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2018 Official Forum Member Review - PING i500 Irons

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Earlier this year I swapped out my i200 4&5 irons for i500's. It was a wonderful switch, the extra height, distance and forgiveness have all been huge. That said, I don't think I'd go with a full set, the i200s do everything I want from the 6i down. 

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Driver:   :ping-small: G400Max, 10.5° Fujikura Ventus 6s

FW Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 17.5°

Hybrids:    :cobra-small: F7 22°

Irons:    :ping-small:  i500°

             :Sub70:  639CB 30°, 36°, 42°

Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX2 50°

                :Sub70:  56°

Putter:   5WoCG8Y.jpgER2 69°lie, 4° loft, 32.75"

Bag:  image.png.c4a28378d422ec23cd8af0ec2e63b3d5.pngStitch SL1

Ball: :bridgestone-small: BXS

Cart: image.png.5aa5e9b8c0d6e08a2b12be76a06a07ca.pngOnewheel XR+

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Hidey Ho, Stage 2 is live. Go check it out!

 

 

BLUF: These are a great set of irons in the right hands

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:cobra-small: King F7 3/4 FW: Tensei Blue

:cobra-small: King F7 3/4 Hy: Fujikura Pro
:ping-small: i500 5-GW: Modus3 105
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Great reviews testers! A question that I have and did not see in any of the reviews (except watermark stains mentioned by @Kanoito) is how the new and improved "Hydroperal" finish is holding up?  

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:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:ping-small: G410 Irons 4-UW 

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1 hour ago, fixyurdivot said:

Great reviews testers! A question that I have and did not see in any of the reviews (except watermark stains mentioned by @Kanoito) is how the new and improved "Hydroperal" finish is holding up?  

It’s holding up pretty well on my set. I’ve been using them all off season during my lessons and I don’t notice any unusual wear. Although I haven’t washed them yet so maybe it’s hiding behind dirt lol

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FW:   :cobra-small: F6 baffler set at 16º

Hybrid:  NONE
Irons:   :taylormade-small:  3i 2014 TP CB  4-PW 2011 TP MC w/ TT S400

Wedges:   :nike-small: 52º :nike-small: 56º  :edel-golf-1: 60 º w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

Putter:   :ping-small: Sigma G Tyne 34 inches Gold dot

 

 

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No noticeable wear on the finish. 

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:callaway-small: X2 Hot 3 Deep 14.5* w/ Aldila Tour Green 75 S
:taylormade-small: JetSpeed 5W 19* w/ Matrix Velox T 69 S OR :adams-small: Super LS 3H 19* w/ Kuro Kage Black 80 S
:mizuno-small: JPX919 Forged 4-PW w/ Modus3 105 S
:titelist-small: Vokey SM7 50/08F, 54/14F & 58/08M w/ Modus3 115 Wedge
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25 minutes ago, GolfSpy STUDque said:

So the hydropearl finish is doing just fine but I have another issue. I'm noticing cracking on the face along the apparent edge of the internal cavity. In other words, the face may be starting to cave in. It's the worst in my 6 iron followed by the 4 and 7. The rest of the set doesn't display this issue. 

DC3348AE-B0CE-43AD-9A0E-C2FE74E773D1.jpeg

 

Score one for Ping's 1-800 customer service though because they're going to replace the whole set at no cost. Just shipped the sticks away yesterday so I should have the new ones back in a week's time. 

WOW, thanks for sharing.  That's both good and bad news.  Good that PING is still aces is the customer service department, but bad that these, and perhaps other of the cavity back designs and/or selection of material, may be problematic.  Did you get any sense from them that this is a known issue?  


:ping-small: G410 Plus, 9 Degree Driver | Official 2019 MGS Tester

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:ping-small: G410 Irons 4-UW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:ping-small: B61 Putter

 

 

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26 minutes ago, fixyurdivot said:

WOW, thanks for sharing.  That's both good and bad news.  Good that PING is still aces is the customer service department, but bad that these, and perhaps other of the cavity back designs and/or selection of material, may be problematic.  Did you get any sense from them that this is a known issue?  

Not as far as I can tell. The rep seemed surprised. I did a quick Google search too but saw nothing there either. On the design, I imagine the foam fill would've prevented this but I'm sure they would've had to give up something else to get it. 

