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Ping I500 Real Course Reviews Please!!

twgolf78twgolf78 Advanced Members Posts: 181
Hello All,



Im leaning heavily on ordering some PIng I500 irons.



Ive been a AP2 player and I'm looking for something a tiny bit more forgiving.



Looking for some long term real course reviews not launch monitor reviews.





I would get a 3 - PW Set more than likely with PX 6.0 and might even grab a pair of glide forged wedges too.



Thanks
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  • Deadpool_25Deadpool_25 Advanced Members Posts: 2,392
    I have had a set for a few months now. I had been playing iBlades previous to getting the I500s. I had an older set of AP2s many years ago. I don’t think the i500s are going to be significantly more forgiving than your AP2s to be honest. I don’t really think they’re much more forgiving (if at all) than my iBlades which are fairly forgiving for an iron marketed at the “blade” crowd.



    FWIW, I define forgiveness as how acceptable misses are in terms of distance and accuracy. The i500s seem to be more about distance than overall forgiveness. And I don’t think they’re all that much longer than my iBlades anyway. /shrug



    I’m likely getting rid of mine soon as I’m either going back to the iBlades or getting back into some actual blades like Titleist or Mizuno. One thing I reall don’t love about the i500s is the clicky sound, even on solid strikes. Don’t make the mistake of thinking I hate them though. I do like them overall but don’t love the sound and don’t like them more than my iBlades.
  • GolfTurkeyGolfTurkey Advanced Members Posts: 532 ✭✭
    Not a long term review but so far the retro spec i500's are doing everything I wanted from them, which is to go higher, spin more and stop faster than my old IE1 irons. Forgiveness seems similar, although misses very low in the face are nasty.
  • mikpgamikpga www.mikedeitersgolf.com Advanced Members Posts: 7,328 ✭✭
    Thus far I’m impressed with my G700’s. About 45 holes played.
  • chivachiva Advanced Members Posts: 2,389 ✭✭
    mikpga wrote:


    Thus far I’m impressed with my G700’s. About 45 holes played.




    Last week I got a G700 5 iron to replace my Ping eye 2 3 iron. They both go about the same distance due to similar loft and the springy face. Anyway, the G700 launches higher than my eye 2. It is super forgiving. I’m going to get the 6-8 irons also. They are “shovelier” and I’m lovin it!
    OB and water hazards you flunkies
  • elwhippyelwhippy Advanced Members Posts: 3,048 ✭✭
    Not seeing these, or I210s anywhere in UK. Want to try both but our local stores not yet got demos.
  • FlyOverFlyOver Advanced Members Posts: 280 ✭✭
    Bought the I500, took them to the range and hit them off grass. I hated the clicky sound, not forgiving on mishits and the next day exchanged them for a set of Mizuno JPX 919 forged.
    Taylormade M6 9.0 loft-Handcrafted Even Flow Black 6.0 65 grams shaft
    Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 13.5 degree-Tensei Blue AV stiff shaft
    Titleist 818 H2 Hybrid-Tensei Blue stiff 19*
    Honma TW 747v forged 4-10 irons-Modus 105 stiff shafts
    Titleist Vokey SM6 50* F Grind
    Mack Daddy 4 54* C Grind
    Callaway PM Grind 58* C Grind
    Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport modified center shaft putter
    Titleist yellow AVX ball
  • bladehunterbladehunter Today was a good day.... Advanced Members Posts: 24,232 ✭✭
    I’m 14 rounds in with my i500. And I really can’t give you a review yet.



    Maybe love/hate is the only description I can give right now.
    TM Tour M6 11.2 * KK Tini XTS 70X
    TM Tour 17 M1 14.5* Graphite Design AD DI 8X
    Ping i500 pre-production proto 3 iron Graphite Design AD DI 105X
    Ping i500 4-pw Modus 130X
    Ping Glide Forged 50 54 60 S400
    Cameron GSS 009 1.5 tungsten sole weights, sound slot
  • halfsumohalfsumo Advanced Members Posts: 637
    i have a 4 iron and basically use it as a driving iron. Great performance and looks. Do not love the feel. If I were buying a whole set, I'd probably gravitate toward the i210 for better feel.
    ST190 Ventus 6S
    TS3 15 Tensei Pro White 70TX
    Apex Hybrid 20 VA Composites Raijin 84 Four
    i500 4 iron, Steelfiber i95S
    Fourteen FH-900 5-PW Steelfiber i95S
    PING Glide stealth 50, 56 SM7 D 60
    PING Ketsch
  • animalgolfsanimalgolfs FL & OK Advanced Members Posts: 1,956
    i500 are different animals altogether IMO



    Traditionist will be far more satisfied w/i210



    If you need distance with a sleek, compact look seek i500



    Forgiveness is a wash
    G400 Max 9* Tour 65
    G400 14.5* Attas 4u
    G400h 19* Tour 85
    G410 Crossover 23* Tour 85
    i500 6-UW{pwr spec} Recoil 110
    Glide Forged 54* Steelfiber i110
    Stealth 2.0 58* Steelfiber i110
    Vault 2.0 B60 Stealth WRX 390g
  • johnroyal519johnroyal519 Advanced Members Posts: 80
    FlyOver wrote:
    Bought the I500, took them to the range and hit them off grass. I hated the clicky sound, not forgiving on mishits and the next day exchanged them for a set of Mizuno JPX 919 forged.




    hearing the same over and over again.
  • WarEagleGolfWarEagleGolf Advanced Members Posts: 285 ✭✭
    edited October 2018
    Had them since they came out. Probably 20+ rounds on them. Love. Love. Love.





