Ping iBlade Irons Revealed

The new Ping iBlade will replace the popular S55

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The new Ping iBlade has been officially unveiled, claiming to be longer and more forgiving than the S55 model it replaces

The Ping S55 has been the company’s most compact and workable iron in its range since its launch in 2013 and is popular among competent ball strikers seeking Ping’s signature forgiveness and reliability.

To replace it would be a challenge but in the new iBlade, Ping say it has created its most workable, forgiving blade-style iron to date.

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There are multiple innovations crucial to it delivering this extra performance over S55. The first is the use of Activated Elastomer behind the face (see below), which is the largest Ping has ever used in an iron, saving weight to aid forgiveness but also dampening more vibration to make the iron feel and sound better at impact.

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The second is use of heavier ‘near pure’ tungsten weights in the toe of the irons, which raises the clubs’ moment of inertia (MOI) or resistance to twisting. On average, there is 23g of tungsten weighting in each iron through the set but this tungsten is completely hidden, creating a cleaner overall look.

Club comparison: Ping iBlade v S55

This theme is helped by the thin top rail, minimal offset and straight leading edge as well as a sharp high toe, all designed to create a traditional looking club that will appeal to the eye of the better player along with a finish similar to that of the Ping Glide wedges.

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Use of 431 stainless steel, which has a high strength-to-weight ratio, means Ping could make the faces thinner for more speed and an extra six yards on average over S55. The 3-4g of weight saved has been redistributed to make the irons more forgiving on off-centre hits.

In the long irons, the bounce has been reconfigured the make them more forgiving through the turf but still having the same sole width as S55. Finally, a Hydropearl chrome finish helps to repel water and a precision milled face provides more control in wet conditions.

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The True Temper Dynamic Golf is the stock shaft but like the recently launched Ping i iron, there are four other no upcharge options available. Ping has made minor changes to the lofts to account for the new head design and create equal gapping through the set. The 7- 9-irons are one degree weaker than S55 while the 3 and 4 irons are around a degree stronger. The shaft length has also been made 0.25 inches longer to bring it more in line with the rest of the market.

The RRP of the Ping iBlade is £130 per club in steel shaft and £140 in graphite, representing a small price increase compared with S55.

Ping staff players Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen have already made the switch along with Miguel Angel Jimenez, who finished runner up at the Senior Open Championship at Carnoustie a few weeks ago.

The S55 iron was a multi-material iron that provided better players with a little added distance and control while increasing workability and forgiveness. A tungsten toe weight stabilized the face to improve accuracy, and a vertical stabilizing bar offered distance control. The custom tuning port is made from a thermoplastic elastomer for a soft feel and sound at impact.

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.8.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and a Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x