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:ping-small: G410 Plus: Tensei Orange
:cobra-small: King F7 3/4 FW: Tensei Blue

:cobra-small: King F7 3/4 Hy: Fujikura Pro
:ping-small: i500 5-GW: Modus3 105
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Another win for ping customer service! Seems surprising... Maybe that's where you were getting your crazy spin rates 😉

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SWING SPEED- 100

Driver:   :callaway-small: Epic Sub Zero - Set at 10* with Aldila Rogue Max 65 gram 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ weight back

               :ping-small: G410 Crossover - 2 and 4 iron

Irons:     :ping-small: i210 5-U w/ Nippon Modus 105 stiff (2018 Tester)

Wedge:  :ping-small: Glide 2.0 54* 58* w/ Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter:   :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7 35* and oversized grip (2019 Tester)

Balls:      :srixon-small: Z Star

Other:     :Arccos: 360 (Caddie)

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6 hours ago, GolfSpy STUDque said:

Not as far as I can tell. The rep seemed surprised. I did a quick Google search too but saw nothing there either. On the design, I imagine the foam fill would've prevented this but I'm sure they would've had to give up something else to get it. 

Maybe they weren't designed for guys who hit 300+ yard drives? 😀

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:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:ping-small: G410 Irons 4-UW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:ping-small: B61 Putter

 

 

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Got my first outdoor range session with these irons this past week and to say I’m excited to play with these would be an understatement. Even though it was off mats I was able to hit all my shots. I’m glad I gave these the adjustment time over the winter because now i feel much more confident over the ball even looking at a 4i 

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FW:   :cobra-small: F6 baffler set at 16º

Hybrid:  NONE
Irons:   :taylormade-small:  3i 2014 TP CB  4-PW 2011 TP MC w/ TT S400

Wedges:   :nike-small: 52º :nike-small: 56º  :edel-golf-1: 60 º w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

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Not as far as I can tell. The rep seemed surprised. I did a quick Google search too but saw nothing there either. On the design, I imagine the foam fill would've prevented this but I'm sure they would've had to give up something else to get it. 


If you look on the Ping website reviews for the i500, there are a number there complaining about that very thing. I've had no real issues with mine but it is happening more than it should be.


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Ping G400 LST 8.5* Graphite Design DI 6 stiff 45"

Taylormade RBZ Proto 14.5* Oban Kiyoshi 85 04 42.5"

Adams 4555 19* Matrix Ozik Altus 80 S/X 42"

Ping G410 Crossover 2 Project X Even Flow Blue 85 6.0 40"

Ping i500 4-8 Modus 105 Stiff

Ping Blueprint 9-P Modus 105 Stiff

Fourteen RM-12 53* and 58* Tour Issue Black Onyx s400 

Odyssey Tour Black Series 9 35" Flatso 1.0 

Srixon Z Star XV

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10 hours ago, golfertrb said:

 


If you look on the Ping website reviews for the i500, there are a number there complaining about that very thing. I've had no real issues with mine but it is happening more than it should be.


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I’ll make sure to keep a look out for this happening to mine


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FW:   :cobra-small: F6 baffler set at 16º

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Irons:   :taylormade-small:  3i 2014 TP CB  4-PW 2011 TP MC w/ TT S400

Wedges:   :nike-small: 52º :nike-small: 56º  :edel-golf-1: 60 º w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

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On 4/5/2019 at 9:15 AM, GolfSpy STUDque said:

So the hydropearl finish is doing just fine but I have another issue. I'm noticing cracking on the face along the apparent edge of the internal cavity. In other words, the face may be starting to cave in. It's the worst in my 6 iron followed by the 4 and 7. The rest of the set doesn't display this issue. 

DC3348AE-B0CE-43AD-9A0E-C2FE74E773D1.jpeg

 

Score one for Ping's 1-800 customer service though because they're going to replace the whole set at no cost. Just shipped the sticks away yesterday so I should have the new ones back in a week's time. 

Got my new freshies today 😁

The replacement took a little longer because they were trying to contact me while I was out of the country. Wanted to make sure I didn't wanna make a change in specs or to a different model.

I thought hard about the iBlades but ultimately decided to stick with the i500s because I need more help than I'm readily willing to admit. Did make a spec change though, went with the Modus105 in X this time (instead of S) because I'm going after the ball much harder now on grass than I was during the fitting.