    Don't have issues with sound unless I miss one, but when hit solid it's a deep thud like you crushed it. And you did. Great distance control, I've never said "pin high" this much in my life.



    Great out of most lies (long irons are tough to hit out of deep rough, but when weren't any long irons hard to hit out of deep rough?). Dropped the hybrid, only use the 3 now.



    Got 1 extra club on low irons (PW-8), two extra up from there. Not even tempted by a potential release in Jan of a more blade like version. Hit the three iron like a champ off the tee.



    I get comments all the time on how good they look and how well I hit them. Couldn't be happier. No issues with wear or cracks (that seems to be over blown around here).



    They look brand new other than the faces, which is about right.
    PING G400 LST Fujikura XLR8 51 9.0*
    PING G400 Fujikura XLR8 61 16.5*
    PING i500 3-PW KBS C-Taper Lite 110g
    Edel 52*/46* TRP C-Taper Lite 110g
    Edel 58* DVR C-Taper Lite 110g
    PING Vault Anser2
  • bladehunterbladehunter Today was a good day.... Advanced Members Posts: 24,232 ✭✭
    edited October 2018


    I'm 14 rounds in with my i500. And I really can't give you a review yet.



    Maybe love/hate is the only description I can give right now.




    sorry to quote myself....but to add to what i said earlier ..



    Played 9 again today ...so 14 1/2 rounds in ... After clearing up a setup issue ( feet and shoulders doing there own thing) i couldnt have hit them better... They do want to go straight , but i turn them both ways when my swing is working..



    Sound..My set is hotmelted for weight and i really do not get the sound complaints people have. If you hit them in the middle they are marshmallow soft.. If you hit a clanker ..well it may clank.. But thats any iron except Vega..lol



    distance ? Mine are retro lofts , and im seeing around 1/2 club ( 4-5 yards) more carry than the MB set they replace. that grows to around 10 on the 4 iron which is becoming my favorite club. I dont ever seem to hit a bad shot with it . Its taken me a while to tune them to y preference with lie angle bending several times and weight added to get swing weight to D4....but thats same as any iron . nobody makes an iron heavy enough for my tastes these days .



    overall ....after thinking on it alot...Id give them a solid 8.5 out of 10.... if i could order them with my choice of shaft at no upcharge ( modus 130X) at D4 weight and they had a slightly sharp leading edge grind , id give them a 12! The super low offset and great feel sold them to me.....and to me they are plenty forgiving .



    The thing that shocked me was the distance control.. I have yet to hit any huge shot gun blast of distance... my miss with them has been side to side... Distance has been very consistent ....which you would think the opposite. I hit balls at home , and when i go to pickup from say a 7 iron batch of 10-20 balls.. unless i hit a really bad one most every ball will be in a small pattern close together.. not once have i had some mystery 20yard missile.. and im hiting them hard.
    TM Tour M6 11.2 * KK Tini XTS 70X
    TM Tour 17 M1 14.5* Graphite Design AD DI 8X
    Ping i500 pre-production proto 3 iron Graphite Design AD DI 105X
    Ping i500 4-pw Modus 130X
    Ping Glide Forged 50 54 60 S400
    Cameron GSS 009 1.5 tungsten sole weights, sound slot
  • new2g0lfnew2g0lf Advanced Members Posts: 3,271 ✭✭
    I've only played about 5 rounds with them, but they have been great. I should preface this saying I've never been a Ping iron fan, it goes back to a time when I rented a set of G 5's and I hated them. When my client handed me the i500 I wanted to hate it because of my past experience, but after about 20 swings I was feeling a lot different about Ping irons. On the course, they are long but consistent, unlike the P790's they replaced. They feel great and while I'm not half the golfer bladehunter is, I agree with everything he wrote.
    Driver - Ping G400 MAX 10.5*
    Woods - XXIO 10 3W
    Hybrids - XXIO 10 3H, 4H, 5H
    Irons - Home - PXG Gen 2 0311P 5-GW Away - Ping i500 5-AW
    Wedge - Vokey TVD 56* K Grind
    Putter - Seemore Nashville mFGP2 SS Mallet Black
    Ball - KSig, TM TP5X, Snell MTB
  • me05501me05501 Advanced Members Posts: 412
    Interesting that so many people mention feel as it relates to these irons.



    It isn't like Ping irons have ever been known for their feel. When they're flushed, they feel like nothingness. That's how you know you hit the sweet spot. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    What they are known for is predictable trajectory and tons of distance control, and it sounds like a lot of people are finding that to be true with the i500's.
  • mikpgamikpga www.mikedeitersgolf.com Advanced Members Posts: 7,328 ✭✭
    chiva wrote:

    mikpga wrote:


    Thus far I’m impressed with my G700’s. About 45 holes played.




