Ping G20 irons

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Ping G20 irons review

Ping G20 iron
Golf Monthly Verdict


If a higher flight is what you're striving for, these should certainly make it onto your test list. A careful fitting to find the right shaft is important for golfers of every level. The hallmark of the G family success over the years, this has not been compromised in the latest offering. A superb blend of forgiveness from a head that doesn't feel too chunky. 
In terms of feel, for us, this was a big area of improvement that really helped the G20 stand out, especially from earlier G5 and G10 models. Lower handicappers will enjoy the feedback. 
The overall power on offer will be a popular benefit of the G20. Controlling this would only be a problem if the wrong shaft is delivering excess spin and a ballooning flight. PGA pro verdict Retaining similar looks to the G15, the G20 felt and performed well. The thinner faces gave excellent feedback and provided a higher launch due to the wider sole and low centre of gravity. Visually they looked neat and beautifully finished. The tuning port and the neck design allow a vast array of custom options. The stronger lofts help to produce high, long ball flights. (By Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach John Jacobs)

While the Ping G20 irons maintain the Ping 'G' look, they have changed the weighting in the head and modified the feel. Impressive forgiveness remains, but with a better all-round performance. Ping has opted for a lighter finish than in the Ping K15 and the head itself is slightly more compact to look down on. There is still plenty of confidence-inspiring forgiveness on show.

We felt as if Ping could have been more ambitious in separating the look of the G20 on the shelf from its predecessor. The cosmetic changes do not reflect the improvements made. The new CFS is the steel stock offering from Ping. It helped to produce a long flight on test. The TFC 169i is the graphite offering and will help anyone looking for a higher launch.

Ping's stock grip provided plenty of grip when tested in both dry and wet conditions. It is slightly thicker than most stock offerings and was an impressive performer. Extreme perimeter weighting  within the stainless steel head helps to improve forgiveness and accuracy. This extra weight is found by making the face of the club extremely thin.

The cavity badge is made from aluminium with soft elastomer in the heel and toe. This helps to provide a better feel. The hosel-to-head transition is designed to inspire confidence.

RRP: £80 per club (S), £100 (G)

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Neil Tappin
Neil Tappin

Neil has worked for Golf Monthly for over 15-years. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. Neil is currently a 3-handicap golfer who has played the game for as long as he can remember. In his role at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing all new drivers and is part of a team testing golf balls. He is able to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!"


Neil is currently playing: Driver: Titleist TSi3 Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X