Review Abstract "You'll get dead-on targets, even from a mis-hit" with this "great feeling iron." "Forgiving," "consistently straight," "long," "nice control," and "good offset," this Karsten "can average two to three shots better" "for the mid to high handicappers." "If you're a low handicap hitter or competitor, it's horribly overpriced." It also is "highly recommended to get a proper club fitting."
Reviewed by: Mark(Unregistered User)
Shoots in the 80s
Model Reviewed: PING ISI Becu
Summary: PING ISI Becu.
picked up a set of 3-sw becu with JZ Regular shafts.
I have to confess to being a bit of a golfaholic and have a weakness for Ebay bargains.
Anyway this summer I have discovered after switching to a regualr shafted driver that I may have been playing irons that are too stiff for my swing.
I therefore picked up a set of regular shafted Ping ISI Becu'S, 3-SW in very good condition.
I replaced the grips with Golf Pride midsize 2g tour wraps in white. I then de-banded the shafts as they were scruffy. Finally I soaked the heads in white vinegar and sea salt to remove the irregular patina, before darkening with a coppper darkening solution.
The irons are a delight to play. A nice smooth swing is proving to give me a great deal of accuracy and a piercing ball flight. My yardages have dropped considerably with these irons compared to previous sets. I now find myself playing as follows;
3 - 180 yards
4 - 170 yards
5 - 160 yards
6 - 150 yards
7 - 140 yards
8 - 130 yards
9 - 120 yards
pw - 100yards
sw - 80 yards
so I have lost about 10 yards per club but can live with that as the benefits are ease of play and increased accuracy.
I have played numerous irons, eye 2, eye 2+, ISI, i3+ blade, G20, I20, S57, S56,and too many other non Ping makes and models to list! I rate these up there with them some of my previous favourites, Titleist 735cm and Hogan FTX.
Customer Service: Not used
Similar Products Used: All of them.
Review Date September 8, 2012
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Value Rating 5 of 5
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Reviewed by: Dave(Unregistered User)
Shoots in the 80s
Model Reviewed: Ping ISI Nickel irons
Summary: Having gone through different Ping models over the years, I would rank these irons right between the Ping Eye 2 BeCu irons as the best irons I've played. They have a very distinct feel on impact and fly straight as an arrow. I started out with a set of Karsten I Pings, then to the EYE 2s, then to the Zings, Zing 2's and now the ISI irons. My favorite of all the aforementioned is the EYE 2's followed by the ISI's. Make sure you get fitted correctly and they'll make you a happy camper!
Customer Service: Ping customer service has always been helpful with any issues I've had which had only been twice...
Reviewed by: David Terry(Unregistered User)
Shoots in the 70s
Model Reviewed: Ping ISI Irons
Summary: I have had my Ping ISI irons for fifteen years. I absolutely love them. Even with all the advances in technology since 1996, I can't get myself to even consider buying a new set of irons. As far as I am concerned, they are the best irons Ping ever made...all the way up to the latest G20s.
Summary: I always wanted a set of these when they first came out but didn't want to spend that much money on a set of clubs. Recently I picked up a set on e-bay for $250.00 that looked about as new as you can probably find. I really was just getting them thinking I'd put them up and save them since the ISI's were the only clubs Ping made in nickel but when I went out and hit them I knew they were going straight in my bag. I don't know about the stainless or copper ones but the nickels are the closest thing to a forged blade as for as feel goes that I've ever hit but with that sweet buttery feel comes a price, hit them a little off center and you get that forged blade sting in your hands but without sacrificing the loss in distance or line hit on. They are incredable. I love knowing exactly where I hit the ball on the face so I can correct it. The problem with most clubs today is they feel about the same no matter where you hit them so you just go on your merry way not knowing what to correct. These let you know but like I said not at the cost of much distance or accuracy. I was thinking I'd probably have to go down a club such as instead of 8 iron for 150 7 iron but was surprised to say that they are just as long as any club I've played. My only complaint is towards myself and that's why did I keep spending so much money on all this new technology when I could have saved a ton of money and got these along time ago. It's also pretty cool playing a classic and rare club such as these.
Customer Service: never used
Similar Products Used: had countless clubs but none that really can compare to nickel ISI's These are by far my most favorite clubs ever owning.
Summary: ISI steel were my first fitted set 10 yrs ago and after trying Callaways, Titleists and Mizunos in the mean time in the never ending endeavor to improve my handicap I have finally returned to my old ISI's. I impounded them from my son, who had inherited them and made him take my Mizuno mp 60s or else :-). Now that I can controll a golf ball a bit better I find these irons to be very, very forgiving and yet somehow you can move the ball right or left easier than any iron I have yet played. I love them and have asked my wife to forgive for having convincer her that I needed a new set of irons every two years. She still loves me and I love my old irons.
They are cheap to find and I dont believe any new fangled contraption can beat the combination of basic cavity back forgiveness, good feedback and wonderfull playablity of these irons.
Work on your swing, keep these irons in your bag and save a lot of money!
Customer Service: Never needed it but I hear good things.