    Last week I got a G700 5 iron to replace my Ping eye 2 3 iron. They both go about the same distance due to similar loft and the springy face. Anyway, the G700 launches higher than my eye 2. It is super forgiving. I’m going to get the 6-8 irons also. They are “shovelier” and I’m lovin it!




    It's funny. When I wanted to place my order with our rep, he told me to wait for the i500 to come out. We got the new heads, and I started hitting both of them. "Man, this i500 head is ****, BUT hitting this G700 is so much fun!" I spent almost 2.5 months giving the i500 a chance, but the G700 won me over on performance. My biggest concern was the ability to flight the ball, and it's not a problem. My second concern was how it handles with simple chip shots, just a matter of adjusting to the feel a little bit. Never thought I'd put "shovels" into my bag!
  • animalgolfsanimalgolfs FL & OK Advanced Members Posts: 1,956
    me05501 wrote:


    Interesting that so many people mention feel as it relates to these irons.



    It isn't like Ping irons have ever been known for their feel. When they're flushed, they feel like nothingness. That's how you know you hit the sweet spot. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    What they are known for is predictable trajectory and tons of distance control, and it sounds like a lot of people are finding that to be true with the i500's.




    The feeling on bad shots is what drives people to the cliff on these.



    I could careless about how bad they feel on mis-hits...
    G400 Max 9* Tour 65
    G400 14.5* Attas 4u
    G400h 19* Tour 85
    G410 Crossover 23* Tour 85
    i500 6-UW{pwr spec} Recoil 110
    Glide Forged 54* Steelfiber i110
    Stealth 2.0 58* Steelfiber i110
    Vault 2.0 B60 Stealth WRX 390g
  • FlyOverFlyOver Advanced Members Posts: 280 ✭✭
    edited October 2018

    me05501 wrote:


    Interesting that so many people mention feel as it relates to these irons.



    It isn't like Ping irons have ever been known for their feel. When they're flushed, they feel like nothingness. That's how you know you hit the sweet spot. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    What they are known for is predictable trajectory and tons of distance control, and it sounds like a lot of people are finding that to be true with the i500's.




    The feeling on bad shots is what drives people to the cliff on these.



    I could careless about how bad they feel on mis-hits...




    I’ve played forged irons for 20+ years. There is no comparison when you pure a carbon forged iron. Ping I500 can’t compete. I gave it a try after reading all it’s praise and loving my G400 LST driver. Back to Mizzy irons.
    Taylormade M6 9.0 loft-Handcrafted Even Flow Black 6.0 65 grams shaft
    Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 13.5 degree-Tensei Blue AV stiff shaft
    Titleist 818 H2 Hybrid-Tensei Blue stiff 19*
    Honma TW 747v forged 4-10 irons-Modus 105 stiff shafts
    Titleist Vokey SM6 50* F Grind
    Mack Daddy 4 54* C Grind
    Callaway PM Grind 58* C Grind
    Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport modified center shaft putter
    Titleist yellow AVX ball
  • twgolf78twgolf78 Advanced Members Posts: 181
    anyone else
  • 20six20six Advanced Members Posts: 558 ✭✭
    Performance all around is excellent, but I really dislike the feel/sound. In the "player's distance" iron category, I much prefer the Cobra Forged Tec Black. Just as long as the i500, much better feel/sound, and even a touch more forgiving (distance-wise) on mishits, particularly low on the face.
  • phil75070phil75070 Advanced Members Posts: 1,888 ✭✭
    I got a set of the i500's the day they went on sale. Based on results in the simulator and due to my advancing years I went with the recoil F2 (senior flex) shafts. I played them with very positive results but felt that the shaft wasn't right for me, I wasn't ready for senior flex, yet. So I took advantage of PGA Tour Superstore's 90 day playability guarantee and traded them in for the same 5i-UW set but with the Recoil F3 (regular) shafts. Before ever putting them in play I got notified I won a contest for a full fitting and new set of clubs from Driver through putter from another manufacturer. So now I am sitting here with a set of i500's that have never been hit that I'm not sure what I want to do with.
  • WarEagleGolfWarEagleGolf Advanced Members Posts: 285 ✭✭
    edited January 2
    Gotta be on 40+ RDS I guess.



    Still really like them. Have a few adjustments to make, might put a recoil or something, maybe new KBS graphite in the 3. It's a bomber but lowish. Off the tee generate some power and height but off the deck difficult to elevate. Not hard to hit as 3i come. Went with a 3rd wedge rather than the set Gap. And I was happy I did. PW is like my old 8. Lol.



    But consistent in my world, distance wise. I say 'pin high' alot...wish I said GIR more often though. That's a me thing, slight mishits heel to toe still fly, make a bad noise, feel kind of crappy, but fly. Thin shots aren't really deadly, it's very forgiving - 4cap - so not horrid mishits (often), but still very happy with the set.



    Got mine a bit heavier than stock, with lighter shafts, so they do have a bit of melt in them. Thinking of adding more frankly as they feel a tick lighter, even at same weight as my last set.



