This is a full review of the PING G Series game-improvement iron set. Featuring PING’s “revolutionary” COR-Eye Technology, the G iron focuses on maximum carry distance through a higher launch and hotter ball speeds across the face. The G irons are a slimmer take on the bulkier game-improvement profile found on many of PING’s previous iron models.
Does the G hold its own as a worthy game-improvement stick? Can low handicaps and professionals be successful with it? What are its strengths and weaknesses? Read on to find out what you need to know to make an informed purchase.
What are the reviews like?
The G irons have been received very well by customers and critics alike. In addition than their superb distance, they have been lauded for their terrific ball speed forgiveness, nice high non-ballooning trajectory, consistency, playability and premium feel through impact and through the turf — all things that players have come to expect from PING irons.
In terms of negatives, the naturally high ball flight of the G irons can prove a little too high for some golfers, especially strong swingers and high spinners. Also, the sole is a little too wide for some golfers’ tastes.
What are the features?
The G irons feature new COR-Eye Technology that “activates” the sole, top line and clubface to substantially increase face flex (four times as much as in the previous model G30 iron). According to PING, the G iron is also more forgiving and stable than the G30.
The G irons have undergone a specialized heat treating process to create a Hyper 17-4 alloy that is 40% stronger than traditional 17-4 stainless steel; this allows the face to be made thinner by 32% while maintaining strength, resulting in faster ball speeds, higher trajectories, more carry, more distance and better stopping power into the greens.
The Custom Tuning Port (CTP), which is connected to the sole, helps move the center of gravity (CG) farther back to increase launch angle and increase moment of inertia (MOI) for greater forgiveness and accuracy.
The multi-material damping badge joined to the cavity, combined with the COR-Eye Technology, is said to contribute to greatly improved sound and feel. The visual aspects of the G irons are discussed in more detail later in the review, so be sure to check that out.
The G irons come stock with PING’s proprietary Ascending Weight Technology (AWT) 2.0 steel shaft (R, S, X flexes), said to produce an “optimal combination of physics and feel”. The weight of this shaft progresses through the set — specifically, they get lighter as you move from the short irons to the long irons. In the case of the long irons, the relative light weight is said to help square the clubface at impact for more distance and accuracy. In the case of the short irons, the heavier shaft weight is said to improve touch/feel and ball flight control.
Other available stock shafts are the CFS Graphite and the ladies TFC 80I. Available stock grips include the PING 5L and PING 5L Cord. Full details and specs on stock shafts and grips can be found on the PING website. The specs of the G irons are tabulated below:
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How do these irons perform?
Distance: The G irons are long, and not only are they long, but they land more softly than many other “distance” irons on the market which makes for wonderful scoring potential. On an absolute scale they’re not the longest irons in existence, but they’re plenty long (and then some) for all but the most distance-obsessed. The G irons also overcome what seems to be the Achilles heel for so many game-improvement sticks these days: ball speed forgiveness on heel and toe strikes. Overall ball speed preservation across the face is excellent, but that’s not even where the story ends.
Forgiveness: Among the best in the game-improvement category. The G irons are easy to hit and they tend to fly straight with minimal loss in ball speed on mis-hits. One of the things that impressed me the most during my test was the tendency of the G irons to save severe heel and toe misses, whether it be keeping them in the fairway or away from thick rough to the right of the green; this is likely due to the positioning of the CTP and resulting high MOI along with the “flexability” of the face.
Ball Flight/Playability: Typical ball flights with the G irons are straight and relatively high with a steep landing angle conducive to landing and holding greens. Shots can be shaped to a degree by competent players but, unsurprisingly, they’re not as workable as more compact better-player irons might be. The wide sole makes it easy to scoop clean shots out of the rough and fairway bunkers.
What about look, sound and feel?
Look: At address the iron has a fairly standard game-improvement look with a good amount of offset and a satin-blast finish. The top line is slightly thinner than that of the G30 and quite a bit thinner than that of the GMax, while the sole is slightly wider than that of the G30 as part of the deep-CG design. The back of the iron has a sharp badge aesthetic with a blue/black/gray colour scheme encircled by a chrome finish. All in all the G iron inspires plenty of confidence at address without looking overly chunky.
Sound and Feel: The G irons, which feel a little less sharp at impact compared with the G30, produce a solid, hot, dampened “click” across a large area of the face. Mis-hits don’t feel terrible by any means (they feel quite good in fact) but do tend to feel less hot than center strikes. While hit feedback seems to lack a little both audibly and visually, golfers can generally feel their misses which bodes well for isolating and attempting to correct swing flaws. Overall, sound/feel lives up to and arguably even surpasses what we’ve come to expect from PING irons in this class.
Where should I buy these irons online?
At the time of writing, new PING G irons are being sold online in all different configurations, shaft types and dot colours on Golfsmith (click here to display current prices), Edwin Watts Golf (click here to display current prices) and eBay here. Free online SmartFit fittings for custom-built G irons are available right here. When it comes to used G irons, eBay would probably be the best place to look, although currently there aren’t many in circulation because they were only released recently.
If you aren’t sure which dot colour is right for you, you can do the following: measure both your height and the distance from the ground to your wrist when standing naturally, and then match these two measurements to a PING colour code chart to find a lie setting that works for you.
Rating: 4.9/5 (Outstanding)
Pros: Long without sacrificing height; very accurate and reliable for every shot; dependable and playable out of a variety of lies; easy to hit and get the ball up in the air; fantastic ball speed and directional forgiveness on off-center strikes; very satisfying PING feel
Cons: Some would like a little more workability; trajectory may be too high for natural high-hitters; mis-hit feedback is questionable
Best suited for: Mid-to-high handicappers looking for a higher trajectory, top forgiveness and otherwise great all-around performance.
Best places to buy online: Please see the buying section with links directly above.
The G Series iron is a terrific game-improvement offering from PING. It improves upon the previous model G30 is many ways and continues the delivery of the quality performance that PING has come to be known for. If game-improvement irons are your thing and you’re a fan of the PING brand, these head-turners are a must-try.
If you have any thoughts or questions about the PING G irons, be sure to leave a comment below!