Martin Hopley
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Ping's product numbering used to be nice and ordered across their ranges, but now they are making even Mizuno seem predictable.

The Ping i210 irons are the successor to the Ping i200 irons and the inflation matching increase of 10 in the product name implies that this is an evolution rather than a revolution model.

Ping i210 Irons

If you want revolution then check out the Ping i500 hollow headed irons review that join the i210 in replacing the i200s.

Ping i210 Irons

That's not to say that the i210 is without its improvements as it has taken all the good things of the i200 and made them better.

The head still uses the cavity back design but now it features a larger section in the sole area into which goes a 30% bigger Elastomer Insert that is 50% softer than before.

Ping i210 Irons

The greater size means 25% more contact with the face for more support and to increase the energy transferred to the ball at impact.

Ping i210 Irons

The improvement in feel was very noticeable and gives the i210 irons more life than the nice but sensible i200s did at impact. Ping keep doing this and I keep saying it, but they keep improving the feel with each model and this to me is one of the best for this type of model.

The shorter irons claim to have a 'muscle back' look which is pushing it, but the cavity is smaller and the more compact look with less offset does say better player.

Ping i210 Irons

The leading edge is now also more 'refined' and it certainly felt classy enough through the turf as this is supposed to reduce friction, along with the now familiar Hydropearl 2.0 finish.

Ping i210 Irons

The i210 lofts are the same as the previous i200, but weaker than the super-charged i500 irons and their hollow head, fast face construction.

Ping i210 Irons

Comparing them on GC2 with Pro V1x balls, the thinner face and the larger elastomer insert did increase the distance by a yard or two for the 7 and 5-iron against the i200.

Ping i210 Irons

Ping i210 Irons

This mainly came from a slight reduction in spin, but with the same height and a decent landing angle you should be gaining a little distance without sacrificing control.

Ping i210 Irons

Thankfully the number on the front of the face that told your opposition what club you had hit has been removed for the i210.

Ping i210 Irons

From the results, you might think you should be ignoring the i210 and heading straight for the i500, but I would urge you to tarry a while first.

Ping i210 Irons

The i210 has the edge on feel with a nice solid sound that I think better players will like over the hollower feedback of the i500. Right through the set the performance was excellent and combined with a mid-sized head that has elements of the bladey style, it has everything to appeal to single figure players of all levels and maybe a bit higher too.

Ping i210 Irons

The i210 also seemed more consistent with its distances and less likely to have a hot spot, so with the added benefit of also being cheaper, I would head towards the i210 irons first as the extra 10 on the number gets full marks from me.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Ping i210 Irons - Product Details

UK Launch31 July 2018
UK Launch RRP£882
USA Launch31 July 2018
European Launch31 July 2018
European Launch RRP€1050
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
ManufactureCast
MaterialSteel
FinishChrome
Swing WeightD1
Shaft NameTrue Temper Dynamic Gold 120 S300, X100
Shaft TypesSteel, Graphite
Shaft FlexStiff, X Stiff
GripGolf Pride Tour Velvet
DesignCavity Back
Set Makeup4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW
Additional Clubs3, GW
Manufacturer's WebsitePing Website

User Reviews

KC
September 2018

The i210s are phenomenal. 10-15 more yards carry than my old Callaway X-20s, workability with forgiveness. I don’t know what else to say. After 2 rounds 10 strokes, likely the confidence at address more than anything. Just feel fantastic, I can’t wait until I have played 20-30 rounds. Pin seekers once I get the distance and feel down. Best golf investment in years. Combined with the King Cobra F7 and a new wedge as well. I can’t believe the advancements over just a few years. Still trying to chase the elastic 15 year old by the old 50 year old, but I am getting there. Great investment. I liked the feel of the i210 vs 300$ and feel of the i500s.

Neil
August 2018

Nails to hit but looks the part.

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