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Golf Monthly Editor Michael Harris gives his Ping i25 irons review
Above, Golf Monthly Editor Michael Harris gives his Ping i25 irons review.
The i25 irons are engineered for different skill levels with technology that provides versatility and forgiveness. Each 17-4 stainless steel head has a specific function with regard to the centre of gravity, the bounce, and the offset.
The long irons have bigger heads and wider soles, which aid in getting the ball airbourne. The mid irons and wedges are more compact with thinner top rails and narrower soles to promote lower ball flight for precision on the greens.
The custom tuning port (CTP) sits lower in the head to locate the CG low to optimize launch conditions. A tungsten-toe weight elevates the MOI, stabilising the head on mis-hit shots.
Dual-stabilizing bars are narrow in the long irons, but wider in the short irons.
The narrow bars increase ball velocity and spin, producing a higher trajectory and greater distance, whereas the wider bars in the short irons decrease face deflection generating lower-trajectory shots with far more control
Four wedges round out the Ping i25 iron set.
The pitching wedge is designed for finesse shots, while the gap, sand, and lob wedges have a slightly longer hosel.
This allows the centre of gravity to be positioned higher and further forward for a lower trajectory, with additional spin for better control and consistency.
The i25 irons are made with game improvers and mid-handicappers in mind, and the technology on offer should get the players in this group get the most from their games.
They went on sale in February 2014 with an RRP of £90 per club (with a steel shaft).
Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel with The Masters and USPGA respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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