Ping i500 Irons

Ping i500 Irons

The new Ping i500 Irons is a players-style iron that delivers massive distance through increased ball speed and trajectory.
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Ping i500 Irons

Massive Distance

  • 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.

   Power and Retro Spec Lofts

Ping offers the i500 irons in three loft specs: Standard, Power and Retro Spec Lofts. If you are interested in either the Power or Retro Spec Loft configurations, please go to the Custom Options page and select which setup you prefer.

Power Spec Loft: A fitting option for players looking to boost their iron distance or decrease spin to hit a desired trajectory window. The Power Spec is a custom-designed loft configuration that delivers a power boost in a calculated fashion without sacrificing the integrity of the club’s design.

Retro Spec Loft: A fitting option if you’re less concerned with overall distance and more with precision and a higher trajectory for more stopping power. This loft configuration yields functional distance gaps for utilizing a 3-wedge setup or a more classic loft spec.


Stock Steel Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold 105

Stock Graphite Shaft: Recoil ES SMAC

Written By: Keith Schneider

Player Stats:
  • Age: 33
  • Handicap: 8.4
  • Years Playing Golf: 19
  • WITB:
  • Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero 10.5° Project X Even Flow Blue 75 X-Stiff
  • Wood: Titleist 910 Fd 15° (tuned to 14.25°) 42.25" Diamana 'Ahina 82 Stiff
  • 2-Iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi KBS Tour C Taper Lite Stiff 1° weak 1.5°
  • upright Irons: Mizuno MP-68 +1/2" Dynamic Gold S300 Stiff 2°
  • upright Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM5 54° Dynamic Gold S200 S
  • Grind Wedge: Titleist Vokey Wedge Works 60° Dynamic Gold S200 K Grind; Titleist Vokey SM5 62° Dynamic Gold S200 T
  • Grind Putter: Titleist 2015 GoLo3 35"; Odyssey White Hot Pro #9 36"
  • Balls: Titleist ProV1/ProV1x; TaylorMade Tour Preferred X; Callaway Chrome Soft X


Club Tested: 7 Iron; Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold; Flex: X100; Loft: 30.5°

The Takeaway

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.

Final Take

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.

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