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PING i200 Irons Review

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The outstanding attributes offered by these irons are what every golfer looks for; a perfect combination of forgiveness, distance, and great aesthetics. More so, if you are a classic weighted perimeter iron devotee, the i200 fits the bill perfectly.

Whilst the majority of PING’s Tour staff uses iblade irons, there are plenty of recreational golfers who love the look of that minimalist design, but who need more distance and forgiveness.

PING has released the i200 irons that blend the look and feel of better-player irons with enhanced perimeter weighting and a large, vibration-absorbing elastomer section positioned behind the face.

The clean look of the i200 is further enhanced by a beautiful Hydropearl chrome finish that PING claims will repel moisture, reduce friction and provide a smoother surface interaction. With Hydropearl’s benefits, the club can slide through the turf more easily and help players maintain speed through the hitting area.

The irons have a compact size, minimal offset, a thin topline and a classic look at address. However, the faces are 30 percent thinner than with the i iron, which means two things – more distance and more forgiveness. Because the extra weight is utilized on the perimeter, which results in a higher MOI. Despite their thin top lines and minimal offset, the i200’s are arguably the most forgiving players’ iron that PING has ever created.

Cast from soft 431 stainless steel, the i200 irons take the place of last season’s i irons as a versatile performer for accomplished players and like earlier i series models, feature an elastomer insert — but this one is backed by a longer, deeper tuning port and muscle stabilizing bar.

PING designers were able to reposition weight, saved by making the hitting area 30% thinner, into the heel and toe. This created more perimeter weighting and an increased moment of inertia compared to the original i series. This improves flexing, increases ball speed and distance. As a result, the i200 irons are more stable and resist twisting more on off-center hits. A larger piece of elastomer was designed to fill the cavity in the back of the club, behind the face which absorbs vibrations created at impact to enhance feel and dampen sound more effectively.

The i200 irons come standard with PING AWT 2.0 steel shafts for $135 per club, or if you are looking for the feel and lightness of graphite, the CFS graphite shafts sell for $150 per club.

You can also order other shafts; True Temper Dynamic Gold, N.S. Pro Modus3 or True Temper XP95. As I have preached for years, if you are going to invest in a new set of irons like the i200, make sure you get the right shaft — it’s crucial to your long term happiness.

Take advantage of PING’s custom fitters to ensure you get your perfect club.

More Information:
www.pinggolf.com

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Barry Lotz,J.D.,Ph.D.
Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the California Golf Writers Association, and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers”, “How to Build Business Relationships through Golf” which is in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s bestseller list. His latest book,” The Right Mind for Golf” is now in its 9th printing. He currently works with 14 Tour Players on mental coaching, putting and scoring techniques.

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