Ping Blueprint Iron For Sale
I have been dying to get my hands on the PING Blueprint irons ever since I saw them at the 2019 PGA Exhibition. PING took a near-blade with the iBlade (review HERE) and somehow packed in the forgiveness of a total cavity back hammer. I couldn’t wait to see if, with a true sword, they might replicate the charm. I unboxed them the minute these clubs landed on my doorstep and raced to the range to begin checking.
Throw them out the window if you have preconceived ideas of what a PING iron looks like. The PING Blueprint irons were developed based on the demand of their Tour workers for a proper sword. This is not your daddy’s PING iron. This is a really lightweight blade with a slim top line, a short sole, and almost no offset. I think they appear much better in the bag when they look at the address. The muscle outline is basic and recognizable, and the branding is pure and minimal.
I really like the weight plug in the toe, a gentle hint to the reality that this is a highly designed PING club considering the look. The Blueprint (left) next to my gamer iBlade (both are 7 iron) can be seen above. There is a slightly narrower top line, and the blade is narrower. In comparison, while they have virtually similar bounce specs, the soles of the Blueprint irons are far thinner than the iBlades.
Sound & Feel
The PING Blueprint has an effect power that is unprecedented (yes, solidity is a real word). All the anticipated boxes-soft, subdued, etc.-are verified by the Blueprint, but what makes it special is the feeling of attachment to the club. These irons are forged from carbon steel 8620. The implication is that the input is extraordinary. Via sensation, any shot can be precisely placed, however, pleasantly, the mishits do not sting your paws.
I had dreams of all the shots I was going to make as I raced to the range with my brand new Blueprint irons in the trunk. Until the iron was no longer shiny and any one of those shots had been fired, I didn’t quit. These irons would allow you leverage over any part of your ball speed, providing you have the right shaft for your swing (and PING has plenty of stock options). The shot control was just what I anticipated from the Blueprint iron. What I hadn’t expected was grace.
These are the easiest blades I’ve ever played to strike. Now, let me be really specific before anyone goes crazy: these are no replacement for the G410 irons (review HERE). That said, they are more than willing to forgive a slightly thin shot of the Blueprint iron. In comparison, the tungsten screw in the toe increases stability, rendering minor mishits nearly equivalent to pure shots. I’ve spent more time training this summer than I have in several years, and I’ve been more in tune with the contact of club / turf. Which helped me admire the simplicity of the Blueprint ‘s narrow sole.
My repertoire is a minefield at this point in the season, and I’ve noticed all sorts of sketchy lies. The Blueprint was able to pluck the ball out of both of them, but there was enough bounce to prevent the club from digging. The loft specifications mirror the iBlades on the Blueprint iron, which is to suggest that current requirements are fairly poor. This are meant for stronger players who are more worried than hitting their 6I longer than the next guy with stopping force on the greens. The Blueprint is accessible in Power Spec Lofts that are 1-2 degrees stronger for those that want stronger lofts.
Muscleback blades are meant to be small butter-knife and miss in a better-player cavity-back the forgiveness and reach usually found. For anything that runs the ball on order and reaches a certain yard with regularity, you’re giving up all the comforts that come with a larger profile. This is a club built with a scratch golfer in mind. That leads us to the Blueprint of PING, a blade that undoubtedly looks the part. This is just not the story that your dad grew up in.
Forged from 8620 carbon steel, the iron has a smaller offset and a shorter length of blade than the iBlade of PING. A machined tungsten screw in the toe gives the head a small bump in the standard version of heel-toe forgiving. And did we note the complex multi-stage, four-step process? The Model can be a one-piece forging, but during manufacture, more than 50 measures are needed, including machining the face and grooves. The strength of these irons is how seamlessly they combine a muscleback ‘s DNA with a better-player iron ‘s strength. Even for a scratch golfer, as you go toe to toe with players who use better-player goods, having a couple extra yards is a welcome sight.
The Blueprint is a modern-day blade concept. Take ClubTester (2-hdcp): “Low profile, but I saw the ball rocket off the face.” Robot’s take: A ball speed and carry pioneer in the category, creating higher flight and negating excessive spin. Hackers, beware: Ping’s Blueprint irons feature premium workability, not forgiveness.
To fit varying hand shapes and texture tastes, PING provides a range of grip sizes and types. Since the grip size determines the movement of your hand and thus the trajectory of the shots, it is widely used for fitters to influence the flight of the strike. PING color-coded grips are offered in six different diameters and can be adjusted according to your needs with grip tape.
Golfers may consider smaller diameter grips to help manage fades and cuts, or larger diameter grips to help monitor sketches and hooks, until the neutral grip color code has been defined based on hand measurements. Grip Grip Size Definition Golf Pride MCC Align The Golf Pride MCC Align blends rubber and cord for all-weather durability and proprietary Align ® technology for reliable hand placemen
With high hopes, I came into this study, and the PING Blueprint irons surpassed them. With more forgiveness than I planned, they provided the look, sound, and shot control I wished for. For the remainder of 2019 and beyond, The Roadmap would invest a ton of time in my pocket.