Best Ping Irons 2024

Which model are the best Ping irons for your game? Here’s a complete guide to each iron in Ping’s 2024 line-up, who they are aimed at, and how they performed when tested by our pro.

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Ping’s line-up is smaller than many of the other biggest brands, but they consistently produce some of the best golf irons and are always very popular among mid- and high-handicappers. That’s not to say they don’t cater for better players, too, there are plenty of elite golfers and tour pros who swear Ping irons are the best fit for their game.

Many Ping iron models have a decent lifespan, particularly compared to some other brands who replace or update models every year. Some Ping models stay in the market for a number of years, which is virtually unheard of in the golf industry these days. That doesn’t mean they’re outdated, simply that Ping won’t replace a model until they truly believe its successor offers a decent improvement.

Whether you’re an aspiring tour pro or a beginner golfer, there’s a Ping iron out there for you. Here’s our rundown of the best Ping irons you can choose for your game.

Best Ping irons at a glance:

Best Ping muscleback blade iron: Ping Blueprint T – View Offer UK / View Offer USA

Best Ping tour iron: Ping Blueprint S – View Offer UK / View Offer USA

Best Ping players’ iron: Ping i230 – View Offer UK / View Offer USA

Best Ping players’ distance iron: Ping i530 – View Offer UK / View Offer USA

Best Ping iron for a combination of forgiveness, distance, and looks: Ping G430 – View Offer UK / View Offer USA

Best Ping iron for forgiveness: Ping G730 – View Offer UK / View Offer USA

Best Ping iron for slow swing speeds: Ping G430 HL – View Offer UK

Best Ping Irons 2024

Best Ping muscleback blade iron

Price: $1,699 / £1,129
Who are they for?
The T is a second-generation Ping Blueprint iron, which has to say the brand's switch to forged constructions for very elite player irons is working. If the marquee hadn’t hit the spot things just wouldn’t have progressed past the original.

Until now Ping and forging have been really uneasy bedfellows as before Blueprint the brand's forged iron repertoire ran to just two Anser models (in 2010 and 2012) since the 1960’s. Forged irons usually win over 90% of tour events, yet less than 10% of pros believe the best blades like the Blueprint T are the best choice for their game, which has to say this model has a very limited audience.
In my book the T comes with a brilliant head shape and profile, yes the sole width is incredibly narrow but I completely understand why the eyes of decent golfers would be drawn to this super elegant beauty. Thanks to having the same 7-iron loft as the brilliant Blueprint S our test data has the pair down as being pretty evenly matched on a spreadsheet, but thanks to its cavity back construction the S will provide some additional ball speed protection when shots are hit away from center face.
I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t recommend anyone drawn to this model should also hit the Blueprint S, as my gut feeling is 95% of golfers will get better results from the slightly more forgiving players’ model.               

Read our full Ping Blueprint T iron review.

TG Test Pro Data:
Ball Speed: 119.3 MPH / Launch Angle: 16.3° / Backspin: 7323 RPM / Peak Height: 31 YDS / Descent Angle: 46.4° / Carry Distance: 165 YDS


  • A few will love the turf interaction of the super-slim soles
  • The lovely forged feel
  • The model is a timeless classic


  • Very unforgiving
  • Expect short carry distances
  • Forgiveness rating:
Category: Muscleback blade
Handicap range: Four and below
Construction: Forged from a single piece of 8620 carbon steel
7-Iron loft: 33º

Best Ping tour iron

Price: $1,699 / £1,129
Who are they for?
Ping doesn’t have a huge back catalog of forged iron models, so from what I’ve seen of the Blueprint S I can confidently say it’s the best the brand has ever made. Yes, the players’ iron category is crammed with excellent models, but our test pro’s disappointment was obvious when he realized Ping revealed this model in the very year he decided to start playing Callaway equipment. Which in my book alone says everything you need to know about how good this beautiful model is.
It's really important to not get dragged into thinking the Blueprint S is Ping’s forged cavity back model for club golfers, it really isn’t.

A 33° 7-iron loft and low-launching True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 stock shafts should spell that out loud and clear, as both help position this model very much as one of the best players irons of 2024.
The big question I see decent players encountering this year is the choice between the Blueprint S and the Ping i230, both of which target the players’ iron arena.