I know it's the same basic set but there's still nothing like taking the wrappers off a brand new set of irons. This must be what it feels like to be @Golfspy_CG2

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:cobra-small: King F7 3/4 Hy: Fujikura Pro
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2 hours ago, GolfSpy STUDque said:

Got my new freshies today 😁

The replacement took a little longer because they were trying to contact me while I was out of the country. Wanted to make sure I didn't wanna make a change in specs or to a different model.

I thought hard about the iBlades but ultimately decided to stick with the i500s because I need more help than I'm readily willing to admit. Did make a spec change though, went with the Modus105 in X this time (instead of S) because I'm going after the ball much harder now on grass than I was during the fitting.

I know it's the same basic set but there's still nothing like taking the wrappers off a brand new set of irons. This must be what it feels like to be @Golfspy_CG2

It feels great doesn't it 

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PING has always been top drawer for their customer service. However, they have been trying to figure out the finish issues for a while. And to now see cracking on the face its not old school PING that was known to be bulletproof. 


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Wood: :mizuno-small: ST200 TS Dimana D+PLUS Limited Edition 70X

Hybrids: :mizuno-small: CLK 19* Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

Irons: :honma: TW 747 Rose Proto 4-PW Modus Tour 120X

Wedges: :honma: TW-W4 52*, 56*, and 60*Modus Tour 125 Wedge 

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On 4/5/2019 at 7:15 AM, GolfSpy STUDque said:

So the hydropearl finish is doing just fine but I have another issue. I'm noticing cracking on the face along the apparent edge of the internal cavity. In other words, the face may be starting to cave in. It's the worst in my 6 iron followed by the 4 and 7. The rest of the set doesn't display this issue. 

DC3348AE-B0CE-43AD-9A0E-C2FE74E773D1.jpeg

 

Score one for Ping's 1-800 customer service though because they're going to replace the whole set at no cost. Just shipped the sticks away yesterday so I should have the new ones back in a week's time. 

How did you notice that considering the cracks were so minute? Or are they visually apparent?


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  :titelist-small: 910 D2 driver - 9.5 degree -fitted13   F 3 wood 13.5 deg   :nike-small: CPR 3 hybrid

:nike-small: Method mallet

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I had an opportunity to try these at Mesa Del Sol a couple months ago.  I was filling in for my buddy, who was on a cruise and normally orchestrates our Saturday golf, and had arrived early with some time to spare.  Paul (club pro) was busy but said to have at the Ping test cart and set-up my club.  Having been fitted for irons the summer of 2018, it was a snap.  Grabbed the Project X 5.5 LX +1/2", the green dot 7i and the wrench - really, they could not make this stuff any easier!

I had already been hitting my PE2's on the range and had a good groove going with my 5-7i. I switched over to the i500 and just never could get a consistent ball strike going. Sure, I drilled a few and they felt really nice, but for whatever reason, I just could not get this club to dance.  I switched back to my club and was still hitting well.  What gives? 🤨

Like @Kanoitostates, these irons are drop dead gorgeous - at least to my eye.  Nuttin fancy, just plain and simple with a look that say's "ball striper".  I tried them several times but still no love. I headed back to the kiosk feeling pretty disappointed.  I like the look of these irons so much, I was really hoping we'd find romance.  Maybe it was that shaft? I plan to ask my club fitter at my upcoming iron fitting part deux.  He never suggested this club last spring... perhaps he's a really good iron fitter. 😁

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:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:ping-small: G410 Irons 4-UW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:ping-small: B61 Putter

 

 

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@fixyurdivot good to know I'm not the only crazy one here 😄

I wanted to keep them in the bag so very much. Just drop dead gorgeous! I guess I've paid my way into the proud club of "newer is not better" 

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:mizuno-small: JPX919 Forged 4-PW w/ Modus3 105 S
:titelist-small: Vokey SM7 50/08F, 54/14F & 58/08M w/ Modus3 115 Wedge
:EVNROLL: ER1 34" w/ SuperStroke Fatso 2.0
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Got out today for the first dry golf of the season. The irons played great. First hole I had a 6i into a par 5 that left me just below the hole. These bad boys are staying in the bag for sure

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FW:   :cobra-small: F6 baffler set at 16º

Hybrid:  NONE
Irons:   :taylormade-small:  3i 2014 TP CB  4-PW 2011 TP MC w/ TT S400

Wedges:   :nike-small: 52º :nike-small: 56º  :edel-golf-1: 60 º w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

Putter:   :ping-small: Sigma G Tyne 34 inches Gold dot

 

 

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