Very few golfers should actually play true blades. I don't mean hollow-body distance irons that look like blades. I mean, real blades. However, for that small niche of golfers, Ping has a new iron set that should capture their attention: the new Blueprint irons.
As the name implies, the Blueprint irons were designed with precision with the better player in mind -- the one seeking control and workability through the set.
The company performed research on their players, realizing the idea of "aim small, miss small" does seem to work for the best golfers in the world. A smaller head helps them make better contact more frequently.
The Blueprint irons are forged in a four-step process from a single piece of 8620 carbon steel, which was used to increase the head's durability. A 50-step process with tight tolerances ensures a Blueprint player is getting as good of a product as possible.
The blade lengths on the Blueprint irons are shorter than player's distance or game-improvement irons, while the offset is minimal through the set, and the soles aren't wide. This gives a better player options, not restrictions or extra considerations.
A machined tungsten screw is in the toe to increase moment of inertia (MOI) for additional forgiveness, while an internal heel weight dials in the total head swingweight. Plenty of clubhead mass is located in the impact zone for ideal feel and energy transfer at impact to produce the proper ball flight for each club. The Hydropearl 2.0 finish prevents the accumulation of water and moisture on the face to prevent flier shots.
If you're looking for loft comparisons between the Blueprints and other Ping irons, the G410s are about 1.5 to 3.5 degrees stronger per club.
The Ping Blueprint irons are now available in 2-9 irons and PW for $230 each with stock True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100) steel and PING AWT 2.0 (R, S, X) graphite shafts. Several grip options are available and a number of aftermarket shaft choices are available for no upcharge.