Our data has the Blueprint a few yards out in front for carry distance, a number which could easily be reversed on another day’s testing. My gut feeling is decisions will ultimately come down to how much premium you put on playing forged irons, and how sensitive you are to price, as the S will set you back £140 more for a seven-piece set.
After testing both models I believe you can’t make a bad choice, but the Blueprint S does feel like it will have more timeless classic appeal should you want to invest in a model that’s going to hold its value.    

Read our full Ping Blueprint S iron review.

TG Test Pro Data:
Ball Speed: 120.4 MPH / Launch Angle: 15.6° / Backspin: 7105 RPM / Peak Height: 30 YDS / Descent Angle: 45.7° / Carry Distance: 167 YDS


  • Beautiful looks and feel
  • The MOI is slightly higher in the long irons
  • The faces are CNC Milled for precision


  • £1400 is a lot for a set (7-piece) of Ping irons
  • Forgiveness rating:
Category: Players’ Iron
Handicap range: Eight and below
Construction: Forged from a single piece of 8620 carbon steel
7-Iron loft: 33º

Best Ping players' iron

Price: $1,499 / £989
Who are they for?
The i230 launched at the back end of 2022 and thanks to its older sibling (the i210) having been Ping’s most-played tour iron since its launch in 2018 the model has had massive shoes to fill. It took no time at all for Ping staffers to switch to this model, some have now moved onto the brilliant 2024 Blueprint S, but even players like Bryson Dechambeau have played this model unpaid. Validation that this excellent players’ iron model is a massive hit among seriously good golfers.
Our test data highlights how from the same 7-iron loft as the Blueprint T the i230 gained speed (0.6mph), spin (191RPM), shot height (1 yard), and descent angle (1.6°), all traits that decent, consistent ball strikers will appreciate. Where versus the Blueprint S it produced more spin and a steeper descent angle.      
Blindfolded our test pro reckoned he’d struggle to feel or hear the difference between the i230 (which thanks to elastomer supporting the face gives a ‘forged-like feel’), and the forged Blueprint S, which is a serious endorsement of the i230’s cast construction.

You won’t go far wrong if you see the i230 as a brilliant mix of a great-looking iron, that’s just about the most forgiving option within the players’ iron category.

Read our full Ping i230 review.

TG Test Pro Data:
Ball Speed: 120.8 MPH / Launch Angle: 16.3° / Backspin: 7573 RPM / Peak Height: 32 YDS / Descent Angle: 47.1° / Carry Distance: 166 YDS


  • Fantastic all-round performance for good players
  • Great combination of distance and stopping power
  • Nice sound and feel for a cast head


  • The heads are cast in a category dominated by forged models
  • Forgiveness rating:
Category: Players’ Iron
Handicap range: 10 and below
Construction: One piece cast 431 stainless steel
7-Iron loft: 33°

Best Ping players’ distance iron

Price: $1,487 / £1,069
Who are they for?
The i530 is brand new having literally just been revealed in March, which means we’ve not yet had the chance to collect comparative data for the model against the rest of the Ping 2024 iron line-up.

The new model replaces the previous i525 and thanks to its 17-4 stainless steel hollow body and flexible maraging C300 face (the same construction used in Ping fairway woods and hybrids) golfers get metal wood-like behavior to boost ball speed and add distance.      
The i530 positions itself front and center stage for reasonably consistent golfers who demand a compact head size, thin topline, and narrow sole but also want an extra degree of speed and distance in their iron game. If you’re a regular golfer and your handicap is 12 or less and more distance is high on your agenda the fractionally stronger 7-iron could well add a little more pop to your iron game than some of the competition.
Ping says the i530s have a lower center of gravity and optimized lofts to promote a higher peak height and steeper descent angles which ensure shots hold the green. If you’re torn between this model and the excellent G430, please try both side by side.
Thanks to the extra hosel offset, a wider sole, and more mass being positioned below the center of gravity the G430 should launch and flight shots a fraction higher, which at more average speeds will keep the ball in the air for longer. Launch monitor data will help you understand the best route for your game, be in no doubt the i530 will be one of the best players' distance irons on the market in 2024.

Read our full Ping i530 review.

