PING G25 Irons Review

PING’s popular G series continues with the release of 2013’s G25 irons. The most forgiving and longest of PING’s iron offerings, the G series has often been accused of lacking visual appeal. The G25 line appears to be starting a new era by offering the same benefits that many love in a better looking package. I’ve been reviewing these irons over the last month and will be sharing my thoughts in this review.

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Product Features from PING

Solid. Precise. Long

Experience better accuracy, distance, feel, and control.

The G25s offer game-improvement technology — high trajectory, distance, and extreme forgiveness — in a sleeker head that inspires confidence. A custom-engineered face structure ensures a solid feel and distance with control. Progressive sole widths help optimize CG placement for accurate distance gapping. In appearance and performance, these 17-4 stainless steel designs will appeal to golfers of all abilities.

  • Available 3 iron-LW in both right hand and left hand versions.
  • Available with three stock shaft options.
    • Steel CFS (109g in stiff)
    • Graphite TFC 18I (86g in stiff)
    • Graphite TFC 80I (70g is soft regular)
    • Two stock grip options.
    • Constructed of 17-4 Stainless Steel
    • U.S. MSRP: $97.50 per club w/steel shaft; $125 per club w/graphite shaft.

Aesthetics

The introduction of the G25 irons marks an advancement in PING’s presentation of their ‘extreme forgiveness’ line. They are marketing the G25’s as all-ability irons that should appeal to a wide variety of players.

A key reason that the G25’s are able to creep into that all-ability category is through changes to the line’s aesthetics. While previous G series irons were among the widest soled, clunkiest looking, and most offset irons on the market, the G25’s feature a thinner top line, progressive sole widths, and less offset than their predecessors. These new features, in addition to a smoky black finish, make the G25’s stand out as irons that provide the benefits of game improvement without an extreme appearance.

As highlighted in the video above, PING is particularly proud of the progressive sole widths that the G25’s offer. As the iron number gets higher, the sole widths decrease, which is intended to improve versatility in the scoring irons. At the same time, the wider soles on the longer irons are designed to make them more forgiving and easier to elevate.

As far as looks go, the total package that the G25’s offer far surpasses the last two sets of G series irons. While they still bear the classic signs of game improvement irons (offset, larger blade, wider sole), everything is toned down just enough to give the perception that they are sleeker and more visually inviting.

The G25’s offer what I’d characterize as a softer sound at impact, though they do possess a small, distinctive crack. The elastomer insert in the cavity does appear to mute the sound/feel a bit, but center strikes were still very pleasing. I felt like off-center shots were masked by the insert, though I was still able to discern where I’d missed most of the time. Aside from the thinnest of shots, there was never any harshness transferred to my hands, even in cooler spring temperatures.

Performance

The G25 irons were tested in the standard Black Dot version with stiff flex CFS shafts. Testing was performed both on the golf course and using a Vector X launch monitor. I’m a mid-handicap golfer with a 7 iron swing speed in the mid to high 80’s. I typically impart lower spin rates with my irons.

The following numbers were taken with the G25 7 iron using a Pro V1 golf ball. This is a six shot average from the Vector X at the very end of the review process and gives a consistent representation of what I saw with shots that were well struck.

Ball Speed119 mph
Launch Angle20.0°
Descent Angle46.8°
Back Spin5,425 rpm
Side Spin299 rpm (left)
Horizontal Launch1.4° (left)
Offline11 yards (left)
Carry Distance173 yards

 

 

  • Distance, Gapping, and Distance Control

As evidenced above, the G25’s did offer robust distance throughout the set. While they were not the longest irons I’ve tested this year, they generally stayed within a 5 yard window of, which is more than acceptable. Slightly higher launch angles and spin rates were the primary cause of the variance in distance rather than ball speeds. The benefit there was a ball that flew higher, fell at a steeper angle and stopped faster. Results on the course backed up the data I took from the launch monitor.

PING claims the G25’s heel and toe support bars enhance their ability to maintain consistent gaps between irons and provide distance control. I did feel that this was an area where the G25’s excelled. The transition between the mid irons and the scoring irons was particularly good when it came to consistent distance and gapping. I found this to be very useful on the golf course.

