PING hasn’t taken entering the forged blade iron market lightly. The company renowned for its engineering processes and history, incorporating an entirely different approach to produce its new Blueprint iron.
“As the name suggests, we’ve applied a Blueprint approach to the new irons,” PING President John K. Solheim said. “Every detail is extremely precise and carefully calculated. The resulting design is spectacular in every way for the elite player – performance, feel and looks. It’s a true shot-maker’s iron crafted with precision, and for precision.
“With that in mind, 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.”
Forged from 8620 carbon steel using a four-step process, the new model is designed to offer elite players greater workability combined with improved feel and a confidence inspiring look at address for those with classic blade tastes.
Shorter blade lengths, less offset and narrow sole widths are incorporated in the Blueprint iron, which were used to win the South African Open in December by Louis Oosthuizen, while unsurprisingly for PING there is also an element of forgiveness built in by the company’s engineers.
A tungsten screw in the toe and an internal heel weight raise the moment of inertia (MOI) compared to a traditional blade iron, while also allowing for precise swing weighting.
To create the model designed for better players, PING consulted its Tour staff regularly during the production and prototyping process, with many players opting to put the new model straight into their bags, including World No.13 Tony Finau.
“I put them in play immediately once they arrived,” said Finau of the Blueprint irons. “They’re workable, incredibly versatile and feel great. There isn’t a single shot I can’t hit with them, which gives me a lot of confidence in pressure situations. The look at address is also perfect; the size and shape really fit my eye.”
Blueprint irons are offered in 2-iron to pitching wedge and are available for custom fitting and pre-order from PING retailers now, with a range of shaft and grip options available.
RRP: $360 (per iron).
For more information, visit www.ping.com