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.

How Does the Ping AWT Perform?

Again, I really liked the feel of the Ping AWT long iron shafts.

They are a bit lighter than my gamer shafts which is a testament to how well I got on with these shafts. Even with the lighter weights I was able to take my natural swing and feel the stability that I usually get with my heavier shafts. And with the lighter weight, I was actually increasing my club head speed by just over 1 MPH.

I felt very confident with the Ping AWT long iron shafts. But to be honest, the Ping AWT short iron shafts felt a bit clunky at first. It could have been my fault – I switched from driving the 3-iron shaft off the tee directly into chipping with the 8-iron. So the transition was a bit jarring and hindered my performance a bit.

But when I got used to the short shafts, I really liked the control they offered. The launch angles I was getting were very consistent and so  were my spin numbers. Especially with your mid and short irons, consistency will be way more important than distance so I really liked that the Ping AWT short shafts offered consistent performance.

Ping AWT Shaft Specs

Specs Ping AWT
Available flexes Regular, stiff, extra stiff
Weight 98g, 104g, 119g
Tip .355”
Length 34.5” – 36.75”

What Flexes Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?

Regular flex would be good for slower swing speed players. Stiff would likely work for players swinging their irons between 85 and 90 MPH. Extra stiff may be suitable for 90-100 MPH swingers.

What Weights Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?

The 98g version should be helpful for sub 75 MPH swingers. The 104g weight class might fit players in the 76-85 MPH swing speed range. The 119g weight class may be of interest to 86-95 MPH swing speed players.

Why is it So Good?

It’s not so much about distance – it’s about getting consistent distance from every iron in your bag.

To me it’s way more important to know exactly what distance I’m going to get out of my 7-iron than it is to be able to smash it for 170 yards. The Ping AWT shaft offers that kind of consistency and confidence.

Ping AWT First Impressions

I liked that the long irons were noticeably faster than my gamer shafts; but there was no loss in stability.

It allowed me to be more confident in each swing.

Key Features & Performance

The ascending weight of these shafts is what gives them their control and consistency. You get distance from the long irons and control in the short irons.

Ping AWT Irons Review

The Ping AWT shafts will give you a mid high launch in the long irons and a low launch in the short irons.

Ping AWT Wedges Review

The spin control I was getting from my wedges was excellent. Again, it took some getting used to; but when I did I was working the ball high and landing it dead on a firm green.

Ping AWT Pros & Cons


  • Lightweight long iron shafts
  • Higher CG in the short iron shafts
  • Good consistency
  • Smooth feel


  • The weight changes can be a bit jarring

Overall Score: 96/100

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Who Should Buy it?

The Ping AWT shaft is good for players who want to increase their swing speed but not lose any accuracy and control.

This is a very nimble wieldy set of steel iron shafts that can yield more distance and accuracy for mid handicappers.

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