Ping Blueprint Vs Ping iBlade Irons Comparison Review

Stepping up to a premium player’s performance set of irons means a few things. It means that you have upped your game. It means that you are probably demanding more from your clubs. It also means that you are looking for specific performance aspects.

Every player is different. Even low handicappers are looking for something different in irons from one another – and that’s why we composed today’s article that pits the Ping Blueprint against the Ping iBlade irons.

Ping Blueprint Irons Overview

The Ping Blueprint irons were designed at the behest of tour pros who wanted more from their irons.

The fact that the Ping Blueprint irons were made for tour pros really shows in how these clubs were made. Most impressive about these irons is that they are forged from a single piece of 8630 carbon steel.

As you probably already know, the fewer moving parts you have in a club head, the more consistent it will be. So right off the bat, the Blueprint irons will be great for the advanced player looking for consistent trajectory and performance throughout the set.

Ping iBlade Irons Overview

The Ping iBlade has a very unique design for a blade-style iron. It toes the line between muscle back and cavity back.

While the Ping iBlade irons are surprisingly forgiving for a player’s performance, they provide finer points of performance for the more distinguished player. For example, the narrow sole cuts through rough like a weed whacker.

The compact head also allows for acute greenside spin and trajectory control. Still, there are some features in the Ping iBlade that are reminiscent of other models made for mid handicappers that we will get into a bit later.

It’s clear that the Ping Blueprint irons are made for pros and low handicappers but the Ping iBlade irons have something to offer for the everyday golfer.

Ping Blueprint Irons

Category: Player’s Performance

Ping iBlade Irons

Category: Player’s Performance

Ping Blueprint Irons First Impressions

These were immediately some of the finest irons we have ever had the pleasure of swinging. The feel of the one-piece forging cannot be imitated whether you’re attacking a long par 5 or on a short approach to the green.

The quality and precision that went into these clubs is immediately apparent from the first swing. The loft is a bit understated in the long irons but we found that this helps with trajectory control.

The Ping Blueprint irons also have machined face grooves for acte spin control around. The machined grooves coupled with the forged 8620 carbon steel (which feels extremely soft by the way) makes for unprecedented control around the green.

Of course, you will need a good swing speed and plenty of accuracy to be able to get any use from these irons.

“The feel is certainly the star of the show here but a close runner up is the distance and spin control you get in the short irons.”

Ping iBlade Irons First Impressions

We could notice the impact of the tungsten toe weight right away. The club face opens up almost effortlessly and the twist is dramatically reduced.

This was an interesting choice for Ping but then again, they have made very interesting irons that appeal to seemingly small niches of players in the past.

The toe-bias weighting will be a nice touch for the low or mid handicap player who is having a bit of trouble squaring up – especially with the short irons.

Other than that, we could tell that there was a lot more surface space to work with in the Ping iBlade irons. This is due in part to the elastomer insert that effectively creates more contact space on the face.

Like the Blueprint irons however, the Ping iBlade’s have milled face grooves that help control greenside spin and ball flight.

Added forgiveness is the name of the game with these irons. Forgiveness seems to have been a main point of emphasis for the R&D boys in charge of the Ping iBlade project.

Ping Blueprint Irons Selling Points

  • Forged from a single piece of carbon steel
  • Incredibly soft feel
  • The thin sole cuts through rough very well
  • Clean muscle back design
  • Compact head with minimal offset
  • Looks fantastic at point of address

Ping iBlade Irons Selling Points

  • More forgiving than the Blueprint irons
  • Toe-biased weighting
  • They do a good job of gliding through the turf thanks to a contoured sole
  • Elastomer insert helps increase ball speeds
  • They play a bit longer than the Ping Blueprint irons
  • Hydropearl finish

Who are the Ping Blueprint Irons for?

The Ping Blueprint irons are without a doubt for top-tier players looking to score with more accuracy.

And for anyone looking for exceptional feel, these irons wouldn’t be a bad choice. Of course, the converse to this is that these are terrible irons even if you’re a mid handicap player.

You should have a swing speed of at least 95 MPH if you want to even pick these babies up.

These would also be a great choice for anyone looking for superior consistency across the face and reliable repeatable distances.

Ping Blueprint Irons Final Assessment

Distance: 92/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 88/100

Control & Feel: 95/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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Who are the Ping iBlade Irons for?

The Ping iBlade irons are a bit more forgiving so unlike the Ping Blueprints, you can expect to get some performance from them if you are a mid handicapper.

Also, if you have a problem with closing up the face on impact, these would be a good premium set to check out.

We feel like these would be a good set of clubs for mid handicap players looking to break into low handicap territory as well.

They will carry you through the threshold and provide some lasting value as you really fine-tune your game – especially since these clubs also have milled face grooves.

Ping iBlade Irons Final Assessment

Distance: 93/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Forgiveness: 91/100

Control & Feel: 94/100

Overall Score: 93/100

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