  • Forgiveness

The G25’s larger cavity, wide sole, and perimeter weighting all combine to deliver very good forgiveness on off-center contact. I did feel that they fell a bit behind one of their competitors by a small margin, especially low on the face and on the toe, but forgiveness was still more than acceptable for an iron in the game improvement category. Ball speed losses were moderate when missing the sweet spot. In addition, I did experience some twisting of the head  on off-center impact, which affected directional ball flight, but nothing abnormal for an iron in the same class.

  • Trajectory

PING claims that the G25’s Center of Gravity (CG) was placed even lower in the iron through changes to weight distribution and a redesigned Custom Tuning Port (CTP). The effect of this enhancement is a higher launching ball, which is one of the big selling points with an iron of its type.

I found the G25’s to launch higher and spin more than a comparable2013 iron I tested, which had the effect of a moderately higher ball flight. As a golfer than can struggle with low trajectory, I found this very useful while on the golf course. The longer irons were especially easy for me to elevate, which made it easier to control distance and hold greens.

At the same time, I was sufficiently able to manipulate ball flight and keep it lower when desired. That’s a feature I found very useful in the windy Midwest spring.

  • Accuracy

The G25’s were neither more accurate nor less accurate for me when compared to similar irons. As a mid-handicapper, I wouldn’t characterize myself as an exceptionally accurate player, but I do have my moments. During on-course testing I hit a comparable to slightly higher number of greens in regulation with the G25’s in the bag. I did notice a consistent shot shape (right to left) with the G25’s that I was able to count on when taking aim, which was to my benefit.

  • Playability

This is certainly an iron set that golfers of almost any ability should find easy to hit, especially if they are able to get a proper fitting. I found the long irons particularly friendly to my swing, which I attribute to the weighting of the head and the design of the sole. It did take me a couple weeks to become absolutely comfortable with the G25’s, but once I did, I felt very confident with them in my hands.

  • Versatility

A long held belief among many golfers is that game improvement irons like the G25’s lack versatility compared to smaller irons. While that may be true to a degree, I still found them useful in many different circumstances on the golf course.

As I mentioned earlier, I was able to successfully choke down and lower my ball flight when playing into head winds. In addition, I got the results I desired when I encountered situations that required a low running punch shot. Lastly, the scoring irons performed well from a variety of lies,  distances and different length swings.

I lack the desire and skill to consistently work the ball around the golf course, so I can’t speak to the G25’s performance in that regard.

Final Thoughts

When it came to performance the G25’s delivered on many promises. They offered a well-balanced combination of distance, forgiveness, consistency, and playability. What set them apart from the pack in my eyes was the package in which they were delivered. While they will never be mistaken for a player’s iron, the G25’s have a profile that offers a little more compactness than some competitors. The offset remains substantial, but the top line and finish do impart a sleek look that many will appreciate. Those players looking for higher ball flight, ample forgiveness, and above average distance in a smaller appearing iron would definitely benefit from taking a look at them. At $699 for a stock 4-UW set, they are also priced competitively. For more information, you can head to PING’s website www.ping.com.

 

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34 Comments

  • Were these PING irons fitted and color coded to your specs, Hawk? Nice review as always.

  • Expertly done as usual Hawk. Loving mine.

  • Ryan thanks for the review and the information on the G25. I found it informative as usual but I have an issue with what you calling moderate distance. 173 with your smooth action is far from moderate. Keep up the good work.

  • Awesome review Hawk. Sounds like a really solid offering from Ping.

  • You did it again Hawk, another solid review. Any thoughts on the finish or durability? I really like the darker finish and assume it helps make the heads look a bit smaller.

  • Nice review Ryan! I like the direction that Ping are going with the G series. Past releases just never suited my eye.

  • Outstanding Hawk. Amazing to me the distance that you are now seeing. What an increase from just 8 months or so. Very good reviews. These irons are on my radar

  • @JaxGolfer – No, these were just standard Black Dots in stiff. Most of the time we are testing standard set ups.

    @Howzat – Finish actually looks to be in great shape so far. From what I’ve read, it is designed to wear, but I haven’t noticed much at all.

  • You continue to offer great thoughts on all your reviews Hawk. The G25 is really a nice looking club that sounds like a nice offering from Ping for the GI clubs. And as Mr. Kong stated, 173yd 7i is pretty good.

