For the second installment of ClubTest 2020, we tested and reviewed 57 new iron models to help you find the right one for your game. Below are the results for the Ping Blueprint irons. You can find the full list of irons and test results here.
Our take: Muscleback blades are supposed to be butter-knife thin and lack the forgiveness and distance typically found in a better-player cavity-back. You’re giving up all of the comforts that come with a larger profile for something that works the ball on command and hits a certain yardage with regularity. It’s a club built for a scratch golfer. Which brings us to PING’s Blueprint, a blade that certainly looks the part. Only this isn’t the version your dad grew up with. Forged from 8620 carbon steel, the iron boasts reduced offset and a shorter blade length than PING’s iBlade. A machined tungsten screw in the toe gives the head a slight bump in heel-toe forgiveness over the traditional version. And did we mention the intricate four-step, multistage process? The Blueprint may be a one-piece forging, but more than 50 steps are required during manufacturing, including machining the face and grooves.
The beauty of these irons is how effortlessly they blend the DNA of a muscleback with the power of a better-player iron. Even for a scratch golfer, getting a few more yards is a welcome sight when you’re going toe to toe with players who are using better-player products. The Blueprint is the definition of a modern-day blade.
ClubTester’s take (2-hdcp): “Small profile, but I watched the ball rocket off the face. Don’t usually see those two things together.”
Robot’s take: A ball speed and carry leader in the category, producing higher flight and negating unwanted spin.
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