Ping iBlade irons

Ping's latest iron is aimed at good ball strikers seeking workability and distance control

Golf Monthly Verdict

The iBlade excels in all the areas of performance competent golfers prioritise – distance control, workability and a soft feel with forgiveness thrown in for good measure.

Reasons to buy
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    Ping seem to have packed a lot of forgiveness into a small clubhead design. A very sleek, workable prospect with excellent feel and distance control.

Reasons to avoid
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    The slight increase in shaft length may require a period of adjustment. Some may notice the sound doesn’t quite match up with the soft feel.

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Golf Monthly's Ping iBlade irons review, a better player iron geared towards feel and distance control as well as workability

Key technology Ping has used the largest Activated Elastomer ever behind the face, saving weight to aid forgiveness but also dampening more vibration to make the iron feel and sound better at impact. Heavier ‘near pure’ tungsten weights in the toe of the irons raises the MOI for improved forgiveness.

This is aided by the use of higher strength-to-weight ratio 431 steel, which allowed Ping to make the faces thinner for more speed and an extra six yards on average over S55. A Hydropearl chrome finish helps to repel water and a precision milled face provides more control in wet conditions.

Will suit Low handicap golfers that want to hit their irons specific distances


GM Review

Looks The iBlade is a much cleaner looking iron than S55. Much of the technology is hidden away creating a more blade-like appearance with a brushed satin finish. The slim topline and minimal offset appears no different than S55 at address, with iBlade perhaps having a slightly more rounded toe section.

Watch: Ping iBlade v Ping S55

Performance Make no mistake, the iBlade irons are about precision and control for the better ball striker. They’re not for the faint hearted or inconsistent player – Ping has plenty of other models more suitable than iBlade. That said, the amount of forgiveness this club offers is surprisingly high given its size.

Workability is encouraged through the shape while distance control and consistent gapping comes from the changes Ping has made to the irons’ lofts. You may actually end up hitting your short irons slightly shorter and your long irons further but hopefully, this will provide more even gaps in carry distance from club to club and your dispersion with each will remain tight.

Thankfully with the extra distance in the long irons, you won’t lose out on a towering trajectory or stopping power as the launch angle and peak height over S55 increased if anything.

The amount of help Ping has packed into iBlade should come as no surprise as Ping really focus on making all its clubs as user-friendly as possible. The feel has also been taken up a notch, giving golfers a soft, crisp sensation at impact and excellent feedback on the strike as it glides cleanly through the turf.

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 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? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x