Ping i530 Vs Ping i525 Irons Review

Ping i530 Vs i525

Today we take a look at two hollow body players distance irons from Ping. The Ping i530’s which are the latest iteration and the Ping i525’s which came before them.

Ping i525 Irons Overview

The i525s from Ping are hollow body distance irons, aimed at high handicap players who want to attack the pin from further out.”

The irons have a blade like shaping and a thin top line while the relatively chunky soles provide a ton of power on impact.

We can see a lot of Ping characteristics in the irons with the Tungsten screw in the head and the flexible hinge at the heel.

We have a forged Miraging Steel face insert backed by polymer injections which gives a solid look and feel and excellent launch angles.

The i525’s also have weaker lofts than the i530’s and slightly higher spin rates.

A great option if you can pick them up second hand at a knock rate and keep an eye on the dot system for lie angles.

Ping i530 Irons Overview

“A Similar design to the i525’s beut a little bit more boxy and powerful looking.”

That makes sense as they do have stronger lofts which means more distance. The 7 iron now essentially has a 6 iron loft.

The COG has been lowered and deepened to offset the stronger lofts with a higher ball flight.

A higher launching shaft may work well with the i530’s.

We still have the forged face insert but now the back wall is thinner meaning we can generate a higher MOI and more distance while flex and forgiveness are still prevalent.

Both irons are quite similar and suit mid handicappers who want more distance and those who are looking to become low handicappers in the future.

Ping i530 Irons Category

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Ping i530 Irons – First Impressions

“They look similar to the i525’s but a little boxier and stronger looking. Then you get them on the trackman and they sound better and fly longer.”

The i520’s are a hollow body players distance iron aimed at mid handicap players who want to pin hunt from further out in the hopes of increasing the number of birdies they can get without sacrificing performance.

The back wall of the face has been thinned to increase smash factor, flex and forgiveness. The polymer inside the head ensures a powerful yet smooth sound and feel.

The lofts have been strengthened and the COG has been lowered and deepened to ensure more distance while keeping spin rates and stopping power at acceptable levels.

The heads do look nice and compact at address but there is enough club there to inspire confidence and produce impressive distances.

Extra grooves have been added to increase spin rates and overall they are a nice upgrade on the i525’s.

Ping i525 Irons – First Impressions

The Ping i525 irons first struck us as gorgeous irons with a tremendous feel.

Most of that comes from the forged maraging steel face. It’s also important to note though, that the body’s of these irons are made from 17-4 grade stainless steel.

This gives them a metal-wood flexing effect so they are no slouches in the distance department either.

You just have to have a fast swing speed to get the most distance out of them. Still, the feel is something you will be able to notice right away.

Whether from the tee or off the deck, the feedback is great and they give off a deep, solid and satisfying sound when you pure the ball.

The Ping i525 irons offer a unique combination of forgiveness and player’s performance features.

Extreme Perimeter Weighting

Weights have been added to the toe and shaft tip in order to increase ball speed on errant shots.

Micromax Grooves

The milled grooves are exceptionally tight and help you control loft in the scoring irons.

Forged Face

The forged maraging steel face interacts with the stainless steel body to help increase ball speeds.

Ping i530 Irons Selling Points

  • Forged Face Insert With Thinner Back Wall For Added Flex
  • Strengthened Lofts in these hollow body players distance irons.
  • Confidence inspiring blade style clubs
  • More distance means pin hunting from further out.
  • 2 Extra Milled Grooves To Increase Spin And Stopping Power.
  • Bulkier more powerful looking design than the i525’s
  • Improved Sound And Feel

Ping i525 Selling Points

  • Forged maraging steel face
  • 17-4 stainless steel body
  • Extreme perimeter weighting in the toe and shaft tip
  • Polymer injected
  • Milled groove pattern
  • Notched hosel

Who Are the Ping I530 Irons for?

“The Ping i530s are for mid handicappers looking for accuracy and distance to get the ball closer to the hole from further out. ”

To put it simply, the i530 irons are mid handicappers who want more birdies and have their eyes on becomming low handicappers in the future.

It is a blade like iron with more forgivness and more distance. These sound and feel powerful and they also get a good descent angle due to the lower and deeper COG.

Added to that is the two extra grooves added to the face which gives stopping power and higher spin rates.

The clubs are for players who can hit the sweet spot consistently and rewards this consistency with accuracy and precision.

Overall a solid set of irons are worth checking out if you are in the highly competitve players distance iron market.

Distance: 97/100

Accuracy: 97/100

Forgiveness: 92/100

Feel & Control: 94/100

Overall Score: 95/100


Ping i525 Key Technology

Who Should Buy the Ping i525 Irons?

The Ping i525 irons are great for mid handicappers seeking excellent workability.

They will provide a decent amount of forgiveness and their side-to-side workability is excellent.

Ping i525 Loft & Lie




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9 iron



Distance: 96/100

Forgiveness: 95/100

Workability: 97/100

Overall Performance: 95/100

Value: 93/100

Overall Score: 95/100

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