Do we get the desired feel & distance with the new PING i525 irons?

By: February 15, 2022

Does it make sense to compare the new PING i525 irons to the Titleist T-Series irons or the TaylorMade Golf P790 irons or the Wilson Staff Model CB Irons?

The new 2022 PING i525 irons (RRP €219 per club) will replace the PING i500 irons as the company’s signature “player’s distance” offering.

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According to PING President John K. Solheim

“As golfers know who’ve played this type of iron design, they often sacrificed some of the feel for more distance. That’s not the case in the PING i525 irons as we’re able to provide golfers a solid-feeling iron with the increased ball speed they need to hit longer, higher shots that hit and hold the green.”

The strength of the variable-thickness, maraging steel allows for a thinner, more dynamic face structure with an internal sole undercut in the 17-4 stainless steel body to increase flexing for more ball speed and shots that launch faster and higher with distance control.

A polymer is precisely injected onto the inside of the face to improve feel and sound without interfering with face deflection, the source of its increased ball speed.

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Tungsten toe and shaft tip weights combine with a tiered, dynamic face structure and cavity to expand the perimeter weighting while preserving ball speed through greater face deflection for added distance and improved accuracy.

The moment of inertia has increased in the vertical and horizontal axes to provide tighter dispersion and increased forgiveness.

Introduced last year in the i59 iron, the i525’s precision-machined face has MicroMax grooves for tighter spacing and a geometry that results in an average of four extra grooves on each club to reduce fliers in the short irons and preserve spin in the long irons for greater control and consistency. 

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PING i525 irons – Specifications

Multi-material construction:

  • 17-4 stainless steel body;
  • forged, maraging-steel face;
  • tungsten toe/shaft tip weights;
  • hydropearl 2.0 finish
  • Available 3-9, PW, UW in 10 color codes (lie angle), RH & LH. Black colour code is standard.

Loft options: Standard, Power Spec, and Retro Spec.

Stock shafts:

  • Project X IO (5.5, 6.0, 6.5),
  • PING AWT 2.0 (R, S, X),
  • PING Alta CB Slate (SR, R, S), 
  • Alta Distanza Black 40,
  • UST Recoil 760 ES SMAC (A), 780 (R, S)

Optional stock shafts:

  • Dynamic Gold (S300, X100),
  • Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300),
  • Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100),
  • KBS Tour (R, S, X),
  • Nippon Pro Modus Tour 105 (R, S, X),
  • Elevate 95 (R, S)

Stock grip: Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet (six sizes)

Price: RRP €219 per club with stock steel shaft; RRP €231 per club with stock graphite shaft