Ping's new i20 irons raise the bar


According to Brad Schweigert, Ping’s director of engineering, the Phoenix-based equipment maker has created something special with its i20 irons line, which was released on Jan. 1 and offers multi-metal technology in a progressive set design.

The long irons are slightly larger and launch higher, he said, thanks to a vertical Custom Tuning Port that allowed Ping to position the center of gravity a bit further back in this model as opposed to its predecessor, the i15.

“But we worked to make sure that as we transitioned to the short irons, which have a thinner top line and a shorter toe-to-heel length, we kept shots at the right trajectory,” he said.

Schweigert said that a tungsten toe weighting system in the 17-4 stainless steel heads of the i20s enhances forgiveness throughout the set and makes it easier for players to shape and control shots, while stabilizing bars work with a slightly thicker clubface to bolster distance control and feel.

“The idea was to take weight where we didn’t need it in the clubhead and put it elsewhere, to elevate stability and control performance,” he said.

Each of the i20 irons comes with what Schweigert calls “foggy chrome” finish and ferrule for a cleaner, more high-performance look. While they will sit in the Ping line between the S56 and G20 models, they’re designed to appeal to golfers of all abilities.

The i20s are available from 3- to 9-iron and also in PW, UW, SW and LW. The stock steel shaft is the Ping CFS, in four flexes, and the one in graphite is the TFC 169i, also available in four flexes.