Golf Monthly's Ping GMax irons review, a progressive set that uses COR-Eye technology and a low and back CG to increase launch, distance and forgiveness

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Ping GMax irons


  • Forgiveness in abundance due to the size and head construction. Delivers on distance promise, the long irons are surprisingly easy to control


  • The unique sound and darker finish may not be to every golfer’s taste


Ping GMax irons review


Price as reviewed:

£96.00 (steel, £108 graphite per club)

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Ping GMax irons review

Key technology
The clubface material on the GMax irons is 40 per cent stronger than on the Karsten irons they replace, which has allowed Ping to make them thinner for more flex at impact. This, along with the new COR-Eye design, helps to increase distance by up to five yards.

Longer blade lengths and wider soles have helped push the CG lower and further back for higher launch and more forgiveness. Greater trailing- edge relief and increased bounce aids turf interaction, while lighter swing weights in the long irons make them more accurate.

Shaft options
Ping’s CFS Distance shaft comes as standard but Dynamic Gold, Project X, XP 95 and Nippon models are available with no upcharge

Will suit
Golfers looking for maximum distance and forgiveness from their irons on top of a confidence-inspiring look at address.

Ping GMax iron cut-thruGM verdict
Game-improvers need as much help as they can get in order to find more greens
and hit the ball further, and the GMax irons won’t leave them disappointed. The length from heel to toe, along with the wide sole and thick topline, inspires confidence, while the noticeable ‘ping’ sound matches the power you feel at impact.

Through the set, yardage is up there with any other distance iron and levels of forgiveness are equally impressive, with strikes out of the heel and toe carrying further than expected. Shots are very difficult to curve, something higher-handicappers won’t mind as the stable flight should mean fewer missed greens.

The standout feature of this set is the long irons. Traditionally the most difficult to hit, golfers have help from the extra offset and lighter swing weights to square the faces more frequently at impact.


The target golfer for these irons is looking for a set that is easy to hit and will offer distance and plenty of help on poor strikes. The Ping GMax iron delivers this in a confidence-inspiring package. The lighter swing weight in the long irons aids both distance and even gapping while the unique, powerful sound will add to the hitting experience for most