Ping i200 Irons - No more custom orders??

TommyjTommyj Members Posts: 387 ✭✭
edited Jun 14, 2018 in Equipment #1
Had an iron fitting last week and wanted to place a custom order for i200 irons. Was told that is no longer possible, even though you can still place custom orders for i-series e1 irons, customization also still available for G irons. Called Ping for confirmation and was told yes, that's what it is. Ping has never done this before, usually offering custom orders going back at least one, if not two generations. Also seems strange given that i210 probably won't start delivering until sometime in August.



Anyone have any insight or thoughts on what they are trying to achieve? I'm confused.

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  • bigD77bigD77 Members Posts: 214 ✭✭
    Tommyj wrote:


    Had an iron fitting last week and wanted to place a custom order for i200 irons. Was told that is no longer possible, even thought you can still place custom orders for i-series e1 irons, customization also still available for G irons. Called Ping for confirmation and was told yes, that's what it is. Ping has never done this before, usually offering custom orders going back at least one, if not two generations. Also seems strange given that i210 probably won't start delivering until sometime in August.



    Anyone have any insight or thoughts on what they are trying to achieve? I'm confused.




    How custom are you trying to go? I placed an order 9 days ago that were red dot, -1/4, modus 105x, and they delivered yesterday...didnt bat an eye.
  • tmax77tmax77 Members Posts: 1,015 ✭✭
    My opinion...just trying to have better control of inventory levels would be my guess...look at IE1 as an example there are a ton of people on here that love that iron yet even though it is cheaper price they still have more than adequate inventory of a product that was reduced 18 months ago...I25 inventory levels stayed pretty high as well long after it was reduced.



    again IMO...don't think there is any funny business, it was just that popular and ran out a little faster than they thought, no need to order more now with replacement coming in just over a month

    bigD77 wrote:

    Tommyj wrote:


    Had an iron fitting last week and wanted to place a custom order for i200 irons. Was told that is no longer possible, even thought you can still place custom orders for i-series e1 irons, customization also still available for G irons. Called Ping for confirmation and was told yes, that's what it is. Ping has never done this before, usually offering custom orders going back at least one, if not two generations. Also seems strange given that i210 probably won't start delivering until sometime in August.



    Anyone have any insight or thoughts on what they are trying to achieve? I'm confused.




    How custom are you trying to go? I placed an order 9 days ago that were red dot, -1/4, modus 105x, and they delivered yesterday...didnt bat an eye.




    yours was probably one of the few last sets...I got the email last thursday night about no more heads
    Under construction....
  • TommyjTommyj Members Posts: 387 ✭✭
    bigD77 wrote:

    Tommyj wrote:


    Had an iron fitting last week and wanted to place a custom order for i200 irons. Was told that is no longer possible, even thought you can still place custom orders for i-series e1 irons, customization also still available for G irons. Called Ping for confirmation and was told yes, that's what it is. Ping has never done this before, usually offering custom orders going back at least one, if not two generations. Also seems strange given that i210 probably won't start delivering until sometime in August.



    Anyone have any insight or thoughts on what they are trying to achieve? I'm confused.




    How custom are you trying to go? I placed an order 9 days ago that were red dot, -1/4, modus 105x, and they delivered yesterday...didnt bat an eye.




