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Ping Blueprint iron performance and more importantly: how small are they really....
So I was intrigued when Ping released the Blueprint irons. The promised technology in a compact blade from one of the premier club makers absolutely got me excited.
I have played blades from day 1 and my Macgregor Muirfield 20th’s, Hogan PC and Miura BB set the standard for compact size. The thought of a small compact blade with modern technology was exciting.
To be fair, I am and have always been a good ball striker. My handicap is that I very rarely play the same set of clubs week to week. My index has been as low as 2.7 and currently sits at around 4. So is forgiveness in an iron a big need for me......nope.
Looks and feel are my determining factors so that brings me to this post.
At first glance, the Blueprints look very nice. Compact head, narrow sole and the visible technology toe screw all scream hit me.
And I did. I hit them on the monitor and on the course. I played them alongside my Miura’s(16 irons in the bag) and against my 2014 TM Tour Preferred MB’s. The BB have Tour Issue X100, the TM have KBS 130X and the Blueprints have S300.
The lofts and lengths of the BB and BP are exactly the same playing off of a 37.75” 5 iron. The TM play 1/4” longer with same lofts.
Feel: surprisingly they all felt very similar. Solid powerful feeling (not buttery mizuno like at all). This was pleasing because to me, the Miura irons feel like a club should. Solid and powerful and all business. The BP had a very similar feel though I would say less dense feeling. The TM felt like the old Titleist blades. Not clicky but rather dull and lifeless.
Distance: my carry for 7 iron is 165 with cuts carrying 150 and a draw near 170. No discernible difference here as all shots withe the three clubs fell in my normal range.
Now to the important metric....looks: individually each iron has a very nice look and are aesthetically pleasing. Thin top lines and compact looking....but side by side the BP look like a GI iron. The BB by far is the smallest with the TM MB slightly larger. The BP was the biggest and when held together, they simply lost their appeal as a small blade. All 3 performed well and predictably but at the end of the day, The Pings didn’t scratch any itch. Nice irons, just not for me.
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