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2014 Ping Karsten Iron Set Review

2014 Ping Karsten Iron Set Review

2014 Ping Karsten Iron Set: $799.99

The 2014 Ping Karsten Iron Set is a iron/hybrid combo. The set includes 3-, 4-, and 5-iron hybrids rather than traditional looking irons. Meanwhile, the 5-iron as well as the pitching, utility, sand and lob wedges are traditional irons.

 

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The Ping Karsten Iron Set is for game improvement and targeted at mid-high handicappers. I also would agree with some who have classified the Karsten set as a super game improvement set.

The Karsten Iron Set is most comparable to the Ping K15 Iron Set, which was released in the fall of 2010. The Karsten set also is the first true combo iron set offering from Ping since that K15 release.

With the Karsten Iron Set, Ping looked to improve distance gapping within the set for average- and high-handicap players and sought to create a seamless transition between traditional and hybrid irons. The wide soles on the traditional irons are meant to allow players to achieve a higher launch angle and gain forgiveness.

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Look (3.5/5 Stars)

The look of this Ping set really needs to be broken down into two parts; the hybrids and the traditional irons. I would give the hybrids a 3 out of 5 rating for two reasons, the first being that I simply prefer a more traditional looking hybrid and the Karsten hybrid has a slightly larger clubhead. That is simply my personal preference. And it must be noted that the intention by Ping was to create a game improvement set, which ultimately resulted in the larger head.

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The design on the sole of the Karsten hybrid is nothing spectacular, but Ping made the simple design work on this one. The traditional irons have a great clean look with red and black decals. I would rate them 4 out of 5, with the only real downside being a bit too closed a look at address. Throughout the set, the gray matte finish was appealing as well but not a huge departure from the look of the Ping G-Series.

Performance (4/5 stars)

The Karsten Iron Set performed very well from both a distance and forgiveness standpoint. I hit a 3-iron hybrid because that is what I currently carry in my bag. I didn’t notice much of a difference on distance, but the forgiveness on the hybrids was great on slight mishits.

The traditional irons performed well in both distance and forgiveness. I definitely was hitting the Ping Karsten irons farther than my own irons; and I noticed some nice forgiveness on a ball that I had mishit near the toe. I also felt that the sound and feel of the irons was very nice.

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Final Thoughts

The Karsten iron set will allow players of all skill levels to hit the ball further. If you are looking for game improvement in your irons, the Ping Karsten iron set is one of the best offerings currently available.

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