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In this review, I’ll be taking a look at the PING G710 irons.
The G710 is PING’s super game-improvement offering, designed for maximum distance and forgiveness. Pairing a maraging steel face with a stainless steel body, the G710 also offers high launch and improved sound & feel compared to the G700.
How do the G710 irons actually perform when put to the test? How do they compare to the previous G700 model? Who are they best suited for? Is it worth putting a set in the bag?
Read on to find out what you need to know to make an informed purchase.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, stock shafts and stock grips are used when evaluating this club. In most cases, the golf clubs reviewed on Golfstead are acquired temporarily for testing purposes and are not purchased. The review that follows is based on the personal experience and research of the author. Because everyone’s swing and body are different, results with a particular club may differ from person to person.
What are the reviews like?
The PING G710 irons earned a gold medal on the 2020 Golf Digest Hot List and have been received very positively by critics.
The irons currently have customer scores of 4.5/5 (87% recommended) on the PING store, 4.2/5 on TGW, and 4.3/5 on DSG.
What People Like
- mis-hits retain a good line and distance
- more forgiving and better feel than the G700
- easy to get the ball airborne
- good stopping power into greens
- excellent turf interaction in wet conditions
- fantastic bag appeal for a GI iron
What People Don’t Like
- black finish brings out every scratch, scuff and dent
Maraging Steel Face
The G710’s C300 maraging steel face generates twice as much face flex at impact, thus increasing ball speed, distance and launch.
This aerospace-grade alloy is very strong, durable and flexible. It’s even faster than the C300 face on the G700 thanks to a machined variable thickness that maximizes energy transfer across the face.
The G710 iron employs high-density tungsten weights in the toe and heel of the 17-4 stainless steel body.
The positioning of this tungsten weighting results in a moment of inertia (MOI) that is 5% higher than the G700. This leads to improved stability, better accuracy, and more distance on off-center strikes.
Stealth Hydropearl Finish
The G710 iron is hydrophobic (repels water), thanks to a hydropearl chrome finish with a black PVD “stealth” coating. This finish serves two purposes:
- It improves turf interaction in wet conditions.
- It makes the head appear smaller, more compact, and more appealing.
Arccos Smart Sensors
The purchase of G710 irons immediately makes you eligible to receive free Arccos Smart Sensors and a one-year free trial to the Arccos Caddie app.
Arccos sensors are attached to the end of the grips and enable automatic shot tracking, real-time GPS yardage information adjusted for environmental conditions, caddie advice, and post-round strokes gained analytics.
Arccos features can be accessed through a smartphone, smart watch, or Arccos Link device. It is said that golfers improve by five strokes on average after their first year using the Arccos Caddie system.
The G710 irons are available in 4-SW, for both RH and LH.
There are many stock shaft options including the PING AWT 2.0 (steel), PING Alta Distanza Black 40 (graphite), PING Alta CB Red (graphite), and True Temper Dynamic Gold (steel).
The stock grips are the Golf Pride Tour Velvet and Tour Velvet Cord, which are both compatible with Arccos sensors.
If you’re interested, full information on shafts, grips and other customizations can be found here.
Below are the specs of the G710 irons. Click or zoom to enlarge.
With the G710 irons, I noticed the largest gains in distance compared to my previous gamers with the 6 and 7 irons. On average, I picked up about 3/4 of a club of distance which is very good.
However, the gapping was significantly greater with the shorter irons than with the longer irons; this isn’t quite ideal, since you want roughly an even spread throughout the entire set.
The G710s do appear to go a little longer on average than the G700, with a difference of about 5-15 yards. Make no mistake, these irons pack a ton of distance and you will not be left wanting in this regard.
I was rather astonished during my tests at how tight the dispersions of the G710 irons are. The forgiveness across the face is certainly at the pinnacle in terms of what’s available on the market.
