Ping AWT Shaft Review – Specs, Flex, Weight
The Ping AWT shafts use ascending weight technology to optimize performance for every iron in your bag.
The longer iron shafts are lighter while the set progressively gets heavier.
There is a lot to be said for consistency but if you don’t mind a bit of a different feel between iron shafts then the Ping AWTs should definitely be on your radar. In the following review I will be discussing the merits and drawbacks of the Ping AWT shaft.
Ping AWT Shaft Overview
In terms of looks, the Ping AWT shafts have a very clean, straightforward aesthetic.
There is a blue band in the middle that contains all of the lettering. Other than that, the shaft has a polished chrome finish and a stepped design. The ascending weight design can definitely be felt in these shafts. The long iron shafts feel pretty light overall (the whole set is considered a mid-weight steel set) while the shorter iron shafts get a bit heavier.
I really liked how the long shaft irons feel. They felt light and manageable on my backswing and fast on the downswing. But for how light and fast they felt, they never felt unstable. Everything was controlled and my transition felt natural. The Ping AWT shafts allowed me to take my natural swing which is a big plus for me. The long iron shafts have a low kick point which gets a bit higher as you work toward the mid and short irons.
The short iron shafts definitely feel a bit heavy with almost no flex. My transition was still smooth by the end of my testing; but it certainly took some time to get used to. When I did get used to the stouter feel, I was very pleased with the spin and trajectory control I was achieving. The Ping AWT short iron shafts definitely pair well with compact blades so just keep that in mind if you’re thinking of plugging them into game improvement irons.
Why is the Ping AWT So Popular?
Any time you hear the terms “ascending weight” or “ascending mass” you know you are dealing with progressive shafts.
Personally, I love the progressive nature of irons – progressive offset, progressive CG etc. It just makes the set more dynamic and that’s what I feel makes the Ping AWT such a popular shaft. It will allow you to get the precise launch, spin and distance from every iron in your bag.