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How are you finding your Blueprints long term? Have you stuck with them? Moved away from them?  I tried a demo set a year and a half ago for a couple of rounds and hit a lot of good shots with them but I'm a much better player than I was then. I was at the local golf shop checking out the new T series (which I did not like) and my buddy handed me the Blueprint which I proceeded to absolutely stripe. At 1/2 inch shorter and a degree weaker in loft the Blueprint kept up to my TC201 ball speed wise and seemed easier to hit a powerful fade with. One of the things I liked best was that I could maintain ~130 ball speed on a cut. It seemed as though I could think a shot and just hit it. Dropped like 20 balls in a row around a 180 flag and was pretty sure I wanted to grab a set, but of course I could not hit the long irons to check out gapping. I like a firmer/denser feeling iron like these are Miuras these days rather than super soft like Mizuno. I also found they didn't overspin. I was getting 16 launch 6800ish backspin and just shy of 130 ball with the 7i. Did not get to try it in my ideal shafts either. 

 

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How are the long irons in pressure (tournament/match) settings?

Do you feel like you're giving up much in forgiveness? 

How are they out of the rough? (one thing I love about Miura with the heavy heads)

Does the thin sole do okay when it's soft (I'm in Canada and half of our season is quite soft)

 

I do believe that MOST blades sacrifice some forgiveness and I do love the fact that with my current setup I can catch my u500 4 iron a little clean or toey and it will still carry the water/bunker on some of our tougher par 3s which are around 220 and often play into the wind. I believe in Ping though and their irons always seem more forgiving than other offerings. I do notice that most of their tour pros use i210 which I find quite surprising. 

 

Let me know what you think! 

 

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26 minutes ago, animalgolfs said:

I'm no regular under par player .....but I do search new on WRX hourly

 

The blueprints are good....just ask Louie or [ @bladehunter ]

 

Edited as I don't want to seem elitist (very much am not) - I'd love to hear from anyone tbh but I just find that often lower HCs are more realistic about what I blade does/doesn't do. There is some rose tinted glasses with higher HCs and blades at times (I used to be guilty of it). Fact is, PGA players often don't chose the blade to get a little help when they don't hit it perfect and no, they definitely don't pure it every time. I don't think irons make a huge difference and I can play well with just about anything but there are certain scenarios when I know if something has helped or not and my scores have definitely improved going from Apex MB to TC201. That said there was some shaft influence there. The Apex MB were lower spin and I find it easier to control my shots with TC201. I love the shape of the blueprint - square irons are where it's at for me. 

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14 minutes ago, TigerInTheWoods said:

 

I'd love to hear from anyone tbh but I just find that often lower HCs are more realistic about what I blade does/doesn't do. There is some rose tinted glasses with higher HCs and blades at times (I used to be guilty of it). Fact is, PGA players often don't chose the blade to get a little help when they don't hit it perfect and no, they definitely don't pure it every time. I don't think irons make a huge difference and I can play well with just about anything but there are certain scenarios when I know if something has helped or not and my scores have definitely improved going from Apex MB to TC201. That said there was some shaft influence there. The Apex MB were lower spin and I find it easier to control my shots with TC201. I love the shape of the blueprint - square irons are where it's at for me. 

As with just about every Ping since s59.....spin will be the king.  Specifically getting that launch / spin to meet the swing.....as they tend to spin more than any other offerings. Where is your contact face wise- Is it a scoring line higher- those would be the questions & data I'd pay real close attention 

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Just now, animalgolfs said:

As with just about every Ping since s59.....spin will be the king.  Specifically getting that launch / spin to meet the swing.....as they tend to spin more than any other offerings. Where is your contact face wise- Is it a scoring line higher- those would be the questions & data I'd pay real close attention 

 

I spin the ball a lot but it did not spin more than my TC201. I'm quick and take a healthy divot. High 6000s but sub 7000 on most swings with the BP even with DG 120S which I generally spin quite a bit. As a comparison, the ZX7 was low 6000s at 2 degrees stronger. I'd like bend the Blueprints one strong in 4-9.

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I am not a tournament player, but I usually score between 72 and 76 at my home course (7198 yard par 73 at sea level). Iron play is the strength of my game. Currently playing MP20s, and have also played 718MBs, Blueprints, 620CBs this year. 
 

I’m a huge fan of the Blueprints. In fact, they are my favorite set among those above, and certainly one of my favorite sets  ever. They are very small - even in comparison to most blades- but I loved the square, compact profile. I can get steep at times, and the sole design was very good for me. The feel is on the firmer side, but very pleasing - especially in the long irons, which felt very powerful. 
 

I found them to be quite long for this class of irons. Not freakish long, like the i500s, but I did hit them up to a full club longer than my current MP20s. I even remember pulling 6 iron from up to 190, which is currently all of a 5 iron I can hit. They are not a distance iron, but they gave me good distance for this style of design. 
 

Overall, I loved them. My set was 5-p with a Crossover 4. I would have loved to have had the 4 and 3 iron (and maybe even the 2) in the BPs. I’ve tapped out my golf budget for the year, but would gladly trade my MP20s for another set. I really can’t recommend them enough if you like to play blades. 

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17 minutes ago, dbleag said:

I,000 x the number on the bottom of the club used to be the norm.

 

i.e. 1,000 x 8 (for 8 iron) = 8000 rpm.

 

Hollow/face-flexing clubs and certain shafts have changed that.


yes but mats have a propensity to drop your spin. If I spin an 8 iron 8000 indoors it’s going to be close to 9000 off grass and that’s more than I like as I usually play in a lot of wind. 

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yes but mats have a propensity to drop your spin. If I spin an 8 iron 8000 indoors it’s going to be close to 9000 off grass and that’s more than I like as I usually play in a lot of wind. 

Just by your replies....I'd say with your aoa, you'll be playing these up a scoring line . These should feel exceptional to you .....playing out of the rough & avoiding high face will be your kryptonite imo

 

 

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If you are a solid ball striker you will be fine. Just dropped my players CB for blades and actually find them easier to hit. Lower trajectory, more controlled out of the rough and then coming into greens downwind. 
 

I am a +0.4 cap. Hit the ball well. So I don’t really worry about to much about forgiveness as I have the speed needed to launch these even if I don’t catch it perfect. If I make that bad of a swing no iron will help me 
 

you will be fine. Not as much in it as you think. If you have speed then your mishits with blades are punished much less I find, and the flushed ones are way more consistent 

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I would take a look at the pxg 0211 ST. I wanted blueprints but saw these playing a tournament, playing partner had them. From address they look like blueprints, small, squareish, compact with scoring line. Single piece forging as well not hollow with goo. Really thin soles and top line plus same steel used in forging. I got some since they’re so cheap right now and they feel solid and soft, not soft like Srixon or mizuno, more on the dense firm side for sure. Very easy to hit. Like them better than my mp18 which I thought wouldn’t happen. It’s almost like their answer to the blueprints and trust me I’m the anti pxg homer haha but have to give them credit on these sticks. 

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As a guy that's doing some window shopping for some Miura 201s or the previous gen 301s (I think)....this thread looks to be for me. 

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