Ping seems to have a more loyal customer base than anybody else in the golf industry. Most people after buying a set of Ping golf clubs seem to stay with Ping for the rest of their playing days.
The quality of their clubs is incredible, customer service is unmatched, and they are always on the cutting edge of technology. The biggest problem with Ping irons is that they have never appealed to the better players. That is changing with the S59 irons.
The S59 is the first iron Ping has ever designed that specifically targets the lower handicap player. It has a compact head with a thin top line and little offset. There is a slight cavity in the back of this club but make no mistake; this is a club for the accomplished player. All of the newer Ping irons feature a unique casting procedure that gives them a very soft feel very similar to that of a forged club. The black bar across the back dampens vibration somewhat and the high centre of gravity produces a low, penetrating ball flight. The Z-Z65 is the standard shaft in these irons, at 108 grams it is lighter than what is featured in most "players" irons but it seems to work well in this head.
The majority of Ping fans that I have talked to absolutely love this iron. It is by far the best looking iron they have ever made. With the smaller head and reduced offset it is easy to shape shots too. The head is available in a chrome finish with a black ferrule or a brushed finish with no ferrule.
For someone who is not a fan of Ping golf clubs this iron probably doesn’t do enough to convert them. Although it does look much better than previous Ping models it still isn't as classic looking as most forged blades, which also have better feel. The cavity on the back is deceptive as well; this iron is strictly for the better player and should not be confused for a standard cavity back model. For less money a player might want to look at a set of Mizuno or Hogan irons.
Overall Rating – 70%
Target Handicap: 0-8
Ball Flight: Low
Offset: Slight Progressive
Finish: Chrome with ferrule or brushed without
Construction: Soft cast
Stock Shafts: Z-Z65 or just about any custom shaft you could dream of