Ping i500 Vs. Ping G700 Irons Comparison Overview
The great thing about Ping is that they make irons for pretty much any skill level. That’s why you’re just as likely to see them being played at your local course as you are to see them used by pros on the PGA Tour.
However, Ping irons tend to be pretty expensive even if you’re looking at some of their game-improvement irons. For this reason it can be tricky to tell which ones are truly meant for high handicappers and which ones are better left to the scratch players.
Ping i500 Irons Overview
The muscle back design of these irons gives them a sleek look while a metal-wood type construction ensures that they still have some forgiveness to offer.
Just like the Ping G700 irons, the i500 irons feature C300 maraging steel faces and 17-4 stainless steel bodies. This tandem makes them flex much like a driver or fairway wood at impact. So right away, you get good distance from these irons pretty much throughout the set.
They launch ridiculously high as well. These are very strong-lofted irons that pop up high and land soft. The face grooves have been milled for excellent greenside spin and control. It should also be noted that compared to the Ping G700 irons, the i500’s have less offset and shorter blades.
Ping G700 Irons Overview
The Ping G700’s also have a very clean and attractive look with a pearlescent hydropearl finish.
While these irons feature weaker lofts than the i500’s, they still launch plenty high. The descent angles were nice and steep too so while they spin less than the i500’s, they are still able to land dead on greens.
They feature the same combination of maraging steel and 17-4 stainless steel but with the added benefit of a hollow body. Hollowing the body out means that Ping was able to move weight away from the face, creating an unsupported face that flexes more than the i500’s.
While the i500’s provided good distance, the Ping G700’s outran them by an average of 8 yards. The Ping G700’s were also exceptional at keeping our mis-hits straight.
This one is a no-brainer. If you are looking for an effective set of game improvement irons, the Ping G700’s would be perfect for you. While the i500’s fly far and provide more spin than the Ping G700’s, they would do less for a player trying to break 100 for the first time.