These irons were a pleasure to use. They were very workable and easy to shape both ways. The design has subtle changes from its predecessor, but there’s a marked difference in feel, which is now much softer. The look from all angles was very pleasing, and I was impressed with the finish. A great addition to an already excellent product line.
The S series is not the mass market product in the Ping range. Instead, it’s designed for accomplished players looking for a compact set that also features more forgiveness than you might expect from this sort of design. We applaud Ping for not rushing a set out since the release of the S56 in 2010. The new offering produces more distance through the air, without sacrificing the fantastic control. The shape looks great at address in both short and long irons
Some will prefer a forged head when playing such a compact design
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The Golf Monthly test team brings you its Ping S55 irons review
Ping S55 irons review:
A stabilising bar is narrower in the long irons and wider in the short irons. The face is now thinner and weight savings have allowed the centre of gravity to be moved lower. The lofts have also been strengthened (one degree in the pitching wedge, half a degree in the 6-iron, then progressively less through to the 3-iron, where there’s no change).
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 win The Masters and PGA Championship 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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