TG Test Pro Data:
Ball Speed: 125.8 MPH / Launch Angle: 14.5° / Backspin: 6180 RPM / Peak Height: 31 YDS / Descent Angle: 45.1° / Carry Distance: 179 YDS


  • Lots of performance packed into neat-looking heads
  • Good speed and distance
  • Minimal offset in short irons


  • Only the face is forged from springy C300 managing steel
  • Forgiveness rating:
Category: Players’ Distance Iron
Handicap range: 12 and below
Construction: Hollow body with cast 17-4 stainless steel chassis and forged C300 maraging steel face
7-Iron loft: 29º

Best Ping iron for a combination of forgiveness, distance, and looks

Price: $1,259 / £769
Who are they for?
Just like their Eye2 and Zing2 ancestors, the Ping G430 irons are so versatile they can be set up for absolutely anybody, but typically they fall into the hands of mid and higher-handicap golfers.

The G430’s are the best-looking G iron thus far, gone is any hint of the boxy head shape that used to be levied at Ping's older models, with the mid and short irons now being particularly attractive and confidence-boosting, which hasn’t always been the case before.
There are plenty of skeptics out there who say strong loft irons launch shots lower, spin less, and produce a shallower descent angle, but for a second year running our G430 data challenges that sort of thinking.
For our test pro the G430 which is 1.5° stronger in the 7-iron than the i525 (now replaced by the i530), flighted shots higher, and hit the dancefloor at a steeper angle, while also adding 14 yards of carry distance which shows the magic tricks some modern strong loft irons bring to the party.
In my opinion, the G430 is a brilliant option for huge numbers of club golfers. I could easily see the model being just as good a fit in the hands of 8 handicappers who want forgiveness as a 25-handicapper who desires shot-to-shot consistency.

Just because it’s entered its second year on the shelf doesn't mean the G430 isn't one of the best mid-handicap irons available in 2024.   

Read our full Ping G430 review.

TG Test Pro Data:
Ball Speed: 125.4 MPH / Launch Angle: 15.1° / Backspin: 6574 RPM / Peak Height: 32 YDS / Descent Angle: 46.1° / Carry Distance: 177 YDS


  • Wonderful performance
  • Hugely versatile
  • Good looks


  • Some better golfers will want a sleeker appearance
  • Forgiveness rating:
Category: Mid-Handicap Iron
Handicap range: Eight and above
Construction: Cast 17-4 body with Hyper 17-4 stainless steel face
7-Iron loft: 29°

Best Ping iron for forgiveness

Price: $1,359 / £1,029
Who are they for?
Like the i530 the brand new G730 iron has just hit the market and unlike its older G700 and G710 siblings this time around Ping has opted for a cavity back, not hollow body construction.

As the model is so new we don’t yet have reliable comparative data to show how the model stacks up against the rest of the Ping iron family. However thanks to having the strongest 7-iron loft Ping says the model will be the brand's longest (approximately 5 yards longer) and most forgiving iron so it will be a great fit for decent-speed golfers looking for the best high-handicap iron available.
A larger head profile allows mass to be pushed to the extremes, which ups MOI but also thanks to optimizing the centre of gravity makes the strong lofts playable. The G730 is the right choice if your iron game involves splattering shots across the iron face on a regular basis, as Ping irons don’t come any more forgiving.

If though your speed hovers around average or just below that mark don’t write off the lighter and slightly weaker lofted Ping G430 HL iron which will be easier to launch and flight for good peak heights, carry distance, and stopping power.     

TG Test Pro Data:
Ball Speed: 125.3 MPH / Launch Angle: 14° / Backspin: 6153 RPM / Peak Height: 29 YDS / Descent Angle: 44.2° / Carry Distance: 178 YDS


  • The chunky head is reassuring at address
  • Ping irons don't come any more forgiving
  • Good distance for reasonable speed players


  • Some golfers will pick up on the loud impact sound
  • Forgiveness rating:
Category: High-Handicap Iron
Handicap range: 28 and below
Construction: Cast 17-4 stainless steel body with Hyper 17-4 stainless steel face
7-Iron loft: 28°

Data comparison: How the best Ping irons perform in numbers

7-Iron LoftBall SpeedLaunch AngleBackspinPeak HeightDescent AngleCarry Distance
Ping Blueprint T33°119.3 MPH16.3°7323 RPM31 YDS46.4°165 YDS
Ping Blueprint S33°120.4 MPH15.6°7105 RPM30 YDS45.7°167 YDS
Ping i23033°120.8 MPH16.3°7573 RPM32 YDS47.1°166 YDS
Ping i53029°125.8 MPH14.5°6180 RPM31 YDS45.1°179 YDS
Ping G43029°125.4 MPH15.1°6574 RPM32 YDS46.1°177 YDS
Ping G73028°125.3 MPH14°6153 RPM29 YDS44.2°178 YDS

How we tested the best Ping irons

To test golf equipment, we create a controlled indoor environment at Keele Golf Centre and use a premium tour-level golf ball (the Titleist Pro V1x). We collect all the data from every shot hit, using a Foresight GC Quad launch monitor.   

