Ping’s Blueprint T and S forged irons: 4 things you need to know

Ping Blueprint S irons 2024

The Ping Blueprint S irons feature a new forged pocket for extra forgiveness

Jonathan Wall

Realizing not everyone has the time to consume endless content on club launch day, we’re offering a fresh version of our detailed tech write-ups that hits on the high points. Here’s what you need to know about Ping’s newest Blueprint T and S forged irons, which will be available starting January 25. Tap here to pre-order.

Time for a change

Ping isn’t one to release players’ irons very often, so when they do, there’s typically a big reason behind the change. In the case of the new Blueprint S and T irons, Ping designers felt that they had enough feedback from their stable of Tour players to create a new family of Blueprint irons. The goal, they said, was simple: to deliver a performance and control advantage over the previous generation.

The Blueprint T and S irons are Pings newest forged irons designed to deliver precise control Ping Golf

“Our two Blueprint irons represent a new strategy for us in the forged-iron category,” said John Solheim, Ping CEO & president. “With the forged and forgiving cavity-back design of the ‘S’ and the traditional muscle-back shape of the ‘T’, we’re targeting a wider range of golfers who prefer tour-style forged irons. The Blueprint name is a signal to skilled golfers looking for control, precision, and feel from their irons. As the name implies, no details have been overlooked in the development of the new irons. Both models are engineered and manufactured to exacting standards and deliver the performance expected in a Ping iron.”

The S is back!

Theoretically, you can name a golf club whatever you want. But names represent something, and for Ping, the “S” represents something special.

The “S series” dates way back at Ping — all the way to the original S59, which was the company’s first foray into true blade-style clubs.

Matt Fitzpatricks’s S55 irons Ryan Barath

From there, the S-series irons were a massive success — so successful, in fact, that many on the PGA Tour we still using Ping’s S55 (released in late 2013) up until last year, including uncontracted U.S. Open Winner Matt Fitzpatrick.

Sahith Theegala had the first win with Blueprint irons at The Fortinet Championship Getty Images

But since the initial release of the Blueprint S on tour, many former S55 players including Mackenzie Hughes have made the switch, and many others have nabbed professional victories, including Louis Oosthuizen, who won in back-to-back weeks on the DP World Tour.

Ping Blueprint S from address position Ryan Barath

Though they might seem similar from afar, the new Blueprint T and S have a more square toe compared to the previous iBlade, which was built into the design thanks to direct feedback from Ping’s tour players.

Technologies and design

When it comes to irons designed for better players, the technologies you find in these clubs are less about distance and height, and more about offering the most control of distance and height to the target player. That doesn’t mean designers haven’t built as much forgiveness as possible into these compact forged irons, it just means they do it without sacrificing the workability players demand.

The long irons of the Blueprint S have a precision pocket forged cavity Ryan Barath

Both the Blueprint T and S irons are one-piece forging, but what separates the pure blade design of the T from the S is what Ping designers call “precision pocket” forging. Precision pocket forging is a patented technique that allows Ping designers to forge a “pocket” into the cavity of the longer irons (3, 4 and 5-irons) to save 10 grams that can be repositioned around the head for increased stability on mishits.

“The ability to design a pocket into a forged iron in this way is an industry first,” said Solheim. “It’s a brilliant collaboration between Ping engineers and our supplier who thankfully accepted the challenge, and we developed a solution to a never-before-solved problem. Until now, this level of long-iron forgiveness and the forging process have been mutually exclusive. We’re excited to bring this score-lowering technology to golfers.”

Heel and toe weights help to increase the MOI of the Blueprint T blade Jonathan Wall

This pocket is hidden under an elastomer insert in the cavity of the long irons to promote a truly soft feel at impact that golfers expect from this type of iron.

The Blueprint irons feature Ping HydroPearl 2.0 finish Jonathan Wall

To add even more consistency, the Blueprint T and S irons come with Ping’s proprietary moisture-wicking HydroPearl 2.0 finish for more consistent spin in wet conditions.

Built to blend

To go along with very similar address profiles, the Blueprint T and S irons share the same standard lofts as each other and Ping’s very popular i230 irons, which allows them to blend seamlessly from club to club when building a combo set.

The design featires make the Blueprint T and S irons easy to blend Ping Golf

So whether you’re looking for pure blades, a forged cavity back, or a combo set with some extra forgiveness in the longer irons, Ping has something for you with the new Blueprint T and S irons.

Price and availability

The Ping Blueprint S & T irons are priced at $230 each in steel, with the extra option of graphite in the Blueprint S model for $245. Both irons are available now for preorder through authorized Ping accounts, and you will be able to find them in retail stores starting on January 25.

PING Blueprint S Custom Irons

Developed following extensive testing with PING’s top tour pros to meet their “must haves” — control and precision — Blueprint S delivers the score-lowering performance demanded by the best players in the world. COMPACT SHAPE The compact shape fits the discerning eye with a thin top line and minimal offset. The 8620 carbon steel head boasts a clean cavity design, distinguished by an eye-catching forged textured pattern and hydropearl 2.0 chrome finish. PRECISION POCKET FORGING This patented forging technique allows PING to forge a pocket into the cavity of the 3, 4 and 5 irons. The pocket saves 10 grams of weight, which is re-allocated to increase the MOI and optimize the center of gravity position for more distance and trajectory control.
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PING Blueprint T Custom Irons

For the accomplished golfer who relies on control and precision, Blueprint T delivers a single-piece, 8620 carbon steel forging that puts a premium on workability, trajectory control and superb feel.
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