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THP was fortunate enough to receive Ping’s latest offering in the Game Improvement (GI) iron arena, the G15. I’ve been testing and playing a few rounds with these no nonsense clubs from the company known for having some of the most brand loyal and passionate fan bases in the marketplace today. So how did these clubs perform? Check it out.

From the Company
The G15 provides the high-launching, maximum forgiveness needed for a mid-high handicap golfer. The stainless steel iron’s cavity design features a new Custom Tuning Port (CTP) which expands the perimeter weighting and increases moment of inertia (MOI). Irons are available 3-PW with available Utility Wedge, Sand Wedge, and Lob Wedges as well. These additional wedges are available at most retailers and Ping Authorized Dealers.

Look
Ping is known for utilitarian, workman-like equipment and the G15 irons certainly fit that mold. If the G15 irons were a motor vehicle, it would be a pick up truck. Straight forward and gets the job done with minimal style and sizzle. Minimal style for some means bland and plain to others which is exactly how some of the testers reacted when first holding the irons. The G15’s certainly won’t win a beauty contest on the range or course but I found them to be appeasing to an extent. However hip and ‘edgy’ do not come to mind with these irons. The first thing you notice is the larger than normal sole on these irons. They are a little on the big side for what I would consider a GI iron. More on that later. Next, you notice a cavity badge that is sharp but blends and fits in with these gun metal gray clubs. Compared to previous Ping irons lines, this is a ‘flashy’ design but with all things that are Ping, it just seems to work. The darker color on these clubs was my first experience into what is becoming a popular option in the golf design world. As compared to the traditional chrome finish found on many of today’s irons, the darker finish quickly won me over. Aligning myself to the target line and squaring the club face to the ball was much easier with the contrast between the white (or yellow) ball and the darker club. Glare was also noticeably reduced which is something I was not expecting to notice as much. A very pleasant surprise indeed.

Technology
The previously mentioned sole is instrumental in helping get the ball in the air quickly as it disperses the MOI evenly across the bottom of the club. This is designed to reduce the total weight of the club and when combined with a thinner face a more forgiving club and higher launching club for mis-hits is possible. Stronger lofts combine with a low center of gravity (CG) located low and farther from the face produce longer shots without sacrificing the higher trajectory needed with a game improvement iron. Another revision for the G15 line is the previously mentioned new Custom Tuning Port (CTP) which has been repositioned and saves 7g which is redistributed to the club’s perimeter to increase MOI (Moment of Inertia).

Testing
Putting these clubs through their paces was fun. Not exciting or uninspired, but fun. If you’re looking for a thrilling and exciting reviews with a lot of wows then you can skip to the ‘Overall Thoughts’ section below. For those who are still with me, thank you. Whether I was at the range or on the course, these clubs behaved the exact same way which was a good thing. It’s nice to know what you can expect or get from your clubs right? The wider sole takes a little getting used to, especially in the longer irons where it’s more noticeable and distracting at address, but they do help with smoother turf interaction. The custom tuning port found on these clubs definitely works and does the job it’s supposed to. When you hit it flush, it’s smooooooth.

I found the clubs to be a little heavier than other clubs I’ve played with or tested which was actually nice as you were able to ‘feel’ the club head all the way through your swing. You could feel the MOI of the club working to get the ball up fast and high once struck. Ball flight? It was so predictable that it was almost boring. In fact I thought the ball flight was a little too high for my taste and could see issues playing with these in windy conditions. Forgiveness is about what I expected. When you hit these flush they feel smooth and solid but if you tend to miss out farther towards the toe then distance loss and less forgiving shots are more noticeable. The short irons are definitely easier to hit however the 5 iron is one of the better performing ones I’ve ever hit. The shafts that were tested were Ping’s stock black dot steel shafts in a regular flex that felt solid. If you like the idea of a high and accurate ball flight but don’t want to sacrifice the distance then you may want to consider upgrading the shafts in this set. One final thought as well, the stock grips that come with the G15’s are some of the best stock grips I’ve ever felt. I could easily have played these right off the rack and not have to change the right away like most other clubs out there.

Most golfers love to say that they would gladly give up distance for consistency and accuracy. Yeah? I dare you not to try these clubs then. That’s exactly what these clubs will give you. My favorite clubs were the 9 iron and PW. These things were automatic from 125 yards and 110 yards respectively with only a few yards dispersion from the target line. If you want high but accurate ball flight then these are your clubs. If you’re looking for a more penetrating and hotter ball flight then it might be wise to look at other options. In fact I would go as far to say that if you’re looking for a max game improvement iron set but don’t like the idea of carrying a hybrid set, then you may want to consider the Ping G15’s. I think they serve the same purpose with a more traditional look.

