Los Angeles, CA
Current set: Ping I200, AWT shafts stiff, orange dot
Set I would like to test: I500, similar weighted steel stiff shafts, orange dot.
Early last year I lucked into a used demo set of the I200s with the orange dot (I am a vertically challenged guy). They made a huge impact on my game right away. I have always been a decent driver of the ball but my approach game leaves a bit to be desired. Most of my rounds consist of a handful of pars, handful of bogies with occasional doubles. If I want to break into the single digits I know I need to change that to no doubles, less bogies more pars and, god forbid, at least a couple of birdies per round.
I was able to demo an I500 when it came out (just a 7iron) and immediately fell in love. Not that I don't love my I200s, it's just that I always felt that I could use just that little bit of extra help but didn't want to go all the way to the G400. That is why I am super stoked about the I500s sort of sitting in between the I200 and G series.
I would honestly buy them if I could but unfortunately I was laid off from my job in January and I am supporting a wife in graduate school and two little kids by picking up odd jobs and lower paying work while looking for a job. Some might argue that I shouldn't be playing golf at all but I play cheap muni courses usually on the twilight rate. Golf is cheaper than therapy for me. It keeps my stress away at least for a few hours when I do have the chance to play.
If I was selected you would get an honest review from an honest dude playing regular goat tracks and not fancy country clubs.