Review of Ping I5 Irons

By Matthew Keller


The Ping I5 is a stainless steel, midsize perimeter weighted iron that features a reduced offset. The set is available in 2 through 9 irons, a pitching wedge, a utility wedge, a sand wedge and a lob wedge. Compared with its counterpart, the Ping G5, the top line and sole are slightly thinner. However, the benefits of the iron still feature forgiveness and playability. In the cavity, the I5 has a custom tuning port for an improved feel in each iron.

Field Use

Ping I5 irons have a traditional look and are easy to hit with. The irons are extremely forgiving. In fact, the irons are so forgiving that even off-center hits still feel and travel decent. The I5 irons perform consistently in regards to distance control. Around the greens, they produce enough spin to stop a ball on approach shots, while chips and pitches still have a nice feel. They are a great set for someone who is a mid-handicap player looking for a set other than a game improvement iron, while a higher-handicap player can still play this set. A lower-handicap player looking for a more forgiving iron will also benefit from the I5.

Pros and Cons

As with any Ping iron, it is important to be fit by a certified Ping club fitter. Ping is the industry leader in custom club fitting. Specifically, it is known for the color code system indicating lie angle. Also, Ping customer service is one of the best in the business. Ping has a serial number on every club, so if you need to replace a lost club, report that number to its customer service and you can receive an exact replacement. When properly fit, the clubs are meant to fit your swing. That means you do not have to adapt your swing to the clubs. After completing the fitting process, the lie angle, shaft flex and length will be a perfect match. The clubs perform well for any level of golfer.

Bottom Line

Most players will really enjoy playing with the Ping I5s. Players of all ability levels will benefit from this particular midsize iron. It will produce a mid to high launch and ball flight. Visually, the irons look good and feel effortless to hit. When they were first released, they were sold at $699.99 for a set of eight irons with a steel shaft. The price of eight irons with a graphite shaft sold for $899.99. While they were well worth the price a few years ago, you can find them much cheaper today. If you are interested in purchasing a set, you should be able to find them at a price between $400 and $500 for a set.

About the Author

Matthew Keller has been a PGA Golf Professional for more than 10 years. During that time, he has given thousands of golf lessons and written hundreds of golf articles relating to the golf industry. Keller is a graduate of the Penn State Professional Golf Management Program.