Ping G Vs Ping GMax Irons Comparison Overview
Nearly 12 years separates the respective launches of the Ping GMax and Ping G irons.
Yet, at a glance (or rather, on paper) there isn’t a lot of technology that differentiates these sets from each other.
Both are renowned game improvement irons. When it came time to test them for a comparison review, we were really surprised that the feature list didn’t change much from the Ping G to the Ping GMax irons. When we actually tested them though, we discovered a few key differences.
Ping G Irons Overview
“The Ping G irons were released in 2003 and were immediately hailed as the standard for game improvement irons.”
The first thing we noticed about these irons was the deep cavity undercut. This makes it much easier for players to loft the ball and land dead on fast greens. In terms of distance, the Ping G irons played only 1-3 yards shorter than the Ping GMax irons.
However, the shot-making ability of the Ping G irons was superior. The Ping G irons feature perimeter weighting and have undergone a heat-treatment in order to thin out the stainless steel faces. They honestly feel a bit muted at impact – even on dead-center strikes. But that doesn’t stop them from playing long. We were averaging 150.7 yards with the 7-iron.
Egregious mis-hits were met with weaker penetration and erratic flight; but that’s only to be expected. Otherwise, the Ping G irons want to fly straight.
Ping GMax Irons Overview
“The Ping GMax irons have noticeably longer blades than the G irons. The offset is about the same though.”
Distance is also very similar to the G irons as we stated in the last section; but the Ping GMax irons were ultimately a bit longer. However, you lose a lot of stopping power with the Ping GMax irons. They launch about as well as the Ping G irons; but there is significantly more rollout.
While this is a boon for beginners struggling with distance, it can be very frustrating for players actually trying to score. The Ping GMax do feel like they have a lower CG though which makes them easier and more comfortable to swing.
“The Ping GMax irons are clearly made for 25+ handicappers and beginners. They can naught but fly straight and far. The Ping G irons offer a bit more versatility and shot-making capability.”
Aidan Lehane here, I’m a Mid-low handicap golfer who has made tremendous progress in breaking 90 in just over 1 year of playing golf seriously.
I get out to the course or range as often as possible and review all the equipment I’ve come across on this blog.