Pros: Good Looks, Excellent Workability and Control, Some Forgiveness
There are a number of reasons to like Ping's golf products no matter how good your game is or high or low your handicap is. It seems like Ping's products made for every type of golfer are among the best you can get. I had never really hit any of their irons extensively until the S59's., but had gotten a sample of what they had to offer. Earlier in the summer my course bought a set of these irons to offer as rentals, and I was very interested in forgetting my clubs at home and taking these sticks out for a round. After playing said round, I reflected on the clubs and decided they were the easiest to hit a draw or fade of any I've hit recently.
Another good thing about Ping is how easy it is to obtain the right club specs. The company uses a color coded dot system to show the specs of the club. Often times charts can be found at Ping dealers or at their website.
The S59's are a traditional looking blade with a slight cavity back to it. It also has the typical blade characteristics of a small, compact head and little if any offset. The S59's also have some design characteristics to give it a neutral bias. There's a large weight in the bottom half of the head with a bit of metal before the top half of the head is an open cavity. There's also a slight chunk cut out of the bottom of the hosel.
On the Course
The S59's have a similar look to almost any other blade of its type. One of the things I really like, through, is Ping uses a darker, more rough metal instead of a chrome finish like most all other club makers. I don't think it does much for performance, but I like the reduced glare of the finish.
From the first ball hit with the S59's, I could feel just how easily the ball could be worked in any direction. Although I can usually hit a draw on command, I prefer hitting a straight ball. To my surprise, after the ball flew straight for the majority of the shot, it started to fade on the way down. It was something I really haven't had happen in quite a while. I soon found hitting hard draws and fades were rather easy, too.
To round out the rest of the club, the ball had a pretty sweet feel to it upon impact. Not as good as forged, but still very nice feeling. The clubs come stock with a decent velvet grip and Ping shafts. I also found that the workability and control didn't have to come with a distance penalty, as the ball went as far as other less workable irons.
The Ping S59 irons are a joy to hit. However, they're certainly designed with the more accomplished, better player in mind. Anyone who has trouble containing a slice will not find these sticks to be a good pairing for them. Same goes for players who struggle with consistent contact because of the small head size. Overall, if you have the game, these sticks will treat you very well.