The PING company has announced that major advancements in the new i200 irons make the face and cavity structure more dynamic to achieve faster ball speeds, a soft powerful feel and unprecedented forgiveness for an iron of its size.
“The i200 irons are engineered for golfers who want an iron with a clean look that delivers
exceptional feel, distance and forgiveness while providing the trajectory control they need to play with precision,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “Bringing all these benefits into one iron required our team to re-think how the face and cavity structure can work together to improve overall performance. The feel is amazing and the gains in forgiveness are significant for an iron this size. It’s a shot-maker’s iron by design, but it will fit a lot of golfers because it’s so easy to play. This iron will exceed their expectations in every way, especially the feel.”
PING engineers created a head design that provides precision distances with horizontal and vertical trajectory control while substantially increasing forgiveness. A muscle-stabilizing bar and deeper, longer tuning port harmonize with a thinner, faster face to create a powerful feel and sound. This results from the soft elastomer insert activating at impact to enhance face flexing for faster ball speeds while dampening vibrations. The insert nearly doubled in volume, allowing for more than three times the amount of face contact. It is nearly concealed to create a clean cavity design, which is precision milled.
The soft, 431 stainless steel head has a hydropearl chrome finish that repels moisture for more control and helps minimize fliers from wet conditions and lies in the rough. The thin face which is 30% thinner the i iron and tuning port structure produce weight savings that are re-distributed to the toe and hosel regions to greatly increase the moment-of-inertia in both the heel-toe and high-low orientations. Long irons launch high with increased distance and forgiveness, Precise short irons give golfers full command of their shot making.
Tour-inspired aesthetics, including a smooth hosel-to-face transition, minimal offset and a sharper face radius, result in a slim appealing shape and clean look. The i200 iron soles are designed with added bounce and a more contoured lead edge to create a profile that glides smoothly through the turf without digging or bouncing.
A variety of high-performance custom-shaft options are available in the i200 irons to fit a player’s ball flight and preferences. The stock shaft is the proprietary PING AWT 2.0, which employs a steeper weight progression paired with a variable step pattern to provide a unique balance of high trajectory, increased ball speed, and stable feel in the long irons, yet controlled trajectory and smooth feel in the short irons. The KBS Tour, Dynamic Gold, N.S. Pro Modus3 105, XP95, and Project X are also available at no upcharge. U.S. MSRP $135 per club w/steel shaft; $150 per club w/graphite shaft. Visit PING.com for more information.