Published on July 23rd, 2013 | by Tom Schepers0
Review: PING G25 Irons
PING has always been the first name that pops up when I think of forgiveness, and the G series has always been the flagship of that technology. With the PING G25 irons, the company has found a way to inject that forgiveness into a package that even better players would be comfortable with. Compared to the previous models, the G25 irons’ smaller, sleeker top lines have the appearance and feel of players irons, while the same revolutionary forgiveness technology gives you consistency strike after strike.
In the time I spent with the G25 irons, one thing was clear: these clubs feel good. Shots off the toe or heel are noticeable in the hands, but the clubs do a nice job balancing those misses out. Yardage variance is minimal between well-hit shots and slightly off-center shots. The ability to get consistent distance and trajectory (which is markedly high with these irons), even on slight miss-hits is a huge bonus. The irons simply limit mistakes, which is all you can ask for in a game-improvement set. Relative to most cast clubheads, the G25s offer exceptional feel.
I didn’t gain a tremendous amount of distance with these irons — or any distance at all, really. My typical 7-iron carries about 165 yards, and the G25 7-iron never gave me more than that. This is far from a turnoff given the consistent and accurate ball flight I was getting on almost every shot. This category basically ends up as a wash for me, because who wouldn’t five yards for increased accuracy?
These aren’t your average G-series irons. The G series has been remarkably successful for PING — it is hard to find a name more easily thought of for forgiveness than the PING G series – but with the G25s they accomplished an impressive feat, making the clubs look sleek and smooth without losing any of the benefits of game-improvement irons. My first impression of the appearance was to question whether or not these actually were going to be game-improvement irons. From the top the club has a look of a more blade-like iron, while still inspiring confidence with its wide sole. The G25s do a great job of giving a player the security of wide-soled club with the confidence and feel of a true blade-like iron.
The G25 irons are the most consistent clubs I have hit this year. My misses were limited, and off-center shots rarely resulted in hole-ruining outcomes. The trajectory was a little high for my liking, but these are game-improvement irons, and most amateurs can use that trajectory, and the resulting soft landing, to their benefit. Hitting big hooks or fades on command can be difficult, but if that is what you are after than you wouldn’t be in the market for these irons to begin with. The G25s want to fly straight, and do a very good job of it, too. These irons launched at consistent angles, kept my club speed steady and offered very consistent, if not overly impressive, distance.
As far as irons are concerned, I have never strayed too far from players irons, but the G25s have me questioning my original outlook on the G series. They manage to make me feel like I’m not playing game-improvement irons, and the forgiveness make me question why I don’t. No, this isn’t the club for hitting 60-yard hooks out of the pine straw at Augusta, but if you are looking for consistent performance, competitive distance and feel that can rival most forged irons, look no further than the G25. PING has made a standup edition to their G series, and one that might shape the way game-improvement clubs are built going forward.