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In-hand photos of prototype Ping “Blueprint” irons

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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!

  7. HDTVMAN

    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. Rich Douglas

    Dec 13, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    This is different from a million other irons how?

  12. 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?

    • Travisj

      Dec 14, 2018 at 2:08 am

      These are hollow bro, or filled with something like speedfoam lol

  13. Matt

    Dec 13, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Woof. That squared off toe is rough.

  14. 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 🙂

  15. Curt

    Dec 13, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Squared off toe, for sure……

  16. 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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Photos of a new shaft offering from Fujikura have appeared in the GolfWRX Forums. We first spotted the Fujikura Ventus on Tour at the Safeway Open last year, and it went into two players’ bags that week.

Since then, the shaft has been showing up on Tour more frequently, and it is expected to come to retail some time early this year.

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The use of extremely stiff 70-ton pitch fiber throughout the full length of the shaft, creates more center face contact by reducing twisting at impact. The 70-ton fiber is laid at 45 degrees in the bias layer for tighter dispersion and consistency.

Fujikura itself tweeted the following evidence of continued player testing of the shaft.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying in this forum thread. 

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Spotted: Project X HZRDUS Yellow Smoke shafts

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A Project X HZRDUS Yellow Smoke shaft has surfaced in the GolfWRX Forums.

To expand its popular HZRDUS line, it looks like Project X is testing the new Smoke series to include the Yellow Profile. If you recall, the Yellow was the second profile added to the original HZRDUS line which has the key features of

  • Higher balance point to allow for both longer lengths, or heads with a higher than standard mass.
  • Slightly softened profile for smoother tempo players, and increased feel

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The pictures also show off a new “Small Batch” logo that seems to be a play on the very popular original Hand Crafted. This would appear related to the moving of the Hand Crafted production line out of the U.S. manufacturing facility in San Diego owing to the growing demand in the market for the shafts in both the aftermarket and with OEMs. These “Small Batch” shafts could mean a return to the U.S. production facility for Project X.

Bringing the Yellow Profile into the Smoke line would add a softer higher balance point (counter balanced) profile to a line up already designed to have increased feel. From a fitting standpoint, this could be another win-win shaft, perfect for the slightly less aggressive players looking to play a longer driver without sacrificing feel.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “2019 Accra TZ5 & TZ6 shafts”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases the 2019 Accra TZ5 & TZ6 shafts. The shafts have been met with resounding approval from our members on our forum, who almost to a man find them a thing of beauty, and are eager to find out just when they will hit the shelves.

For more photos, make sure to check out the full forum thread here.

Here are a few posts from the thread, and you can join the discussion at the link below.

  • Ziggy16: “Yessssss love it. I had the chance to hit Accra shafts for the first time in 2018. I think they are some of the best feeling shafts I’ve ever swung. It’s between them and VA Composites, although I just saw Oban is now back in the game. Still, after all these years, the HB is still making a mark in my bag.”
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  • Oaks: “It’s the best feeling Shaft I can remember in a while.  Reminds me of the old ACCRA feel that they were known for.”
  • rpmspooner: “I had a chance to chat with Reid at Accra yesterday. They are extremely excited about the Tz5 and Tz6. I think they think this one is a home run. “Smoother mid section” was the response. If that is true, I don’t know who is going to compete with ACCRA this year. They already owned the smooth space in golf shafts.”

Entire Thread: “2019 Accra TZ5 & TZ6 shafts”

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