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I used to play a set of the original S59 from the tour dept. So this is what I can say in general about them

 

 

Appearance:

 

Departing from their past unique style with the Zing and ISI lines of irons, Ping returns to an even more traditional looking club than the I3 series with their S59 line of irons. This club has a nice moderate blade length with a moderately round and thin topline. Noticeably slimmer than the other irons currently out by this manufacturer this appearance from address adds to the "normal" look of this club. This iron has a somewhat "blade"-like appearance with the two previously mentioned features along with its minimal offset throughout most of the set. Taking a look at other companies specs, we see they are very similar to many blade offerings by the companys who make traditional forged blades, except that the long irons in the S59 have a little bit more offset to them making them slightly more forgiving. These irons are traditional looking in either configuration but even more so in the "Tour" model, with their satin/brushed finish and the "traditional" ferrules. This is a great iron appearance wise for those that like the blade appearance but want to remain using the Ping brand and maintain some semblance of forgiveness.

 

 

Playability:

 

These irons are great for the better player who likes the Ping irons and Ping's truely unique feel. The irons have minimal offset for any iron but especially a Ping iron, allowing them to be workable in both directions for the good player who realizes that a straight shot isn't always the right shot. The irons provide markdely more forgiveness than traditional blade irons (i.e. 695 mb, CG1, etc.) on both thin shots as well as offcenter shots. These irons are great from tight lies or fluffy lies with their intermediate sole width and bounce, they are great for the player who doesn't have any "typical" playing conditions. These are great for the low handicapper who wants the workability of blades with the forgiveness of Ping or any other cavity back.

 

Ball Flight:

 

As with any iron ball flight is greatly influenced by the players swing as well as the shafts fitted in the clubs. The irons this reviewer played had special shafts from the Ping Tour Dept. that were Like a CS-Lite S step patter except in an X. With the right shaft these clubs provide a great boring trajectory much the same as any other properly fit iron. The minimal blade-like offset allows you to not have to worry about constantly seeing the left side of the golf course due to clunky heads with big offset etc. I found the ballflight nice and high and soft with a great trajectory that was not overly effected by the wind.

 

Overall:

 

These are great clubs for those who like Ping clubs but want a blade-like iron as far as looks and setup. With great forgiveness for this style iron they are incredibly playable and have great feel overall, however, if you are not a fan of Ping irons the feel may not appeal to you. These irons have a traditional appearance and the "Tour" even more so. I'd say if your a low handicapper who likes Ping irons but want the playability of a blade you should definitely check these irons out.

 

 

Pros - almost everything bout the club

Cons - forgiving for a blade but not as forgiving as a Cavity Back iron or any other Ping iron

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Yes, you can purchase the "tour" model at any ping retailer. That is why I put the word TOUR in parentheses, I use caution when using the word TOUR. The "Tour" version is just the one pictured on the left with a ferrule, rather than the Tour Dept. version that I was using. So yes, you can order the "Tour" version with the ferrule at your edwin watts or whatever, but Im sure DiscountDans probably has the best price around on them.

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These are a SWEET set of irons. And now with the S58 blades coming out pretty soon, these will probably have a very low price on them soon enough. I'm thinking of getting myself a set of these. The problem with that is that I'm already a fairly low ball hitter, so I'll probably make a kind of combo set, with S59 short irons and possibly i5, or some other forgiving CB mid and long irons.

 

Primo set of irons here.

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