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Ping Blueprint irons are officially coming to retail

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After what has been much speculation they are here: Ping’s Blueprint forged blades.

Born from the idea of creating a club for the most exacting of golfers, Ping meticulously prototyped and tested in house with their tour staff and other highly skilled players on everything from preferred shots, grind, to blade size and shape. When it comes to shape, the Blueprints are one of the smallest blades on the market, but there’s some reasoning behind this.

From Ping:

“After extensive in-house research with varying head sizes, the findings revealed the theory of “aim small, miss small” was validated by many of the highly skilled players in the test, who produced tighter stat areas when hitting the more compact head.”

Only the bravest golfer will take on this 2-iron

It makes a lot of sense when you consider the fact that the more you concentrate mass, the more that mass will transfer energy when you get close to it right? It was that final design that we saw out on tour around nine months ago that has ended up becoming what we will see at retail. Tried tested and ready for fittings and finding their way into golf bags.

From Ping’s President John K Solheim:

“When we launched it on tour, a few players put it in play immediately and it wasn’t long before we had our first win. Based on a lot of their input, we were able to deliver exactly what they were looking for while expanding our iron offerings into a new category. We’re very pleased with the development process we went through and are looking forward to applying our learnings to future PING products.”

Like everything Ping, the company has gone the extra mile when it comes to engineering every last aspect of these irons. Even something as simple as a tip weight has a calculation attached to it. Just like the G410 irons, the Blueprint irons have a visible tungsten toe weight.

Let me explain: basically every iron on the market utilizes a tip weight, either inserted into the shaft or into a port in the bottom of the hosel. (We’re about to go deep into the weeds from a design standpoint but stick with me). There is 100 percent nothing wrong with OEMs using tip weights to achieve desired swing weight but when you use them you move the CG closer to the hosel/heel side of the club…not on a humanly noticeable level but certainly from a definite engineering perspective.

This is why Ping has always placed the CTP (Custom Tuning Port) in the middle of the club head, directly behind the COG. But with a forged blade this is NOT possible because it’s solid metal, but there is a way to keep that COG EXACTLY where you want it: taking the amount of needed mass, dividing it by two and placing equal amounts in the hosel and in the toe. Simple? Yes. Done by anyone else? No.

Ping Blueprint irons construction

Ping is utilizing a four-step, multi-stage process for the one-piece forging to create the Blueprint forged iron. This process provides very tight dimensional tolerance control within the compact design. The high-strength, 8620 carbon steel (same material used in the Glide forged wedges) increases the iron’s durability compared to other carbon steels, ensuring long-lasting performance. The Blueprint irons go through more than 50 steps in the manufacturing process, including milling faces and grooves to ensure quality control club after club with each and every head checked for absolute accuracy.

Details

  • Available in 2-PW, starting at $230 per club
  • Stock shaft options: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100), Ping AWT 2.0 (R, S, X) with all other Ping shafts available at additional cost
  • Arccos Smart Sensor grips available at an additional cost

 

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. Mark

    Jun 9, 2019 at 11:47 am

    I tried those irons today. They are so easy to hit straight (smaller MOI makes it easier to square the face) and really very forgiving as for blades. There is no comparison to traditional Miura blades that are more demanding for sure. I am 2 hcp and I don’t think at all that better players will have any problem hitting them but rather will play better. This is one of bigger innovations lately.

  2. Dave r

    Jun 6, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Ping has to come up with a smaller golf ball now just so you can hit them. Just think at $100.00 bucks a dozen you would have the best of both worlds. You would be the envey of your club.

  3. Chris

    May 27, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    The blade length is WAY TOO SHORT. Otherwise, good looking iron.

  4. JP

    May 21, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Ping can thank PXG for allowing the price gouging. It’s ridiculous, but almost expected these days. Now with all these oem’s following in PXG’s model, PXG themselves introduces a lower priced iron model! They do a 180 and once again twist up the market! Haha.
    .
    Once my irons show heavy signs of wear, I won’t be buying anything. I’ll send them in to get cleaned up and rechromed. They’ll never leave the bag.

  5. Dan

    May 20, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Thanks for the specs

  6. No Diggity

    May 20, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    was excited and debating picking up a set till the $1610 number showed up. You can pick up a new set of Cobra Mbs AND a F9 driver for that price and still have some greens fees cash left over.

  7. Rolando Rushay

    May 20, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    I love Ping irons..Have used them for years!! I play with the cavity backed and play well. I tried switching to forged irons & they’re not for me. Unless one is a Tour professional the average weekend player needs to keep it simple and easy because golf is a difficult game to play…why make it hard & costly..$230/ WOW!!!!

  8. T-Bone

    May 20, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    So PING made their name back in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s by inventing perimeter weighting. Now, in 2019, their touting the same blade technology they supposedly made obsolete way back when. Oh, and this 1940’s technology will now cost you what you could have bought a house for back then.

  9. Tom54

    May 20, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Gorgeous club – funny name – way too expensive. $1800 for 8 irons? No thanks

  10. joe

    May 20, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Don’t worry they will be in bargain bin in 5 years.

  11. todd

    May 20, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    TW irons are $250/ea, Miura are $280, PXG are $400, CNCPT are $500/ea. So the cost on these are outlandish because…

    I’m sure I would be deadly accurate buttering my toast in the morning with these. Hitting them would likely be another story 😉

  12. Cdub

    May 20, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Looked amazing until seeing the price.

