Ping i59 Vs Ping i210 Irons Comparison Review

Over the years, Ping has done a good job of marrying premium performance to everyday playability. While few would argue that they make the most advanced clubs on the market; it would be equally hard to argue that they don’t make some of the most valuable clubs.

Ping does a great job of toeing the line so to speak, between player’s performance irons and forgoing irons. This skill is very much on display in the Ping i210 and the Ping i59 irons which, as luck would have it, we had the pleasure of testing side-by-side.

Ping i59 Irons Overview

The Ping i59 irons are loaded with advanced features. All of these features are packed into a compact head that will look pleasing to any mid to low handicapper.

The Ping i59 irons are player’s performance irons through and through. We were really impressed with the attention to detail that clearly went into the manufacturing of these clubs.

For starters, you have a laser-cut face that allows for very tight shot dispersion throughout the set. That face is set into a forged carbon steel body that lends a very solid feel to all of these irons.

Ping i210 Overview

The Ping i210 irons feature an elastomer insert that also benefits the overall feel of these clubs while at the same time, improving forgiveness.

It should be noted straight away that while the Ping i210’s are also player’s irons; they are a bit larger than the i59’s.

There are some key parallels between these sets though. For instance, both the Ping i210 and the i59 irons have very tight face grooves.

The face grooves on the Ping i210 irons gives them very good spin control around the green and allows the player to check the launch and distance from further approaches – no more sailing the ball clear past the green with either of these iron sets.

The size of the i59 irons will inherently make them more congenial to lower handicap players but the Ping i210 irons do a good job of mimicking the overall performance of the i59’s in different ways.

Ping i59 Irons

Category: Player’s Performance

Ping i210 Irons

Category: Player’s Irons

Ping i59 Irons First Impressions

The Ping i59 irons felt good off the deck thanks to a strong aluminum insert that enhances feel while pushing the ball for better speeds.

What we were most surprised at though was the forgiveness of these player’s performance irons. Even though the i59’s are smaller, they are comparably forgiving on off-center shots.

A lot of weight is saved at the center of the heads of these clubs thanks to the super thin aluminum. That weight is displaced around the perimeter so you get more distance on strikes away from the sweet spot.

While you still need to be able to make consistent contact with the ball, you get a lot of help at that point even if you aren’t square up to it.

The Ping i59 irons are a good mixture of forgiveness, distance and short-game control. They don’t feel too bad either.

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 i59 Irons  Selling Points

  • These irons have a superior feel with a forged carbon steel body
  • They feel soft on full swings
  • Incredibly tight spacing
  • The machined grooves provide for excellent control
  • Insane MOI for a player’s iron
  • Clean muscle back design

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 i59 Irons for?

The Ping i59 irons would be a good fit for anyone looking for a solid combination of forgiveness and greenside control.

This is a very unique set – and for this reason, we feel like the market for them might be rather small. You have to be able to strike the ball consistently with a smaller head but the MOI is ridiculous in these irons.

So they will be great for a smaller niche of players who are probably hovering around the 7, 8 9 handicap range.

The i Family 

Of course, the counterpart to the Ping i59 irons are the Ping i210 irons. The bottom line is that the i59 irons have the superior feel and more compact heads.

Ping i59 Irons Final Assessment

Distance: 93/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 92/100

Feel & Control: 94/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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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: 92/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Forgiveness: 92/100

Feel & Control: 94/100

Overall Score: 93/100

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