The two latest iron offerings from PING are the i500 and i210 models each targeted at a specific segment of golfers and each using updated designs from popular previous models.

The i500 is a multi-material constructed with a maraging steel forged and milled face similar to the G700 irons but in a more compact head.  PING says their testing saw some players gaining 15 yards with a high trajectory which means the ball will stop on the green. The stainless-steel head with a internal cavity has PING’s HydroPearl Chrome 2.0 finish that repels water but that’s almost secondary to the fact it looks great.

Available in golf shops pricing for the i500 is $175 per club with steel shafts and $190 with graphite plus there is no upcharge for aftermarket shafts

The i210 are meant to replace the i200s that had rave reviews from users including this one. Their multi-material construction includes a stainless-steel head with a larger and softer elastomer CTP insert. The tuning port in the toe is 30% larger and really increased perimeter weighting which has the effect of creating 25% more face contact. This combination makes for a “soft buttery feel” that better players want and the control of trajectory to control distance precisely. The i210s also have the HydroPearl finish.

Suggested retail is $137.50 per iron with steel shafts and $152.50 with graphite shafts.

Nothing Runs Like Kim & Titleist at John Deere

Michael Kim posted his first win on the PGA Tour, a convincing eight shot victory over the field at the John Deere Classic played on the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. In only his third year on Tour the South Korean born 24-year old who now lives in Houston, shot a tournament record 27 under par while having to put up with weather delays and very soft conditions.

This is the first win for a player teeing it with the Titleist TS2 model driver which along with the TS3 will be coming to retail in the fall replacing the 917 D2 and D3 from two year ago. The TS driver were introduced to staff players at the U.S. Open and this week 16 players used them, 10 the TS2 and 6 the TS3, out of the 33 Titleist staffers in the field. Here’s the composition of Kim’s bag:

Driver: Titleist TS2 (10 ½ degrees) Aldila Rogue Black 60X shaft
Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16 ½ degrees) Aldila Rogue Black 70 TX shaft
Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (21 degrees) Graphite Design Tour AD DI-85 X Hybrid shaft
Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4), 718 AP2 (5-PW) with True Temper XP 115 shafts
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (52, 56 & 60 degrees) True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300 shafts
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Newport 350 prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

In Case Anyone Should Ask:

Titleist reported 126 players at the John Deere Classic or 81% played either the Pro V1 or the Pro V1x, the highest number since tracking began for the number playing one ball manufacturer’s product in a 156-man field. Titleist is also the top choice in the hybrids (232) and irons categories (45). Vokey Design Wedges topped the approach, sand and lob wedge (211) category and Scotty Cameron putters are the choice of more players than any other brand with 56 in play.

The new TS drivers from Titleist also seem to have received a warm reception from Tour players as well with 16 of the 33 Titleist staffers in the field using them. The TS2 was used by 10 and the TS3 by six. The companion TS2 and TS 3 fairway woods also were played by 16 golfers out of the 44 Titleist fairway woods counted.