PING debuts Blueprint Irons aimed at best players

Focusing on the needs of highly skilled golfers who rely on pinpoint accuracy, PING has introduced the Blueprint, a forged-blade iron sized and shaped to ensure the workability and confidence required to play with score-lowering precision.

“We know the Blueprint iron isn’t for everyone. We encourage golfers interested in the Blueprint to get fit and compare it to other PING iron designs to find the best solution for their game,” said John K. Solheim, PING President.

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“To paraphrase the warning sign next to the first tee at Bethpage Black that we saw so often last week during the PGA Championship, ‘The Blueprint is an extremely difficult iron to play, which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers.’”

Fully forged from 8620 carbon steel, the Blueprint’s small blade design appeals to the player who puts a premium on workability and trajectory control.

Shorter blade lengths, less offset and narrow sole widths optimised to perform in all conditions give elite players an iron to attack any pin with confidence. A machined tungsten toe screw increases the MOI for additional forgiveness and combines with an internal heel weight to provide precise swing-weight tuning.

Based on requests from several PING professionals for a blade-style iron sized and shaped to deliver more control and workability, PING’s engineering team took a scientific, methodical approach to the development and design of the Blueprint iron.

Through on-course observation sessions and conversations with the players about the shots they rely on to excel in competition, the engineers began the prototyping process to apply their learnings and gather additional feedback.

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.

That design was prototyped in limited quantities and released on tour nine months before the official introduction.

Blueprint Iron Specs

Materials/finish: 8620 carbon steel, tungsten toe/heel weights, hydropearl 2.0 finish
Available: 2-9, PW, +- 2° lie angle
Stock grip: Golf Pride MCC Align Black/White (Std., Mid)
Stock shaft options: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100), PING AWT 2.0 (R, S, X)
Price: $360 per iron w/steel shaft (stock or aftermarket)