Review: Ping i25 Irons

Players irons that have amazing forgiveness
Ping has been making the i-series irons for many years. They have always been a players iron with some forgiveness. Each generation gets a little better looking, a little more forgiving and a little more player minded. The i25s are the latest version that offer everything a player wants in terms of looks and performance, but with even more forgiveness. All the little tweaks that Ping made to these irons make them a really good combo for the lower handicap golfer who doesn’t have extra time to practice or the mid-handicap golfer who likes the compact shape, but can still use forgiveness. I’ve been really impressed by the Ping i25 irons; Players irons that have amazing forgiveness.
This is my first i-series iron review so I can’t compare them to previous versions, but I’ve played all of the recent S-series irons and played a few G-series ones too. Obviously they are in between those lines and fit the player that has game, but could use some forgiveness. What appeals to me about the i25 irons has to be the looks. They have a foggy chrome finish and compact shape which makes them nice to look at in the bag and at address. The top line is thinner, while they have a mid-sized sole. They are fairly clean in the cavity with the sleek dual stabilizing bars and the low tuning port across the bottom. I had mine built with DG S300 shafts in the black dot heads and stock id8 grips. They came in right at D2 across the board. If you go with their CFS shaft build, take note of the D0 swing weight for the majority of the set.
The Ping i25 irons can be ordered 3-iron-LW.  I went with a 4-iron – UW (Gap Wedge) and play the Tour Gorge SW(54*) and LW(58*).  I have been swinging my irons pretty well this summer and these fit right into the bag with no adjustment whatsoever.  What I really liked about them is their progressive offset.  While many clubs might have some form of this, Ping’s i25 irons are the best rendition of it.  The 4-irons has enough off-set to make it easier to hit and get airborne, while the wedges have almost none since they are already easy to square up and get airborne.  Each head seems to be created for its purpose without every iron looking the same, just in a different loft.  As you can see below, the off-set even in the 4-iron isn’t big, but enough to help, and it gets less and less as you progress to the scoring irons.
Gap Wedge
I have played Ping irons for a number of seasons and what continues to impress me with their newer irons is how they keep improving the feel.  The difference between forged and cast gets smaller with each version they create.  The i25 irons are no different.  The vibration dampening in the tuning port paired with the tungsten toe insert make these very solid at impact.  It didn’t find them to feel like a cast club, nor did they have a hollow feeling as long as you are anywhere near the sweet spot(which is huge).  The tungsten weight on the toe continues to help balance the head through impact to keep it square and create an even better feeling head.

I did notice that the Ping i25 irons were about 5-7 yards longer than what I consider my standard distances.  I wouldn’t call it a whole club, but about a 1/2 club longer maybe.  I typically didn’t change clubs when I got to a certain yardage, but if I was in between I would hit the “shorter” iron and still get to my target.  What really turned out to be the real winner is the dispersion; these clubs are tight.  They launched slightly lower which may be a combination of the shaft and head.  I found the forgiveness is where they really shined.  I had a couple rounds that I didn’t feel like I was swinging well and yet I still ended up with great results. 

The long irons are where I really noticed the most forgiveness.  I was attacking greens with 4-irons and 5-irons with confidence, not just hoping to hit them.  The 6-iron through 8-iron were great from any lie.  Even when my driver was spaying a little, I was still able to find the green from the tall grass.  They cut through nicely without digging.  The blunted leading edge and ground off trailing edge yet with some thickness in the middle  of the sole allowed me get through the turf without major divots.  The 9-iron though U-wedge were precise from yardages that you ought to score from.   I liked having the U-wedge (50*) to bridge the gap between PW(46*) and my Tour Gorge (54*)

The Ping i25 irons offer that perfect combination of a players looking iron with amazing forgiveness.  I can’t say if you need to upgrade if you have the i20 irons, but I do know that if you are playing an older model these will feel better and offer more forgiveness.  I’ve played an entire bag of Ping i25 clubs for a number of rounds and have been really impressed with this line from top to bottom.  These irons might fit the biggest variety of golfers; they appeal to lower handicap golfers, yet offer forgiveness that a mid/high-handicap golfer needs.   The Ping i25 irons are players irons that have amazing forgiveness.

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Quick Hits
+Clean looks
+Progressive off-set
+Substantial forgiveness
+1/2 Club longer
+Good feel yet cast durability
+Well balanced and stable

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