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Ping have a long tradition of making tremendous irons and the 2024 models - the i530 and G730 - are no different. 

Both offer a great amount of forgiveness and distance but are aimed at golfers with different wants and needs. So which one is best suited for your game? 

We put them head-to-head to get the answers, but first let's remind ourselves of the contenders... 

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Ping i530 image
Ping i530
Speed, distance and forgiveness in a hollow-body, blade-like design.

PROS

  • Internal weight pad assists with more face flexing 
  • Flexible C300 face delivers fast speed 
  • Polymer insert improves feel and sound 
  • They look sensational 

CONS

  • Haven't found any yet
Available for £1,139 from Ping

When it comes to aesthetics everyone is different in terms of what the like to look at address and the new Ping i530 irons are very easy on the eye.
 
This new design intention of the i530 was to focus on distance but it also has a high level of forgiveness which is what makes this iron so appealing.

Blade enthusiasts will also appreciate the thin top line, narrow sole, and shallow face height with this hollow body design.

The distance gains come from an internal weight pad that provides a deeper and thinner face-to-sole transition for more face flexing for faster ball speeds.

It has a highly flexible forged maraging steel C300 face welded to a 17-4 stainless steel hollow body with polymer inside the head on the back of the face which improves feel and sound while supporting the face flexing. 

The hollow-body design saves weight to increase forgiveness and tighten dispersion for greater accuracy along with the added distance.
Precision-milled MicroMax grooves combine with the hydropearl chrome 2.0 finish to ensure consistent launch and spin from all conditions. 

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Ping G730 image
Ping G730
Ping's longest and most forgiving iron.

PROS

  • 17-4 stainless thin face for fast ball speeds 
  • PurFlex badge supports the face flexing for more distance
  • Large face and sole is forgiving and confidence inspiring 
  • High MOI design for more stability

CONS

  • Offset might be too much for some
Available for £1,079 from Ping

Game improvement irons sometimes get overlooked by golfers even though the majority of us need as much help as we can it.

The new G730 irons is an iron that the mid to higher handicappers need to take a closer look at. 

This is Ping most forgiving and longest iron in their current line-up, which already sounds like a good deal. Focusing on maximising ball speed, this was the primary objective in the design, helping ensure shots launch higher and fly further if you’re inconsistent with your ball striking. 

A plus is it has a nice large inviting head and a wide sole to increase MOI with more offset which will give you the confidence at address to get the ball in the air with ease.

The cavity badge is like the PurFlex badge seen in the G430, so you can expect the same forgiveness and speeds across the face, while the hyper 17-4 stainless steel face goes through advanced heat treatment allowing the face to be thinned. This increases flexing and helps lower the centre of gravity, leading to significant ball-speed gains and several more yards of distance with each iron.

The larger face expands the hitting surface, preserving ball speed and ensuring forgiveness on mishits. The PurFlex cavity badge, with multiple flex zones, helps control face bending while enhancing feel and producing a powerful sound. 

• Full review: Ping i530 irons

• Full review: Ping G730 irons


Ping i530 vs G730 irons: Conclusion 

These are two amazing options for forgiveness, but they do differ.

The G730 is larger but it’s the most forgiving option and it goes miles. If you are a mid- to high-handicapper this is what you should be gravitating toward as it will make golf more enjoyable and help you get the distance and consistency you are looking for.

The i530 looks great and is also long and forgiving with a more blade-like hollow body design which will appeal to low- and mid-handicappers who are looking to make the step up from game improvement irons.

Ping have come to the table with two amazing options, especially if you want more distance, speed and forgiveness out of your irons. 

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How we picked

Performance Consistency

We meticulously evaluated each piece of equipment's performance across a number of variables.

Forgiveness and Playability

With golf clubs, our assessment always considered the versatility and forgiveness levels, especially on off-centre strikes.

Innovative Technology

We scrutinise the incorporation of innovative technology in each piece of equipment we review.

Customisation

We consider factors like adjustable features and customisation options available to the buyer.


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James Tait is bunkered’s Gear Editor. Want to know how the latest Callaway driver, Vokey wedge or Scotty Cameron putter performs? He’s the guy to ask. Better yet, just watch his videos on the bunkered YouTube channel. One of the biggest hitters in the UK, James also competes on the World Long Drive circuit and is a descendent of former Amateur champion Freddie Tait.

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