It can now be confirmed that matt black is the new white – you heard it here first. And as mentioned in the Ping i20 iron reviews, these are real head-turners. On the recent Golf Road Warriors trip to Scotland and a Tourism Ireland Trip, I had caddies and playing partners purring over the look of the new i20s, with plenty of people asking if they could hit a few shots.
I must admit I like the look of these, they look moody – like they’re going to smash the ball down the fairway for daring to be next to this beast of a weapon. I would compare the look to that of a dark Lamborghini, with blacked-out windows and black alloys – you just know it’s all about power and the i20s don’t disappoint in that department.
I tested the 9.5, with 15-degree 3 wood and the 20-degree hybrid. For me that was the perfect set up for the woods. The driver gives you a fantastic low, spinning, penetrating ball flight, which was perfect for the courses in Scotland. The ball just seemed to bore through the wind like that digger from Thunderbird 4. Nothing was going to move my ball off line.
The 3 wood sits really nicely behind the ball on the fairway – which isn’t to say I just used it from that point. It’s a great club off the tee, but I have to say I was enjoying hitting the driver from the tee so much, the 3-wood only got a look in because I knew I needed to test it from the tee as well. Back to how it reacts on the fairway, and I can see this club brings a lot of those par 5s that were just out of range in two, back in range for anyone who decides to change to the i20s.
These are both topped off with the small-but-perfectly-formed hybrid. The i20 hybrid gives you plenty of surface area lower on the clubface, helping you launch the ball higher and quicker, whether it’s from a tight links type of lie or from heavy grass.
The driver uses dense tungsten weights on the sole of its light alloy 460cc classically styled head, helping the centre of gravity to achieve a low spinning, penetrating ball flight. The 3-wood which continues the classic pear drop look, uses low, deep CG to help achieve a higher launch angle while still retaining that low spin rate, for added distance. Both the 3-wood and hybrid use perimeter weighting, which gives you control to work the ball.
All the woods come with a two shaft options, using Ping’s TFC 707 or Project X Black shaft, or you can opt for Ping’s custom shaft option.
As the saying goes, beauty only lasts for so long – it’s what’s inside that counts, and boy do the i20s have a lot going on. They offer you a stunning ball flight that I really enjoyed, control, forgiveness and looks. I could be leaving my wife for these if I were married! The i20s are a club I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend for mid-handicapped golfers, all the way down to plus figure golfers.