    **Edit: totally just noticed my post from Oct which was about the same. Ha. Oh well, sorry for duplicate content, but they are that good**"
    PING G400 LST Fujikura XLR8 51 9.0*
    PING G400 Fujikura XLR8 61 16.5*
    PING i500 3-PW KBS C-Taper Lite 110g
    Edel 52*/46* TRP C-Taper Lite 110g
    Edel 58* DVR C-Taper Lite 110g
    PING Vault Anser2
  • ian-500ian-500 Advanced Members Posts: 612 ✭✭
    After watching some favourable reviews on youtube, especially Rick Shiels, I thought I'd try a 'forged' Ping iron today.....and.......er......terrible. The main reason for testing was that the reviewers commented on how 'soft' the iron felt. It just isn't soft, for me. At all. Not compared to mine anyway (check signature). Admittedly it was shafted with DG S300 120 but I have tested other irons with the same shaft that felt softer, so......in fact, if I remember correctly, the S55 or S56 felt a lot better when I hit one a few years ago.

    Anyway, for 'feel' you can't beat a solid one piece forged iron. So I recommend going a different route. I liked the 2018 AP2 and the TM P770. Both are a similar size I think.
    Cobra F9 9* + Tour AD IZ 7x.
    Callaway Rogue SZ 15 Tour Issue + Tour AD IZ 7x.
    Callaway Rogue 19 Tour Issue + Tour AD IZ 8s.
    Adams Pro 23 Tour Issue + Tour AD UT95x
    Adams DHY Pro 27 + Irod 105x.
    Adams XTD Forged Tour Issue 6i - GW + Recoil Prototype 125F5.
    Adams XTD Forged SW/LW + KBS Hi-Rev x.
    SeeMore SB1, Accra FX300, Garsen.
  • torbilltorbill Advanced Members Posts: 262 ✭✭
    ian-500 wrote:


    After watching some favourable reviews on youtube, especially Rick Shiels, I thought I'd try a 'forged' Ping iron today.....and.......er......terrible. The main reason for testing was that the reviewers commented on how 'soft' the iron felt. It just isn't soft, for me. At all. Not compared to mine anyway (check signature). Admittedly it was shafted with DG S300 120 but I have tested other irons with the same shaft that felt softer, so......in fact, if I remember correctly, the S55 or S56 felt a lot better when I hit one a few years ago.

    Anyway, for 'feel' you can't beat a solid one piece forged iron. So I recommend going a different route. I liked the 2018 AP2 and the TM P770. Both are a similar size I think.




    I am a senior who has gradually been losing some distance and can’t spin his irons like he used to, and I play this club and love it. I play graphite shafts. I play to a low handicap and normally hit the ball reasonably square and in the middle of the face. The feel is excellent for me. When I make bad hits, yes, it is somewhat harsh, but nothing like the old fashioned blades that we used to play that would rattle the fillings in my teeth. And on bad hits this club tends to perform as well as some of the game improvement clubs I have owned. I strongly recommend that the low-mid handicap player who hates the look of game improvement clubs, loves the look of a blade club, and is losing height and distance (or any player who just wants more height and distance than what they presently have) should try hitting this club and see what you think.
  • bladehunterbladehunter Today was a good day.... Advanced Members Posts: 24,232 ✭✭


    After watching some favourable reviews on youtube, especially Rick Shiels, I thought I'd try a 'forged' Ping iron today.....and.......er......terrible. The main reason for testing was that the reviewers commented on how 'soft' the iron felt. It just isn't soft, for me. At all. Not compared to mine anyway (check signature). Admittedly it was shafted with DG S300 120 but I have tested other irons with the same shaft that felt softer, so......in fact, if I remember correctly, the S55 or S56 felt a lot better when I hit one a few years ago.

    Anyway, for 'feel' you can't beat a solid one piece forged iron. So I recommend going a different route. I liked the 2018 AP2 and the TM P770. Both are a similar size I think.




    One problem. The ap2 isn’t a solid forged iron either. Just the face.
    TM Tour M6 11.2 * KK Tini XTS 70X
    TM Tour 17 M1 14.5* Graphite Design AD DI 8X
    Ping i500 pre-production proto 3 iron Graphite Design AD DI 105X
    Ping i500 4-pw Modus 130X
    Ping Glide Forged 50 54 60 S400
    Cameron GSS 009 1.5 tungsten sole weights, sound slot
  • 1Mordrid11Mordrid1 Advanced Members Posts: 568 ✭✭
    I played a round with the i500s as a rental. I could not see what the hype was about. They don't "feel" much better than my G700s, and they were not any longer. Height and spin seemed similar, but the i500 was not as forgiving.



    So for me the i500s are in the twilight zone. They perform decent but if results are what matters then the G700s outperform them. If feel mattered most then I would be looking at the Srixon 585's which feel way better, and are more forgiving.
    WITB

    Callaway Rogue driver w/ Oban Tour Limited 4 60g
    Callaway Rogue 4 wood w/ Oban Kiyoshi White 4 65g
    Nike Sasquatch Sumo #4 hybrid(cut down 1") w/ H Diamana s
    Srixon U65 20° Miyazaki Kaula 7 s
    Ping G700 5-UW AWT 2.0(1°flat, 2° weak)
    Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind 19 54/ KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 115
    Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind 19 60/KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 115
    Ping Sigma 2 Tyne (adjusted to 32")
    Snell MTB Black
  • bladehunterbladehunter Today was a good day.... Advanced Members Posts: 24,232 ✭✭
    torbill wrote:

    ian-500 wrote:


    After watching some favourable reviews on youtube, especially Rick Shiels, I thought I'd try a 'forged' Ping iron today.....and.......er......terrible. The main reason for testing was that the reviewers commented on how 'soft' the iron felt. It just isn't soft, for me. At all. Not compared to mine anyway (check signature). Admittedly it was shafted with DG S300 120 but I have tested other irons with the same shaft that felt softer, so......in fact, if I remember correctly, the S55 or S56 felt a lot better when I hit one a few years ago.

