Ping i230 Vs Ping i210 Irons Comparison Review

Ping makes excellent irons for all levels of golfers but the i230 and the i210 are reserved for only the best players who strike the ball pure, consistently.

The i230’s are actually the upgrade of the i210’s which have been as successful on tour as they have been popular, racking up 45 tour victories since 2018 and ending up in the bags of the world’s leading players.

So the i230’s have the unenviable task of improving the great i210’s and they’ve consulted with the top players to bring a number of changes and advancements into the design.

Key Differences

Ping asked their pros what improvements could be made and the obvious answer was more distance and better sound/feel. Here’s how they’ve done it.

More Compact Blades In Longer Irons

The short/mid irons have a similar look but the longer irons are noticeably more compact for better players feel.

This will give the cleanest iron strikers more control and workability in the long irons.

4 Piece Cavity Badge

The 4 piece cavity badge is included to improve the sound and feel of the club. The elastomer also remains and the saved weight is used to lower the COG, increase the MOI and add 3 to 5 yards of distance with the irons.

This also results in slightly less spin.

More Rounded Leading Edge

A more rounded leading edge in the i230’s allows for better turf interaction, improving the overall performance and perceived sound/feel, allowing players to get more consistency and a tighter dispersion.

Consistent Gapping

There is consistent distances within the set of the i230’s, ensuring there is no distance that can’t be covered when carrying the set.

There should be 11 yards between each club for a tour pro.

Heat Treatment

The head of the irons is heat treated which makes it stronger.

This allows the face to be slightly thinner, ensuring a better energy transfer and contributing to the increased distance of the i230’s.

Tungsten Weighting

The noticeable tungsten screw appears in the toe of the i230’s, matched by weighting in the hosel which works to stretch the sweet spot along the compact blade.

Micromax Grooves

While the i210’s have precision grooves, the i230’s have kicked that on to the next level with the Micromax grooves.

These give top players more control and workability over the ball, leading to tighter dispersion and increased accuracy.

Key Similarities

These two sets of irons are very similar. They have similar body shapes and styles, are aimed at the same, high-level players, and produce a similar performance.

With that being said, there are a lot of similar features but the i230’s does produce a slightly better performance.

Elastomer

The elastomer behind the head remains, which saves weight. This saved weight is added to other key areas, improving the overall performance of the clubs.

Hing In The Hosel

This is noticeable on the sets, it adds to the flex which improves the forgiveness.

That being said, these are not very forgiving irons.

Hyrdopearl 2.0 Finish

The Hydropearl 2.0 finish allows these irons to maintain their excellent performance in all weather conditions.

Short & Mid Irons

The short and mid irons have very similar shaping in both sets but the i230’s have noticeably more compact heads in the longer irons.

Overall Conclusion

Two excellent sets of irons but the i230’s are certainly taking things to the next level, look out for them on tour in 2023 and beyond!

Ping i230 Irons

Category: Players Irons

Ping i210 Irons

Category: Player’s Irons

Ping i230 Irons First Impressions

First impressions of the i230’s is that they are definitely players irons.

They have small compact heads which allow players to shape their shots and hit with supreme accuracy.

Higher handicap players won’t be able to hit well at all with these irons but the better players should be hitting them with consistency and tight dispersion.

In terms of improvement from the i210’s, they are longer and the long irons are more compact and player friendly.

The 5 piece construction and the elastomer allow for improved sound and feel with the weight savings used to lower the COG and increase the MOI meaning players should be hitting longer shots with increased workability.

The 4 piece Cavity Badge, Hydropearl finish, Micromax grooves and tungsten weight all improve the forgiveness, control, sound and feel that players can achieve.

Ping i210 Irons First Impressions

We tested the Ping i210’s after the i59’s and we were taken aback at how much the Ping i210 irons kept up with the seemingly more premium set.

Of course, you get the forgiveness from the elastomer insert which makes more contact space on the face. Mid handicappers will also like the larger head of the Ping i210 irons.

But the machined face grooves are really where a lot of the gap between these irons is made up. You get surprising side spin control in the shorter irons of this set – just like with the i59’s.

That being said, you will need a swing speed of about 92 MPH or above to make long par 5’s with these irons. Neither the Ping i210 irons or the i59’s play long enough to write home about.

The Ping i210 irons performed valiantly when compared to the i59’s but it’s hard to ignore the absence of the feel that comes from a soft carbon steel forged body.

Ping i230 Iron Selling Points

  • 4 Piece Cavity Badge With Elastor
  • Lower COG and Higher MOI
  • Heat Treated Stronger Head With Thinner Face
  • More Compact Long Irons
  • 3 – 5 Yards Extra Carry With Mid Irons
  • Micromax Grooves For Ultimate Control
  • Hydropearl 2.0 Finish

Ping i210 Irons Selling Points

  • Elastomer insert
  • Good, smooth feel
  • Comparable distance to the i59’s
  • Very surprising short-game control
  • Muscle back design
  • More forgiving player’s iron

Who Are The Ping i230 Irons for?

The Ping 1230’s are for the best players in the game and players that dont strike their irons consistently will have trouble gaming the i230’s, regardless of handicap.

The i210’s earned 45 victories on tour from 2018 to 2022 and the i230’s are set to take over as the most successful irons for the pros in the game from 2023 onwards.

A more player-friendly shaping in the long irons, lower COG, Higher MOI alongside the improved sound, feel and distance is sure to make the i230’s the tour preferred clubs for a whole host of the leading names in the world of golf from 2023 onwards.

The Ping i230 Lofts

Ping i230 Club

Degree Of Loft

3i

19o

4i

22.5o

5i

26o

6i

29.5 o

7i

33 o

8i

37 o

9i

41 o

PW

45 o

UW

50 o

UW2

50 o

SW

54 o

LW

58 o

Distance: 97/100

Forgiveness: 92/100

Accuracy: 98/100

Feel & Control: 98/100

Overall Score: 97/100

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Who are the Ping i210 Irons for?

The Ping i210 irons are better for mid handicap players who may be having a bit of trouble making consistent contact with the ball.

Of course the head size helps in this department but it was obvious during our testing that the elastomer insert also makes significantly more face contact space for the player.

 

Ping i210 Vs. Ping i500

The Ping i210 loses out in terms of feel to the i500 irons as well as the i500’s have forged maraging steel faces along with carbon steel bodies.

Ping i210 Irons Final Assessment

Distance: 93/100

Accuracy: 97/100

Forgiveness: 92/100

Feel & Control: 97/100

Overall Score: 95/100

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