Review: Ping S55 Irons
Also the muted feel is more solid because the cavity now has a single weight bar directly behind the sweet spot. This offers the feeling of more mass right behind the ball. I really noticed the changed feeling as our fall weather started getting colder. The previous S-series irons had an apparent harsher feeling in the cold, but these didn’t have that drastic difference. The muted solid feeling of these irons should be a huge selling point paired with the durability of cast for an almost forged feel.
I had a set built with my tried and true favorites, KBS Tour stiff flex shafts. They all came in spot on at D2, even with the KBS shafts. My color is the standard black dot. If you’ve never been fit for Pings I suggest you do, they have one of the best and easiest methods to get you in the right irons. Standard ID8 grips top off this fine looking combo.
While the S series has been billed as a players club and they are what the pros play, they offer adequate forgiveness for even a mid handicapper. The cavity back design paired with the Tungsten toe weight creates a balanced forgiving head.
The long irons are easy elevate. While many people can hit any style of short iron, it is the long iron that can cause problems. I found that I hit the 4-6 irons as well as any club. I didn’t see a need to replace the 4-iron with a hybrid. I think I actually hit it better than a 4 hybrid because I found greater control and more consistency.
The mid-irons really shine in this set. Their slightly blunted leading edge, their high launch, and pinpoint precision helped me go low with these in the bag. Based on the FlightScope numbers above there were pretty well spot on yardage for what I need with a very small dispersion circle.
The short irons are slightly stronger than previous S-series Ping irons which keeps the launch down just a touch but still maintained the gapping where it needed to be. I could simply go pin hunting with these irons. I couldn’t believe how many short irons I stuck close to the pin.
There is a reason basically the entire Ping tour staff switched over to these irons. Ping 1-uped themselves with the S55 irons. They are much better feeling, still offer great shot-making ability, and are even a little more forgiving. If you are a loyal Ping player, these should be on your radar to put in the bag. While they are not drastically different from the S56 irons, they are an improvement. If you haven’t played a set of Ping irons, these should be high on your list to try. Ping addressed the biggest knock on their cast irons be really improving the feel. You too can go 1-up on your playing partners with the Ping S55 irons.
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+Solid at impact
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