    Anyway, for 'feel' you can't beat a solid one piece forged iron. So I recommend going a different route. I liked the 2018 AP2 and the TM P770. Both are a similar size I think.




    I am a senior who has gradually been losing some distance and can’t spin his irons like he used to, and I play this club and love it. I play graphite shafts. I play to a low handicap and normally hit the ball reasonably square and in the middle of the face. The feel is excellent for me. When I make bad hits, yes, it is somewhat harsh, but nothing like the old fashioned blades that we used to play that would rattle the fillings in my teeth. And on bad hits this club tends to perform as well as some of the game improvement clubs I have owned. I strongly recommend that the low-mid handicap player who hates the look of game improvement clubs, loves the look of a blade club, and is losing height and distance (or any player who just wants more height and distance than what they presently have) should try hitting this club and see what you think.




    Absolutely. They are harsh if not hit in the middle. Selling point for me. I want to know when I miss . Even a little.



    Still swinging mine. Don’t know what it is. Must be perfect spin combo for me or something. I’m just in control with them.



    TM Tour M6 11.2 * KK Tini XTS 70X
    TM Tour 17 M1 14.5* Graphite Design AD DI 8X
    Ping i500 pre-production proto 3 iron Graphite Design AD DI 105X
    Ping i500 4-pw Modus 130X
    Ping Glide Forged 50 54 60 S400
    Cameron GSS 009 1.5 tungsten sole weights, sound slot
  • johnroyal519johnroyal519 Advanced Members Posts: 80
    the real world reviews of the i500 aren't that favourable
  • GolfTurkeyGolfTurkey Advanced Members Posts: 532 ✭✭
    GolfTurkey wrote:


    Not a long term review but so far the retro spec i500's are doing everything I wanted from them, which is to go higher, spin more and stop faster than my old IE1 irons. Forgiveness seems similar, although misses very low in the face are nasty.




    Favourable longer term review from me. The above still applies and I have learnt not to hit them thin. Retro loft spin plenty and have lots of stopping power, especially with a high spin ball like ProV1x

  • Golfguy224Golfguy224 ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 23
    I’ve played 3 rounds with mine i500s! Best feeling irons I’ve ever hit!! They launch well they go far and they have no problem stopping on the green. I’ve shot 2 of my lowest scores with them and can’t wait to go lower. A must buy if your a ping guy 😊

    I’ve played 3 rounds with mine i500s! Best feeling irons I’ve ever hit!! They launch well they go far and they have no problem stopping on the green. I’ve shot 2 of my lowest scores with them and can’t wait to go lower. A must buy if your a ping guy 😊
  • bladehunterbladehunter Today was a good day.... Advanced Members Posts: 24,232 ✭✭


    the real world reviews of the i500 aren't that favourable




    Not really. Mine is long term. I still love my set. Was a hard set to dial in , but once setup properly they are on auto pilot. When I say setup I’m talking lie adjustment 4-5 times over a month period. Lead tape for heavy and progressive swing weight . Shaft change to old fav modus 130. Lofts bent back starting off a 48 degree pw. And then many balls to figure out their tendencies. Same as most any iron.



    The negative reviews are generally from the guy who buys Andy ties for a round , doesn’t find the middle of the face and then sellls quick. Find a negative review of someone who’s played them for 3-4 months. Only one usually is someone who’s worried about cosmetics/ resale value. I’m not that guy.



    Great iron that is going to tell you when you miss the middle of the face.
    TM Tour M6 11.2 * KK Tini XTS 70X
    TM Tour 17 M1 14.5* Graphite Design AD DI 8X
    Ping i500 pre-production proto 3 iron Graphite Design AD DI 105X
    Ping i500 4-pw Modus 130X
    Ping Glide Forged 50 54 60 S400
    Cameron GSS 009 1.5 tungsten sole weights, sound slot
  • kcsfkcsf Advanced Members Posts: 993 ✭✭



    the real world reviews of the i500 aren't that favourable




    Not really. Mine is long term. I still love my set. Was a hard set to dial in , but once setup properly they are on auto pilot. When I say setup I'm talking lie adjustment 4-5 times over a month period. Lead tape for heavy and progressive swing weight . Shaft change to old fav modus 130. Lofts bent back starting off a 48 degree pw. And then many balls to figure out their tendencies. Same as most any iron.



    The negative reviews are generally from the guy who buys Andy ties for a round , doesn't find the middle of the face and then sellls quick. Find a negative review of someone who's played them for 3-4 months. Only one usually is someone who's worried about cosmetics/ resale value. I'm not that guy.



    Great iron that is going to tell you when you miss the middle of the face.




    ^^^Blade nails the i500 here. It's not an iron for everyone and it will not give you the forgiveness of a game improvement iron. With that being said, if you can hit the middle of the face most of the time the i500 will reward you with a deep high flight that is surprisingly forgiving for the segment it is intended for. A 15cap may find it really hard to bag these though as it's a small head with little offset.



