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A blade with a sole with a bit of bounce you say?
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Good stuff, Shanks!
 
 


Wow. Those are super cool.

Appreciate the kind words.

Feel like I’ve been slacking.... planning on Sunday, then out with the boss on the 14th, and a work outing on the 20th.

Hopefully a few more practice times in between all that.

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[mention=70071]JohnSmalls[/mention] exclusive update...  here is a nasty looking crappy OTT 2 iron stinger for you, almost clipped the 150 marker in the air... 

 

 

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Finally took the head covers off. Not even sure how this could have happened today...

 

Anyone that says these aren’t soft is lying.

 

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5 iron is also showing chatter marks... guess the covers are going back on.

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Finally took the head covers off. Not even sure how this could have happened today...
 
Anyone that says these aren’t soft is lying.
 
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5 iron is also showing chatter marks... guess the covers are going back on.


Clubs look better with a little chatter. The imperfections tell a story. As long as they’re clean chatter is good in my book.


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Clubs look better with a little chatter. The imperfections tell a story. As long as they’re clean chatter is good in my book.


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They have to be surgical clean. Try to keep them ding free. Not sure how that even happened. I walked 60’ without the foamy covers on.
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They have to be surgical clean. Try to keep them ding free. Not sure how that even happened. I walked 60’ without the foamy covers on.


Totally agree on the clean. Mine get wiped after every shot. And again after the round!


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8 hours ago, Shankster said:

[mention=70071]JohnSmalls[/mention] exclusive update...  here is a nasty looking crappy OTT 2 iron stinger for you, almost clipped the 150 marker in the air... 

 

 

Nothing crappy about that at all.  That is awesome!!!!!  

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Finally took the head covers off. Not even sure how this could have happened today...
 
Anyone that says these aren’t soft is lying.
 
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5 iron is also showing chatter marks... guess the covers are going back on.


That always hurts so much but it makes them unique and yours - like a fingerprint. I cannot wait to get mine!


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Nothing crappy about that at all.  That is awesome!!!!!  


Thanks Buddy!

Only problem is I can hit this all day, but it won’t roll much here...
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I’ve recruited @golfertrb to give me a hand with these.  Although not technically part of the official review, I welcome his thoughts on the clubs.  Can’t wait to hear what he has to say.  Don’t want to put him on the spot, but I am looking forward to hearing about his journey with these too!

 

So please take to his stuff kindly and enjoy it from a better golfer than I’ll likely ever be.

 

Thanks for helping out!

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Good stuff! Thanks! I hope to see you add the rest of those clubs too!

Not bad on mishits are they?

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I love this thread! Looking very forward to you two and your overall analysis of these clubs. Those things look so money $$

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I love this thread! Looking very forward to you two and your overall analysis of these clubs. Those things look so money $$


They are.

Headed out tomorrow morning with the new boss. Hopefully I don’t embarrass myself...
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9 hours ago, golfertrb said:

I want thank Shankster for his kind words and for allowing me to share my thoughts about the Blueprint irons. As I have said in other places on the site, in my golfing life I have bounced back and forth between a forged blade and Ping irons. When I first started playing golf at 20 years old, my initial "real" set of irons were Ping Eye irons with Ping Eye 2 woods. The first set of irons that I bought new were Lynx Parallax but they didn't last long because the blade bug bit me early on and I wanted a set of Mizuno blades but I had never played a blade so I purchased a set of used Founders Club 200  Series that I still have today. Those irons are fantastic - very, very thin sole and top-line and will give you exactly what you put into them. The problem with blades, of course, is that when you aren't swinging well - they are quite penalizing so I wanted something more forgiving and I bought a set of Ping Zing's - woods and irons. I played those for awhile until I missed the playability of blades and purchased a full set of Mizuno MP 14 1-PW. I played those irons till the chrome literally came off. These represent perfection for blades for me and the benchmark all other irons are compared to. When I wore those irons out, I bought 3-PW of the i3+ Blades and I played those until I missed a forged iron and bought MP 57's. In 2012, I bought Saqra 1150 3-PW blades which are Endo forged and I played those until I bought the i500's. All this to say, that when I say the Blueprint irons, I told me wife, "I'll never need to leave Ping again!" The truth is that after my two back surgeries, including a fusion, I just don't have the ability to practice like I once did and a full set of blades is really not practical. I like the i500 - they perform great for me and they have the look of a blade but the forgiveness more in keeping with a cavity back. That said, the shorter irons in particular have a bit of a clunky feel and do not move through the turf the way I want. Enter the Blueprint irons. 

