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In-hand photos of prototype Ping “Blueprint” irons



Our Johnny Wunder paid a visit to Ping HQ in Phoenix, and in addition to getting to step inside to company’s legendary gold putter vault, The Gear Dive host got an exclusive in-hand look at Ping’s new prototype Blueprint irons.

While we can’t provide any additional details at present, we do have these photos of a 6-iron for your viewing pleasure.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the irons in the forums. 

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  1. Travis

    Dec 25, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I love the square toe in these. I’m desperate for them to come to retail.

  2. Benny

    Dec 16, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Man I think these look awesome. Love the simple MB style and thin sole. Toes look the cats meow. I am only a Ping driver / bag guy too. Never played thier irons or wedges.
    I will say the comments above are all correct. I bet there is some innovation thats helping AM’s now. I saw a buddy switch to p790’s this summer and go from a 2 to scratch in a month with 20 rounds. He was then hitting his 8i when I was hitting a 6i at 185. So there is some added help in equipment but its unfortunately lost in higher expectations the buyer believes.

    • ogo

      Dec 16, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      If your buddy was now hitting his 8-iron from 185 with his new P790 fake forged clubs that must have messed up distances on the rest of his irons. That must have messed up his game and shot his scoring up up up…. not down. Methinks you lie…. 😮

      • Follow Ogo til the end of the earth

        Dec 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm

        I am with you Ogo, “me thinks” this must be a lie. No one can hit an 8i 185y!!
        I remember watching Rahm win the Careerbuilder against Andrew Landry hit his PW close to 20 yards difference in length.
        First playoff he had around 165 and used his PW.
        Next playoff hole he had around 146 and again used his PW.
        “Me thinks” that’s impossible just like you Ogo. There is just no way someone can do that!
        Plus like you said, it should really mess up Rahm’s distance gaps. How would a great stick be able to manupulate 1x club like that?? Especially with those “fake forged” irons that go so much further than the real forged irons??? Makes no sense Ogo, especially with your wisdom and knowledge saying so…

        • Tony

          Jan 11, 2019 at 3:08 pm

          Look at you calling people liars, it’s entirety possible for what Ogo said. He may have his clubs a degree stronger or even more. The number on the club means nothing these days, pro’s are notorious for having stronger lofts on their clubs. Keyboard critics like yourselves just write for argument sakes, I suggest you get a life.

  3. ogo

    Dec 16, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Blueprint? What kind of stupid name is that for a golf club… something that no longer exists in the engineering drafting world?!!

  4. Steve Cantwell

    Dec 14, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Club makers must’ve laugh themselves silly leading consumers around by the nose. No set of irons is going to turn a bad golfer into a good golfer. Yet big $$$ are always spent chasing par.

  5. ogo

    Dec 14, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Forged? Hot forged or cold forged or just coin forged stamping? Biiiig differences.

  6. Tom

    Dec 14, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Hollow Irons were introduced in the mid 1980’s….they do NOTHING performance-wise just manufacturers trying to fool you out of your money. USGA rules insure NOTHING will perform better! Sellers be Sellin!


    Dec 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    PING is KING! I hit the G700’s, and like the i500’s and now Blueprint, fantastic look and feel, as I assume the Blueprint are also hollow construction.

  8. Ian

    Dec 14, 2018 at 6:44 am

    It’s a Tour only iron and they are not going public with it. Ping guys can drool but unless you know somebody at HQ or on the Tour truck you won’t get them.

  9. Kimo Kim

    Dec 13, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    So far I have enjoyed all of the ping products. I have played with Pings all my life and would look into these new irons when they come out.
    From Hawaii Kimo

  10. ogo

    Dec 13, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    The PING pièce de résistance irons… throw out all the PINGeyes, the G’s & i’s, everything… because these PING blades will be the last ever set of irons you will every want to own… chock full of new technology, innovation and performance…. 160 yard 9-iron… 225 yard 5-iron… and pinpoint laser accuracy built into every club. It’s over, folks… golf heaven is spelled P_I_N_G … ding-a-ling to you….!!!

  11. Don

    Dec 13, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Just a copy of Mizuno blades and not all of them were homeruns.

    • Tim

      Dec 13, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      This is a joke right??? How many Mizuno irons have u seen with toe screws?

