Ping’s new iBlades irons are so sleek and expertly designed that they may just convert Ping’s biggest critic into a full-fledged fan. All it takes is one glance to realize that these new sticks are completely different than anything else Ping has ever produced. The Ping iBlades have an extremely clean and more simplistic design than traditional Ping irons; which is exactly what you should be looking for in a blade. Ping cast the iBlades from 431 stainless steel, which is the same material as their Glide wedges. This metal gives the irons a softer feel at impact. Ping is well known for casting their irons instead of forging them like many other blades on the market and this method is used to give the iBlades maximum distance and forgiveness on mishits.
To test these irons, we compared them to Ping’s most recent blades — the S55. Both the iBlade and S55 7 irons had standard length Dynamic Gold S300 for shafts.
The biggest thing that we found during our testing is that the iBlade has a much softer feel and is a lot easier to hit than the thinner S55 irons. iBlade mishits went much straighter than S55 mishits. Also, solid strikes with the iBlade were much more consistent compared to the more fluctuating distances we found with the S55.
In the TrackMan report below you can see how tight the shot dispersion is with the iBlade (white) compared to the S55 (yellow.)
A more in-depth look into the numbers allowed us to compare both sets of irons and a couple of things stuck out to us. For starters, the iBlade carried about 5 yards further than the S55. And the other glaring difference between the two was that the iBlade a considerably higher spin rate.
After evaluating the numbers from both sets of irons, it is evident that the iBlade is more consistent when it comes to both distance and accuracy. This finding is very important to the type of player who wants consistency out of their irons more than maximum distance with less control.
The Ping iBlade stands out with its soft feel and extremely simplistic design, but these new irons are much more than just sleek looks. iBlades are backed up by extremely consistent performance and maximum workability. The iBlade is an iron unlike any other blade on the market, but it still performs just as well as the competition. These irons are perfect for a lower handicap player who likes the simple and clean look of a blade, but would like a little more forgiveness than the traditional blade.
Stop by your nearest Golf Exchange and try out Ping’s newest innovation for yourself.