I had initially planned on ordering 8-PW but the lofts disparates were too great so I ordered 9-PW to see how I get along with them. I ordered them in the Power Spec so that lofts matched the i500 and then I waited...

Then finally this happened:

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As always, Ping sends their irons with the neoprene individual covers which, though not beautiful, are extremely effective:

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The Blueprints are just lovely and blend relatively well with the i500's:

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I played today and the Blueprint are amazing! Good enough that I'm thinking about adding 6-8 - if I go to six iron, I can eliminate some of the gapping issues but time will tell. I will leave you with just some initial thoughts:

I had two holes today where I had 119 and 121 and the PW set up easy birdies on both. The PW is also exceptional to chip with around the greens. The first hole I used the PW to chip with was a long green where I had hit the front apron of the green with 31 paces to the hole. I chipped the ball to 3 ft for a great par and I did it just instinctively. I didn't have grind over it - it just worked. I had a similar shot of a par 5 where I was just short of the green on the my second shot and chipped to kick-in birdie range. So good. I was also faced with a shot I specifically bought the Blueprints for today. I had 119 into the wind and I hit a little 9 iron that came off exactly as I hoped it would. I have a lot more to say but I'll leave it at that tonight. I so appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts and I look forward to doing so moving forward. Thanks again Shankster!

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I think I'm most excited that someone else uses their Ping driver on the big + and is willing to admit it! haha

 

looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the blueprints! 

 

 

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I think I'm most excited that someone else uses their Ping driver on the big + and is willing to admit it! haha
 
looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the blueprints! 
 
 


Haha I'm not ashamed I never have any issues hitting that driver either direction and I needed a bit more loft. Oh man that's so funny - I literally laughed out loud when I read this


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2 minutes ago, golfertrb said:

 


Haha I'm not ashamed emoji23.png I never have any issues hitting that driver either direction and I needed a bit more loft. Oh man that's so funny - I literally laughed out loud when I read this emoji1787.png


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haha just seems like everyone else on the internet needs to open the face and drop the loft!  Big + FTW! 

I probably took too long (I'm a stubborn leo) to just accept that is what works best for me, and use it.  I might even buy a new grip and install it so it's lined up properly with the big +.  Since giving in I've been driving the ball the best I ever have (and kicking myself for not doing it sooner) which has been delaying me upgrading to something new.  I want to get something newer than my G30, but it's getting really hard to kick it out of the bag.

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Good stuff! Thanks! I hope to see you add the rest of those clubs too!

Not bad on mishits are they?


I was shocked actually. These heads are small - really small - and the first time I hit the 9 iron was on a par 3, down wind, over water from 146 and I was a bit intimidated. Without wind that's an 8 iron for me so I gave it a little "extra" and hit it out towards the toe. I thought "I'm in the water" - quite the inauspicious start but it totally carried and ended up pin high. I was amazed. For a blade you can definitely tell it's a "Ping." The tungsten weight in the toe definitely makes a difference. The truth is that everyone mishits the ball from time to time and to have a bit of help when you do is really nice.



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I'm really thinking about adding 6-8 to put them up against the i500's but it's an expensive experiment


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I'm really thinking about adding 6-8 to put them up against the i500's but it's an expensive experiment


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No need to experiment. Make a change.

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