We just completed our Ping i230 Irons Review and we are very excited to share our results. The Ping i230 irons feature some new technology and differences to other Ping i-series irons. The new design of the Ping i230 delivers predictable and repeatable distance control. Lower CG helps create more distance without sacrificing launch and landing angles or spin. Read more about the Ping i230 Irons.
Methodology: Our testing was conducted by three different style golfers. We normalized our testing to using Trackman for analysis in the temperature controlled D’Lance Indoor Facility at 5280 feet and 72 degrees. Testing is further normalized by maintaining the same shaft across multiple heads, optimal for each tester. Notably, the i230 is a bit lighter and has about 3 degrees more loft, producing higher spin rates and slightly less carry distance overall.
Short answer, the Ping i230 irons can serve a wide range of golfers from high single-digit handicaps to sub 20-handicap players. And it could fit players with a wide range of swing speeds. The look, feel, sound and playability is there.
High Swing Speed Test – over 90 mph club speed
In this test, our Ping i230 iron review compared 6-irons of the Ping i230, i525 and i59. Not reflected in the chart is that the look, sound and feel of the Ping is as good as it gets. The ball launches off the face with the soft sounds of a forged iron. The thin top instills the confidence of a players iron. We did find that the shot dispersion and distance consistency was not as optimal as the i525 or i59. However, this would be addressed with an optimal shaft-club pairing during a fitting.
Med High Swing Speed Test – 80-90 mph club speed
Pairing the new Ping i230 iron with a True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shaft, we discovered the distance control promised. In our Ping i230 Irons review, carry distances varied by a mere 4 yards. And with spin rates averaging 5900 rpm, the i230 could hold any green in any condition at 170 yards. Plus look, feel and sound was comparable with the Titleist T100. And the feel and sound was much more desirable than the i525 and i59 irons from Ping.
Average Swing Speed Test – 65-80 mph club speed
Consistent with other swing speeds, the look, sound and feel of the new i230 irons was favored in comparison to the i525. However, the best smash factor generated was 1.4 for the i230 versus 1.47 for the i525. Remember, the loft difference between the i525 and i230 is approximately 3 degrees, resulting in higher launch angles and spin. While dispersion and consistency were comparable between the two, the new Ping i230 was favored for it’s sound, feel and distance control.
Conduct Your Own Ping i230 Iron Review
Pairing the right shaft and club for your swing speed, tempo and style makes tremendous difference. And with today’s iron technologies and lower CG, there are more options than ever for golfers of all abilities. Look, feel and sound is critical to build confidence in your club. Especially when you know the right shaft and club combination was personalized to you.
Abandon stock off-the-shelf shafts and limited fit options when considering new clubs. Get the added benefit of 50% reduction in shot dispersion and 5-10% more distance with a Custom Club Fitting. All fittings are Lifetime Club Fittings. And finding the right shaft for you can last 7-10 years and likely cross multiple sets of clubs. Learn more about expert iron fittings.