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Yeah, I think the number one question is what you’ve listed: did Ping FINALLY make a forged iron that FEELS like a forged iron? Can it compete with Mizuno and others on feel for once?


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Really curious to see what Shanks has to say about the turf interaction.  Leading edge grabbed a lot during my fitting.  Still a great performer

Great first post and pics, Shanks.  Really hope these find a permanent place in the bag for you.  They seem like everything you have ever posted about since joining here!

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Yeah, I think the number one question is what you’ve listed: did Ping FINALLY make a forged iron that FEELS like a forged iron? Can it compete with Mizuno and others on feel for once?


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I have range session and two rounds in right now. And right now I can say yes. They have done it.

Pure.

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Great first post and pics, Shanks.  Really hope these find a permanent place in the bag for you.  They seem like everything you have ever posted about since joining here!


Thanks Joe. I am going to add some more pictures in the place holder spots, having some spotty service right now with a nice storm. Internet won’t be installed for a few more days.

I agree, they do seem to check the box, in all categories so far.
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2 minutes ago, Shankster said:

 


I have range session and two rounds in right now. And right now I can say yes. They have done it.

Pure.

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Yup, from my short time with the Blueprint, it was fantastic feeling iron.  So dense.

Does it feel like a Mizuno?  I cant say it does.  It feels premium and forged for sure.  But Mizuno's always feel and sound different to me.  That doesn't mean one is better or worse - just different to my hands and ears

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Yup, from my short time with the Blueprint, it was fantastic feeling iron.  So dense.
Does it feel like a Mizuno?  I cant say it does.  It feels premium and forged for sure.  But Mizuno's always feel and sound different to me.  That doesn't mean one is better or worse - just different to my hands and ears


Right. I haven’t hit a mizuno since I tried the 900 Tours. Recently hit every forged blade I could get my hands on at the local demo day.

These just feel a bit different than the others. Hard to explain. Just a great solid thwack.

Maybe the toe weight?
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Really curious to see what Shanks has to say about the turf interaction.  Leading edge grabbed a lot during my fitting.  Still a great performer


Turf interaction so far has been beautiful. Especially out of the rough. I think the shape and sole width and the bit of extra bounce for a blade is perfect for my swing. Here’s a 4 iron from around 205 out of the rough.

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Turf interaction so far has been beautiful. Especially out of the rough. I think the shape and sole width and the bit of extra bounce for a blade is perfect for my swing. Here’s a 4 iron from around 205 out of the rough.

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Great to hear.  You are much more steep than I am (I sometimes catch on iron on the upswing) so the leading edge really threw off my strikes.

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OM Goodness Shanks! Super huge congrats brada!!! These are hands down some of the sexiest irons on planet earf. Had a chance to hit them at PGATSS and they truly check every box available in the traditional blade space. Can't wait to follow this one!

the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..
 

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This looks great and looking forward to the full review, [mention=69396]Shankster[/mention]!


Thanks!

Any specific questions you want answered?

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Wow....

Congrats @Shankster and what a phenomenal opportunity! Great post and I look forward to more....

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Whole-lee crap! What a great match.   Congrats @Shankster!   @Golfspy_CG2, you guys have outdone yourselves again.  PING came to the table to play this year.  Awesome to see their support. 

Alan, with as active as you are, I fully expect to see this thread catch up to the Cobra Connect Challenge in about 3 days.  Looking forward to seeing what kind of creative tests you put these beauties through.

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I love when we get surprises like this.  Although these clubs are out of my league I know it will be fun to follow along with you Shankster.  

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Wow Shankster! I'm so pumped for you! Great stuff so far! I will be watching this closely - when I tried them they felt amazing - a bit firmer than some of the JDM blades I have played but definitely a sweet feeling blade and one I would be thrilled to play. I have been considering them myself and I'm interested in how much a difference the toe weight makes in forgiveness. I have read where the idea was to increase MOI due to balancing out the heel weight with the toe weight. I'm interested to see how that impacts playability. What a thread!


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Congratulations @Shankster I am one envious spy. Been considering going back to blades for quite a while now, especially with todays tech in the heads.

I will follow this thread with joy and a smattering of jealousy😉

Great to hear they sound and feel good. Turf interaction is down to the player especially with modern blades, you'll have no turf interaction issues I'm sure.

I'm particularly keen to hear how you get on with the 2 and 3 iron (3 iron has been my fav club for decades, I still use my Titleist tour blade 3 iron thats about 25 years old).

These blueprints have a nice thin topline. Good luck mate.

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Congratulations [mention=69396]Shankster[/mention] I am one envious spy. Been considering going back to blades for quite a while now, especially with todays tech in the heads.
I will follow this thread with joy and a smattering of jealousy
Great to hear they sound and feel good. Turf interaction is down to the player especially with modern blades, you'll have no turf interaction issues I'm sure.
I'm particularly keen to hear how you get on with the 2 and 3 iron (3 iron has been my fav club for decades, I still use my Titleist tour blade 3 iron thats about 25 years old).
These blueprints have a nice thin topline. Good luck mate.


First two shots with the 2 iron I hit off the toe, and said “why on earth would anyone want to hit this thing?”
Then I started hitting bullets with it. I had a 19° 3 iron in my old set which is 2.5° weaker than the 2 iron PING. I love hitting long irons, these are no slouch. And minimal offset is key!
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