    Standard custom order: 5-UW, black dot, LZ 5.5, Tour Velvet grip, standard length and loft. No custom orders period, case closed. You got in just in time. Just seems odd to do that before the i210 is actually available. There's probably so little difference in the i210 that they are going to force people into buying that instead of getting a good deal on the i200.
  • pollock21pollock21 Members Posts: 676 ✭✭
    Can you really blame Ping here? I’m sure all of their production has shifted to the new model, why invest capital in inventory for an obsolete model? Especially when most people would rather wait for the new ones anyway. It’s a tough break, but my guess is you will see more used sets pop up for good prices leading up to and after the new model release.
    Driver: Ho
    Fairway: 16M2 15* & 18*
    Irons: Ho
    Wedges: Ping Glide Stealth 50* PXLZ 6.5, 54* & 60* PXLZ 7.0
    Putter: Scotty Newport 2
  • WoodersonWooderson Members Posts: 2,009 ✭✭
    I'm going to venture that when the price dropped they sold a lot of these and ate up their inventory faster than they expected.
    Let me tell you what Wooderson is packin'
    Ping G400 Max 9° Tour 65 Stiff
    Callaway Epic Flash 15°/18°
    Ping G410 22°
    Titleist 818 H1 25°
    G410 6-PW
    Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth GW/SW
    Ping Eye2 LW
    Piretti Potenza
  • OknowsOknows Members Posts: 1,106 ✭✭
    I was told on Monday that they were no longer taking orders.
    Ping G410 Plus at 8* w/ Diamana W 70x
    Callaway Epic SZ 15* w/ Aldila Rogue Max 75
    Ping G 17.5 w/ Tour 80
    Ping i500 3 iron (17*) w/ DG 120 x100
    Titleist 816 H1 23*
    Callaway CF16 5-AW w/ DG 120 s300
    Ping Glide 2.0 54* w/ DG 120 s300
    Ping Glide 2.0 58* w/ DG 120 s300
    Evnroll ER1
  • nova6868nova6868 Members Posts: 4,702 ✭✭
    Well there goes my plan for new irons...
  • Belmont148Belmont148 Members Posts: 1,487 ✭✭
    Got my set in just in time, and then followed up with a matching UW one day before the cut off. I didn't even know they were going to do that, just got lucky. Picking up the UW tonight.
    Current Bag:

    G400 SFT 10* Aldila Rogue 125 Silver 60TS
    F8+ 4W- HZRDUS Black 75 Stiff
    Ping G25 3H and 4H Stock R Flex
    Ping I200 5-UW Project X LZ 5.5
    Glide Stealth 54SS and 58ES Project X LZ 5.5
    Scotty Studio Stainless Newport 2
  • Edaw68Edaw68 Members Posts: 1,479 ✭✭
    Man, I ordered a set last week through TGW. Hopefully I beat the cutoff. I didn't get anything super fancy, standard stiff shaft black dot, just different grips. The status is still processing.
  • wacky wombatwacky wombat Members Posts: 109 ✭✭
    Tommyj wrote:


    Had an iron fitting last week and wanted to place a custom order for i200 irons. Was told that is no longer possible, even though you can still place custom orders for i-series e1 irons, customization also still available for G irons. Called Ping for confirmation and was told yes, that's what it is. Ping has never done this before, usually offering custom orders going back at least one, if not two generations. Also seems strange given that i210 probably won't start delivering until sometime in August.



    Anyone have any insight or thoughts on what they are trying to achieve? I'm confused.




    This happened to me last Saturday during my fitting as well; they said i200 could not have custom orders anymore.



    Fitter's guess was due to the impending release of the i210.
  • dmeeksDCdmeeksDC ClubWRX Posts: 2,210 ClubWRX
    Mine was one of the last custom i200 orders. Fitter told me they were selling like hotcakes the two weeks after the price drop so I jumped on it. I went ahead and ordered 4 iron through U to grab a complete set. Green dot, plus 1/2 inch, power specs, DG 120 shafts. They arrived last week.



