The team at Ping have just announced the release of a new series of iron, the i59. The new model will replace the iBlade which has been a main stay in Ping’s iron line up for 5 years, an incredibly long time for the golf industry, who are known for rotating their clubs every 18-24 months. This is a testament to the classic design and technology that was found in the iBlade, making it a popular choice for both tour pros and more advanced amateurs.
There is of course no rest for the wicked, shortly after the release of the iBlade in 2016, the Ping engineers got back to designed the new i59. The club is by far the most technologically advanced blade that Ping has created. The head is made up of a forged 1025 carbon steel, straying from their traditional cast irons. “It was a little bit of foreign waters for us. How do we look into the forging process? How do we develop that structure? We looked at multiple styles for how we for how we could accomplish the design, but in the end we let the best one win out,” said Ping’s Director of Product Design Ryan Stokke.
Another interesting thing you will find in this iron is that they have introduced MicroMax Grooves. This is essentially tighter spacing of the grooves to allow for four extra grooves on the club face. This helps to increase friction at contact to increase both launch and spin. The i59 also has a water-repelling HydroPearl 2.0 finish on the head, which we have seen in previous models, to ensure there is ultimate consistency for the golfer.
Inside the head of the iron is a singular aluminium core, almost one third of the density of traditional stainless steel. This made way to remove roughly 30 grams of weight from each head and redistribute it across the head to achieve optimal trajectory and MOI.
The club face is made up of 17-4 stainless steel, an incredibly high strength material that has a massive impact on the feel and sound at impact. The stainless steel face is finally plasma welded to the body to help secure it in place. As this is one of three different metals used in the iron, each club has to go through a swaging process to ensure they joined together properly.
Tour Pro Viktor Hovalnd was one of the first to try out the new i59 iron. “They look great when you’re standing over them. I’m looking for something that’s compact, but not necessarily something that looks like a glorified blade. These give me that perfect blend of forgiveness, workability and feel I need in the mid and short irons. It didn’t take me long to see they were a perfect fit during my testing”. Very high praise from the two-time PGA Tour winner.
Stokke added, “One of the great things with our product is that because of the forgiveness built into the design, it can transcend a little bit higher into the handicap range. I think a lot of people will look down and think, at first, it’s strictly for the low single digit tech player. But after a few swings, I think many of these players will be pleasantly surprised that they can be closer to a 10 and see a lot of success utilising this club”.
These irons will be available to purchase in Australia on the 15th
of October. It appears they will be priced between $435 and $465 for the irons with stock shafts. Will you be looking to add these to your bag?
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