The Ping G700 has clearly been designed to help the average player and our testing shows that it provides ample forgiveness as well as a high ball flight with good, consistent distance. It is forgiving through the turf and also looks great in the bag.
Exceptional levels of forgiveness produced consistent distances and a tight dispersion. High spin will help target player increase carry distance and stop the ball into greens. Lovely clean, minimalistic look too.
The sound of a metalwood may not please everyone. We also expected to get a little more distance.
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Ping G700 Irons Review
The Ping G700 irons replace the G-Max model as the largest in Ping’s range for 2018. Consequently, they will suit mid-to-high handicappers that struggle with inconsistent ball striking, and therefore require added distance and stability on a variety of different strikes.
The look of the G700 is different to anything Ping has done before – clean and simple with very little of anything visible. Even it’s smallest iron, the iBlade, has a visible cavity, but G700 does not and therefore has hallmarks of a muscleback iron from the rear.
It is, in fact, a hollow iron, which should provide the added speed its target golfer requires, as well as the stability on off-centre hits.
Although it may look like a blade from a distance, its size is the giveaway on closer inspection as to who this iron is aimed at. It is long from heel-to-toe, has a wide sole (to the point that the back is visible at address on the long irons) and a thick topline.
Once you start hitting shots with them, the first thing that strikes you is the sound and feel. These irons feel fast like a hybrid, but also have a sound that’s similar too. Put simply, they sound like mini metalwoods.
Whether that is something you can be ok with, only you can decide, and while we found it unusual, the performance did make us forget about it to a degree.
The loft of the 7-iron we tested is 29.5˚, which is half a degree stronger than the G400 model and a degree stronger than the outgoing GMax iron.
We tested it using Pro V1s hitting off grass, which is slightly different to the environment we normally gather data in and could play a part in the figures.
The average carry of 174 yards was decent, although we were expecting a little more given the low loft. That said, the distances were very consistent and we had no problem getting the ball up in the air and keeping it there, thanks to spin being surprisingly high at just over 6000 rpm. Golfers also have the choice of opting for the lower-lofted 'Power Spec' - which will provide extra distance if this is required.
Again, the conditions we tested in could play a part here, but the extra spin over other models we’ve tested with the same loft should help stop the ball quicker and help slower swing speeds increase their carry distance.
It felt solid and stable from a wide area – it’s difficult to curve a shot offline significantly and even mishit shots stay relatively straight and lose little distance too. In fact, the forgiveness of this club is arguably its strongest asset.
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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 86 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 3.2.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
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Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: Ping i230 4-UW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x
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