Ping’s all-new G730 and i530 irons: Everything you need to know

Ping G730 i530 irons

Ping is rounding out its 2024 iron line with the launch of the new G730 game improvement iron and the i530 players distance iron.

Jonathan Wall

If you play the word association game with Ping golf clubs — specifically irons — the first thing that comes to mind for most is the word forgiving. Now, on the heels of releasing the better player-focused Blueprint T and S irons, Ping is rounding out its 2024 iron lineup with the release of the distance- and forgiveness-focused G730 and i530 irons.

Here’s everything you need to know about the G730 and i530 irons.

The G730 means distance

G-Series irons have always been about distance and forgiveness, but the G730s go a step further by also creating more height for more stopping power into greens — because a mid-iron isn’t useful if you can’t hold a green from 150 yards.

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Ping’s G730 irons. Jonathan Wall

The irons utilize a hyper 17-4 stainless steel that is heat-treated after the casting process to allow engineers to push the boundaries of face thickness, resulting in higher shots that come off the club face up to 2 mph faster. That extra 2 mph helps the irons average roughly 5 extra yards of distance through the set.

“The G730 irons are engineered for golfers who can benefit from more distance and a higher level of forgiveness and consistency to shoot lower scores,” said John K. Solheim, Ping’s CEO and president. “The new G730 brings them all that in an easy-to-hit, confidence-inspiring design. It’s the longest and most forgiving iron in our current lineup and is a great solution to help maximize the performance of a lot of golfers.”

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Ping’s G730 PurFlex badge. Jonathan Wall

Another element of the design is extra offset to help golfers square the face and a wider sole to lower the center of gravity. Like all Ping irons, the design also features tungsten hosel and toe weights to push mass away from the center of the club head, increasing MOI. Behind the face sits the PurFlex cavity badge to allow the face to flex while also not hampering the speed and improving acoustics, making for a powerful impact sound.

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The Ping G730 from address. Jonathan Wall

Finally, with the help of their research database, the lofts of the Ping G730s have been custom-engineered to increase distance while still maintaining optimal gapping between clubs. And, to offer even more control into the wedges, the grooves are precision machined to enhance spin and control.

Ping G730 Custom Irons

Maximizing distance was the primary objective in Ping’s longest and most forgiving iron to date, generating typical distance gains of approximately five yards from the flexing, hyper 17-4 stainless steel face.

i530 for distance and feel

The players’ distance iron category is one of the most popular iron types on the market today, and for good reason. Most irons in this category offer similar technology to distance irons, but with all of that technology hidden in a golf club design that mimics the looks of a classic muscle-back blade. It’s kind of like putting an F1 engine in a family sedan — it looks simple from the outside but inside it’s packing extra power!

The clean looks and thin top line of the i530 are made possible thanks to a newly developed machining technique that allows for the manufacturing of extremely thin back walls of the hollow head. Since the rear of the club doesn’t have to make contact with the ball, this thin wall design helps to keep mass lower in the head to boost MOI and reduce dispersion.

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Ping i530 from address. Jonathan Wall

“We’re seeing significant distance gains with the i530 iron mainly due to its higher face flexing and bending. It’s a great fit for the golfer whose top priority is more distance, including someone who may have lost yards with their current irons over time,” Solheim said. “It also has a level of forgiveness not typically found in distance irons. It’s packed with performance. It looks great, feels great and more importantly, will lead to lower scores and more enjoyment on the course.”

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Inside of the Ping i530. Ping Golf

As for the face, it is forged from C300 maraging steel — the same type of material used on the faces of the G430 fairway woods — which helps to create more flex for more distance around the entire face. The back of the face is then coasted using a polymer to fine-tune the acoustics and feel without reducing the ability for the face to flex and bend at impact, resulting in distance loss.

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The i530 face with MicroMax grooves. Jonathan Wall

All of the saved mass from the thin back walls and face are placed in an internal weight pad on the sole of the iron to increase launch and maintain proper spin windows. The i530 utilizes Ping’s Micromax grooves and hydropearl chrome 2.0 finish to further bring consistency to ball flight and distance control.

PING i530 Custom Irons

For the accomplished golfer who relies on control and precision, Blueprint T delivers a single-piece, 8620 carbon steel forging that puts a premium on workability, trajectory control and superb feel. SHORTER HEEL-FACE Allows the hosel transition to blend smoothly into the top rail, creating a clean, distraction-free appearance at address. The narrow soles enable consistent turf interaction from all conditions. MOI BOOSTED Save for the slight MOI boost from tungsten toe screw and tip weights, it’s a purely forged iron, concentrating mass through the impact zone to ensure a pleasing sound and feel with the workability to take on any shot. Jockey Tip: The lofts match the Blueprint S and i230 irons to allow golfers to create blended sets within PING’s precision iron offerings.
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Price and availability

The Ping G730 and i530 irons are now available for pre-order, with the G730 priced at $185 for steel and $200 for graphite, and the i530 priced at $205 with steel and $220 for graphite.

Want to overhaul your bag for 2024? Find a fitting location near you at True Spec Golf.

Ryan Barath Editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive club-fitting and -building background with more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was the lead content strategist for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.