    The i500 is sensitive to strike and the ball you use, more so than any other club I've bagged. Now we can say that about most irons, but these should be in the same arena as true blades. You need to be a decent ball striker to see how **** good there really are and like Blade stated they need to be dialed in.



    Not to beat a dead horse but get fit for these. TXG did a fascinating comparison () and found that the power spec gave the highest ball flight and best landing angle due to the increase in ball speed. The exact opposite of what you would think. These are unique clubs and I'd recommend anyone looking to purchase these to due your homework and be honest with yourself about your ability.
    G400 Green Mamba 60TX
    Taylormade M2 Tour HL 3w Green Mamba
    Ping i500 irons
    Edel 50* & 56* wedges
    O-Works #7s red
  • gvogelgvogel Advanced Members Posts: 7,001 ✭✭
    kcsf wrote:




    the real world reviews of the i500 aren't that favourable




    Not really. Mine is long term. I still love my set. Was a hard set to dial in , but once setup properly they are on auto pilot. When I say setup I'm talking lie adjustment 4-5 times over a month period. Lead tape for heavy and progressive swing weight . Shaft change to old fav modus 130. Lofts bent back starting off a 48 degree pw. And then many balls to figure out their tendencies. Same as most any iron.



    The negative reviews are generally from the guy who buys Andy ties for a round , doesn't find the middle of the face and then sellls quick. Find a negative review of someone who's played them for 3-4 months. Only one usually is someone who's worried about cosmetics/ resale value. I'm not that guy.



    Great iron that is going to tell you when you miss the middle of the face.




    ^^^Blade nails the i500 here. It's not an iron for everyone and it will not give you the forgiveness of a game improvement iron. With that being said, if you can hit the middle of the face most of the time the i500 will reward you with a deep high flight that is surprisingly forgiving for the segment it is intended for. A 15cap may find it really hard to bag these though as it's a small head with little offset.



    The i500 is sensitive to strike and the ball you use, more so than any other club I've bagged. Now we can say that about most irons, but these should be in the same arena as true blades. You need to be a decent ball striker to see how **** good there really are and like Blade stated they need to be dialed in.



    Not to beat a dead horse but get fit for these. TXG did a fascinating comparison (https://www.youtube....h?v=vJn3XQDTaWM) and found that the power spec gave the highest ball flight and best landing angle due to the increase in ball speed. The exact opposite of what you would think. These are unique clubs and I'd recommend anyone looking to purchase these to due your homework and be honest with yourself about your ability.




    I saw that video and was surprised by their conclusion, but that worked for them. I am a slower swinger. I hit the ball out of the center of the face most of the time, and I can play old hickory clubs without much offset, so I am going to try an i500 6-iron to start with. But at my club head speed I think that standard loft would be best.



    We'll see.
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  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Advanced Members Posts: 1,581 ✭✭
    I hated them. iBlades are far better in terms feel, performance, and forgiveness.



    Again, this is all personal preference, but the i500’s are the equivalent of a cold lifeless dead body in terms of feel.
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  • GreCra83GreCra83 Members Posts: 30 ✭✭
    I have played Ping irons for many years and from my experience the i500 are soft if you hit the middle of the face, with toe hits feeling clinging. I played the i200s most of last year and on center strikes I would say the i500 offer just as soft of feel with a bit more powerful feel of the face. I have used both with Nippon shafts so this may have helped with the feel. Just my experience so far.
  • Kenny Lee PuckettKenny Lee Puckett Advanced Members Posts: 3,460
    IMO they are a nice long iron replacement option (e.g. been pleased with the single i500 4 iron added to my bag)



    if you formerly played anything blade or players CB the complete i500 set might feel/sound peculiar, and therefore totally unsatisfactory.



    however, I think players coming from a larger GI cavity back iron looking for a more compact iron will think a complete of i500 are the bees knees. they do not have the point of reference of feel/sound that makes i500 seem out of the ordinary, they're used to firm faces.
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  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Advanced Members Posts: 1,581 ✭✭
    IMO they are a nice long iron replacement option (e.g. been pleased with the single i500 4 iron added to my bag)



    if you formerly played anything blade or players CB the complete i500 set might feel/sound peculiar, and therefore totally unsatisfactory.



    however, I think players coming from a larger GI cavity back iron looking for a more compact iron will think a complete of i500 are the bees knees. they do not have the point of reference of feel/sound that makes i500 seem out of the ordinary, they're used to firm faces.




    This is a very valid point in my opinion.
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  • Twin2LTwin2L Members Posts: 45 ✭✭
    I played Wishon 560MC for 3 years then 575MMC forged irons for 5+ years. GREAT feeling and performing forged irons. I had an opportunity to play the I500's for a few rounds in the north Louisiana wet winter and decided to purchase them when I was made an offer I couldn't refuse. I've not had the opportunity to play these above 65* yet and multiple rounds in the 40's, but the feel is what I expect on mishits with a smooth powerful feel on well struck shots. I have put the Pings in the bag with the goal of a more forgiving iron that will allow for me to continue to attempt to improve my scoring in spite of a neck injury which leaves my swing less consistent and weaker some days.



