Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen have been playing PING golf equipment on tour for more than a decade now. Back at the Players Championship in May, Watson and Oosthuizen made the switch to the the iBlade irons. Angel Cabrera is another staff member who’s opted to place the new irons in his bag.
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The blade-style iBlade irons follow the highly popular S55 model, which has amassed more than 50 wins around the world since its introduction in 2013. The iBlade features a compact head, a thinner topline and minimal offset — three traits which were found on previous S Series models. The overall finish is very similar to the PING Glide wedges.
“The iBlade project was a fun challenge for our engineers,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “They approached the design with the mindset of what the best players in the world demand and need from their irons. They incorporated tour player feedback and created a beautiful club that delivers amazing performance. The iBlade has a simple shape, clean cavity design and incredible feel. It’s already our most-played iron on tour as players around the world have quickly converted to the new design.”
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The unprecedented feel is achieved through a combination of the soft stainless steel and a larger surface area behind the face that houses an elastomer insert. The insert is “activated” at impact, which results in more vibration damping in the player’s hands and a softer feel and pleasing sound. A Hydropearl chrome finish repels water for more control and helps minimize fliers from wet conditions and lies in the rough.
Love early morning rounds but hate dew-induced fliers? iBlade's Hydropearl chrome repels water to help minimize them pic.twitter.com/Z7dDiJDplX
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The thin face (half the thickness of S55), yields greater ball speeds for increased distance throughout the set with higher overall trajectories and precise control. Forgiveness is also factored into the design. Nearly “pure” tungsten weights are pressed into the toe of every head to increase the MOI – a key factor in the precision of the iron.
Product and shaft details
- Available 3-PW
- Stock steel shaft: Dynamic Gold S300, X100
- Stock graphite shaft: PING CFS 65G Soft R, CFS 70G Regular, CFS 80G Stiff
- Stock Grip: Golf Pride New Decade Multi-Compound Black/White
- MSRP: $1,199 (3-PW) w/steel shaft