Technology in today’s players irons has to skillfully navigate the need for precision and workability without sacrificing power. The i210 traverses this technological balance beam better than Simone Biles. With a compact shape that better players prefer, the i210 emphasizes feel, shotmaking and precision. Feel, in particular, became a priority. Ping engineers developed a larger and softer elastomer insert that is wedged into the back cavity.
This had two benefits: More of the face is supported by the softer material, and the larger cavity created additional perimeter weighting. Also, the 431 stainless-steel casting (a softer steel than traditional 17-4) has milled grooves that change through the set. A sharper edge radius and tighter groove spacing in the pitching wedge and U-wedge help prevent flyers. These are essentially the same grooves found on Ping’s Glide 2.0 wedges. The stability and groove refinements are intended to improve consistency and precision with an ease-of-use factor that’s near the top of this category. For those wondering if the irons are too game-improvement for them, Viktor Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton and Stewart Cink each won in 2020 with a set of i210s in their bag.
7-iron: 33 degrees; PW: 45 degrees