Now manufacturers are producing the modern-day version of those clubs. The latest to introduce such an iron is Ping, which is making its Ping G30 irons. They are available to consumers.
The main mission statement has been about forgiveness, but in the latest iteration, the G30, the goal has been to provide that kind of forgiveness within a shape that does not get too extreme. The G30 continues the search for ball speed by thinning the face on the 4- through 7-irons, which feature slightly longer blade lengths for increased stability. The company’s trademark “custom tuning port” in the back cavity is positioned lower to help increase launch angle.
The answer for Ping engineers came by borrowing ideas from two of its current irons, the i25 and the Karsten. While the Karsten is more toward the forgiveness end of the spectrum and the i25 is more geared to better players, each has attributes that work in the ping g30 driver chassis, says Ping senior design engineer Marty Jertson. “What we were trying to do is get as much distance and height as we could but do it in a package that’s not as jumbo as the Karsten,” Jertson said. “We took some stuff from the Karsten in terms of a balanced approach to distance and gapping and getting more height and stopping power, and then we added some of our learning from the i25 and matched a lot of the sole contours and the bounce profiles.”
This latter element is a key performance benefit, not a cosmetic question, says Jertson. “We’ve got just the right contour on the lead edge radius to prevent the initial dig into the ground, and then plenty of angle and camber to keep the club moving forward instead of going downward. If you impact the big ball before the little ball, it still sends the club forward instead of it going down too much.”
The effort with Ping G30 is to take “a more calculated approach to strengthen the lofts and the lengths and to get more face bending in those long irons at impact.