

Down at address you instantly notice the new groove configuration - there are four more grooves on i59 versus iBlade more tightly spaced - and the shorter white bottom groove frames the ball well and narrows your focus on the strike.

Off the face, the i59 feels more springy and solid than the iBlade but does have a slightly louder, more pingy sound to it too versus the softer thud of iBlade. We also enjoyed the stability, forgiveness and user friendliness of the iron as well.

ping blueprint iron review

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Tour-played irons designed for very low handicap golfers

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional Feel
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Highly workable

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Not the most forgiving

The best golf blade irons (opens in new tab) are never for the faint hearted and the Blueprint fits into that idea too. It is a very attractive, blade-style iron that’s been fully forged from 8620 carbon steel. In fact, we think this might be Ping’s most aesthetically pleasing club.

With shorter blade length, less offset and narrower sole widths than any other Ping iron, this is really a club for the best ball strikers. The one-piece forging involved in constructing the Ping Blueprint makes for very tight tolerance control and that means maximum consistency when it comes to distance control. The machined tungsten toe screw weight and internal heel weight allow for precise swing weight tuning, while the hydropearl finish reduces glare on sunny days. 

In testing we found, once you find a rhythm, even though the hitting area is relatively small, the results are pleasing and it’s extremely easy to shape the ball and manipulate flight. It’s a true blade that will suit the best players only, but for those seeking a great looking club and maximum workability, it’s well worth considering.

Ping G710 Irons

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The most forgiving iron in the Ping range for the high handicap golfer

Reasons to buy

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Striking black finish
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High ball flight with good distance

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Not the most workable iron in the Ping range

With its black PVD coating, the Ping G710 is a standout iron designed to help improving players get the most from their games. With flexible maraging steel face, the design is intended to replicate the feel of a fairway metal and the speed and power produced by the G710 is impressive. The addition of high density tungsten toe and heel weights further increases Moment of Inertia and helps maximize club head and ball speed.

In testing we found the G710 produced a satisfyingly high ball flight and some good distances, even on the off-centre strikes. The addition of Arccos shot-tracking sensors embedded in the grips as standard merely bolsters the appeal.

This is a great option for an improving golfer looking to improve consistency and distance. As such it also features in our guides on the most forgiving irons (opens in new tab) and best distance irons (opens in new tab) on the market.

ping g le 2 iron

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A game-improvement option for lady golfers that offers excellent forgiveness

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Increased distance
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Higher ball flight

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Not the best for shot shaping

The Ping G Le 2 iron is specifically designed with women golfers in mind, but it could also help male players with a slower than average swing speed. It’s a stylish looking club featuring a raft of technologies to deliver heightened consistency and distance. The use of COR-Eye technology provides a springboard effect through increased flexibility in the face and you will notice a gain in ball speed and higher ball flight.

The positioning of weights helps create a low and deep centre of gravity that maximizes Moment Of Inertia to further increase the launch angle and generate maximum distance of ball flight. Overall, this is an impressive iron that works well in a blended set with the G Le 2 hybrids. Read our full Ping G Le 2 iron review and for more of the best golf irons for women (opens in new tab), take a look at our guide on the top models.

How we test golf irons

Our testing and rating procedure for golf irons is built upon a comprehensive process combined with the knowledge and expertise of the Golf Monthly test team. As far as the specific procedure goes, before testing, the team will usually attend product launches and meet with the manufacturer's R&D experts to understand the new technology.

When it comes to testing, we often head indoors first to try the irons in a controlled environment. This usually takes place on an indoor simulator at Foresight Sports, with premium balls and the GCQuad launch monitor. Our outside testing normally takes place at West Hill Golf Club, a course with top-notch practice facilities.

We think it is vitally important to do both and continue to test the irons so they have been comprehensively put to the test in different conditions. It should also be mentioned that manufacturers cannot pay for a good review and we make our conclusions from the testing and our experiences. This is because we strive to give the best reviews possible so you can get a greater understanding of the irons themselves.

How to choose the best irons for you

As you have seen, the market for golf irons is crowded and confusing and being sure you're getting the most suitable iron for your game can be a minefield. Hopefully, this piece has given you an idea of what the best Ping options are out there right now, but here is some more advice to help you in your quest to find the best golf iron for your game in this crowded and dense marketplace.

Your Handicap And Ability
This is probably the most important first step: knowing which type of iron best suits your game. This is by no means gospel, but higher handicappers tend to use cavity back irons that offer maximum forgiveness in a larger iron head, while mid-low handicappers tend to use more bladed irons that are forged, offer more feel and control but less forgiveness.

You'll know how good or perhaps not so good your ball striking tends to be, so make sure you invest in a set of irons that matches where your game is out now, not where you'd ideally want it to be. We have great guides that go into more detail on this, so check out our guide on the best game improvement irons (opens in new tab) if you're a higher handicapper and our guide on the best irons for mid-handicappers (opens in new tab).

Price
This will be a major factor in anyone's decision of what irons to go for. As you'll have seen in this list, the price can vary dramatically between irons. Typically, for a set of cavity back Ping irons - those that provide most distance and forgiveness - you'll be looking between $800-$900 for a set.

The price jumps quite significantly when looking at the forged and bladed options - up to and above $1000 - but this is par for the course and you'll be getting a high quality, premium product in return.

Custom Fit
This is probably the most essential part of the iron buying process, no matter the irons you're after or how good you are at the game. A custom fit session will make sure you get the right flex and length of shaft, correct lie angle and correct iron head for your game, meaning you'll finish with the best golf clubs (opens in new tab) that are as suitable as possible for you out on course.

Custom fits can be a daunting process if you're a true beginner (opens in new tab) or you aren't that confident hitting golf balls in front of people, but they're a vital part of the club buying process. We recommend having a shortlist of three or four iron heads you like the look of before entering a custom fit and then whittling them down to the best for your game during the custom fit process. Custom fits are provided by a number of golf retailers or club professionals at your local golf club.

FAQ's

Which are the best Ping irons?

The Ping i525 iron arguably offers the best of everything - notably good distance with a solid feel and a hint of workability. This is alongside the Ping G425, which will offer a little more forgiveness because of its larger size but generally quite similar performance.

Which Ping irons are the most forgiving?

The G710 is the most forgiving in the current Ping iron range, followed by the Ping G425, which offers similar levels of forgiveness but in a slightly smaller head.

Are Ping irons good for beginners?

Yes, absolutely. Ping is known for making some of the most forgiving irons on the market, which is an attribute beginner golfers look for. In the case of the G425 and G710 in particular, they are excellent options for the beginner golfer looking for as much help as possible.