The Foresight GC Quad launch monitor and Titleist Pro V1x golf balls used for testing

Why do we use a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball?

It would be easy to use just one test golf ball brand every year, but that inevitably leads to criticism for being too closely aligned to one manufacturer, especially if that brand’s equipment performs particularly well. To ensure fairness we like to switch manufacturers for the Top Gear test ball each year. For 2024 we’ve used the Titleist Pro V1x.

The brand revealed the latest Pro V1x model in 2023, and Titleist’s Senior Director of Golf Ball Research and Engineering, Mike Madson says “Consistency means when a golfer tees up a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, every properly executed shot they make is going to deliver the performance they expect and the performance they trust.”

Thanks to the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x mopping up mountains of tour wins across all global tours we know the model is trusted by the world’s very best.

Neil Wain is Today's Golfer's test pro.

Why do we use a pro tester?

Speak to any golf club engineer about product testing and they all talk about needing a repeatable, reliable strike to offer any sort of valuable comparison. So, whilst we accept not all of the equipment included within our tests was designed for our test pro, what our data shows is a great comparison of how clubs in each particular category differ, which is hugely valuable in helping you narrow your choice as a consumer.

In 2024 we’ve tested 83 different 7-irons, during which our test pro missed a target green at 170 to 200 yards no more than a dozen times. He got a hole-in-one, lipped out, and hit the flag several times, he also loves hitting golf balls all day long. In short, Neil Wain is the perfect club tester due to his consistency in delivering accurate and reliable comparative data.

We would of course always recommend attending a proper fitting session, to ensure any purchase is tailored to your game. 

Tony Finau uses Ping irons

Buying advice & FAQs

Are Ping irons good for beginners?

Ping has always made very forgiving clubs that are well-suited to beginner golfers. The Ping G430, Ping G430 HL, and G730 are all irons that will suit beginners well and continue to be very playable even as they improve towards mid and even low handicaps.

Which tour pros use Ping?

A vast array of tour pros use Ping irons, including Cameron Champ, Stewart Cink, Corey Conners, Tony Finau, Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland, Joaquin Niemann, Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson.

Which are the best Ping irons?

Whilst the best Ping irons will depend on the individual golfer, we feel the Ping G430 will be the best Ping iron for the widest range of golfers. The Ping i230 and Blueprint are excellent choices for good players.

Which Ping iron is the most forgiving?

The Ping G730 is the most forgiving Ping iron in the range.

What is the best Ping iron for high handicappers?

The Ping G430 and G730 will be the best Ping iron for high-handicappers, while the Ping G430 HL is a great option for slower swing-speed players.

Are the Ping G430 worth the money?

Obviously, any golf equipment purchase decision depends on your individual budget, especially as a set of irons can set you back £900+, but the Ping G430 offer fantastic performance and will continue to serve you well for years, even if you improve your golf during that time. Generally, Ping equipment also holds its value better than the competition.

If budget is an issue, look out for deals on the older G425 or G410 irons, just be aware you may not benefit from a custom fitting to ensure your irons are set up perfectly for you.

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About the author

Simon Daddow

Simon Daddow – Today’s Golfer Equipment Editor

Simon Daddow is the Equipment Editor for Today’s Golfer. Having tested and played more than 10,000 clubs in his life, what he doesn’t know about golf clubs isn’t worth knowing.

He joined EMAP Active (now Bauer Media) as Equipment Editor in 2006 and has worked for both Today’s Golfer and Golf World. Working alongside our test pro Neil Wain, Simon has made the most reliable source for golf club testing.

Despite his youthful looks, Simon has played golf for more than 40 years and plays to a handicap of 10. A lack of club speed means he’s short off the tee, but very handy from 125 yards and in.

Simon’s job means he plays regularly around the world, and rates Kingsbarns as his favorite course. He uses a PXG 0311 GEN6 XF driverTaylorMade Stealth 2 HL (15º), Ping G400 (20.5º), PXG 0317 X Gen2 hybridPXG 0311 GEN6 P irons (6–PW), Cleveland CBX2 wedges (52°, 58°), Ping 21 Fetch putter and a TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball.

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