History of Ping Golf Clubs
Ping was founded by a former engineer at General Electric named Karsten Solheim, who started making putters in his Redwood City, California garage before locating company headquarters in Arizona. The company name comes from the sound Solheim heard as the ball hit the putter. He was an innovator when it came to applying scientific principles to golf club design.
The company is best known for its putters, but it also has a popular selection of irons like the G410, G700 and i500. The G710 irons are marketed as super game improver irons. The catch here is that they are trying to conceal that fact with sleek styling and in-bag appeal.
What Makes Ping Irons special?
Ping irons are best-known for being easy to hit, and the G710 irons are the easiest to hit set yet. The company deems these their “longest, most forgiving” irons yet. They offer well-rounded performance. You can expect easy to launch, long shots and just the right amount of spin.
A bulky appearance often gives away super improvement irons, but G710 irons look like a player’s iron while still offering plenty of forgiveness. That comes at a high price, as a 5-PW set retails for $1,399 USD.
Sleek Black Irons
Black irons really stand out on the golf course, but they aren't for everyone. Made popular by brands like PXG, their distinctive styling commands a higher price tag. The G710 irons are coated with a hydropearl steel finish with a PVD coating to better repel water. This means that these irons perform better under wet conditions than other PING irons. The only downside is that some reviewers have reported the balck finish wearing off quickly.
G710 Irons: Design and Performance
The G710 irons are cast but have the feel of a forged set. They’re constructed out of 17-4 stainless steel and have a medium topline. Here’s an overview of some of the performance features:
- Maraging steel face: this an aerospace-grade alloy (the strongest in the world) offers strength, durability and flexibility.
- High-density tungsten weights: improve forgiveness (5% higher MOI)
- Unique sound and feel (improved over the unusual sound of the G700 irons)
Which Pros Use Ping Irons?
Ping has one of the largest groups of sponsored players in the game of golf. They have players in the PGA, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Korean Tour, Australian Tour, the LPGA and Korn Ferry Tour. They also have a group of PGA Champions and Brand Ambassadors.
You won’t find pros who use G710 irons because they’re a very forgiving iron targetted towards a higher handicap player. That being said, here are some of the PGA pros who use Ping irons:
- Cameron Champ
- Stewart Cink
- Corey Connors
- Austin Cook
- Harris English
- Tony Finau
- Brandon Hagy
- Tyrrell Hatton
- Scott Harrington
- Viktor Hovland
- Mackenzie Hughes
- Jim Knous
- Andrew Landry
- Nate Lashley
- Hunter Mahan
- Sebastian Muñoz
Shaft Customization Options and Arccos Technology
G710 irons offer many different shaft options, plus they come equipped with Arccos technology, which you’ll also find in Cobra King Tour irons. The proprietary PING Alta Distanza Black 40 graphite shaft comes standard. There are options for steel or graphite shafts with regular, stiff or senior flex.
- True Temper Dynamic Gold (105, 120)
- True Temper Elevate 95
- KBS Tour
- Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 105
- Project X LZ
- UST Recoil ES SmacWrap
How Do G710 irons compare to G700 and i500 Irons?
G710 irons have a number of significant improvements over the G700 irons. In comparison, the i500 irons are targeted towards a more advanced golfer. Here is a summary of some of the main differences.
- Better distance and greater forgiveness than i500 irons
- Better durability and water resistance than the G700 irons
- G710 has improved sound and feel over the G700
- I500 are a better options for low handicap players who want speed and a sleek profile
Ping G710 Iron Specifications
Set: 5-PW or 6-PW