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PING Blueprint T Irons Review

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The PING Blueprint T irons update the original Blueprint with an even cleaner look.  Designed for high level ball strikers who want complete control of their shot.  Easy to blend with the more forgiving Blueprint S irons.

Introduction

Every year, I’m fortunate enough to test numerous iron sets.  Yet, in spite of a constant stream of challengers, the original PING Blueprint irons [review HERE] have remained in my bag for over four seasons.  When PING announced that they were updating their beloved blade, that set became my #1 most intriguing iron of 2024.  Here are my thoughts on the new PING Blueprint T irons.

Looks

I’ve always loved the clean in the bag look of the original Blueprints, but the PING Blueprint T irons take cleanliness to a while new level.  The back of the club is almost entirely blank save for the small “Blueprint T” on the toe and a ridge in the middle of the club.  This minimalist aesthetic is enhanced by the matte finish.

At address, the PING Blueprint T irons have exactly the look that a blade should.  They’re compact from heel to toe, framing the ball with almost no excess.  The top lines are thin, and there’s virtually no offset.  You will notice that the leading edge becomes noticeably more rounded as you move from the 4I (left) to the PW (right).

Above, you’ll see a comparison of the Blueprint T (left) and the Blueprint S (right, review HERE).  These irons are built for combo sets with specs that are nearly identical.  The Blueprint S does have more offset in most of the irons, but the maximum difference is 0.03″ – a difference that I defy anyone to see with their naked eye.  Additionally, the top lines and blade lengths are extremely similar.  No matter where you blend your set, it will be a smooth transition.

Finally, here is a side by side photo of the PING Blueprint T irons (left) and the original PING Blueprints that have been in my WITB [find it HERE] since they came out.  As you can see, they’re virtually twins.  PING highlights a shorter heel-face height in the Blueprint T, and I can see it when I look for it, but the difference is very small.

Sound & Feel

The hallmarks of the original Blueprints are still present in the PING Blueprint T irons: solid feel, tremendous feeback, quiet impact sound.  When you’ve got a recipe that works, you don’t need to fiddle with it.

Putting the Blueprint T head-to-head with the original, I think the Blueprint T is a bit softer feeling.  This is not a night-and-day change, but it was something I felt consistently throughout the set.  The soft feeling is complemented by the sound – a low volume, traditional “thud” on center.

The other advantage of this single-piece, 8620 carbon steel forged iron is the excellent feedback.  Centered shots are extremely rewarding, but the Blueprint T irons will tell you when you miss one.  Even if you’re not paying strict attention to impact, you’ll know where the ball met the face.

Performance

One of the reasons I’ve always gravitated to PING is their lack of bulls***.  They’ll tell you about the tech in their new clubs, but they’re short on hype and over-the-top promises.  When it comes to marketing a classic blade, they’re just short of blunt: this is a club built with Tour input, for Tour players, full stop.

While I’m not going for my Tour card any time soon, I’ve loved my original Blueprints since I first got them in hand.  There aren’t many fitters who would put me into them, but I play for the joy of a beautifully shaped 7I, not for the number on the card [should you play blades?  Find out HERE].  With thousands of shots under my belt, I was very curious to see what the new PING Blueprint T irons do differently than the originals.

The answer, which is probably not surprising after reading the last two sections, is, “Not much.”  After extensive launch monitor testing throughout the set, the numbers that the Blueprints and Blueprint T irons produced are nearly interchangeable.  Getting into the really fine details, the Blueprint T has fractionally more ball speed and higher launch on my best shots, but it’s a gap you would be hard-pressed to notice on the course.

If you’re looking for a set that will be enhance your distance and turn your mishits into GIRs, the PING Blueprint T irons are not it.  The reason to play these is the control they give you over every shot.  Anything that you have the imagination and ability to create, these can do.  Flighting the ball higher or lower is effortless.  Small set up or swing changes are reflected in draws and cuts.  And if you’re concerned about stopping power, the Blueprint T irons have that in spades.

Finally, one of my favorite things about blade-style irons is the thin sole.  As with everything in golf, there is a tradeoff – these will not save your fat shots – but the feeling of clipping the ball off a tight lie is unmatched.  I also appreciate the thinner profile when I need to dig a ball out of the rough or a pockmarked fairway.

Conclusion

With several professional wins already on their resume, the PING Blueprint T irons will surely become a modern classic like the original.  For the skilled player who wants full control of and responsibility for their shots, there is nothing better.  Make sure to have these fit to your body and swing and enjoy long afternoons bringing your imagination to life on the range.

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8 Comments

  1. Jeffrey Houglum

    I assume the Blueprint S review is coming up; any estimate on when it’ll drop?

    Thanks, keep up the good work.

  2. Interesting on blades. I recently saw a video by Ian of Club Champion’s (formerly TXG) YouTube channel with Paige Spiranac. He says they never put people into blades anymore, with the most being possibly a combined set with the “scoring” clubs being blades, and then getting more help in the longer irons. Different perspectives…

    • I saw that video too. Paige hit the blades super good. Also on several videos from AskGolfNut, he talks about loft being such a bigger factor than forgiveness design on higher lofted clubs (up to 9 iron). My personal experience is that forgiveness aspects seem to provide more help at 7 and lower lofted irons. I swap to a hybrid after 6 iron. If I get the lofts right, and hence distance/gapping, then that’s more important to me than the forgiveness aspects. Sweet spot for me are irons that give me a 7 iron that I can play at 31 degrees and gap from there. Currently swap between Mizuno Pro 223 and PXG Gen 3 P irons. I very much prefer the solid body Mizuno irons in 8 to G over the PXG. My ideal future set would be something that is pretty much a blade through 9 iron and then hollow body tech from 8 up.

  3. I have always loved PING irons. I currently play the G430 3 and 5 wood along with a PING crossover utility iron. I really want to check these out after this article.

  4. Mark Terry

    Hey Matt,
    Interesting, informative and frank review…
    Wondering if you typically play your whole set, or occasionally slip in a hybrid or two?
    Thanks!

  5. Matthew James

    Honest and informative review. Love the look of these and the Blueprint S. I have been playing the 919 Tours for a few years. On a whim I bought a set of W/S Blades for the exact reason you mentioned above, they look beautiful! Strangely my ball striking is better and my GIRs have gone up. Since December, my index down from 5 to 2.9 currently. The point of my dribbling is, don’t discount blades as something that can help your game.

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