Ping S55 Vs Ping S56 Irons Comparison Overview
You would be hard-pressed to suss out the difference between the Ping S55 and Ping S56 irons if you were just looking at them.
When we got our hands on both these sets, we set their respective 7-irons side-by-side, looked down at them and could still barely tell the difference.
Right off the bat, you should know that both of these irons were designed for lower handicap players. But during our testing, we found something rather surprising about their performance…
Ping S55 Irons Overview
“The Ping S55 irons have a very traditional look: thin topline, virtually no offset and short blade lengths.”
The toe is also nice and high so these are really reminiscent of old school, 70’s era irons. However, one thing that really surprised us was that the CG on these irons was noticeably low. Thinning the ball with these irons was not nearly as detrimental as we were expecting.
Furthermore, the lower CG helped our higher handicap testers get the ball in the air easier. For our lower handicap testers, this meant workability not only from left-to-right; but up and down as well.
The Ping S55 irons are slightly stronger-lofted than the Ping S56 irons so you get a naturally lower trajectory. Heel-side mis-hits picked up a lot of spin; but high-toe misses and low-face strikes stayed surprisingly playable.
Ping S56 Irons Overview
“The Ping S56 irons launched higher than the S55’s and offered a bit more forgiveness.”
That sounds like a tepid statement but you have to remember that even the Ping S56 irons are compact, minimal offset irons. The Ping S56’s are even more forgiving than the S55’s yes; but they are still not for 15+ handicappers.
Our off-line divergence average was 12 yards with the S56’s compared to just 10 yards with the S55’s. Some of our faster swing speed testers were also losing a few yards with the Ping S56 irons because of the higher launch.
Still, the Ping S56 irons have a very stable feel at impact and produce a solid “click.” Again, we see surprising forgiveness in a workable iron.
“In our opinion, the Ping S55’s are the superior irons. They are more workable, more accurate and nearly as forgiving as the Ping S56 irons. We were honestly shocked at how forgiving irons of this size could be which is why we would recommend them for almost any sub 11 handicapper.”