  12. Christopher Gregus

    Dec 13, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Why is Ping being so quiet about the general release of this iron? We all know it’ll most likely come out at the Masters….give some of the Ping loyalists some more juice to work with! Beautiful looking iron though! Hopefully it’ll have a better feel than the i500’s 🙂

  13. Curt

    Dec 13, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Squared off toe, for sure……

  14. Mike Rohmann

    Dec 13, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    That’s a nice looking iron. I think I’d play something like that easily…

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Whats in the Bag

Kevin Na’s winning WITB: 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge



Driver: Callaway GBB Epic (9 degrees)

Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD GP 6-TX

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 70 TX

Hybrid: PXG 0317 X Gen 2 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95X

Irons: Callaway Rogue Pro (4), Callaway Apex Pro 16 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedges (50, 54 degrees), Vokey Design prototype (’18) (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Madison

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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The top-5 longest drivers on the PGA Tour and their driver/shaft combos



Let’s take a look at what the PGA Tour’s biggest bombers thus far in 2018-2019 are using to launch their rockets.

1. Cameron Champ

Average drive: 315.6 yards

Driver: Ping G400 Max (9 degrees @ 7.9)

Shaft: Fujikura Pro 63 TS (44.75 inches, tipped 1.5 inches)

T2. Luke List

Average drive: 314.4 yards
Driver: TaylorMade M6 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White D+ 80TX

T2. Rory McIlroy

Average drive: 314.4 yards

Driver: TaylorMade M5 (9 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK White 70TX

4. Tony Finau

Average drive: 311.5 yards

Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees @ 8)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana RF 70-TX (45.25 inches, tipped 1 inch)

5. Wyndham Clark

Average drive: 311.4 yards

Driver: PXG 0811 XF GEN2 (10 degrees)

Shaft: Accra Prototype (45.25 inches)

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WRX Spotlight Review: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3



Product: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

Pitch: The TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3 is a stronger-lofted version of the standard TaylorMade M5 3-wood. The Rocket is 14 degrees. The standard M5 is 15.

Our take on the TaylorMade M5 Rocket 3

“WOW, you really hit that 3-wood like a rocket!”

” Not like a rocket… an actual Rocket!”

The beloved 3-wood. A favorite club of both average golfers and pros alike, a club that many will hold onto well after what some might consider their “best before” date. But with new options and improved technology, these old faithfuls are getting the boot quicker for a lot of reasons including the ability to better dial in a fit and help minimizing misses.

Since making a club faster off the middle is becoming more and more difficult thanks to the limits set forth but the USGA, OEMs are changing the way we think about clubs and putting a greater focus on decreasing dispersion and optimizing misses. TaylorMade is doing this with TwistFace, which was originally introduced in drivers a generation ago, and has now been included in the M5 and M6 fairway woods.

I got to spend some time with the knowledgeable crew at TaylorMade Canada in their new indoor facility just north of Toronto (lets call it Kingdom North) In that time, we went through a driver fitting, and then to the new M5 fairway woods to try and replace one of my oldest faithfuls: a 14-degree SLDR Tour Spoon. To say I have a unique ability to elevate a fairway wood is something that even my fitter was a little surprised by. My numbers with my cranked down to 12 degree (measured) fairway off the deck were good but could be improved. I can hit it both ways (as much as a 6-handicap can actually claim that) but my trusted go-to shot is a slight fade with some heel bias contact because of my swing. I am willing to sacrifice some distance but usually hit it where I want.

What I saw at the end of the fitting was a club that produced longer shots along with a tighter dispersion without having to make or to try and make any changes to my swing. The final fit was a 14-degree “Rocket” M5 fairway set to 12 degrees. It beat out my SLDR by a total of nine yards, which is an increase of just over a total of three percent, including an additional six yards of carry.

To say I was honestly surprised would be an understatement. The SLDR TS is a club that the first time I hit it I went WHOA! Low spin, workable, looks exactly how I want that club to look (small and compact). You can see from the numbers below when it works it works.

Why does TwistFace work?

Let’s explain and get a little deep in the technology weeds for a second. Bulge and roll is not a new concept. In fact, it would be a lie to claim that all OEMs haven’t done something similar to this is the past or played with these two variables to help golfers hit better shots. Fact: Every OEM optimizes the bulge and roll on their clubs to increase speed and maximize performance. Tom Wishon actually had a line of woods at one point that went the other way had VERY limited roll from the top tine to the sole. With this design, more loft on the bottom of the head helped players who miss low or need help elevating the ball off the deck increase launch and spin. It worked. Cobra also has what it calls E9 technology to tweak bulge and roll to help maximize the speed and forgiveness of their woods. It also works.

What makes TaylorMade’s TwistFace different is that it is the most aggressive iteration of this bulge and roll tweaking yet, and by introducing it into the fairway woods and hybrids, it’s proving to be a winner — even for this now-proven wrong skeptic.

At the end of the day, the M5 Ti “Rocket” was a measurable improvement over my previous 3-wood. Now it would be disingenuous to say “if you aren’t using TwistFace in your fairway woods you’re not maximized,” but if you are someone that struggles with fairway wood dispersion and looking to find some extra distance for taking on par-5s, taking a look at the new M5 and M6 fairway woods as part of your next fitting should be very high on your list.


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