Ping iBlade Vs. Ping i59 Irons Comparison Overview
Ping makes some impressive premium irons but it can be hard to choose the right one for your game. Which features are superfluous and which ones actually serve a practical purpose?
This was the question we had in mind when we tested the Ping i59 and the iBlade irons from Ping.
In the following comparison article, we will be telling you about the features of both of these irons and which ones actually offer practical value to the mid to low handicapper.
Ping iBlade Irons Overview
The Ping iBlade irons feature an activated elastomer insert and tungsten weighting fused into the toe of each blade.
The face is also made 421 stainless steel which does in fact work to give these irons a softer overall feel on full swings.
The elastomer insert behind the face does probably increase ball speed; but not by much. In fact, if you are looking for distance, you are looking in the wrong place with these irons.
What made the most practical sense of all these features was the infused tungsten weight exclusive to the toes of these irons. This toe-bias weighting was really noticeable on full swings.
We could feel the face opening up effortlessly on the longer irons.
The iBlades also feature machined soles with their hydropearl finish. This made a moderate improvement to turf interaction and improved the overall feel of these irons by a bit.
Ping i59 Irons Overview
The Ping i59 irons have an aluminum face insert and extreme perimeter weighting in the toe and the tip of the shaft.
These features alone are enough to to make a significant impact on your swing. While the heads of the Ping i59 irons are very compact, the surface area you have to work with on the face is effectively enhanced with this aluminum insert which shifts weight to the perimeter of the face.
This means more distance and ball speed on shots near the toe, heel, sole and crown. Then, the toe and shaft tip weighting increase MOI to a very high degree and help keep the head nice and balanced on the downswing.
Overall, we think the features of the Ping i59 irons made more of a positive impact on performance. They increase forgiveness, help with distance and enhance the feel of these irons. The iBlades feel nice too; but offer less in terms of performance improvement.