Golf irons & changing conditions

Mark Pilkington

18 September 2023


Broadly speaking, there’s summer golf and then there’s winter golf. Both seasons have their ups-and-downs. You may love the warmth in summer and the tee being freer in the winter, but how do you prepare your game for the changing of the season? How does golf change?

As we creep into autumn, you’ll be wanting to have your thermals and mittens nearby for when you’re spending a lot of time outdoors. It’s sensible to be dressed for the colder weather, but one thing you may not be aware of is how it can affect your clubs. Please join us as we explain how the latest PING golf irons will help see you through the wintertime.


Adapting your game for winter golf


Conditions in the colder months can have a significant effect on how your game is played. For example, the colder temperatures reduce the elasticity of the metal in your golf irons. This means they won’t bend as fluidly as when you’re playing in the warmer months as there’s less efficient transfer of energy from the golf iron to the ball.

Another thing to consider is that colder air is denser, so there will be more resistance acting on your ball as it travels through the air. So in short, the cold temperature affects your clubs, and will give you slightly less distance on your shots. Keep in mind you may need to club-up when you’re out on the course this winter.

The ground is also wetter and muddier in winter, so when you come down onto the ball it can be harder to make a clean connection with the turf. While we hate hitting muddy shots or playing on difficult lies, it’s important to anticipate them. It’s good planning to have an extra towel in your bag to keep your clubs in working order should you be hitting through murky turf.

These are just some of the reasons why winter golf is more difficult than in the summer. If you want to keep playing happy all year round, you’ll need to be heading out on the course with golf irons that are appropriate for you.


Which golf irons should you try?




As you can see from the illustration, PING makes a variety of quality golf clubs and different models that cater to players of specific abilities.

If you’re a regular player and you’re skilled enough to shape your iron shots however you like, the PING i59 range will be of interest to you. These forged irons provide a Tour-level look and feel, with an abundance of control thrown in. They even have a water-repellent finish, which will you maintain spin and enjoy consistent contact with the ball through wetter terrain.

For those low-teen and single-figure handicap golfers out there, you can’t go wrong with the PING i525 irons. The grooves on the face have been designed to give you more control and consistency when you strike the ball. They also look stunning, which will certainly help you build up the confidence around the course when conditions are tougher.

You may have seen a lot of buzz around PING’s G430 range, so join us as we take a quick look at these sublime golf clubs.


The G430 range

The standard G430 golf irons look fantastic when you’re looking down at the ball and getting ready to strike it. The irons have a multi-material cavity on the head that gives them a smooth feel, they’re a lot of fun to play with. They also feature PING’s own Hydropearl 2.0 Chrome finish that essentially means you’ll glide through the wetter turf untroubled, which will be a big plus in winter.

The G430 High Launch irons have been designed to give you more distance on your shots and consistency when you strike the ball. They have a lighter build and are perfect for players that have a naturally slower swing speed. They’ll certainly help you pack a punch when getting out of any nasty muddy patches.

Don’t let the changing of the seasons put you off your golf! There’s no better feeling than mastering your iron shots. If you’re on the lookout for some new irons, we’d be more than happy to help, just contact us in the pro shop.

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