Review: Ping i530 irons

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By James Tait Published: 7 March 2024
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The latest addition to Ping's 'i' family are the brand's best yet.

WHO ARE THEY FOR?

Golfers who want more distance, higher launch, and better control

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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

  • We haven't found any yet

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Ping i530 irons review

If you like the look of blades but want more distance and forgiveness, the new Ping i530 could be for you. This players distance iron is designed to give you more distance, higher launch and more stopping power.

The First Look 

The new i530 irons are great looking irons with thin toplines, narrow face, shallow soles and ,with the Hydropearl 2.0 finish, it looks brilliant. Ping have created a great hollow body design in the i530 and we like what we see.

The new i530 irons. (Credit: Ping) |

The new i530 irons. (Credit: Ping) |

 

The Tech

The new Ping i530 is built on distance gains. Those gains come from an internal weight pad that provides a deeper and thinner face-to-sole transition for more face flexing. This then allows weight to be pushed down to lower the centre of gravity for more ball speed. The forged, highly flexible maraging steel C300 face is precisely welded to a 17-4 stainless steel hollow body. A polymer applied inside the head on the back of the face improves feel and sound while maximising face bending.

The body design contributes to distance by accentuating face bending. The lower CG is more aligned with where impact occurs, and distance-optimised lofts help ensure more distance and higher max height for green-holding results. Three loft configurations, Standard, Power, and Retro, are available to optimise a golfer’s launch conditions during the custom fitting process.

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Blade enthusiasts will appreciate the thin top line, narrow sole and shallow face height. The i530’s clean, premium look features a new machining technique that thins the back wall of the hollow-body design, saving 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.

“We’re seeing significant distance gains with the i530 iron mainly due to its higher face flexing and bending. It’s a great fit for the golfer whose top priority is more distance, including someone who may have lost yards with their current irons over time. It also has a level of forgiveness not typically found in distance irons. It’s packed with performance. It looks great, feels great and more importantly, will lead to lower scores and more enjoyment on the course.”

John K Solheim (Ping CEO and President)

The bunkered Verdict

If you’re looking for higher launch and longer distances in a hollow body design, the new i530 is a superb player’s distance iron. If you are a mid-to-low handicapper needing help with distance and forgiveness this could be a brilliant option for you to lower those scores. They look great, they’re packed full of tech and we can’t wait to get our hands on them and put them to test and see how they feel and perform.

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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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