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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!