Ping i210 Irons
Ever since introducing the Eye irons about forty years ago, Ping has been considered a serious competitor among golf club manufacturers. The company has been considered one of the top tiers in the golf industry, and their contribution is absolutely huge. With the rise of the technologies, it has become a common feature for golf companies to have at least one release on the market on an annual basis. And this is what Ping has been doing, following the common trend. This is the reason why they released the Ping i210 irons last year.
Ping i210 irons, as you might guess is a direct successor of the previous i200 model, which has been one of the most popular irons when it was launched on the market. However, the Ping i210 is not a revolutionary model on its own, as the name itself implies, but rather it is a continuation and improvement of its predecessor. Shortly said, they feature everything that was considered good in i200 but in a much better and more advanced form.
Since the i200 featured a cavity back design, the Ping i210 copies its older brother in this matter but with some modifications in the sole design. It has more refinement in the overall design, the clubhead is bigger and there’s more elastomer. This makes the i210 more suitable model for mid handicappers as it delivers more forgiveness and playability compared to the i200 which was intended for better players.
And, even though many experts recommend them to mid handicappers, Lee Westwood and Tyrrel Hatton appreciate their good looks and have them in their bags. So, if you are mid to low handicapper who is thinking of buying new irons of utmost quality and superior performance and contemplating over i200 or i210, this review will help you understand all the features that the Ping i210 has, and closely look at the differences between the two model, which despite being similar, they do feature some very distinguishing differences.
Made from 431 stainless steel which is extra soft and lightweight
Distance-enhancing design for more feel and control
Appropriate for mid to low handicappers
30% more custom tuning port for exceptional feel and sound
Buttery soft feel and muted sound for extra feedback
CNC Milling with denser and sharper grooves
Exceptional spin and grip found in short irons
Progressive face thickness which is the thinnest in long irons
Multiple steel and graphite shaft varieties with a wide range of flexes
Some golfers think that the sound is too muted for proper feedback
The Ping i210 is made from 431 stainless steel, just like its predecessor, with added elastomer for more feel and better sound. The profile of the i210 has been tweaked and nudged for sharper edges radius, making it look much cleaner with straighter lines and very crisp looks. The shape of the long irons is much more forgiving, while the shorter ones resemble muscle back design. The head progression design and the variable face thickness make the blade length very compact with the thin top line and modest progressive offset that delivers a high-end look of the whole set. The leading edge is designed to improve the turf interaction while the HydroPearl Chrome 2.0 finish delivers premium looks but it also very useful in repelling water and fliers to deliver more consistency in wet conditions.
Cavity Back Design
What distinguishes the face of Ping i210 irons is the absence of the iron number on it, which was a feature of the i200 irons and which was, according to many golfers, a negative feature as it directly informed the opponent which iron number you were using. The CNC milling on the face in the i210 makes the grooves tighter and with a sharper radius for increased friction between the clubface and the ball. This totals in 15-30% more grooves on the ball, depending on the iron number, with an increase in the higher-lofted irons for delivering more spin and greater ball control. Actually, the geometry of the grooves of the pitching wedge and the gap wedge is different for enhanced spin and utmost playability.
Sound and Feel
Therefore, guided by the great success of the i200 and the exceptional response from the golfers that played with them and relied on the sound the irons delivered, the i210 comes with additional custom tuning port, aka the elastomer insert which is double the volume and which delivers the softest feel you can find in an iron. The solid sound clearly communicates the precision of your shots and it is music to ears when you are able to hit center shots.
The gapping itself also contributes towards achieving more distance, especially due to the fact that long irons have weaker lofts, as these are designed to get the ball as far as possible.
The Ping i210 comes in a wide range of shafts in steel and graphite, in a variety of shaft flexes. This versatility comes as an answer to many golfers’ needs, as those with faster swings, look for stiffer shafts so that they keep the ball lower and under control, while those with slower swing speed need more flexible shafts to achieve a higher ball trajectory. The i210 comes in multiple shaft offers and besides the standard Ping AWT 2.0, you can choose from True Temper Dynamic Gold, FST KBS Tour, Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 105, Project X LZ, Ping Alta CB and many other varieties of these brands. The aftersale upgrade is not additionally charged which is an excellent opportunity for the pickiest golfers.
- The clubhead is made from 431 stainless steel which is extra soft and lightweight
- Distance-enhancing design with superior playability, feel and control
- Suitable to meet the needs of mid to low handicappers
- 30% more custom tuning port for exceptional feel and sound
- Buttery soft feel and muted sound for extra feedback
- CNC Milling and denser and sharper grooves from 15 to 30% going from long to shorter irons
- Exceptional spin and grip found in short irons
- Progressive face thickness which is the thinnest in long irons
- Multiple steel and graphite shaft varieties with a wide range of flexes