What is the function of the elastomer in the new PING i230 irons?

By: October 26, 2022

Until now, I only knew about elastomers, they are used for rubber tires and tubes for vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, recreational vehicles, etc. I wondered what it can be used for in irons like the new PING i230 irons.

In the case of the PING i230 irons, elastomer reinforces the face, providing more consistent bending and energy transfer across the entire face, resulting in approximately three more yards of distance in player testing.

Its higher MOI is largely due to tungsten toe and tip weights, which help make it the most forgiving “i” iron to date.

PING i230 irons All Exploded

The activated elastomer technology in the PING i230 irons allowed PING engineers to save significant weight, which is re-allocated within the clubhead to position the center of gravity (CG) low for more distance and control while increasing the moment of inertia (MOI) for added forgiveness.

The low CG combines with greater face bending to deliver higher ball speeds.

PING i230 irons A CrossSectionILL_1

The four-piece badge combines a thin 304 stainless steel cap with an injection-molded thermoplastic that is secured to the cavity with high-strength adhesive.

The activated elastomer supports the face and sits in a toaster-style pocket, which is concealed behind the multi-material badge, creating a clean and appealing cavity design.

The long irons (3-5) are slightly more compact than the tour-proven i210, producing more consistent clubface delivery and accuracy, while the rest of the set is designed with similar blade lengths.

The sole design is also similar, with a more rounded lead edge and ample bounce to promote smooth turf interaction for clean and solid strikes.

The precision-milled MicroMax grooves deliver consistent launch and spin results for more accuracy in the long irons and greater control in the short irons and wedges, especially in wet or grassy conditions where the grooves and hydropearl 2.0 chrome finish help ensure lower launch angles with high spin rates.

PING i230 ironS_7 cavity Render

PING i230 irons – specifications

  • AVAILABLE:  3-9, PW, UW in 10 color codes (lie angle). The black color code is standard.
  • LOFT OPTIONS: Standard, Power Spec, and Retro Spec
  • STOCK SHAFTS: Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300) & PING Alta CB Black (SR, R, S)
  • OPTIONAL STOCK SHAFTS: PING AWT 2.0 (R, S, X), Dynamic Gold (S300, X100), Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100), KBS Tour (R, S, X), Nippon NS Pro Modus Tour 105 (R, S, X), Elevate MPH 95 (R, S), UST Recoil 760 ES SMAC (A), 780 (R, S)
  • STOCK GRIP: Lamkin Crossline Black

RRP219 per club with stock steel shaft; €231 per club with stock graphite shaft.