  13. Get in the hole

    May 20, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    $230 a club is outrageous. Just pricing the consumer out of the sport. But that said, these are for the serious of serious golfers. Ping does make good quality $600 iron sets that would work well for the majority of golfers. If you’re sporting these and not playing to at least a 2 handicap, you’re dumb.

    • Steve

      May 20, 2019 at 3:41 pm

      True, but not true enough! I’d wager a 2 hdcp would miss the 2-5i’s at least 30% of the time. Why put yourself through that kind of misery? A real player wouldn’t let ego cost himself that many strokes.

  14. Carl

    May 20, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    At $230 per club, you better be making money with these.
    If not, you’re looking like a poser.

    • David Lehmann

      May 20, 2019 at 3:20 pm

      Thats less than PXG and these look a heckuva lot better than those “toys”.

  15. steve

    May 20, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    I’d like to offer a couple of thoughts about this new offering from Ping. First, wow!, that is a good looking club. Second, how many people do they really expect will pay $200+/iron For a full set? Lastly, I play to a three handicap. So while I am not bad, I am certainly not that great. I do this with a premier weighted set of irons. Why would I want to make the game more difficult than it needs to be? Club manufactures need to know that NOT ALL of us are clueless consumers

    • Steve

      May 20, 2019 at 3:09 pm

      Correction…Premier should read “perimeter”

  16. BWatts

    May 20, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Cue the Miura Baby Blade comparison! Smaller head=more mass concentrated to put into the ball. Last week I tested my small blades against ‘more friendly’ offerings: Mizuno, Cally Apex Pro, Srizon etc…none got the ball speed my small blades delivered. Cool to see this theory proved out by PING!

  17. dat

    May 20, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Insane price. Perhaps PXG should offer to buy Ping, or is it the other way around?

  18. Milo

    May 20, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Damn those are sexy, makes me drool. But for that price, maybe I’ll pick some up in 4 years.

  19. Ray

    May 20, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Wow! $230 per club?

    I’ve admired Ping and their engineering but that’s a pretty penny given some of the other irons in this class.

    • gunmetal

      May 20, 2019 at 12:41 pm

      Yeah, these guys like Ben Hogan and their ‘direct to’ model is going to start looking more and more attractive if we keep delving into $1600 7 piece iron sets, IMO.

  20. Dave Lawrence

    May 20, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Specs (in case anyone was curious):

    2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 PW
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    17.5 20 23.5 27 30.5 34 38 42 46

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Bad Birdie and Waste Management unveil 16th hole-themed hats and polos for Phoenix Open

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Bad Birdie X Waste Management Collab

The Waste Management Phoenix Open is just around the corner, and Bad Birdie in collaboration with Waste Management has unveiled its16th hole-themed merchandise that will be available to those lucky enough to have a ticket for the event.

Two hats and two polos will be available to purchase at the event with each design embracing all of the razzmatazz of the 16th hole and atmosphere at TPC Scottsdale.

Bad Birdie X Waste Management Collab

Bad Birdie X Waste Management Collab

Bad Birdie X Waste Management Collab

Bad Birdie X Waste Management Collab

The hats and polos will be available exclusively at merchandise tents during the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Wilson Staff Irons – First Impressions”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from balls_deep who recently received his Wilson Staff Irons custom order and has been sharing his thoughts on the clubs in our forum. Per balls_deep:

“Got my custom order in yesterday. I did 4-PW with C Taper limited black in 125g S+ straight in. Unfortunately the only X stiff on the fitting cart was X100, so I had to take a guess and use the MP20 head to test the C Tapers. Hopefully Wilson gets this sorted out as it’s not ideal for those in this bracket of club.

Anyways we are snow-covered here, but we have a range with heated bays, so I was able to test outdoors with a swing caddie for rough yardages. Ball speeds were very consistent, and flight was exactly what I’d like to see. The clubs are as soft as my MP20 were with a bit more sizzle off the face. The long irons are very small but quite easy to hit. Only drop off if you put a properly terrible swing on it and nothing will save you then.

I found them very easy to work up and down or draw/fade. I struggle to fade irons, but with these, it feels like you just think the shot and it happens. Overall fantastic first impression and great build. I’d like to see these in a few more bags as they are criminally underrated. I will update this thread when I head to Florida on the 1st of Feb.”

Along with sharing his informative impression, balls_deep has also posted some great shots of the clubs in the thread which you can check out here.

Here are a few posts in response from our members but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • bvanlieu: “Just a timeless design. Diamond edges are classy…reminds me of my set from the late ’80s. I still hit my 8i at the range occasionally. “
  • braincramp52: “They are first class all the way. I’m so pumped for some nice weather to come our way.”
  • rxk9fan: “As good looking as any iron out there. I wish I had a place to test those….like I need to try one more iron set. BUT those are killer for sure!!”

Entire Thread: “Wilson Staff Irons – Frist Impressions”

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GolfWRX Live at the 2020 PGA Show: Top 10 things we loved

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As the 2020 PGA Show comes to a close for the crew at WRX. We went through the experience and all the pics and are now giving you the top 10 things we loved at the show.

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