Even in the “players” category of golfers, distance is coveted. Whether a player is seeking extra yardage or making up for a deficiency in how they deliver the loft of their clubs (too much, for example), irons that boost impact conditions are in demand.
PING has a strong recent history in this club category, and their latest model, the i525 should garner a lot of interest.
Here are seven things you should know about the PING i525 irons.
PING President John K. Solheim says extra flex in the face does not compromise sound and feel.
“What’s most satisfying in the i525 iron from an engineering standpoint is how our team has been able to maximize the flexing of the metal-wood-style face structure while creating a pleasing sound and feel,” said Solheim. “As golfers know who’ve played this type of iron design, they often sacrificed some of the feel for more distance. That’s not the case in the i525 as we’re able to provide golfers a solid-feeling iron with the increased ball speed they need to hit longer, higher shots that hit and hold the green. We’re seeing some incredible results as a lot of golfers are a club stronger or more, including Tour pros who are attracted to the compact look and increased ball speed of the longer irons.”
Body and Face Meet
The i525 irons use a head construction that marries variable-thickness maraging steel face with a 17-2 stainless steel body. The thinner face boosts speed by delivering more energy back to the ball in structure similar to a metal wood.
Not Exactly Hollow
While the overall construction of the i525 irons would be considered “hollow”, in fact they are not. the head is injected with a polymer that improves feel and sounds without hindering the face flexibility. This is done in a precise manner to tune the sound and feel to standards even better players would be pleased with.
Forged, Maraging-Steel Face
The strength of the variable-thickness, maraging steel allows for a thinner, more dynamic face structure with an internal sole undercut in the 17-4 stainless steel body to increase flexing for more ball speed and shots that launch faster and higher with distance control.
Pushing To The Perimeter
The i525 heads are enhanced with tungsten in the toe area of the head and in the shaft tip to boost the moment of inertia, reduced twisting on off-centre hits, and less loss of ball speeds away from the centre of gravity. The design enhances the performance both horizontally or vertically.
Extra Groovy Inclusion
PING engineers spend a disturbing amount of time considering friction (believe me, the discussions as lengthy and fascinating) and that work has impacted the i525 irons. They utilize the same machined face design that came to light with the i59 irons. The “MicroMax” groove design create smaller spacing between the grooves, resulting in as many as four extra per iron. That enhances the removal of debris that can affect the interaction between the ball and face and reduce friction. A hydropearl 2.0 finish also repels moisture to help keep the friction level consistent, even in moist conditions.
Specs, Shafts & Grips
Available 3-9, PW, UW in 10 color codes (lie angle), RH & LH. Black color code is standard.
Loft options include Standard, Power Spec and Retro Spec
There are plentiful shaft options for the PING i525 irons. Stock shafts include: Project X IO (5.5, 6.0, 6.5), PING AWT 2.0 (R, S, X), PING Alta CB Slate (SR, R, S), Alta Distanza Black 40, UST Recoil 760 ES SMAC (A), 780 (R, S). Option stock shafts include: Dynamic Gold (S300, X100), Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300), Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100), KBS Tour (R, S, X), Nippon Pro Modus Tour 105 (R, S, X), Elevate 95 (R, S).
The stock grips (in six sizes) are the Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet.