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ULTIMATE REVIEW! – PING G20 Irons

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If you’re in the market for your first set of new irons, or perhaps are looking for a set that will help move your handicap down from the 20s and into the teens, then the PING G20 is absolutely one MyGolfSpy thinks you need to be looking at.

PING G20 Irons

(Written By: GolfSpy T) Maybe I’m overstepping here, but when you’re talking about Game Improvement, short of two beers at the turn, PING is probably the first thing that should come to mind. The company basically pioneered not only custom fitting, but the idea that the average weekend hacker could be custom fit too. And while PING has, and continues to design and engineer golf clubs with the better player in mind (S-series, and Anser Forged), it is in the game-improvement, and super game-improvement space where PING has made the biggest impact.

With each and every season PING continues to evolve its lineup, and while there’s hardly a product revolution from one year to the next, evolutionary improvement is all but a given. The G20′s are the evolution of the extremely popular G15. While the G20′s aren’t the most forgiving club in the current PING lineup (that distinction belongs to the K15), they could comfortably take on any other manufacturers super game-improvement irons and more than hold there own.

While good accuracy is all but a given with PING irons, we were plenty excited to put the entire set through our updated review process and see how successful our 6 testers would be hitting long, middle, and short irons to a target. That information and data can all be found below, but first, there’s some things PING might want you to know.

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The Marketing Angle

Look…you know the drill. When it comes to the G-series, whether it’s the G2′s, or the new G20′s, it’s all about forgiveness, control, and well…GAME IMPROVEMENT. The fundamentals remain largely unchanged. The perimeter-weighted heads are over-sized, toplines thick, soles wide, no…very wide, and there is plenty of offset. The face is thin (increased ball speed, and is backed by a CTP (custom tuning port) to enhance feel.  Again…it’s textbook stuff for just about any GI iron, until we start talking about the shaft.

Rather than go with one of the more common 3rd party shafts often found in game-improvement irons (Nippon 1050, DynamicGold XP, etc.) PING decided to engineer their own iron shaft for the G20 series. PING wanted complete control over the performance of their new irons, and so the CFS (Control, Feel, Stability) shaft was born.

Unlike their proprietary Z-Z65 on which the CFS is based, the CFS is available in multiple flexes. It plays a bit softer than the Z-Z65 (although we’re confident in saying it plays true to flex), and offers more feel.

Over the last couple of years of testing, we’ve developed a good idea of what shafts fit which of our testers well. Being entirely new to the CFS I did have some concerns that it wouldn’t prove to be much more than a watered down version of some of the lighter weight shafts we’ve tested with. In some cases those lighter shafts have caused ballooning issues for our higher swing speed testers. We didn’t notice any of that with the CFS shafts, although when the ideal fit for our testers was between flexes, we elected to use the stiffer (and heavier) shaft.

How We Tested

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Radius-Based Scoring

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Material Composition: 17-4 Stainless Steel (Cast)

For testing purposes our sets consisted of 4-UW (gap wedge) with stock PING CFS shafts (R,S,X). The stock grip is PING’s own ID8, which  if I’m being perfectly honest, I’m not a huge fan of.

PERFORMANCE SCORING

Short Iron Performance

With short irons in hand, our testers missed the target by an average of just outside 23 feet. When the least accurate tester is removed from the equation, the remaining testers were slightly less than 3 feet closer to the pin on average.

Looking at distance and accuracy independently for a moment we find some fairly compelling results. With regard to distance alone, half of our testers averaged within 1 yard of the target distance. This suggest that either our testers DID NOT mis-hit the G20′s very often, or that the clubs do an excellent job of mitigating distance loss on balls that are less than perfectly struck.

Where left to right is concerned, only a single tester missed by an average of more than 20 feet. As a group, or testers missed the target line by less than 14 feet on average. 

Short Iron Performance Score: 90.12

Middle Iron Performance

Our short iron tests showed that our testers missed the target by an average of 34.69 feet. When we remove our least accurate tester from the equation, we find an adjusted average miss of 31.09 feet. Interestingly, the tester who missed by the largest margin with a middle iron, is not the same tester who missed by the largest margin with a short iron.

Not surprisingly, distance control proved to be more of an issue at middle iron distance. While our lowest handicap golfer still managed to relatively close to pin high (an average of 3.3 feet short of the target distance), the others didn’t perform quite as well, with some testers posting averages of 15 feet short of the target distance.

As a group, with the middle irons, our testers missed the center line by an average of 21.6 feet. When the poorest performer is removed from the equation, our most accurate testers missed the center line by 17.88 feet; an increase of almost 4 feet when compared to the PING G20 short irons. 

Middle Iron Performance Score: 88.50

Long Iron Performance

As we get a few more of these new iron reviews under our belt, our expectation is that long iron performance will likely prove to be the biggest differentiation between the clubs we test.

Armed with 4 irons, our testers missed the target by an average of 50.5 feet. When we remove our least accurate performer (65.11 feet), the group average improves to 47.57 feet. Not the least bit surprising is that once again, our lowest handicap golfer posted the best numbers; missing by an average of 34.78 feet. Excluding our least accurate tester, the remaining testers averaged between 48 and 54 feet from the target. While that’s a long way from birdie distance, par is a reasonable expectation.

Worth noting is that while most of our testers, from a scoring perspective, were very consistent (within 3 percentage points) as they moved from short, to middle, to long irons, one of our two lowest handicap golfers struggled a bit with the long irons, leading to a 5 point decline in his score when compared to middle irons. Conversely, one of our highest handicap golfers, actually improved from the middle iron to the long iron.  It’s not unusual for high handicap golfers to simply go cold, and that may have been what happened.

Long Iron Performance Score: 85.61

Overall Performance

Nearly every tester experienced at least one near perfect contact swing that resulted in the ball sailing 10-15 yards farther than most of the balls they hit. While these shots were often among the least accurate (and were dropped from the scoring), almost without fail, the subsequent shot would fall well short of the target as our testers tended to back off their next swing a bit. Having an extra-hot spot on the face isn’t a bad thing, but it does cause some occasional distance control problems.

The overall performance suggests that the PING G20′s offer an interesting option in the Game Improvement space. Quite honestly, the numbers could have actually been better, but there’s a small detail we discovered in testing that doesn’t translate well in the numbers. While PING would no doubt tell you that the PING G20′s feature a large sweet spot, and offer consistent distance across the face, what we discovered is a large sweet spot that surrounds a very hot, “sweeter spot”.

MGS OVERALL PERFORMANCE SCORE: 88.11

The Interactive Data

The charts below show the individual and group averages (black dotted line) for each shot our golfers took during our test of the the PING G20 Irons. You can click on each of 3 tabs (PING G20 – Short Irons, PING G20 – Mid Irons, PING G20 – Long Irons) you can see where each shot came to rest on our virtual driving range, and the raw data (averages) for each of our testers. Hovering over any point will give you all the details of that particular shot. You can use the filters on the right-hand side to show and hide individual golfer based on handicap and proximity to the pin.

SUBJECTIVE SCORING

Looks

When it comes to PING and the aesthetics of golf club design, where their game improvements are concerned anyway, cosmetics definitely do take a back seat to engineering. The bottom line is the G20 heads are big and bulky. The soles are wide (testers called them shovels), and the topline’s are thick. For many, PING’s GI designs are black and white; either you really like them, or you really don’t.

While only a single tester told us he absolutely loves the looks, the remaining testers told us they thought they didn’t look too bad for a game-improvement club. It’s all relative I suppose, and for my money, the G20′s are actually a step up from previous G-series designs.

MGS Looks Score: 80.63

Sound & Feel

You may recall from our previous review of PING’s K15 irons that our testers found them lacking in feel. That’s not to say that they felt bad, but rather that feel was incredibly consistent. Perfectly struck balls felt almost identical to poorly struck balls. For some that’s brilliant. Others view the lack of feedback as a huge negative.

With the G20′s (comparatively speaking) there’s a bit more differentiation between the good and bad (and you really, really know it when you catch one on the “sweeter spot”. That said, nobody is going to confuse the Ping G20′s with a player’s cavity back, or blade, but that’s sort of the point. For guys looking for Game-Improvement irons, feel and feedback don’t even register when compared to things like performance and consistency. So while we can’t say the G20′s offer outstanding feel, we think they’re just fine for what they are.

MGS Feel Score: 83.31

Perceived Forgiveness

You might assume that our testers would find the Ping G20 to be an exceptionally forgiving club, after all, that’s what it’s designed to be. While about half of those surveyed felt they were just that (rating them a 9), others were less enthused (ratings of 7 and 8).  My take is that the Ping G20 irons don’t offer the same degree of absolute forgiveness as the K15′s. The thing is, while the G20′s don’t look like anything a low-mid handicap golfer would want any part of, the trade-off is they offer a bit more feedback, and certainly a hint of workability, while still minimizing the damage done by less than ideal contact.

Tester Perceived Forgiveness Score: 88.69


Likelihood of Purchase

There are clubs that register profoundly with our testers, and some that outright miss. When it comes to purchasing, the PING G20′s fall somewhere in the middle. While our senior tester (who currently plays PING G5s), absolutely loves the PING G20, most are less fond of them. Realistically this will always be an issue with the majority of game-improvement clubs we test as they simply don’t have the same type of appeal as clubs targeted at middle and lower handicap golfers.

Still, as game-improvement irons go, the PING G20 is one I happen to like a lot, and while I probably won’t drop them in my bag, there are certainly days I think that I’d be wise to do just that.

Tester Likelihood of Purchase: 77.94

We’ve had a few PING clubs in for review, and quite honestly, not a single one has been a runaway hit on our subjective surveys. Still, the Ping G20 irons fared a bit better than some, and I suspect that when we start looking at PING clubs designed for middle to low handicap golfers, these numbers will come up considerably.

TOTAL SUBJECTIVE SCORE: 81.97

CONCLUSION

With this review being the first since we revised our iron scoring system it’s difficult to say exactly how the PING G20 iron review will stacks up. We have two other Game Improvement sets currently in testing and I suspect the G20′s will more than hold their own against the competition.

While they’re not an iron that’s going to appeal to everyone, the PING G20 is very adept at what it’s designed to do; it goes straight (mostly), distance loss on mis-hits is less than severe, and it’s extremely easy to get the ball in the air with the long irons (we observed very few misses where our testers failed to put some air under the ball).

If you’re in the market for your first set of new irons, or perhaps are looking for a set that will help move your handicap down from the 20s and into the teens, then the PING G20 is absolutely one MyGolfSpy thinks you need to be looking at.

MGS TOTAL SCORE: 87.49


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87.49

{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Ed Linder November 17, 2011 at 8:40 am

Great review!!!

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MICHAEL November 17, 2011 at 9:06 am

This is a great iron for somebody looking to improve forgiveness and distance.I am a Ping loyalist cause I like the fact that they’re made in the US and they have been pioneers in the game from the beginning..When I hear the Ping name I think of fitting,putters, & eye 2′s!!!

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stevenhw8 November 18, 2011 at 12:53 am

Suuure… made in the US!

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Johnny Putter January 13, 2013 at 5:26 pm

they are made in china…really

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jerry August 12, 2013 at 11:31 am

Bought a sand wedge and gap wedge G20 and love em………..one made Viet Nam,
other made China, assembled in USA.

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Dave November 17, 2011 at 9:18 am

I’m a Ping loyalist that has used their clubs my entire golfing career. Obviously, I don’t care how they look because their irons have always been ugly ducklings. I play them for their forgiveness on miss-hits and the ease of getting the ball airborne from almost any lie. (Also for the lifetime guarantee and Ping’s incomparable customer service.) Once I was fitted for blades and was amazed by how much I could shape shots, hitting fades and draws on command. However, miss just a little and there was a significant loss of distance and accuracy. In the end, I just felt the forgiveness of Pings was better for my game. I play G-15’s and am a 9 HC. I’d say the strengths of my game are straight hitting and being able to recover from my mistakes. In other words, exactly what these clubs do best.

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Tommy November 17, 2011 at 9:23 am

I hate to burst your bubble but unfortunately Ping really doesn’t make anything in the US anymore.

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Lee November 18, 2011 at 2:27 am

Yep made in China!

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Kevin November 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Heads are mostly made in China with a small fraction in the US. Shafts and grips are Asian as well. All clubs sold in the US are assembled in the US.

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Teddy December 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm

With all do respect, but you are all wrong. PING makes it’s clubs in the United States. Their factory is in Phoenix; just a short drive from my apartment. If you don’t believe me, head to the valley of the sun this winter for some great golf; while you are there, stop in for one of the free public tours of the PING factory.

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Kris February 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

Ping assembles clubs at the factory in Phoenix. Their heads have been made in China for a couple years. Pick up a ping club and read the sticker. It will say assembled in the USA, head manufactured in China. Unfortunately, there are not many, if any, manufacturers that still produce club here.

Roky March 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I wouldn’t worry about where it’s made in this global market.. i would worry about selling more products in other country that is made in US not only in US. so if you like it buy it. !!

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Brian Cass November 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I’m sure they perform darn well but that’s the Janet Reno of irons.
Looks like a garden tool at address. 15-20 handicaps will likely love the hell out of them.

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Tim S November 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm

“…Janet Reno of irons.”
Absolutely classic!

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Richard P. Jacobs II November 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I would say that I’m not a Ping loyalist, having hit their clubs though I’ve never owned them..I have played Mizuno for the better part of 26 years(though I played the Adams Pro Golds in the ’09 & ’10 seasons) & currently have a combo set of MP-63s(3i-6i) & 68s(7i-PW)..That being said, I tried the G-15s & G-20s during a demo day & could not get past the size & off-set of the irons..For me at adress, the less iron & less offset the better so the look most definitely matters to me..Obviously, and no disrespect intended, comparing the G-20 to the MP-63 is like comparing the handling of an SUV to a sports car, though for certain driving conditions & certain drivers(myself included), an SUV is an invaluable vehicle, while the optimum conditions for a sports car are rather limited, though no less exhilarating when the right driver hits the right road…Anyway, the rep gave me a S56 7i & I took a few swings the hit some balls..Great iron!!!..While the feel is obviously different from the Mizuno forged( or most forged irons for that matter), the ball felt great coming off the face & I loved how the club looks @ adress, unlike the G series…Great look & the best feeling cast iron I’ve hit…I know this is about the G-20 series, yet if you like a lower profile “players” iron, you should hit the S56 or whatever the next generation is..The fact that that there are Ping staffers who play the G15s says alot for the iron & also that whoemever hits a Ping driver on tour plays either the I15 or the G15/G20 speaks volumes….Bottom line, although Ping is not my cup of tea, they are a first class company run by first class people making first class clubs…Fairways & greens 4ever….

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Lee November 18, 2011 at 2:39 am

Can’t disagree with Richard, Ping is a class company making quality products. I agree the look is subjective proven again by Richards observation that Pro’s are playing G15/20 irons as well as the drivers. Personally at 52 years of age I was struggling with my beloved MP’s earlier this year and switched to G15′s – result handicap dropped from 6 to 4 on the season. I think sometimes you have to get real and Ping give you the tools to do this.

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Darren November 20, 2011 at 12:52 am

When it comes to talking about the Ping G series irons (and other game improvement irons) I think it is wrong to talk about handicap ranges for who they may appeal to. I think you should talk more about how they would benefit a persons game and this is independant of handicap. I play off around 7 handicap but my ball striking and GIR was an area that I wanted to improve to give myself more birdie chances and to not have to always rely on my short game. When i purchased my G15′s (my first ever Pings) about 6 months ago it was with this in mind. I keep stats and in that time I am averaging 1 more GIR per round even though this has included a time of getting the feel for the new clubs. My message is forget about the looks, naming, target group, what others say, etc, just get clubs that will help you in areas of your game that need help.

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MrPete November 20, 2011 at 4:56 am

Are these better than the Rapture V2′s? If its anything like the G20 driver, I suspect that these are a step up from the G15′s but not really better than the V2′s.

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Steve November 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

G10 owner here – lifetime PING loyalist in irons only. My Dad played Karsten I’s and I started with Eye 2′s, then G2′s then my current G10s. They are not pretty, but I have never hit/owned a better performing iron, than PING. The company’s customer service is beyond compare. the G20′s actually look good on the cavity and look like typical PING on the sole, face, topline, etc.

I don’t really care if they are casting the heads in China, so is everybody else. As long as PING holds those foundries accountable to the design specs, we’ll continue to get the same quality we always have.

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TonyG November 22, 2011 at 9:28 am

Have been a Ping (Iron) Loyalist for some time. I wandered once or twice but always came back. To me, Ping Irons are the Mike Tyson of golf; not pretty, not a lot of hype, no hosel (Tyson never wore socks), gets the job done quickly and effectively.

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bart January 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Hi Guys,

When I went into my local golf shop to buy a set of irons I expected to walk out with anything but a set from Ping. I just didn’t like the way they looked on the rack. I had read just about every review on irons from every site trying to find that nugget or two that applied to me, but they all sounded great. So I started my real world search by taking demo irons from Callaway Razr X and XF, and Titleist AP1 712, and the Burner 2 & R11′s from TM to the driving range. It took a while to adjust to each club but I can’t say that one stood out above the other. I went back to the store and returned the TM’s because there was just nothing that made them stand out from the rest. They weren’t bad, they weren’t great, they were just ehhh. I wanted to fall in love with my purchase. I knew my wife would have a cow if I spent $1300 so I knew I the XF was a dream, but I kept hoping I could some how justify the price. So it looked like it was down to the Razr X and AP1. While I was in the store I decided on a whim to take the G20 this time.
Back to the range: I started with the other irons first not wanting to waste swings on something I did not expect to like. In hitting the other clubs I still could not decide because nothing stood out. Then I swung the G20 and I was shocked! Straight down the middle, beautiful height. Huh. I hit another, and another, and another. Same thing each time. I figured I was just warmed up now and so I tried the other clubs again. With all the other clubs I was much more inconsistent and the trajectory was much lower. Sometime I crushed it and it would go much farther but I could never be quite sure what was going to happen. WIth the G20 VERY consistent. Now it was time to play some golf. I took all 3 clubs on the golf course but there was only one that I ended up swinging. The first opportunity to hit the 7 iron I pulled out the G20 and boom. Same result as at the driving range. a couple of holes later another opportunity and I all I wanted to reach for was the G20. Par 3… G20.
Needless to say I bought the G20′s and I got them the week after Christmas. I have played 3 rounds with them and I can’t wait to play again (Go global warming!) In the end the consistent distance and flight has made me a true believer in PING irons. Now if you ask me how the PING irons look, I will tell you they are beautiful!

God Bless <

bart

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Pat June 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Love the review, Bart. Especialy the “wife” part. I hear ya bro.
Thanks for the help. Tommorow is decision day.
G20 are going from ugly duck to beautiful swan real fast.

Pat

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Adam Pinkard January 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Hey Guys

I am a former Junior golfer who has come back to the game at 31yo, I needed a set of basic clubs to get started again, I went to my local pro shop and was looking at some Wilson off the rack sets. I am 6’4″ and 350lbs, played Right Guard at TU, Div 1a school. So I am very strong and was told that I would destroy the Wilsons. I was fitted and the pro recommended the G20′s. After a few lessons and some time on the driving range, I have never hit straighter, further or with more confidence. I am set up in a white dot, extra stiff steel shaft. These clubs are well balanced, weighted and feel like an extension of my own body. I would recommend them to anyone who is bigger or stronger than the average player. The G20′s are very forgiving which is what I needed at the start, but also allow a lot of control on the tighter courses. Every one should at least had a hot with these clubs, they are not for everyone, but they are perfect for me.

Adam Pinkard

p.s. My brother who is a similar size has never hit a golf ball in his life, two sessions on the range using my G20′s and he is hitting them straight and long…….

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Con Raas February 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Currently I am a G10 Ping owner, have been buying Ping’s for 30 odd years.My first set was the Zing, very ugly but they worked for me at the time…have moved through the Ping stable because of improving technology and the ego trip.I have found the quality brand of Ping to be invaluable, particularly when selling or trading up.Over the years I have had 2 Hole in Ones, and I contribute these to being confident with the club choice and the consistant length of each club selection. I see a lot of my playing partners using a variety clubs, but I always feel confident with Ping across the iron range.Based on comments above, I will more than likely when I retire in the coming years end up with a Ping present to myself, either G15 or G20.
Ping, keep up the quality from a life time loyalist.

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david.howard April 24, 2012 at 6:00 am

g20 ,great clubs for me , and if lee westwood still plays g10s,

then thats good enough for me , nice reviews too boost my trust in the clubs

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Willy Thecat May 3, 2012 at 10:03 am

I bought a set of Callaway Razr X last year, custom fit. Having played with X14′s for a number of years, I was expecting newer technology to improve my game. Now, I’ve never had a problem with the unmentionables in my life. You guessed it, new clubs & I’ve got a pretty bad case of the Arthur Ranks, especially on the longer irons.
Confidence destroyed, & having read good things about the G20′s I call into my nearest Ping stockist, praying for a miracle.
A couple of baskets of balls later & I’m hooked. Straight, great flight, plenty long enough, drop & stop spin, I was in ecstasy. Salvation!
Traded in the Razr’s, (it was either that or ditch them in the nearest lake) custom fitted on the Pings………I’m converted.
Miracles do happen! Might try the lottery this week….just in case.

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ed July 27, 2012 at 7:27 am

Regarding your three Survey questions:
“Here” and “Hear” are different words with entirely different meanings. For a website not to know the difference is disturbing to me — bad English and poor editing.

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mygolfspy July 27, 2012 at 7:35 am

We have become known for bad grammar around here, kinda our thing. Cuts down on expenses.

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Big Al August 30, 2012 at 9:05 am

As a novice I hit 4 different irons today to choose the set I would like my wife to buy me for my 40th and found the G20s and Cobra AMP to be the pick (others were TM11 and Callaway Razr). In the end I went with the Pings and am really looking forward to using them.

As a beginner wishing I had taken golf up earlier I found these gave a good strike height and accuracy.

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Tony September 5, 2012 at 11:57 am

After reading Bart’s review I thought it might be good to share my experience. I am not a golfer … not like some people have been golfers all their lives. My sports were surfing, tennis, and martial arts … golf was this ridiculous “activity” consisting of people chasing these little white balls with sticks and riding around in these little carts. My wife played golf for most of her adult life, and one day I finally gave in “to just try it” and went to hit some balls at the range. It was ugly. In fact it’s a miracle nobody got killed. And I was instantly hooked.
That was four years ago and since that time I have been through three sets of irons and have worked my handicap down to around 20.
I have tried Mizunos, Taylor Mades, and Cobras. They were all good clubs that every now and then would co-operate to produce an excellent shot. But there never was the consistency that I was looking for. So once more at my wife’s “suggestion” I finally spent the money, had my swing analyzed, and got carefully fitted for some irons. We tried many brands of irons … some game improvement, some a little more for the advanced player. It was all more of the same until my fitter suggested I try the Pig G20. One thing immediately stood out … with the ultra light metal shaft I could feel where the club head was. This was huge … instilling a sense of confidence lacking in the other clubs. With the proper lie angle I hit one straight 7 iron after another off the mat, it almost became boring. Ho-hum … another perfect hit …
Fortunately there was some grass in front of the fitting booth so I asked that I try this club
out in “real grass” before committing to a purchase … the balls flew even better! And I have never, ever felt such a smooth club … those wide soles just glide along whatever the surface happens to be. They also keep the club head from “digging in” and torquing the club head which is one more reason they hit so straight for people like me who don’t have, and never will have, a perfect swing.
It’s interesting, and unexpected, that one club set would, for a player on my level, stand out so significantly from the rest. If this level of performance translates out to the course, and I see no reason why it won’t, it will make golf so much more enjoyable. Some people wouldn’t be caught dead with “game improvement” clubs in their bag … but I’m not proud. Help me get my ball on the green in regulation and you will have a friend for life.

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Tony September 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

hello moderator,

there’s a typo in my review … instead of Ping G20, I wrote Pig G 20 … you better fix that or there’s going to be a lot of remarks!

Thangz,

Tony

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Jose Hidalgo Manresa September 26, 2012 at 4:21 am

I recently purchased a Ping G20 irons game (5 to pw) graphite regular green dot and 0.75 inches more length. My hcp. is 9.8 I’ve been playing for two years with Diablo Forged (Big Iron). I have to admit that I am pleasantly surprised at the performance of these irons Ping, more strength and more distance, 8-iron 140 yards and good gameplay (I have 60). I had never played with Ping material, from now I hope to continue doing it for a long time. These irons are for all types of players. I particularly think are the best irons on the market for amateur players.

Regards, Jose Hidalgo (Spain)

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Paul in the UK September 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Great review and really confidence building comments (which you will see I will need, if you stay with this). This is like Dr. Phil for golf hacks. So anyway, I just bought a set of G20s at American Golf in London and there is no discount for actual Americans, maybe because we are only assembled in America. I haven’t played with Pings ever, except for farting around with a left-handed set that I bought for my wife at Goodwill. When someone says “Ping” I think about a child’s book about a Chinese duck (maybe those clever Chinese knew all along!). I have played with TMs for 15 yrs, also purchased at Goodwill, and have generally liked them. But what I went to American Golf for was a new driver and ended up with the G20 Ping driver because of the feel and consistency on the driving range they had (which looked like it was designed by a color-blind circus clown). Anyway, the ever-so-clever British clerk who fitted me for the driver, mentioned I might like the G20 irons and gave me a 7 iron to compare with my TM 7 iron whilst (they say that here with a straight face) I was in the computerized fitting range. Yep, night and day, you guessed it! 10 shots that all went over 140yds on the fly, with a spread of 11.4 feet. The “super sweet spot” mentioned way up above is real, unlike the mysterious G spot, allowing me to hit one 155yds on the fly and rolled out to 185…it felt a tiny bit different. SOLD AMERICAN!! The wife was mildly upset, but when I pointed out that, in 55yrs of golfing, I have never had new clubs or a corvette, she should be happy I settled for the Pings.

So hear (I did that purposely) is a review of a set of clubs that I have never played with, much like that mysterious G spot, and I am hoping I hit them consistently and long, to the amazement of my golfing partners and my wife. Thanks for the encouragement in your comments, maybe I will let you know how it goes if I can find this website again. Maybe my slice will disappear, but I figure it is an American thing because all the Brits drive on the left.

Right now the Yanks are up 8 to 4 in the Ryder Cup and I have something to look forward to…Thanks, Dr. Phil!! Golf is sometime a beautiful thing.

Paul

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murraywest October 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I’m an 11 handicap, and play twice a week. In April I bought a set of Ping i20′s. I was so excited to have the clubs I pined for. The first thing I noticed is that I started hitting a trap draw, with side spin. I hit some of the best shots of my life. More, and more I noticed that I was leaving the ball right side, and when I started to aim mid green, the trap draw would occur more often than not. Here I was… trapped as a 11 handicap without knowing what was going to happen on any given shot. One day I played with a 4 handicap who had a set of G20′s. He was obviously better than me, and I asked him why he played the G20′s over the i20′s. He said the G20′s are more consistent and that he likes a vertical spin ball rather than a side spin ball. Well, he planted an evil seed in my mind, and every shot I mist hit, I could see where he was coming from. So, I save my cash, and hit it from my wife, and bought a set of G20′s for myself. So… the advice you about to hear is from a avid golfer who has BOTH sets of clubs.

The G20′s are tons easier to hit. The ball flights 20% higher. The longer irons are sooo much better that it’s weird. To be honest, the 9, W, U of the i20′s are better, but they are not much better than the G20′s. The 4,5,6,7,8 of the G20′s are light years better than the i20′s. I have the luxury of having the clubs of choice in my bag, but if I had to have only one set, I’d go with the G20′s – by far. The verticle spin of the G20′s makes the ball spin backwards, and the balls stop better on the green. In summation – Now I aim at the pin, and the ball mostly flies at the pin. I had 3 birdies the first round I played with them, all because I was nearer the pin.

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Z in Oakland October 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm

OK, here is my contribution…

12 years ago my lovely bride bought me a new, fitted set of Ping i3′s for my birthday. It was my first ever new set of clubs, formerly playing used clubs, some my dad even took a hacksaw to, so they weren’t so long. Anyways, hadn’t golfed much cause life got in the way till the i3′s were so gratiously given. Had a lot of fun with them and loved em till age started gettin in the way. The original orange dot wasn’t fitting my swing anymore, my stance had changed due to physical breakdowns we get as we age. i still worked em, being what I thought was respectable mid 80s hitter. Totally hooked again, I was playing twice a week and consistantly stayed in the mid 80s throwing in 2 79s and a 78 this last year.

Since 12 years had passed and I was improving I decided to treat myself to new irons. First stop was Golfsmith. Excellent store, great merchandise selection and club fitting. Chose the Razer, Mizuno, TM and Ping i20′s to test. As silly as it sounds, I chose these 4 because I really liked the look of them. The i20′s were a newer shiny silver finish compared to the usual Ping irons and I was truly hoping they would be the clubs. Could not hit TM or Razer for squat. Mizuno were ok but the i20s felt awesome. These would be the clubs. Talking with an employee, all seemed good. Would come back next week for the full fitting and get the clubs.

Gnawing feelings took me to the local golfshop in Montclair where I really trust the mgr. Told him my issue and we went and hit a bucket. After 3 balls, he stops me and tells me he knows it may seem crazy, but he wanted to change my swing. I was like, what?!?! I just shot a 78 and have been consistant for a year. He makes some changes, some not so minor and BAM, the ball is going 30 yards longer with my own old clubs. I took 3 weeks and 7 rounds to work on the new stance/swing and was improving with it but still having miss hits etc because well, it was a new fricking swing. A little more than agitated because I wanted new clubs, not a golf lesson, I grudgingly realized, it would improve my game in the long run. (As a kid, my dad had explained and I still agree, golf swings come in all styles. If you are constistant and can score well, you don’t have to copy Tiger or Jack)

Baaaack to the golfshop. I acknowledge I am working on the new stance but I really want the i20s. Fortunately I am not as bull headed as I was when younger. The mgr says he will sell me anything I want, but if I want to improve I need to be smart and watch the swing and be open minded about the brand of clubs. (This is a long story for all of you to realize the larger golf stores will sell you whatever you want or they can, but they may not have the knowledge or your best interests at heart)

Back to the local golfshop today. I am buying my longed for i20s at last, just a fitting to figure out my dot color. Start hitting the clubs but realize the mgr has been providing me with G20s not i20s. Several color changes trying to zero in my swing and finally I ask him where the i20s are. He gives me a few to hit but now it is like…ewwwwww. The G20s had been flying high and far and straight. The i20s I was now hitting were a good 10 yards shorter and didnt feel nearly as well as the first time I had tried them. I didn’t want the G20s cause they were the same old ugly gray metal.

Decision time, put on your big boy pants and realize, the look isn’t important, it is the golf dummy. I bought the G20s, I know my game will improve more and I don’t really care what the look is. Gotta be open minded and put your priorities in order…and keep dreaming of the perfect round.

FYI if you are interested:
Due to knee and back issues I found my swing had adapted out of comfort to a wide stance, bent over from the waist, not the hips. I also stood quite far from the ball and had my head down which was not allowing my shoulder to pass under my chin. The new stance is more upright, butt out, feet barely at shoulder width with the whole intent of aligning the spine straight with the head. It felt and still feels awkward, and is fatiguing still, but it allows the hips to get back into the swing with the shoulder rotation and has given me an additional 30 yards with the driver and consistant iron play with a little longer distance.

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john jacobs October 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm

hello
I have ben hitting balls with m new G20′s, 5,6,,7,8,and 9. I put in the Nippon 850 R but at 66, I felt that I needed a litle more flex. So I told Ping to “soft step” the clubs –4iron in to 5 head, 5 iron into 6 head, etc.
I’m short —-so I also play one quarter inch short and brown dot. I can see they are going to take some used to. Ihit them well except for some blistering shots to the right. Oherwise I like the additional one third flex that comes with soft stepping.
I did this Cause I just can’t stand the vague, odd, feeling of hitting an iron with a graphite shaft.
I had a set of G15″s before this(with graphite) and everytime I hit a ball, I had absolutely no idea where, on the face I hit it, and I had not idea whee it was going. also, It ballooned like crazy. I hated it.
No evidence of that with my brief encounter so far with the G’20′s, not even close. The soft sepping gave me the additional height that I needed without sending the ball into outer space. Remember hogan “It’s all about trajectory…….controlling the ball starts with trajectory.”
I caddied all day for him a long time ago. Complete control of the traj. all right!. It seems that I very rarely, as a caddie, had to look up just above the peak of my cap to see the ball for every club. No ball ever lost my eyesight simply by looking sraight out and up a litle-not a lot, just a litle – I think that’s why I like the nippons, they do that………they keep the ball just in your sight. Sorry I’m not saying this well, its just waching that ball always just in front and never too high ——— too high meant it could easily become prey to the whim of gusts etc. -he avoided all that. Now I get the meaning of . “Conrol is Trajectory.”

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TOM November 27, 2012 at 4:11 am

I am presently on my sixth set of Ping irons and wedges (G15)…have strayed twice but always came back to Ping, this time with graphite shafts. Not a, nor ever have been, a big fan of the Ping woods but after experimenting and buying three Ping (G15) hybrids to compliment my present irons, I was so impressed that I obtained a G20 driver and fairway wood – love ‘em.
I guess one could say that I am a Ping loyalist. Consistent quality is pretty hard to beat.

PS – my wife has switched over to a full set of Pings from another major brand and loves them.

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Dan February 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I stop playing golf for over 7 years.
Getting back in the game.
I like what I hear about the the new pings. Always played with Ping and loyal fan

Let me ask this, What would be the answer combared the G 20 to the K 15. Who is better

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TC March 29, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I would like feedback out there on the actual final assembly and qc of the ping G20 irons. Specifically, I am used to seeing a clean insert from the shaft into the hosel (no sight of adhesive). I got my first set of G20′s and was disappointed to see the adhesive, but also not uniformly cleaned up around all clubs. Was this a fluke? Returned back to the factory on ping’s dime; let’s see what gets returned. t

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MatyW August 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

I am a lifetime Ping loyalist. I started with Ping Eye’s back in high school then went to the i3′s many years later, I bought a set of G10′s. I played the 10′s for 3 seasons when my wife goes to the range with me one afternoon and hit a few with them and decided that she must have them. I took her to the golf shop to try to find a set of her own and she tells me that no, she liked the ones that I had with the Winn oversize grips on them. Well, this opened of the conversation to get a new set of G20′s. I played 2 rounds with the new irons so far and they are everything that I expect out of a Ping club. I would thank Ping for all the years of great golf and I expect many more to come.

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tom August 17, 2013 at 3:43 am

I am very disappointed to see the Made in China sticker on Ping irons….

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Ericb63 September 9, 2013 at 10:59 am

X competitive/ranked tennis player and tennis teaching pro…picked up golf at 45 after tearing rotator cuff. Am very serious about the game so have approached the game (practice/ lessons) and iron selection seriously and with fittings from pros I trust. I can and do play blades and love the feel of a well struck ball. Was originally fitted to S300 shafts 20 years ago and more recently, KBS tour R. Have been experiencing up and down lower back and hip issues and can share that no iron can help when your back and hip act up. These issues led me (on a good day) to test out the G25 7i head with 4 different ping shafts (CFS R, CFS S, AWT R and AWT S). The differences between the shafts/flexes resulted in significant differences in consistency, accuracy and distance. One of the shaft/flex combinations allowed me to best know where I was swinging and make better, more consistent contact. I was 20 yards longer and much more consistent with one of the 4 shafts. Surprisingly, this was one of the stiff shafts…note: the CFS stiff felt the stoutest: the AWT stiff felt close in flex to KBS tour R while CFS Reg and AWT Reg felt much looser. As an older golfer, I have lost some flexibility and my swing has become more compact with more wrist/lag to compensate…the soft stiff of the AWT held up to my swing while the lower flex point helped me to get the ball up…the lesson is, get fit…as a result of my fitting, I know I need +1/2″, a midsize grip, and about 1* up…KBS Tour R and AWT stiff are two shafts that work well for me…interestingly, the weight, flex points and frequency profiles of those two shafts are quite similar (KBS Tour R vs AWT Stiff). I play KBS R in both MP-60 and MB2s…the fitting expert who build 2 sets of MP-60s for me w/KBS shafts (Soft stepped 1x) was the same guy who set me up with the 4 versions of the G20 test…at his recommendation, I just picked up on ebay a set of G10′s w/ AWT Stiff + 1/2″ and Ping midsize grips, Yellow dot in mint condition for $200. Will be most interested to see how these play. BTW: have tried many of te new, “hot” irons on the course (like TM Rocketbladez) and must say that it is very disappointing to play target golf and hit the green and see the 3piece high spin ball just bounce away rather than stop like they do with mp-60 or MB2s…I must say the G25 felt very nice and yes, I could tell where the ball hit the face…but, I selected G10′s vs newer G series because of the square grooves which will be legal in any non-tour tournament until 2024…to me, accuracy and having the ball hold the green is waaaay more important than ultimate distance…I think this is a key playability component missing in the review process…but then, the new “longer” clubs wouldn’t be better for scoring, they would only be longer.

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Bob Ducker September 12, 2013 at 4:30 am

After a lot of research, for Christmas 2011 I bought my 11-year old son a set of G20 irons with graphite shafts (he’s tall for his age so they are full man-size). The local Ping ‘fitter’ recommended ‘red dot’, so that’s what he got. His handicap then was 14.8. Since then we added a G25 driver (10.5 degrees, regular shaft), and a Ping G20 5W and 7W, and Anser putter. He has other wedges and a Callaway Diablo 3W.
He’s now 13 years old and his handicap is 5.8. He loves the clubs, especially the driver (he regularly hits 240m drives and it has really boosted his confidence off the tee).
The problem is the irons. Over the 19 months we’ve had the clubs 3 of them have now fractured at the point the shaft joins the head (W, 5I, 7I). The symptoms are the same – the graphite cracks and splinters, then fractures. The Ping retailer has repaired them all for free, but it seems like a major fault to me. I contacted Ping directly this week (after the 5I fractured), and they say that he may be too strong for them, and that young, improving golfers may need a refit every 6 months! How can this be? He’s 13, weighs 50kg (100lbs), stands 5′ 9” tall. OK so he plays a lot of golf, but he doesn’t take big divots, and he loves his clubs so he doesn’t abuse them. The Ping retailer says they should be good for at least 10 years. How can it be ‘normal’ for shafts to fracture like this? I’m now wondering if we need to change clubs – but this really isn’t good (either the Ping answer, or the clubs fracturing).

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DR2Junior September 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm

That sounds like an issue with the quality of the graphite shafts or a compatibility issue between the club head and the shaft. Is it a Ping shaft and was your son fitted before choosing the graphite shaft? It appears that your son probably has a fairly high swing speed. It is interesting that his clubs weren’t fitted with steel shafts given his golfing ability. I would bet that the issue would not happen with steel shafts and your son may even pick up some performance improvements. Though he would need to get fitted to find the appropriate steel shaft.

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Rheinallt November 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I am a 28 handicapper and have been one for about 4 years. I get good days and rerally bad days. At the moment I’m using a cheap set of Dunlop tour irons. Would you suggest I invest in a set of G20 Pings?

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Bob Ducker November 20, 2013 at 10:02 am

After discussions with Ping (UK), his club pros, and the local Ping fitter, at the end of October we decided to move my son on to the new S55 irons – with Z-Z65 steel shafts. Given his size (1.8m), strength and handicap (6) the graphite shafts are not up to the job. But the move ‘up’ to S55 (beautiful clubs), steel shafts and ‘Green’ dot from ‘Red’, is a major move. As an exercise, the week after he got them I asked him to play his home course just with the new irons – no woods, (from the men’s yellow tees rather than the normal whites), and he shot +2, which is pretty good for a first time out.
The Ping G20′s are very good clubs. They helped my son get down from a handicap of 20+ to 6. Will they do the same for you? Probably not – he plays A LOT and has a great swing, but they are good. Since the G20′s have been around for a while you can pick them up pretty cheap too. Do make sure you get them fitted though. It’s important to make sure that they fit you, and it’s a standard Ping service – so why not use it?
For woods, my son uses G25 driver, 3W and 7W and they are VERY good.
Good luck on getting the handicap down.

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Tom Johnston April 19, 2014 at 12:50 am

I have been using Warrior mail-order clubs from California for the past three years. I have both the regular and graphite shaft style. These clubs have been offered to me to “test” as long as I just paid for shipping. Other than having the oversized Driver’s head break, these clubs have sufficed for my ability. I used to be as an 8 handicap, but had to quit playing for about 25 years because of family responsibilities. I am now semi-retired and have just purchased a set of G20 hybrids and irons. If I get as much satisfaction that others have enjoyed with the G20′s, I will be extremely elated. The rugged look of the G20′s takes me back to PIttsburgh where my father worked for Allegheny Ludlum Steel which made the steel for True Temper shafts and the steel that would match the color of the G20. I will let you know my results in a month.

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