ORLANDO, Fla. – How many old Ping Eye 2s does Phil Mickelson have?
He has three Eye 2 L wedges, each with a standard loft of 60 degrees. As Ping followers know, the Eye 2s were made with a considerable amount of offset.
“Phil had them bent to 64 degrees,” explained Dave Pelz, who has advised Mickelson on his short game. “When you weaken a club like that, it moves the leading edge forward. So what Phil ended up with was perfect for him. The offset was gone.”
The soles of the three wedges were ground to Mickelson’s specifications. Then lead tape was placed in the cavities to compensate for the weight lost in grinding.
Two of the three L wedges have stickers on them. Those stickers say “Practice.”
The third wedge has no sticker. Mickelson plans to carry this one in tournament play, while the other two are used exclusively for practice.
According to Dick Rugge, USGA senior technical director, bending and grinding the sole of the old wedges is permitted under the rules.
Changing the face – milling or regrooving – is not permitted, Rugge added.
One more thing: Ping officials confirmed that Mickelson, a Callaway staff player, asked them to look for more left-handed Eye 2 L wedges.