PING i230 Irons and iCrossover Utility Irons
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PING i230 Irons and iCrossover Utility Irons

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PING i230 Irons and iCrossover Utility Irons

It’s been so long since PING released an i2-something iron that I had to go back and check to make sure I hadn’t missed a release. Astonishing as it may be, the i210 iron has been current in the PING lineup since late summer of 2018.

That’s a hell of a run.

Score another for COVID, I suppose, but it’s crazy to think that PING’s update schedule for what is arguably the most versatile iron in its lineup isn’t too far out of whack with how often golfers typically replace their irons.

Seriously, if you bought the i210 when they released, enough time has passed that you can probably get approval for a new set.

“Honey, it’s been four years.”

I don’t keep my kids that long. Relax, it’s a joke. I only have one and I continue to tolerate her existence in my house.

Anyway …

a photo of the PING i230 iron

i230 – Typical PING

If you’re looking for an above-average dose of hyperbole, you’ve come to the wrong place. As per usual, PING is offering improved performance. I’d argue aesthetic refinement as well but, as is typical for the company, the release is understated, leaving the product to mostly speak for itself.

PING describes the i230 as a “Player’s Iron Everyone Can Play.” It’s an apt description given the i230’s position in the middle of the PING lineup. While “i” denotes PING’s “better player” series, the i230 sits at the far edge of the category. I’d argue it approaches, perhaps even straddles, the line between player’s and game improvement.

In my estimation, it’s an iron a 15-handicap could play though it retains enough “player’s” appeal that low handicaps (including Tour pros) won’t find much not to like.

a technical drawing of the PING i230 iron

PING i230 Iron Improvements

A good bit of the improvements to the i230 come by way of advancements in activated elastomer technology. Seriously.

It’s the stuff PING uses behind the face to dampen vibrations and improve the sound and feel experience.

The new activated elastomer is lighter and, well, you should know the rest.

With some weight removed from the elastomer, PING was able to push additional mass low in the head. The lower center of gravity helped unlock a bit of extra distance (PING says i230 is three yards longer than i210) and, along with tungsten weights in the tip and toe, helped provide a bit of an MOI (forgiveness bump) as well.

Better players will appreciate that the extra distance doesn’t introduce any unpredictability into performance. Added distance is great but not when it comes with hot spots.

a photo of the PING i230 iron

Improved Sound and Feel

Improved sound and feel are part of the i230 story as well.

It seems we find ourselves talking about modal analysis quite a bit lately and so here we go again. As it applies to the PING i230 irons, PING’s engineers isolated what they deemed to be undesirable frequencies and reengineered the cavity badge to effectively filter them out. That gets you more more pleasing sound and feel.

The badge itself is a four-piece design that combines injection-molded thermoplastic with a stainless steel cap. The elastomer sits in what PING describes as a toaster-style pocket hidden behind the badge.

It all comes together in what I think is the cleanest i2-series iron to date.

a photo of the PING i230 iron

PING i230 Iron Shaping

Not much else has changed

As far as notable changes to the design are concerned, there’s nothing radically different in the overall shape. The 3-5 irons are slightly more compact than the i210 equivalents but otherwise things like blade length, sole width and offset are largely consistent with their predecessors.

MicroMax and Hydropearl 2.0

As with other PING irons, you get milled MicroMax grooves designed to optimize trajectory throughout the set. That’s paired with PING’s moisture repelling Hyrdropearl 2.0 finish to help ensure consistent spin (at least as consistent as it can be), even in damp conditions.

PING i230 – Specs and Pricing

The PING i230 irons are available in 3-9, PW and UW. As has become standard practice for PING, the i230s are available in standard, Power Spec (jacked) and Retro Spec (sensibly weakened) lofts.

The stock shaft offerings are Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300) and PING’s Alta CB Black (graphite). Optional stock shafts include the PING AWT 2.0, Dynamic Gold (S300, X100), Dynamic Gold 120, KBS Tour, Nippon Modus 105, True Temper Elevate and UST Recoils 760 ES SMAC (A – flex) and 790 ES SMAC (regular and stiff).

Retail price starts at $187.50 per club.

Read our full PING i230 irons review here.

