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post #1 of 16
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Disclaimer:  Ping fanboy post.

 

The new i25 irons and driver are up on the ping website today.  I currently game the i15 irons and was planning on upgrading to the i25s but after looking at the pics I'm not all that impressed.  They don't seem to offer any major improvements over the i20s which had really positive reviews and I think they dropped the ball aesthetically on the i25s which is such a surprise because the s55 is such a gorgeous golf club.  Maybe it's time for me to step up to the S series.  

 

I think the driver is butt ugly with that big racing stripe.  Ping is trying to pass it off as "new technology" to help with alignment but give me a break.  

 

Anybody planning on gaming these for the upcoming season?

post #2 of 16

I will check out the driver. I loved the Anser when I tested it out. I loved the feel of the i20 driver. Though the Taylormade Driver is a beast, and for a guy who needs low spin, it does that in spades. 

 

Basically it will come down to shaft options. Ping has redone their shaft selection, specifically get more heavier driver shafts as a stock option, so their is hope yet. 

post #3 of 16
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One thing about Ping that I think separates them from the other club manufacturers that generally goes unmentioned is the fact that the design their own stock shafts rather than using a third party company.  That being said, I played the g20 with their stock "tour" shaft that was 55g and it was way too whippy for me and caused a lot of problems.  I'd be interested to check out their 65 and 75 g shafts.  

post #4 of 16
Entropy i think the 25's look like a nice mix of the S55's and the i20's. I hope to upgrade my irons (currently playing the G15's) the i25's will definety be on my radar but I'm in love with the AP2'S. If give the 25's a try please let me know what you think.
post #5 of 16
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@Jakester23 Will do.  I'm in the same boat as you, thining of 714 AP2s and i25s.  Have you given any thought to the s55's?  I've hit them and they feel really nice when I'm swinging well but I don't know if my swing is consistent enough to spend the money on them.

post #6 of 16
Remove stripes and I might game it with the right shaft, nothing a little sandblasting won't fix a1_smile.gif
post #7 of 16
I think the S55's are the best looking clubs on the market right now. That being said I don't think I'm good enough to play them. Not yet anyway. Im probably going to try to get one more year out of my G15's then start seriously looking. If I improve this year I think I can reward myself with some irons. I think I can get my wife to go for it as well seeing as she's taking a vacation without me in a month or so.
post #8 of 16

Just order a set of the i25 irons after hitting them during a fitting session ( yellow, + 1/4", D1 swingweight). Sweet feeling and forgiving club. As stated above not much difference from the i20 but a big leap from my i10's. I really like the compact heads of the short irons and just they way they set behind the ball.

 

Also got to hit the new i25 driver, sets up nice and feels great but I like my g25 better. I did not think I would like the new strips but they are hardly noticeable, they stand out more in the pictures.

 

Ken

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Jakester23 View Post

I think the S55's are the best looking clubs on the market right now. That being said I don't think I'm good enough to play them. Not yet anyway. Im probably going to try to get one more year out of my G15's then start seriously looking. If I improve this year I think I can reward myself with some irons. I think I can get my wife to go for it as well seeing as she's taking a vacation without me in a month or so.

I am currently playing the i5 irons and am a 5 handicap. I wanted to move to a more compact iron with more workability and after trying the s55 I found the winner. After trying different shaft options, I ordered these irons with Dynamic Gold X100. Although s55 are very forgiving for an almost blade like head, I believe that the jump from the PING G series to the S series is too much of a jump. I would say that the i series fits anyone from single digit cap to 15 that likes a little more forgiveness, especially in the longer irons.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Smels365 View Post

I am currently playing the i5 irons and am a 5 handicap. I wanted to move to a more compact iron with more workability and after trying the s55 I found the winner. After trying different shaft options, I ordered these irons with Dynamic Gold X100. Although s55 are very forgiving for an almost blade like head, I believe that the jump from the PING G series to the S series is too much of a jump. I would say that the i series fits anyone from single digit cap to 15 that likes a little more forgiveness, especially in the longer irons.
Thanks for the reply. That's pretty much what I was thinking. Im probably only going to be getting 5- GW so the long irons won't be an issue.
post #11 of 16

I did a side-by-side with the i25 and G25 irons during Ping's preview week. Despite my HDCP, I was able to hit the i25 reasonably well. But, the G25 carried about a club longer.

 

Here's my post on i25 vs. G25: (ignore the PX header): http://thesandtrap.com/t/71776/project-x-5-5-or-s300#post_953902

post #12 of 16

I'm not a big Ping fan (don't hate them either, just..meh), but this thread was in desperate need of pics so...here ya go.

post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Entropy View Post
 

Disclaimer:  Ping fanboy post.

 

The new i25 irons and driver are up on the ping website today.  I currently game the i15 irons and was planning on upgrading to the i25s but after looking at the pics I'm not all that impressed.  They don't seem to offer any major improvements over the i20s which had really positive reviews and I think they dropped the ball aesthetically on the i25s which is such a surprise because the s55 is such a gorgeous golf club.  Maybe it's time for me to step up to the S series.  

 

I think the driver is butt ugly with that big racing stripe.  Ping is trying to pass it off as "new technology" to help with alignment but give me a break.  

 

Anybody planning on gaming these for the upcoming season?

A buddy of mine has the i25 irons.  He bought them immediately as they were available.  I was able to hit his a couple weeks ago.  Don't knock it til you try it!  I haven't played Ping irons in years, but these brought back fond memories. I wasn't able to compare them to i20's, but can say these irons hit the ball very pure, have nice trajectory and were long.  I play MP64's and was knocking the Pings way past my Mizuno's.  As for the looks, I didn't find them unappealing.  Just a quality, confidence inspiring look over the ball.  I would consider gaming these if I were in the market.

post #14 of 16

I tried out the i25 driver and 3 wood yesterday since I was looking into a new 3 wood. I didn't test out the driver as much as I did the 3 wood since it wasn't what I was shopping for, but the faces on both clubs were hot. I didn't mind the racing stripes on the crown. In fact, I do like them a lot and is a very good alignment tool compared to others. I saw they introduced and adjustable neck to raise the loft about half a degree each way, but since most newer clubs can adjust lofts more than 2 degrees, I don't really see the point of having that. Ping does have a good fitting system, so it's advisable to get proper fitting and the right club since the adjustability is fairly limited. 

 

When it came to buying one, the two clubs it came down to for me was the Titleist 913Fd and the Ping i25. Eventually, I went with the Titleist mostly because of consistency, but distance-wise, they were about equal - carrying 235-240. 

post #15 of 16
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The more I look at them, the more I like them.  I need to do a head by head comparison of the i25s vs my current i15s to see if there is any real improvement.  I just bought a house so I probably will have to wait til these bad boys go on sale before I pick one up.  I was able to hit the 14* 3 wood and I really liked it.  As others have stated, the stripes are not nearly as obnoxious as they look in all these glammed up pictures.  

post #16 of 16

From the reviews I have read of the i25's, it seems like it is not a big difference between the i20's and the i25's. I recently upgraded to the i20 irons and absolutely love them.  My only issue with the i20's is I am still figuring out how long they really are. I really need to go out late in the evening when the course is slow  and figure out the distances. For example my PW went from 120 yds to 145 yds. I upgraded from 1990's Tommy Armour 855's, so it was a big jump in tech and distance but wow what a difference. They are very forgiving for me and I can shape shots much better than my old clubs.

 

 

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