Overall
Ping has put out another solid edition to their line of irons that will surely attract the Ping faithful. These clubs get the job done without a lot of extra bells and whistles which is what some golfers are looking for. If that’s you then you’d be missing out on a solid set of irons if these weren’t on your short list. These irons offer predictable if not unspectacular performance and I would definitely recommend them to a high handicap golfer who is looking to invest in their first ‘new’ set of irons. Retail pricing comes in at $699. For more information about Ping and other Ping products you can check out www.ping.com

T. Hanks

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  1. tcalloway1 says:

    solid review thanks! sounds like the g15 do pretty much as advertised…….high and straight! i’m still a little confused as to why they don’t send full sets for review, but i’m sure they have a good reason for it. i feel just about the same way you do about them across all fronts, that’s pretty interesting.

  2. Puttin4Bird says:

    Nice review T! I like the comparison to the truck, just gets the job done! I actually don’t mind the looks of these and the i15’s. Maybe a very nice looking truck then! Great job T!

  3. White Rhino says:

    Very nice review thanks. These irons caught my eye at my local golf shop a few weeks ago and I have hit them a few times. I like the thought of a wider sole and also like the simple or basic look of the club. These are quickly moving up my list or relacement irons.

  4. itsbarker says:

    Thanks. Sounds like another solid winner by PING. Was the shaft the AWT-regular?

  5. thanks1974 says:

    barker- yes it was, actually.. sorry for not including that info in my review

  6. SeeMoreGuy says:

    Great review Thanks and exactly what my experience has been with these sticks. I am enjoying mine to the fullest.

  7. clam fist says:

    Great review.

  8. Canio says:

    Excellent review. I’m looking at the G15s right now. You mentioned upgrading shafts from standard to not sacrifice distance. What shafts would you suggest?

  9. thanks1974 says:

    Canio- I’m a little out of my element with recommending shafts, etc (trying to expand my knowledge across irons and driver shafts) but I think the popular ones to look at would be Project X, KBS, or True Temper. Ultimately, you should probably be fitted so you know for sure which best fits your game,

  10. Canio says:

    Thanks for the shaft advice. I have no clue about different shafts. And, I am going to get fitted, but I did want to have a little information about different shafts that might be available. Thanks again.

  11. bobby-midhc says:

    After playing 6 rounds with G15 irons, I can vouch these are ridiculously easy to hit straight and high. I was worried about the substantial offset, but got used to that after just 1 round. Credit Mark Crossfield, PGA professional. I watched his youtube video and it was an eye opening experience! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxvY1cOCizA
    I am Medicare age but do not like graphite shafts because IMO they perform erratic, especially in the senior-soft-regular flex. So I ordered my set in steel-soft-regular stock shafts with cushin option, with my preferred color code purple, 1 degree weaker loft, and aqua grip code.
    After playing 6 rounds, I am extremely satisfied with these irons. The cushin eliminates shock on any mis-hits, and the soft-regular flex is giving me perfect distance. The 1 degree weaker loft on all irons has made it possible for me to hit high trajectory shots and hold the firm greens.
    With these irons, there is no need to take a deep divot (which requires power and that can cause erratic shots) just brush the grass under the ball, and the ball goes soaring high in air. I am hitting 95% of greens inside 150 yards which I have never been able to do in 50 years of golf.
    Ping is still making these clubs, so get your customized set (at no extra charge!) before they stop making them. I got mine for about $60/club including the cushin option, which is incredibly good price.

  12. Rich Flynn says:

    Excellent review and comments. Ping G15 is a pretty easy club to adjust and being a 10 handicap I think it can be used as high as a 5 all the way to a beginner. The clubs I have are a white dot and after learning to use the irons in particular it didn’t take long to hit long straight shots. What I did notice is the grips started to fade after one year and also learned it isn’t too expensive to put new grips for less than $10 per club. The new grips really helped me and the clubs are still solid with high trajectory. The woods are also solid and have been happy with driver and especially the 3-wood and hybrid. Out of curiousity, I tried the Ping G20 and G25 steel irons and really didn’t notice a huge difference. Good clubs at a very reasonable price.

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