    Still mint condition i200’s on the secondary market and those can be adjusted by Ping if you send them in.
    Ping G400 9 degrees, Ping Tour stiff shaft, 65 grams
    Callaway XHot2 Pro 5 wood, 17 degrees, Aldila Tour Blue stiff shaft
    Titleist 915F fairway, 21 degrees, Diamana Blue 70 stiff
    Srixon 565 4 iron, Nippon 980GH stiff shaft
    Adams CMB irons, 5-PW, KBS C Taper regular shafts (110g)
    Titleist Vokey SM7 50 degree, F grind, Dynamic Gold S200 shaft
    Callaway Mack Daddy 2 54-degree wedge, S grind, DG wedge shaft
    Ben Hogan TK wedge, 59 degree, KBS black wedge shaft
    TaylorMade TP Chaska putter, sliver, 34 inches
  • Goggles PiasanoGoggles Piasano Members Posts: 1
    Mine just came in a few weeks ago, now I feel really lucky, and am super happy 1/2" over, white dot, x100 shafts, power spec lofts, etc... and I got them at $200 off for the set. I assumed at the time a new mode,was coming out as Ping never allows sales. I hit everything, and i mean everything (Titleist, Mizuno, Wilson, Callaway, Taylormade, and more). I really wanted to like the Titleist T-MB's. I think they are the most beautiful club out there, but they craped out for me on the short irons. I also was excited about all the new hollow irons (Taylormade, Mizuno and Ping) but none worked well for me either.



    The local shop lets you hit whatever you want with a driver's license and I buy all my clubs via trial and error with off the rack spec clubs first. The pings won hands down .... again, and are the best irons I have ever hit. Long and higher than my i15s before the custom fit. I already hit the ball very high so the power spec option made sense for me. This is my third set of Ping's after suffering with Wilson Staff blades 25 years ago then I discovered Ping Zings > Ping i15 > Ping i200.



    Before I committing on the final purchase, I was Trackman fitted pitting i200s vs the iBlades, and let the numbers reveal the victor without my brain or emotions clouding the choice. I went in to the fitting thinking I was going to go with the iBlades but after the test the choice was clear. I loved the looks of these clubs but truth be told I must say the new i210's are even nicer looking - great job by Ping and anyone who might have missed out on the i200's an want a custom fit; aside from $200, you won't lose much waiting for the i210's. I assume they will play and feel 95% the same.



    Although a Trackman fit is expensive the local shop give a partial credit for a club purchase, and i would never consider buying another set without it. The difference the shafts make is immense, and I never would have guessed extra stiff was in play for me until the test the distance and dispersion pattern was markedly superior.



    The bottom line is if you were sold on the i200's I highly recommend not compromising by getting a factory spec black dot with std lengths and the stock stiff shaft. The i210s look fantastic and maybe you have to wait another month or two, but there is no substitute for a custom build set to your specs. The extra $200 is well worth 2-3 less handicap points you'll gain in the end.



    Enjoy!



    BTW - do a search for Rick Shiels on you tube - I love watching his reviews. take a look at both the "2017 top 10 Irons" video as well as the "top 10 2018 irons" video that coincidentally came out today. Last year he carried iBlades in his bag. He is entertaining and very informative. I can;t wait for his i210 review, but suspect that won't be coming until the fall months at best.
  • SocratesSocrates How can it be so *&#% hard to make a shoulder turn? WinnipegClubWRX Posts: 9,304 ClubWRX
    Tommyj wrote:


    Had an iron fitting last week and wanted to place a custom order for i200 irons. Was told that is no longer possible, even though you can still place custom orders for i-series e1 irons, customization also still available for G irons. Called Ping for confirmation and was told yes, that's what it is. Ping has never done this before, usually offering custom orders going back at least one, if not two generations. Also seems strange given that i210 probably won't start delivering until sometime in August.



    Anyone have any insight or thoughts on what they are trying to achieve? I'm confused.


    Yes they have. You've just never encountered it before. Ping has enough heads but will reserve stock for those who need replacement clubs (lost, damaged or warranty) for a period of time. I210's are to be released very soon, so all orders will be for those. It does take a little time on the production floor to eliminate a line and get the staff up to speed on any changes.



