Ping i200 Irons
When you just think that Ping is the company that started with a putter as a garage experiment to soon expand into iron production, it is more than impressive to see the company 50 years later on the top of the golf industry, dominating the golf market. Even though the success with the Eye irons hasn’t been surpassed, the releases that the company has produced within the last decade have been one of the most playable and technologically advanced.
The Ping i200 irons were released about a few years ago as a successor of the i model. When they hit the market, it was clear that the company was very serious about overlapping the limit between blades and the cavity back irons. And this is mostly seen in their workability and exceptional playability which makes them suitable for a wide range of golfers’ handicaps, including 10-handicap. They have actually proven opposite the common understanding that forgiveness and workability don’t go together, and managed to attract as many golfers as possible.
So, what Ping’s designers did, was to add more elastomer behind the face which is a proven vibration damper, so with every shot golfers get a blade-like feel which is mostly delivered from forged irons, despite the fact that the i200 features a cavity back design. This made them very forgiving and attractive for better players too, defying one more notion that better players never opt for forgiveness.
It is interesting to note that their design follows the modern trend of a thinner face and a higher leading edge with more bounce and better turf interaction, which simply said, in other words, means that they release more energy at impact that leads to more distance and higher trajectory.
When it comes to their design they stand out too, as they look a bit boxy, however, this can’t be considered a bad thing as this is what makes them recognizable and stylish too. The hydropearl finish makes them look great in the bag of a mid to low handicapper and combined with the reasonable performance they feature, it is no wonder why Ping i200 irons have been among the best ten irons in the last few years year.
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Mid to low handicap irons that deliver a perfect blend of distance, forgiveness, feel and playability
Made from 431 stainless steel for an exceptionally soft and lightweight feel
Variable face thickness with thicker topline and thinner edge
30% thinner face delivers more ball speed and yardages
Larger MOI for more forgiveness
Ascending Weight (AWT) steel shafts
Not adequate for high handicappers
The clubhead is made from a cast 431 stainless steel with a semi-muscle T-bar positioned on the back of the clubhead which places more weight, just enough for the main impact points. If you are a follower of Ping, then this design greatly reminds of the Ping S55 irons, just in a larger version.
The cavity features score lines and it gives the i200 more serious and cleaner looks. The reasoning behind this is the attempt of the company to keep up with the other better player modes such as the Glide wedge or the iBlade. Overall, the longer head design with the thicker top line and more offset functions as a hybrid iron for better players.
When it comes to shorter irons, then their face design isn’t as thin as the long ones, as they are expected to deliver shorter ball flights with much more precision. The precision milling delivers a good grip while the hydro pearl finish besides being classy, it functions as moist and flyer repellent.
Cavity Back Design
Sound and Feel
The fact that these irons feature one of the best gapping, and especially that the gapping in the long irons is weakened, contribute towards reaching more distance. The usual gap is 3 degrees between the lofts, however, as we mentioned above, the gapping in the Ping i200 is 3.5 degrees allowing golfers to produce much higher trajectories which will effectuate into longer trajectories and more yardages.
This means that when it comes to premium iron models, it is usually the stock shaft model what the company thought would produce the most optimal performance. In this case, the irons come with the Ping AWT 2.0 steel shafts as a standard offer. The AW or Ascending Weight means that the shafts progressively increase their weight as you move towards the shorter irons, while they are much lighter in the long irons. This selection has been made so that the shaft enhances the performance of the irons, lighter shafts for more distance, heavier shafts for more feel and control.
Made from 431 stainless steel, they provide extra soft and light feel. The variable face thickness with a thicker topline and thinner edge position the center of gravity lower for higher launches and more speed. The progressive clubhead design of the clubhead which becomes less and less thin as you go through the set from long irons to the wedges allows golfers to achieve more speed with the long irons and control and feedback with the short ones. The Ascending Weight (AWT) steel shaft feature progressive weight design as they become heavier with the shorter clubs and lighter with the longer ones. All in all, it is a nice iron set designed for better players.
- Mid to low handicap irons that deliver a perfect blend of distance, forgiveness, feel and playability
- Made from 431 stainless steel for an exceptionally soft and lightweight feel
- Variable face thickness with thicker topline and thinner edge
- 30% thinner face delivers more ball speed and yardages at long irons
- Larger MOI for more forgiveness
- Ascending Weight (AWT) steel shafts that become heavier as the clubs become shorter