    Even allowing for colder temps, the Ping I500's are at least a club longer. While I do not struggle to "get the ball well up" as TW would say, I find consistent high trajectory is all but automatic. I also notice that I play these better (longer and more consistent) with a firmer ball, ie: BXS instead of BRX or BRXS The distances were less dramatically different with the forged irons. I believe this is due to both the effects of a different shaft profile (DG105 S300) and slightly lower spin of the I500. (I have also been having similar results with my driver and FW)



    Bottom line for me is I am really looking forward to playing these at 75 degrees or more.
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  • BCULAWBCULAW Orlando, FLAdvanced Members Posts: 3,615 ✭✭
    edited February 9
    I've had them in the bag for 3 rounds now. Red dot 3-p with Modus 105x at +1". They are definitely not what I would consider " soft," but I don't mind the feel. They are definitely long compared to the MP18 blades I'm coming out of, especially as they get towards the middle and long end of the bag.



    What I have noticed more than anything is that they are very consistent regardless of the swing i put on them. I hit a lot of knock downs into the Florida wind. In the past, I have taken a club or two extra. I don't have to with these. Knock downs fly the same distance, but with a lower trajectory. Makes club selection easier once you start to trust it.



    No issues with stopping power. I hit a Max 4 iron down wind this morning that stopped within 10 feet of the ball Mark. Stock flight is very high, but it goes and it stops.



    I don't need a 3 wood anymore with the 3 iron in the bag. They go about the same distance and then iron is much more consistent for me.
  • GolfCstyGolfCsty Members Posts: 22
    Speaking to the clanky sound, mine sound terrible off a mat with range balls. Think about how loud fairways and hybrids are off mats vs off the fairway. Mats and range balls are the condition in which most people are testing the i500s and are quickly turned off. It’s understandable.



    On the course with a premium ball (I play TP5) they sound and feel good when struck solid and I’m completely satisfied with the performance. They don’t have a forged feel, because they aren’t, but they feel just as good as any other cast club.
  • calogecaloge Advanced Members Posts: 434 ✭✭
    Had these since day 1. Would say they do require an adjustment period but I'm very satisfied. Distance is comparable to a gi iron with very little offset and equal to or better forgiveness than pretty much any non-gi cb, and many gi cbs. Will remain in the bag all of this year for sure and possibly longer.



    Im a moderate swing speed player but have difficulty with higher offset and thick soled irons. It's basically the ideal club to address those issues.
  • joesgonegolfingjoesgonegolfing Older But Better ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 1,413 ClubWRX
    kcsf wrote:




    the real world reviews of the i500 aren't that favourable




    Not really. Mine is long term. I still love my set. Was a hard set to dial in , but once setup properly they are on auto pilot. When I say setup I'm talking lie adjustment 4-5 times over a month period. Lead tape for heavy and progressive swing weight . Shaft change to old fav modus 130. Lofts bent back starting off a 48 degree pw. And then many balls to figure out their tendencies. Same as most any iron.



    The negative reviews are generally from the guy who buys Andy ties for a round , doesn't find the middle of the face and then sellls quick. Find a negative review of someone who's played them for 3-4 months. Only one usually is someone who's worried about cosmetics/ resale value. I'm not that guy.



    Great iron that is going to tell you when you miss the middle of the face.




    ^^^Blade nails the i500 here. It's not an iron for everyone and it will not give you the forgiveness of a game improvement iron. With that being said, if you can hit the middle of the face most of the time the i500 will reward you with a deep high flight that is surprisingly forgiving for the segment it is intended for. A 15cap may find it really hard to bag these though as it's a small head with little offset.



    The i500 is sensitive to strike and the ball you use, more so than any other club I've bagged. Now we can say that about most irons, but these should be in the same arena as true blades. You need to be a decent ball striker to see how **** good there really are and like Blade stated they need to be dialed in.



    Not to beat a dead horse but get fit for these. TXG did a fascinating comparison (https://www.youtube....h?v=vJn3XQDTaWM) and found that the power spec gave the highest ball flight and best landing angle due to the increase in ball speed. The exact opposite of what you would think. These are unique clubs and I'd recommend anyone looking to purchase these to due your homework and be honest with yourself about your ability.




    Great video, had not seen that one yet.
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  • bjpjjsbjpjjs Members Posts: 4
    I have the I 200's and picked up the I500 4&5 for long irons and really very happy with them.



    Not magic but if center face these they feel great and wow do they fly 8-10 yds better than the I200's on average.



    Just ordered the 6 and I think I am good form there had the nippon 105s in both series.



    I think they have great feel and one thing I have noted they also do a great job if you need a punch shot .
  • awtryau89awtryau89 Advanced Members Posts: 1,177 ✭✭
    Played Ping for years until I discovered JPX 900s. Went with those until the i500s. When I got the i500s, they changed my game. I had never hit irons any better. They just gave me confidence due to the distance gains and height I was getting from the shots. I could work the ball but they more or less wanted to go straight which is not a bad thing They did not have the really bad left or right shot in them. Turf interaction was good. Forgiveness is there in spades for me. The low face shot is very harsh but it traveled better than most irons and did not get offline. For me the looks were the best all arounder I have looked down at. Eventually though the sound and feel wore on me. When I got a chance to snag a set of JPX 919 Forged I jumped. I held on to the i500s for a long while but eventually sold them. I now regret that and consider it a mistake. While I do love my 919s, there is not the same confidence I had with the i500s.



