The stronger static lofts on GI and SGI irons are because they launch higher. OEMs lower the static loft to get the optimum launch angle. Forget about the loft number and iron numbers and try out sets to determine which one you like the best. Focus only on distance and launch angles. You will most like find a set that matches the other clubs in your set. Since you have Ping, start there.
I am looking at replacing my PING i20 irons (having "old school lofts") with something more forgiving.
Problem is that the Game Improvement irons I can find have stronger lofts, and that does not match my other clubs.
For example, I have already taken out my i20 4 iron and added a 7 wood.
If I were to buy a set with 3 degrees stronger loft, then the new 5 iron would be appr. the same length as the 7 wood (assuming stronger lofts give more yards).
And at the other end, the new PW would leave a gap to my 52 degree gap wedge.
So, I would actually need to buy UW, PW, 9i, 8i, 7i and 6i to match the other clubs in the bag!
So my question is, can I get forgiveness without stronger lofts?
Thanks for any input!