    If at a point in time Ping finds they have more heads on hand than may be needed for warranty work, you may find you can order a set. Which is why you can still place orders for some legacy sets.
    Ping G400 9º TFC 419 Stiff at 45"
    Cobra F8 5-6 Fwy at 18.5° Stiff
    Ping i20 3 Hyb 707H Stiff
    X2 Hot 4_-PW Recoil 660 F3 +1/2"
    Ping Forged 52°, ES 56º and ES 60º
    Ping Sigma2 Valor at 34.5"
    MCC Align Midsize
    Moving to the bench:
    Jazz Bear Cat 3 wd Aerotech Stiff
    Vokey SM2 52º cc
    Scotty X7M Dual 38"
  • dmeeksDCdmeeksDC ClubWRX Posts: 2,210 ClubWRX


    Mine just came in a few weeks ago, now I feel really lucky, and am super happy 1/2" over, white dot, x100 shafts, power spec lofts, etc... and I got them at $200 off for the set. I assumed at the time a new mode,was coming out as Ping never allows sales. I hit everything, and i mean everything (Titleist, Mizuno, Wilson, Callaway, Taylormade, and more). I really wanted to like the Titleist T-MB's. I think they are the most beautiful club out there, but they craped out for me on the short irons. I also was excited about all the new hollow irons (Taylormade, Mizuno and Ping) but none worked well for me either.



    The local shop lets you hit whatever you want with a driver's license and I buy all my clubs via trial and error with off the rack spec clubs first. The pings won hands down .... again, and are the best irons I have ever hit. Long and higher than my i15s before the custom fit. I already hit the ball very high so the power spec option made sense for me. This is my third set of Ping's after suffering with Wilson Staff blades 25 years ago then I discovered Ping Zings > Ping i15 > Ping i200.



    Before I committing on the final purchase, I was Trackman fitted pitting i200s vs the iBlades, and let the numbers reveal the victor without my brain or emotions clouding the choice. I went in to the fitting thinking I was going to go with the iBlades but after the test the choice was clear. I loved the looks of these clubs but truth be told I must say the new i210's are even nicer looking - great job by Ping and anyone who might have missed out on the i200's an want a custom fit; aside from $200, you won't lose much waiting for the i210's. I assume they will play and feel 95% the same.



    Although a Trackman fit is expensive the local shop give a partial credit for a club purchase, and i would never consider buying another set without it. The difference the shafts make is immense, and I never would have guessed extra stiff was in play for me until the test the distance and dispersion pattern was markedly superior.



    The bottom line is if you were sold on the i200's I highly recommend not compromising by getting a factory spec black dot with std lengths and the stock stiff shaft. The i210s look fantastic and maybe you have to wait another month or two, but there is no substitute for a custom build set to your specs. The extra $200 is well worth 2-3 less handicap points you'll gain in the end.



    Enjoy!



    BTW - do a search for Rick Shiels on you tube - I love watching his reviews. take a look at both the "2017 top 10 Irons" video as well as the "top 10 2018 irons" video that coincidentally came out today. Last year he carried iBlades in his bag. He is entertaining and very informative. I can;t wait for his i210 review, but suspect that won't be coming until the fall months at best.




    +1. Love the fit on my i200’s. Green dot, plus 1/2 inch and power spec, gold grip. (I only want slightly larger grips as I cannot hit a consistent draw with midsize grips.) I am getting excellent distance and performance. They feel so nice at impact with the DG 120 shaft. Definitely a club longer with nice high flight. The 4 iron goes 210 for me and that is usually how far I hit a 3 hybrid. My favorite attribute is you can catch them a little thin and they still go.



    The 210 is very similar with a larger and softer elastomer insert. May feel slightly softer than the 200. I actually do not like it when clubs feel too soft so not a big factor to me. The ball and grips are a factor there. The 200 with a Chromesoft X or Snell MTB Red feels perfect.