PING iCrossover

a photo of the PING iCrossover Utility

Launched in parallel with the i230 irons is what PING is calling a Player’s Crossover.

Your quick rewind here: the Crossover is PING’s take on a utility club (definitely not driving irons). Past iterations of the crossover have fallen under PING’s G (game-improvement) series which always struck me as a bit odd insomuch as the G crowd is likely more of a hybrid-favoring group.

Arccos-Inspired Redesign

After looking through on-course data collected with Arccos-enabled PING clubs, the company came to the realization that most Crossover users are better players.

I probably could have told you that without Arccos data but, regardless, that little bit of insight inspired the company to shift its Crossover from the G- to the i-series.

iCrossover – New Shaping

With that, the new iCrossover has similar shaping to an i230 iron. The new model is also about ¼” shorter on average. The idea is for the iCrossover to blend seamlessly with that set of i230s you just got approval to buy.

Compared to previous Crossovers, the iCrossover is more compact: shorter from heel to toe. It also has less offset which gives it a more Tour-style appearance.

PING iCrossover Construction

The iCrossover remains a hollow-body design that pairs a thin maraging steel face with a 17-4 stainless steel body. A small internal cavity with an EVA polymer works to deliver desirable sound and feel.

As with the i230, the iCrossover also offers MicroMax grooves and a Hydropearl 2.0 finish.

a technical image showing the adjustable hosel of the PING iCrossover

Hosel Adjustability

For the first time, PING has added an adjustable hosel to its Crossover offering. The eight-position adapter delivers 1.5 degrees of adjustability in either direction along with upright settings. That provides fitters (and DIYers) the ability to more precisely dial in their ideal ball flight.

PING iCrossover Specs and Pricing

The iCrossover is available in 2XR (18 degrees), 3XR (20 degrees) and 4XR (22.5 degrees).

The stock shaft is a PING Tour 2.0 Chrome (85 grams in R, S and X). Optional graphite offerings include the PING Alta CB, Mitsubishi Ka’Li White 80 and the Project X HZRDUS Smoke Red RDX 70HY.

Retail price for the PING iCrossover is $249.

Pre-orders for both the i230 irons and iCrossover begin immediately.

For more information, visit PING.com.

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      Owen

      1 year ago

      Never really been a PING guy. The G Irons always felt like shovels and the i59’s felt dead and sounded worse. I demo’d the i230s for fun… and I was blown away! They looked great at address (topline not to thick, not too thin). The feel and sounds was AMAZING! They felt like Honma forged and had Srixon snap. The forgiveness was impressive too. PING finally made a Players Distance club that delivers.

      I probably wont be switching because the price is still really high (current Honma TR20p are butter)…But these i230s are definitely worth a try for anyone looking at a new Players Distance set.

      Reply

      Robert Oxenford

      1 year ago

      Separated at birth (maybe ?): the iE1 and the i210’s = the i230’s ? with a touch of iBlade ? … ok, I’ll stop now … I WANT them …

      Reply

      Damon

      1 year ago

      WOW – would like to hear the answers to the I20 questions. Same sticks and same swing speed for me as well.

      Reply

      David

      1 year ago

      Need to see the Top Line

      Reply

      Steve (the real one, pithy and insufferable)

      1 year ago

      Follow the Ping i230 irons link just below ‘Pricing”. Takes you to Golf Galaxy, select i230 and it shows views.

      Reply

      Matt Gallo

      1 year ago

      Really cool to see Arccos data being used to help design clubs. Gives me excitement that they were making this club for me, not just tour pros.

      Reply

      Mike

      1 year ago

      Hi Tony. Thanks for the article. I’ve been gaming a set of i20s for the last 10 years….so I don’t change clubs often. I have 3 questions and it would be awesome if you could answer them. Would you say this is a notably more forgiving set than the i20s, what sort of distance gain from the i20s would be reasonable to expect for a 95 mph driver speed guy, and how durable is the hydropearl finish? Thank you!

      Reply

      MarkM

      1 year ago

      Not really a Ping guy but that iCrossover looks awesome! Will have to check it out, my 2018 X Forged UT is about at EOL ;)

      Reply

      Eric Hutchens

      1 year ago

      I really like the I series from Ping. You know what you get. My first was a set of i10’s and loved them.

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