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#16 GolfSpy Dave

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:46 PM

I like the look of these a whole lot more than the previous offerings. Plus, it looks like an actual change rather than a badge change like the G5 to G10 transition.
I'd probably take a look at them. Will there be a i25 iron this year? Seems like the i20's just came out.
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:22 AM

As I usually feel with PING irons, they have an ugly beautifulness to them.

Agreed!

They actually look nice for a Ping G series iron. Much better looking than some of the previous models.
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:06 PM

I just saw these at the PGA Show and liked the looks. They hit nice but not great for me. I was surprised to see how soft that black rubber pad is on the cavity as you can easily push it with your finger nail.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:02 AM

I just saw these at the PGA Show and liked the looks. They hit nice but not great for me. I was surprised to see how soft that black rubber pad is on the cavity as you can easily push it with your finger nail.


I like the lines but that black pad is a bit of a turn off. Did you ask what the purpose of that rubber pads was ?


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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:20 AM

I like the lines but that black pad is a bit of a turn off. Did you ask what the purpose of that rubber pads was ?


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I did and I was told for dampening. Ping has had soft medallions before maybe starting with the G2 but this was very soft.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:45 AM

I did and I was told for dampening. Ping has had soft medallions before maybe starting with the G2 but this was very soft.



That sounds a rather strange reason. Many manufacturers, Ping included, have long made lubs that did not require dampening. I suppose the only way for me to find out will be to get hold of one of the clubs and test it with and without the backing.


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:41 AM

I'm thinkin that this would be the case with any "badged" iron, some more so than others.

Also, I'd be very careful who's iron ya unbadged if you're gonna try this experiment, HaHa ;-)

So this is another one of those strange but true worthless factoids, lol :)

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I actually asked Roger Cleveland what the difference would be if I were to remove the badges from my new irons, he said that they would perform the same, but the sound and therefore the feel, would be a bit firmer. I am thinking about getting another 6 iron and trying it since this is the first forged club I have ever played that had anything stuck to it. I also think that I may have been told that it would alter the feel so that I would leave them on as it is the only way that the club is branded Callaway...
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:49 AM

Golf Nut was correct, though the face back area really took a technological "leap" with the G20s. The trademarked elastomer Custom Tuning Port(CTP) was greatly refined in the G20s, supposedly giving them a much better feel. Use of the CTP dates back to the I3 irons.

The G20's CTP is described as "floating' in the back cavity, which allows for a thinner clubface, leading to more ball speed and greater distance. The primary CTP is now partnered with two other multi-material "badges," that provided the softer feel and enhanced the overall sound of the club at impact.

If you notice on the G25s vs. the 20s, the CTP badge is positioned lower behind the face. Along with improving feel, the lower positioning on the 25s also helps to lower the center of gravity & launch higher shots. The CTP aligns directly with the impact area, allowing for a lower CG and a high MOI. Support bars in the cavity stabilize the 17-4 stainless steel face to insure a solid feel and distance control throughout the set. So, the primary reasons for the multi-material badge are for enhanced sound and feel.

An asst. at my club took the badge offa the back of a Mizzy 825 Pro(He plays the 68s) and after hitting both, while to my eyes, the ball flight really wasn't that different(though he did "overdraw(his word, HaHa)" 3 of the badgeless vs. the badged 825) the sound difference certainly was audible and he said that the feel was noticably "harsher" with the un-badged iron. As this was with one of the softest forged irons in the marketplace, I would imagine that an unbadged cast G series iron would feel even harsher.

I'm thinkin that this would be the case with any "badged" iron, some more so than others.

Also, I'd be very careful who's iron ya unbadged if you're gonna try this experiment, HaHa ;-)

So this is another one of those strange but true worthless factoids, lol :)

Have a good one Bro


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I'd conjecture that the badge is worth a couple of grams and possibly threw your swing out enough to give a more harsh feel, though I tend towards the belief that a shaft too stiff contributes more to harsh feel. As to the sound, I really have no way of speaking to that until I have experienced it myself.

I just have a dislike for these badges as they get dirty and in doing so, contribute to the aging of the club in terms of appearance. The design is very similar to the Anser which is unbadged, much as I can see from the pictures. I'm more inclined to turn away from this club because of that badge regardless that I have confidence Ping has made that club very playable.


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:58 AM

Still not a fan of the offset but according to a local golf shop owner, he stills sells more ping irons than anything else.

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