    I was at PGA SS yesterday comparing the 2 with the same PX 6.0 shaft. Went through about a 45 minute session on their GC2 monitors. What I found was ball speeds were roughly the same. I was a consistent 122-123 with both. Distance was a tick longer with the i500s. Maybe 2 yards longer in carry overall. Spin was what surprised me. The i500s spun more on average. I was at 6200 across the whole set with the 919s at 6000. When I looked at my best shots, the 919s were a tick higher though. Descent angle was a bit better with the 919s hitting 47-48 and the i500s coming in at around 45. Overall you would think it came down to feel and looks. The 919s feel better but the i500s look better to my eye. I will say that when the i500 is pure, I think it feels better than the 919. Even so, throughout the whole process, I could just find the center of the club face much easier with the i500s. I am not sure why either. Maybe the sole grind works better for me. Now I am back in the market for a set. Going to wait until I hit the BST jackpot though and not spend the full monty.
  • bladehunterbladehunter Today was a good day.... Advanced Members Posts: 24,232 ✭✭
    edited February 22
    awtryau89 wrote:


    Played Ping for years until I discovered JPX 900s. Went with those until the i500s. When I got the i500s, they changed my game. I had never hit irons any better. They just gave me confidence due to the distance gains and height I was getting from the shots. I could work the ball but they more or less wanted to go straight which is not a bad thing They did not have the really bad left or right shot in them. Turf interaction was good. Forgiveness is there in spades for me. The low face shot is very harsh but it traveled better than most irons and did not get offline. For me the looks were the best all arounder I have looked down at. Eventually though the sound and feel wore on me. When I got a chance to snag a set of JPX 919 Forged I jumped. I held on to the i500s for a long while but eventually sold them. I now regret that and consider it a mistake. While I do love my 919s, there is not the same confidence I had with the i500s.



    I was at PGA SS yesterday comparing the 2 with the same PX 6.0 shaft. Went through about a 45 minute session on their GC2 monitors. What I found was ball speeds were roughly the same. I was a consistent 122-123 with both. Distance was a tick longer with the i500s. Maybe 2 yards longer in carry overall. Spin was what surprised me. The i500s spun more on average. I was at 6200 across the whole set with the 919s at 6000. When I looked at my best shots, the 919s were a tick higher though. Descent angle was a bit better with the 919s hitting 47-48 and the i500s coming in at around 45. Overall you would think it came down to feel and looks. The 919s feel better but the i500s look better to my eye. I will say that when the i500 is pure, I think it feels better than the 919. Even so, throughout the whole process, I could just find the center of the club face much easier with the i500s. I am not sure why either. Maybe the sole grind works better for me. Now I am back in the market for a set. Going to wait until I hit the BST jackpot though and not spend the full monty.




    Totally agree. On paper these irons shouldn’t work as well as they do. But just as I was telling someone a couple days ago. They spin more than anything in that category. Therefore you can control them. Yet as you said they do not seem to have a big miss in them either direction. And I bend them both ways so I’d know if they did. Very very neutral. Tried to quit them and can’t. Too much control.
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  • kgeorge78kgeorge78 Advanced Members Posts: 7,705 ✭✭
    ive tried them multiple times and never really liked them. The feel wasn't that great to me.
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  • Patrik1982Patrik1982 Members Posts: 13 ✭✭
    Play a 4 iron in a mixed set with i210. Feel and sound is not as good but high launch, forgiving and half a club longer than the i210. Overall pleased!
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  • pollock21pollock21 Advanced Members Posts: 659 ✭✭
    Had my first round with these yesterday. Picked up a set shafted with modus 105 x which are flat out too light for me, and only SW to D-0.



    I’m definitely going to have to reshaft but I had one of my better ballstriking days with my irons in a long time. I e struggled with the lefts due to a swing flaw I’ve been fighting and I just couldn’t take looking at the offset in my i200’s anymore.



    These irons feel great when centered, not clicky at all. Overall I’m impressed with the launch and performance of these, but now I’m on the lookout for a heavier shaft option. I really don’t want anything to knock off spin so modus 125 x might be a good option as they have a similar profile to the 105x. Also thinking about x100 AMT or maybe going to s400. Also have a line on some PX LZ 7.0 125’s I might try. I have 7.0 130’s in my wedges and get along with those fine and really liked my 125 LZ 6.5’s in my i200’s.
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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Advanced Members Posts: 11,370 ✭✭
    i just have the 6i but do prefer the feel of the iblade and s55 ... the whole s series to be honest
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  • JoeJoeJoeUrBoatJoeJoeJoeUrBoat Advanced Members Posts: 686 ✭✭
    Felt very dead to me, wasn't a fan at all. Had I gone PING I'd be going i210 for sure.
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  • AzSuperHack76AzSuperHack76 ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 1,418 ClubWRX
    I ditched the i500's for the Srixon z585's.



    The 500's started to sound and feel terrible after a dozen or so rounds for me. The feel of the srixon's blow the 500's out of the water, not even comparable to me. 585's are just as long and are more forgiving.
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