    Looks wise, the back of the 200 looks better to me but both are clean and attractive, just different. Fitting is worth it, so if I had to buy the 210 to get fitted, I would. The 2 degrees upright and shaft made a big difference.
    Ping G400 9 degrees, Ping Tour stiff shaft, 65 grams
    Callaway XHot2 Pro 5 wood, 17 degrees, Aldila Tour Blue stiff shaft
    Titleist 915F fairway, 21 degrees, Diamana Blue 70 stiff
    Srixon 565 4 iron, Nippon 980GH stiff shaft
    Adams CMB irons, 5-PW, KBS C Taper regular shafts (110g)
    Titleist Vokey SM7 50 degree, F grind, Dynamic Gold S200 shaft
    Callaway Mack Daddy 2 54-degree wedge, S grind, DG wedge shaft
    Ben Hogan TK wedge, 59 degree, KBS black wedge shaft
    TaylorMade TP Chaska putter, sliver, 34 inches
  • CaseyDanCaseyDan Members Posts: 822 ✭✭
    bigD77 wrote:

    Tommyj wrote:


    Had an iron fitting last week and wanted to place a custom order for i200 irons. Was told that is no longer possible, even thought you can still place custom orders for i-series e1 irons, customization also still available for G irons. Called Ping for confirmation and was told yes, that's what it is. Ping has never done this before, usually offering custom orders going back at least one, if not two generations. Also seems strange given that i210 probably won't start delivering until sometime in August.



    Anyone have any insight or thoughts on what they are trying to achieve? I'm confused.




    How custom are you trying to go? I placed an order 9 days ago that were red dot, -1/4, modus 105x, and they delivered yesterday...didnt bat an eye.




    Interested to hear what you think of the 105x. Interested in this shaft but can’t find one to demo or even a set or single used omicron to purchase.
    2016 TaylorMade M2 w/ Ventus 6s
    Callaway Epic Flash w/ AD-DI
    Titleist H1 816 w/ Diamana Blueboard
    Callaway Apex Pro 4-PW
    Titleist SM7 Raw 52
    TaylorMade 60* Hi-Toe
    TaylorMade Spider X
  • Edaw68Edaw68 Members Posts: 1,479 ✭✭
    For those of you who custom ordered, how long did it take to get your clubs?
  • Frisco KidFrisco Kid Members Posts: 163 ✭✭
    Edaw68 wrote:


    For those of you who custom ordered, how long did it take to get your clubs?




    My order took about 9 days. I ordered mine -.5, red dot with Modus 105R.
    Ping G30 Driver Tour 65 R
    Ping G30 3 Metal TFC419 R
    Ping G30 5 Metal TFC419 R
    Ping I200 4-P Modus 105 R
    Ping Glide 2.0 50SS, 54SS, 58SS CFS
    Ping G Sigma Tyne Putter
    Ping DLX Cart Bag
  • Edaw68Edaw68 Members Posts: 1,479 ✭✭
    Frisco Kid wrote:
    Edaw68 wrote:


    For those of you who custom ordered, how long did it take to get your clubs?




    My order took about 9 days. I ordered mine -.5, red dot with Modus 105R.


    Thanks. I’m at three weeks. Think I’ll call the dealer.
  • pkshooterpkshooter Members Posts: 1,562
    edited Jul 4, 2018 #20
    Does anyone know if you already have a set of i200s (5-pw) with a custom shaft option, will Ping allow you to order a single club (like 4 iron) with matching specs to your previous custom order. Also, if you loose a club and want to order a replacement, can you still do that with the custom specs? I know in the past it has been yes to both. Hoping that is still the case.
    Ping i25 9.5* Diamana Ahina
    TaylorMade V-Steel 15* DG Stiff
    Ping G25 20*, 23* Hybrid TFC Stiff
    Ping G 5-UW N.S. Pro Modus3 105
    Ping Glide 54*WS, 58*ES CFS Wedge
    Ping Anser Milled
    WITB Link
  • eerogolfeerogolf Members Posts: 548 ✭✭
    Miss the old days. In 1994 I was able to order a brand new Karsten I and Eye 5 iron for my collection. They have there own casting facility in Phoenix. Now they cast everything in China I guess.
  • JoelsimJoelsim Members Posts: 893 ✭✭
    They couldn’t keep up with demand for the G400 at launch, and given those plus the G700, the new i500 and i210 as well as new forged wedges...probably a capacity thing.
    Ping G400 Driver 10.5 Stiff Ping Tour 65
    TaylorMade Original One Mini Driver 13.5 Regular Diamana F Ltd
    Titleist 818 H1 19 and 23 Hybrids Regular Tensei Blue
    Ping G400 4-UW Regular Alta (#4 at power spec loft)
    Ping G410 SW Regular Alta
    Callaway Mack Daddy 4 58 X and 64 S
    Bettinardi Studio Stock #3
    Bettinardi BB39
    Odyssey Stroke Lab V-Line
    Odyssey Exo 7s
    Cleveland Huntington Beach #10
    JuCad X300
  • SocratesSocrates How can it be so *&#% hard to make a shoulder turn? WinnipegClubWRX Posts: 9,304 ClubWRX
    Edaw68 wrote:

    Frisco Kid wrote:
    Edaw68 wrote:


    For those of you who custom ordered, how long did it take to get your clubs?




    My order took about 9 days. I ordered mine -.5, red dot with Modus 105R.


    Thanks. I’m at three weeks. Think I’ll call the dealer.


    Yeah, I'm probably thinking that you are SOL and they don't want to tell you. I'm betting you get an i210.
    Ping G400 9º TFC 419 Stiff at 45"
    Cobra F8 5-6 Fwy at 18.5° Stiff
    Ping i20 3 Hyb 707H Stiff
    X2 Hot 4_-PW Recoil 660 F3 +1/2"
    Ping Forged 52°, ES 56º and ES 60º
    Ping Sigma2 Valor at 34.5"
    MCC Align Midsize
    Moving to the bench:
    Jazz Bear Cat 3 wd Aerotech Stiff
    Vokey SM2 52º cc
    Scotty X7M Dual 38"
  • Belmont148Belmont148 Members Posts: 1,487 ✭✭
    If you are at 3 weeks I think you missed the cutoff. I ordered my UW on 6/4 and was told 2 days later that they couldn’t custom order any more. My UW came in 8 days after I ordered it with matching serial#.
    Current Bag:

    G400 SFT 10* Aldila Rogue 125 Silver 60TS
    F8+ 4W- HZRDUS Black 75 Stiff
    Ping G25 3H and 4H Stock R Flex
    Ping I200 5-UW Project X LZ 5.5
    Glide Stealth 54SS and 58ES Project X LZ 5.5
    Scotty Studio Stainless Newport 2
  • Crooksc17Crooksc17 NJMembers Posts: 792 ✭✭
    pkshooter wrote:


    Does anyone know if you already have a set of i200s (5-pw) with a custom shaft option, will Ping allow you to order a single club (like 4 iron) with matching specs to your previous custom order. Also, if you loose a club and want to order a replacement, can you still do that with the custom specs? I know in the past it has been yes to both. Hoping that is still the case.




    Yes. I called Ping a few weeks ago and was told that replacement clubs are still able to be ordered but they aren’t taking full set orders any longer
  • Edaw68Edaw68 Members Posts: 1,479 ✭✭
    Socrates wrote:
    Edaw68 wrote:

    Frisco Kid wrote:
    Edaw68 wrote:


    For those of you who custom ordered, how long did it take to get your clubs?




    My order took about 9 days. I ordered mine -.5, red dot with Modus 105R.


    Thanks. I’m at three weeks. Think I’ll call the dealer.


    Yeah, I'm probably thinking that you are SOL and they don't want to tell you. I'm betting you get an i210.




    Well that won’t break my heart. But saving some money would have been nice.
  • Edaw68Edaw68 Members Posts: 1,479 ✭✭
    Well mine are on the way after a call to customer service, who the called ping. Shipped the day after my call. I suspect they might have just been lost in the shuffle if I hadn’t called. Probably also helped that I didn’t get a shaft upgrade, just grips.
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