Mizuno Pro 225 Vs. Ping i525 Irons Comparison Overview

Ping is a manufacturer that makes irons for pretty much every skill level while Mizuno is mostly known for making elite-level irons. So when a company like Ping does produce a premium-level iron, we are always interested in seeing how it fares against irons from a company that pretty much caters to pros.

With that, we set forth and tested the Ping i525 irons against the Mizuno Pro 225 irons. Which set fared better for our testers? Let’s find out…

Mizuno Pro 225 Irons Overview

The Mizuno Pro irons are so premium that the long and short irons are made from different materials!

That’s right. The long irons (2-8) are made from chromoly while the short irons (9-PW) are made from mild carbon steel. What they all have in common though is that they’re forged. The Mizuno Pro 225 irons also feature a very thin layer of copper behind the hitting zone to soften the feel up a little.

All of this makes for a very smooth feel on full swings. On chip shots and bump-and-runs the Pro 225 irons yield good spin. These are muscle back irons that feature a partially hollow portion near the sole. This gives them a little extra oomph in terms of distance.

Ping i525 Irons Overview

The Ping i525 play surprisingly long for a set of forged player’s performance irons.

The distance increases were pretty easy for every tester in our group too – low and high handicappers. The Ping i525 irons have forged, maraging steel faces and 17-4 stainless steel bodies. This gives them a metal-wood type effect that is perfect for covering long approaches.

For instance, our testers were averaging 142 yards with the 7-iron in this set. The grooves are nicely milled as well and very sharp. This allowed for acute spin control around the green. The amazing thing about these irons though is that even from the rough, our testers were able to back spin the ball on the green.

Ping really hit it out of the park with these irons as they give you an unbeatable combination of distance and short-game accuracy.

Overall, our testers liked the Ping i525 irons a bit more than the Pro 225’s. While the Mizuno Pro 225 irons had better overall feel, more of our testers were able to sink the ball in fewer strokes with the Ping i525’s.

Mizuno Pro 225 Irons – First Impressions

With all the hype about these irons, let’s chat about the technology Mizuno have pumped into them.

Like the rest of the Pro range, the Mizuno Pro 225 irons are Grain Flow forged, the face and neck are forged, what is unique about Mizuno is all of their clubs are made in the factory in Hiroshima – Japan, since 1968.

Since 2018 Mizuno have introduced a microlayer of copper underneath Nickel Chrome, this gives you the purest, softest feel we have all come to know and love from Mizuno.

This iron actually has a combination of two forging techniques, the 2-8 iron uses the Grain Flow Forged 4135 Chromoly Face & Neck technique, it also has a COR Forged Hollow Body 28.5g Tungsten weight this gives the iron its unique look as well as producing a higher launch, more consistent flight and incredible ball speed.

The 9-PW has a 1025E pure select mild carbon steel structure, this enhances precision and a more penetrating flight, this helps with the scoring irons, allowing you to attack even the tightest of flags.

Now after all this we were extremely excited to get these onto the range, and let’s be honest there it was love at first sight.

When we put the club down behind the ball we expected a tiny looking head, but we were wrong. Not overly big, but perfect. It was the right amount of thickness to give you confidence.

When we started hitting balls we could instantly see some increase in ball speed, as well as forgiveness. These were for sure not a blade.

We were surprised how workable these are, usually when a club is as forgiving as this, you lose workability, but we were able to hit fades and draws, as well as high and low on demand.

Another issue with the hollow body construction club is you get what they call a ‘hot shot’, this is when the ball flies 10/15 yards further when struck well, now this may sound great, but if you fly the ball into a bunker unexpectedly, then it is not at all. We did not get any of these so called ‘hot shots’, a few flew around 5 yards further, but that can be expected with any iron.

This Mizuno Pro 225 is high launching and forgiving while looking exactly like a blade at address and in your bag.

Ping i525 Irons – First Impressions

The first thing to notice about the Ping i525 is the sleek looking players shape at address while the soles are still thick enough to offer distance and a towering ball flight.

The hollow body ‘Ballistic face’ construction hasd Polymer injected strategically on the inner side of the 14-7 stainless steel face for an enhanced sound and feel.

Perimeter weighting in the toe, with a visible screw and the shaft strectch the sweet spot and the face in dynamically created to deliver excellent balls speeds.

These irons feel and sound amazing but you are not going to get the same levels of feel as you will with the players irons.

Due to the higher launch and 4 extra grooves being added to the club, there is more workabilty in the longer irons and control in the shorter irons.

The player profile looks really nice in the i525’s at address, very similar to a players iron but it delivers on ball speed with the dynamic, miraging steel construction.

The hydropearl 2.0 ensures these irons perform well in wet as well as dry conditions and the additional flex in the face completes an excellent new set of Hollow Body Players Distance Irons.

Mizuno Pro 225 Irons Selling Points

  • Multi forged construction, giving you precise performance in every iron
  • Microlayer of copper enhances feel and sound
  • Blade like look, but with game improvement performance
  • 9-PW are more compact allowing you to be more precise
  • Looks and feels like your traditional Mizuno iron

Ping i525 Irons Selling Points

  • 4 More Grooves For Control
  • Awesome Players Profile
  • Towering Distance
  • Superior Sounds And Feel
  • Long, Forgiving Players Distance Iron

Who Are the Mizuno 225 Irons For?

They are aimed at your mid to low handicap player, however it is such a versatile iron, as it has premium looks, workability and forgiveness. We can see a beginner with some talent or a low handicap player looking for some distance play this iron too.

For those low handicap players that want a little more workability in their lower irons, and forgiveness in their longer irons, going with a combo set could really be a great option. We suggest getting fitted by your local pro or nearest Mizuno qualified fitter, to see what works best for you.

The Mizuno Pro Family of Irons

Mizuno has two other models in the Pro range, the 221 and 223. The 221 is your complete blade irons, while the 223 falls somewhere in between them.

The Mizuno Pro 223 is an unbelievable iron, it is a compact players’ iron, while still boasting some speed enhancing technologies. They have introduced a brand new technology system from 4-7 iron, it uses Mizuno’s tested Chromoly Forging and Flow Micro-Slot Grain Flow Forged with a soft copper underlay, the Pro 223 iron has an unbelievable feel and sound, and is very forgiving.

The Mizuno Pro 221 is designed on years and years of incredible Mizuno blade irons, through the years they have made the irons more playable by small improvements in shape and weight placement. It has a shorter blade profile and smaller top line. This year the Pro 221 has tighter scoring lies than the previous years, giving it more control. Like the other models in the range it is Grain Flow Forged, with a soft copper underlay, giving the Pro 221 your traditional Mizuno sound and feel.

Distance: 95/100

Accuracy: 92/100

Forgiveness: 95/100

Feel & Control: 89/100

Overall Score: 92.75/100

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Who are the Ping i525 Irons for?

The i525 irons are for mid to low handicappers who want a beautiful, compact players profile combines with extra distance and more forgiveness.

These hollow boyd irons live up to their reputation and a worth a look for any superior ball strikers looking for a blend of ditance, feel and forgiveness without giving the full soft feel of a real players iron like the i59.

The i525 Family of Irons

The i525 is set to be the only new iron release from Ping in 2022 but it does pack quite a punch and if you have been looking for more distance from a players or maybe want to tip your toes in the players iron market, this are a great choice.

The i59 irons which came out last year have a thinner profile again resulting in more workability, less feel and less distance.

You wont go too far wrong with the Ping i525 irons.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Forgiveness: 93/100

Feel & Control: 95/100

Overall Score: 95/100

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