PING S55 irons: Sneak Peak
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Moving this here Jakester, since I don't really want to talk about it on my swing thread. I am trying to keep that more about what I am working on with my swing.
If these will be under $1000 for a full set that is a pretty decent price. I thought they would be more. Even still the i20's to me look just about as sexy and are now under $100 per club.
This is probably a dumb question but how did youknow what after market shafts to get? I've been trying to look at the differences in shafts for my driver and I can't seem to get any real good ideas on which direction to go. If the S55's are near $1000 I'd like to get fitted for a set and I'd like to know my opinions for the shafts
I just knew which ones I liked. Ideally you want to get fit yes. You should be able to visit a ping club fitter and do that.. I think?
Did you read about different shaft options online or just hit clubs with all different shafts to find the ones you wanted? Id like the set I buy next to be the one I'm hitting for quite a while. I just want to make sure I know as much as I can before I go to get fitted.
Your 3 main shaft choices to look at will likely be Dynamic Gold _-300's, Project-X _._, and KBS Tour shafts. The _'s are where you would insert the stiffness of the shaft when the stiffness is in the name of it (ex: Dynamic Gold S-300, Project-X 6.5). For me the Dynamic Gold's were inconsistent in terms of both distance and accuracy, but I know there are guys who see the same thing with the other two shafts. I preferred the feel/performance of the KBS Tour shafts, which produced a slightly lower trajectory and felt better to me than the Project X shafts. However, the Project X had slightly smaller dispersion, so I'm tempted to look into possibly hardstepping the Project X shaft by one to lower the flight and see how that would work since I'm interested in these irons when they release.
Just make sure that you at least try those big three (Dynamic Gold, Project X, and KBS Tour or C-Taper) and compare your dispersion with each. You can look at more exotic options if you'd like, but they might cost you extra or require an installation fee from the location you are buying them at. I'm not sure exactly how that ends up working out.
I have to say that Ping has some of the highest quality of stock shafts in all of the clubs I've tested. I still prefer the aftermarket shafts over the stock ones, but I wouldn't shy away from starting out with a Ping shaft and then waiting to be sure you like the irons before dropping another $200 into them. I know this from my testing of the S56 irons versus some other irons I've been looking at (even the s56, AP2, and MP59's were feeling just as forgiving, yet more accurate than my "well loved" Eye 2's).
As an interesting side note, Ping's s56 irons tested out to go much further for me than the other irons. My dispersion remained about the same, as well as the lofts being in the same ballpark, but I got longer numbers than I'm used to from them. I'll be interested to see how much of a difference the strengthened lofts makes (To be fair, I tested a slightly broken AP2 that had a loose-ish head and Mizuno DID have weaker lofts by 1-2*). I also want to know how the s55 feels since they're saying it's better with the "flexible" weight instead of it being rigid. Would definitely consider purchasing these if it makes a noticeable difference while still retaining what I liked about the s56.
Dynamic Gold 300 series: Sorted by weight, meaning every shaft will be almost exactly the same weight. However, this also means that the stiffness COULD (not that it always will, remember that) vary between shafts by a small amount. I believe their regular shaft is supposed to be around a 5 or so.
Project X: These shafts are sorted by stiffness. The stiffness is listed in the name of the type of shaft. The weight from shaft to shaft will LIKELY (again not always, but actually pretty probable) vary since it isn't sorted by weight. Regular is 5.0, and they go in .5 increments from there (5.5 = Stif Regular, and so on)
KBS: These shafts are sorted by stiffness, but are slightly stiffer than Project X. The same weight variance will apply. A regular is a 5.2, stiff a 6.2 and so on (hence the reason a hard stepped Project X would give me similar ballflight as the KBS). Two kinds of shafts here, the Tour version and the C-Taper. The Tour is their standard shaft, whereas the C-Taper is a bit interesting. It's designed to have much lower ballflight and spin, which comes in handy if you want to have the effects of a stiffer shaft without actually stepping up in stiffness. It basically acts like a stepping stone between the flexes of the Tour shafts, while maintaining the same flexes. A regular flex C-Taper behaves similarly to how a "stiff-regular" of the Tour shaft would (they don't actually make stiff regulars I don't think).
If you're launching it too high, then you could look into a higher kick point shaft such as the C-Taper or get something hard stepped/half a flex stronger.
If it balloons in the air, then you also would want to get a lower spinning shaft, which would increase distance in that case.