The G710 irons performed exceptionally well both in terms of distance and directional forgiveness. Minor and moderate misses stayed on a very good line, and even many poor shots would still manage to find the green.
Consistent with the claim of 5% greater MOI, I did find the G710 to be a touch more forgiving than the G700, and this is without any noticeable loss of launch or control into greens.
Trajectories with the G710 irons are generally mid-high, with enough spin to hold greens reasonably well. This is about the same as what I experienced with the G700.
With that said, what I did find a little surprising is that trajectories can sometimes be on the low side — or at least lower than you’d expect for a super GI iron.
PING says that the G710 is ideal for golfers with slower swing speeds, but I question the truth of this claim because my lowest launches (and often poorest results) would come when I deliberately slowed down my swing.
So, it can be very easy to get the ball up in the air with the G710 if you’re a certain type of golfer. Other golfers may not have so much success. All things considered, I was expecting a little easier launch.
When it comes to workability, there isn’t that much latitude for shaping shots left and right (draws/fades), but it’s quite easy to flight the ball higher or lower. There are no surprises here given the iron’s classification.
Take a look at the G710 irons and it’s immediately apparent that these are oversized game-improvement clubs. From the wider sole to the longer blade length, considerable amount of offset, and thicker top line, they’re designed to inspire confidence at address.
At the same time, PING doesn’t go overboard with the beefiness of these irons. I’ve certainly seen chunkier (and clunkier) iron heads over the years, but PING does a great job maintaining elements of sleekness and sophistication that prevents more skilled players from being turned off.
Probably the most unique and striking aspect of the G710 iron is the rich, flat black finish. This hydropearl “stealth” finish will never fail to attract eyes in the bag. PING kept the face a traditional chrome colour, making it really stand out against the dark finish.
The downside of this particular finish is that it tends to bring out scratches, scuffs, dings and other marks that develop over the course of your rounds. This is why it’s important to clean your irons frequently to keep them looking their best.
In my view, the G710 has one of the classiest looks of any game-improvement iron on the market.
The Sound & Feel
By and large, the G710 has a sound & feel that is very characteristic of PING irons.
The feel is very solid and springy without feeling hollow, thanks in part to an epoxy material added behind the face. This feel is remarkably consistent across the face, which is a double-edged sword: mis-hits are relatively pleasant but feedback for correcting your misses is quite scarce.
Many PING clubs (such as the previous G700) produce a loud, unorthodox sound that is unappealing to some. The G710 tones this down a little; the sound is lower-pitched, crisp, and not too loud nor too quiet.
Despite the generously wide soles of the G710 irons, turf interaction is not excessively “bouncy”. These irons have no problem taking divots and can play out of tight lies and wet conditions with ease.
Where To Buy These Irons Online
The PING G710 model is a few seasons old and online availability is quite limited.
One of the best places to pick these up right now (new or used) is eBay. You can typically find deals here that you can’t find anywhere else.
You can also check if Global Golf has any G710 irons in stock.
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.
The PING G710 iron doesn’t just offer superb game-improvement performance (distance and forgiveness), but it’s also one of the best looking GI irons out there.
Between the black “stealth” finish and a top line that is thinner than what you would expect from a max-GI iron, the G710 is calling out to golfers looking for something effective yet a little different from the traditional game improvement experience.
The G710 is also a clear step up from the G700 model and the Arccos Smart Sensor compatibility is a nice bonus. The hit-or-miss sound, high price tag, and lack of a chrome finish option will undoubtedly turn away some golfers, but it’s nevertheless a must-try for single and double-digit handicaps.
Are you interested in the G710 irons? Have you played them? What’s your experience? Tell us about it in the comments below.
PING G710 Iron
Sound & Feel8.7/10
- On the slim side for a GI iron
- Longer and more forgiving than the G700
- Good stopping power into greens
- Very cool dark finish
- Great turf interaction in a variety of conditions
- Impact sound is hit-or-miss
- No silver colour option