Mickelson puts Ping Eye2 XG lob wedge in play

Phil Mickelson has used a Ping Eye2 XG lob wedge at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The wedge is a 60-degree model bent to 61 degrees, and it has a KBS Tour V2 shaft.
Phil Mickelson has used a Ping Eye2 XG lob wedge at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The wedge is a 60-degree model bent to 61 degrees, and it has a KBS Tour V2 shaft. ( Getty Images )

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Phil Mickelson has used a Ping Eye2 XG lob wedge at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The wedge is a 60-degree model bent to 61 degrees, and it has a KBS Tour V2 shaft. The wedge’s grooves conform to all of the USGA's groove rules.

Mickelson, who is sponsored by Callaway, also switched to a Callaway Big Bertha Alpha driver, Callaway X2 Hot fairway wood and hybrid, and Callaway Apex Pro irons. He also is playing the new Callaway Speed Regime 3 ball.

Mickelson has played some non-Callaway gear in the recent past, including a 17-degree Titleist 980F fairway wood, a 15-degree TaylorMade RocketBallz fairway wood and, most recently, a TaylorMade SLDR driver at the Presidents Cup in October.

To voice his displeasure with the USGA's handling of the 2010 groove rule changes, Mickelson used a vintage Ping Eye2 lob wedge in January of 2010. That wedge was made before 1990, so its square grooves, which would have been non-conforming for professional play in 2010, were grandfathered in and remained legal after a settlement was reached between Ping and the USGA.

Ping declined to comment about Mickelson's decision to play the Eye2 XG in Abu Dhabi, but a person with first-hand knowledge said representatives for Mickelson asked Ping to make him a lob wedge at the Tour Championship at East Lake. While the 2013 Open Championship winner had not used the wedge in competition, he practiced with it extensively during the offseason.