  • Great job again, Hawk.

  • Really great job on this review Hawk, loving all the technical info! I think this is a really great looking set of irons and I liked what I read about the shaft options – a graphite offering in the mid 80’s weight range sounds pretty darn tempting.

  • excellent job Hawk. I like that PING updated the looks of the G line this year. They did a really good job with that. Sounds like the performance is there to back it up as well.

  • Great review Hawk!

  • Nice looking irons, do you know Ryan how it compares to the S56 Pings?

  • Sorry Troy. Haven’t spent any time with the S56, though I’d assume they were quite different all around. While the G25’s offer a sleek profile for game improvement iron, they are still very much in that realm.

  • Excellent review! When I start to look for new irons, these will be on my radar. Thank you, Hawk.

  • Great review, thank you. Being one who needs max forgiveness on toe hits, could you divulge which irons you tested that were even more forgiving on hits off the toe? Thanks again.

  • I wish I would have seen these before I got my razrs, oh well. Great review Hawk, as always.

  • Hawk,
    thanks for the interesting read. to Tim B’s point, could you point towards the irons you found to be most forgiving on toe hits? i find most of my misses to be there. i’ve been really looking hard at these c25’s, but would want to give those a swing before pulling the trigger

    thanks

  • Just got Ping g25s in today. Took them to the range and they performed as advertised. Can’t wait to take them to the course.

  • Seant45 , let us know how the G25’s are … I just ordered a set of G25s a few days ago … can’t wait man.
    6 – PW and 2 Hybrids ..a couple of Gorge wedges.

  • Been shooting mid to upper 80’s and decided to ‘bite the bullet’ and was fitted for clubs this weekend. I ended up ordering a set of the G25’s; will let you know what happens when they come!

  • I hit a few of these in store yesterday. Got a set of 25 year old “beloved” eye 2’s and think its time for a change! Just need a little push over the edge of the cliff!

  • Just was fitted for clubs today in Carlsbad CA. Had no idea what clubs to buy. Hit TaylorMades Rocket Blades, Wilson, Several Callaway’s, etc. Most consistent club for me was the G25’s with graphite shafts. Amazingly forgiving on the bad swings and rewarding on the good ones. This was a blind test and these were the clear winners.

  • Had my comp Ezze for 15 years now… Was getting nothing out of them anymore so went for a club fitting . Expecting to come back with the new taylormade irons after getting much more distance.. But then the pro said try these g25.. Wow put 20 yards on my normal irons instantly. Would suggest getting the right staff fitting. Still waiting for delivery.. Can’t wait

  • Just got them and played my first round with yesterday I shot a 90. Which for my game is solid round. . I bought 5-pw and just love the irons. The distance is comparable to my old set but just a better feeling club. I definitely recommend these irons.

  • The only irons I’ve ever owned are my Ping Zing 2’s. I’m a 9 handicap. I’ve loved my irons, but is it time to go get fitted and get a new set of G25’s?

  • I was fitted in store for g25 graphite irons.
    I was fitted and ordered red dot and -1/2″ and soft regular shaft.
    I hit them solid on the indoor mat, but when I received my irons took them to the range and have not hit one solid on the sweet spot.
    I always used regular length and standard lie clubs.
    Do I have to continue to work with these clubs or go back to standard length and black lie?
    By the way I do have a semi flat swing and hit a natural draw.
    I am about 5′- 71/2″.

  • I bought a set of G25’s on Saturday and the 2 wedges I got were labeled W and U. Is the W a Sand Wedge> What’s the U? Ping site says UW which is 50 degrees but is the W a PW, SW or an LW? Thanks for anyones advice.

  • Sean, the W is a pitching wedge.

  • great review but as mentioned but a few others could you givemore on “fell a bit behind one of their competitors by a small margin,

  • @Larry….I too played the Zing2’s love em, bought the I20’s a couple years back, I didn’t care for them. I got fitted and feel in love the G25’s.

  • I bought my g25’s last year. I too live in northern illinois so obviously wind plays a factor especially in the spring. I found that I get the ball so high in the air that against the wind I am grabbing 2 clubs down from what I would normally need. I might have to switch to a lower launching club.

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