Some major equipment news is emerging from the Players Championship after a new Ping iBlade iron was spotted on the range.
Understood to be scheduled for release later this summer, this early picture comes courtesy of Golf World magazine's equipment guru Michael Johnson (@EMichaelGW) and is the first look anyone has had of these new irons. We contacted Ping for more information but were told that they will not be releasing any details at this stage.
Ping iBlade - what will it replace?
Taking Ping’s rigid two-year product cycle into consideration, it would be pretty safe to suggest these irons are the successors to Ping’s S55 range.
If that is the case, it would be an interesting move from the brand to replace its better player S-irons with an iBlade.
By replacing ‘S’ with ‘i’, Ping would be streamlining its irons narrative and allowing players a simple choice
For a number of years now, Ping’s better player irons have been split the same way with the S-irons aimed at the better player and the i irons for the better player who wants some forgiveness. By replacing ‘S’ with ‘i’, Ping would be streamlining its irons narrative and allowing players the simple choice between being an 'i' player and a 'G' player.
We'll have to sit tight for full details at the moment, but keep your eyes peeled while watching the Players Championship where several Ping pros are expected to put them in play.
Bubba Watson is one of those. As a current user of the S55 irons, he is a prime candidate to have the new Ping iBlade irons in the bag this week.
Jonathan Wall, the PGA Tour's equipment editor (@jonathanrwall), is on the range at The Players and has confirmed Watson will be using the Ping iBlade irons this week. Wall has revealed images of Watson's irons as well as some more details of what he saw on the club.
In terms of the design, he says the iBlade has a compact head, topline and a little offset. These are all traits that have been found in previous S-series models.
Wall also noted a Custom Tuning Port (CTP) being visible in the cavity that most likely distributes weight to the perimeter for improved forgiveness and feel. The CTP has been a staple of recent Ping iron launches.
Watson arrived at TPC Sawgrass this week with a new set of Ping iBlade irons (3-PW), each featuring pink paint fill and 'Bubba' stamped on each head.
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