Ping i500 Irons
Ping i500 Irons
Ping i500 Irons
- Forged, variable-thickness, C300 maraging steel face insert delivers massive distance, increased ball speed and high trajectory
- Compact size and minimal offset design is perfect for golfers looking for a players-style iron
- Muscle-back geometry helps in hinging the face, especially toward the top, for increased ball speed, trajectory and distance
- Hydropearl 2.0 chrome finish ensures smooth turf interaction, and provides scratch and wear resistance. The slight sheen offers a premium look.
Stock Steel Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold 105
Stock Graphite Shaft: Recoil ES SMAC
Written By: Keith Schneider
Club Tested: 7 Iron; Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold; Flex: X100; Loft: 30.5°
Ping has always offered a wide variety of irons for players of all abilities and the Ping i500s rank in the player’s distance iron category. A hollow blade construction, the i500 has a muscle back appearance. Featuring a forged C300 maraging-steel face (same material used in the G400 fairways and hybrid clubfaces) it is combined with a 17-4 stainless steel body to give players added distance and increased trajectory with greater stopping power. Just like the i210 irons, the Ping i500 irons have precision-milled grooves and the HydroPearl 2.0 finish that top off this set of irons that will see you hitting your irons further than you have before.
Who's It For?
This set of irons has a wide range of uses and depending on your skill level may see one, two clubs or the full set in a players bag. Better players may combine the i500 long irons with the buttery-smooth i210 mid and scoring irons, while players who have lost a bit of distance could put the entire set in their bag. + to 16 handicaps, depending on use.
The first thing I noticed about the Ping i500 irons was their super-clean looks. Only a brand and model stamp are seen on the back of the iron head, and a larger toe-weight club and a nice white paint fill in the bottom groove add a bit of style to these blade-like irons. They do, however, feel like there is a bit of bulk when simply looking down at the club at address. The mid-top line and mid blade-length give these irons an overall confidence-inspiring appearance.
I hit these irons two times during my hitting session, at the beginning and in the middle, once I was fully warmed-up. I found with an X100 shaft I really needed to be warm and convicted in my swings to get these irons to truly perform, but once I did, the results were a long, high carry. I found no difficulty drawing the ball or flighting down the trajectory on-demand. It is safe to say that the i500 irons are about 1 club longer than the i210 irons. This was confirmed when I briefly used a GC2 launch monitor to see the average distances for both the i210 and i500. The i500 7-iron had an average distance of 196 yards, while the i210 was around 185 yards.
The hollow cavity gave these irons a distinct click and the feedback to my hands was a bit clumsy. Even on pure strikes I found that I was not as much of a fan of the feel of the i500 irons as I was with the i210. Though, if you are looking for added distance from a classic-design the i500 are worth a look. When you’re hitting longer distances with your scoring irons than you ever have before, you won’t notice the slightly muffled feel.