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Discussion in 'Golf Equipment Talk' started by subsonic, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. ualtim

    ualtim Carrollton, TX Supporting Member

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    Are Ping Eye 2’s still relevant?

    A data driven test by Mark Crossfield.

     
  2. azgreg

    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    There's about 4 or 5 guys in my golf group that play them.
     
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    Louie_T07 Well-Known Member

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    So for whatever reason, I just couldn’t get the video to open on here, using my iPad... So I went to searching, finding it on YouTube with no trouble. After watching I immediately went down and looked at my Ping Eye2 7i. To be honest I think I’d noticed the stuff Mark pointed out about them before, but this time I spent a few minutes admiring the Eye2 for what they are. Works of art, club engineering genius and sexy AF!!!!
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    I just wish I could get my "And The Putter Went... Ping" book to you. The durn thing weighs almost 8 pounds and would cost a small fortune to send back and forth. I've passed it around to a number of golfers at the course. They all have enjoyed it. A young engineer, here in town, has it right now.
    If you can get your hands on one, pick it up! It will take weeks to get through it. You will read a while, see a picture or two, and say, "What did I just read?" You'll go back, reread, and shake your head in amazement. To understand how a guy who was working on portable televisions and microwaves for GE found a niche in the golf industry and saw this "hobby" turn into one of the most renowned golf manufacturers in the world... is an amazing story.
    PING - And The Putter Went PING (Standard Edition)
    12261.
     
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    Louie_T07 Well-Known Member

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    My wife and her mother have developed a real knack for finding books in the oddest of stores or places. I will see what they can do!!
     
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    This may have been mentioned before as I neglected to scroll through all 38 pages. I think the biggest issue with Ping Eye2s is that the lofts are much weaker than today's offerings. For instance the PW is 50*. Most PWs today are 46" or even stronger. I think I'm correct in that the Eye2s were introduced around 1982. Ten or twelve years later Cobra Golf introduced their King Cobra Oversized irons with stronger lofts in each club. I think that started the trend which led to where we are today. Most seven irons in todays sets were six (or even five) irons back in the 80s. Of course it really shouldn't matter that much, but many golfers think great golf is measured by how far one hits a given club. However, a par three made with a five iron on a 140 yard par three still beats a four made with nine iron off the tee.
     
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    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    I don't think the lofts of the Eye 2's are an issue at all.
     
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    I don't there an issue either unless you are currently playing clubs with stronger lofts.
     
  9. azgreg

    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    Still not an issue.
     
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    I don’t see the lofts as an issue either, not sure if its me or what?!?! But I play them from the same yardages as my MP-52’s (8i = 150, PW/W = 100) and its fine... That being said, I’ve never compared the lofts.

    The big difference I see would come in the woods of that era. I’m still looking for those, to complete my 80’s set
     
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    The difference between, let's say, Ping Eye 2's and more "modern" irons isn't just lofts. If I take my iBlades and Eye 2's, playing them side by side, here's what I notice. The shafts are different. The COG is different. One is perimeter weighted. The other is not.
    In the short irons, there is considerable loft difference. That loft difference decreases, slightly, as we work our way to the long irons. Through the set, I really don't see that much difference in yardage, club to club. If a certain number pops up on the GPS, I'm probably going to pull the same "number" iron with one as I do with the other. Why? The iBlade shafts are heavier, with a much higher bend point.
    Now, believe it or not, I hit the iBlades on a higher trajectory than the Eye 2's. That can make a little difference. The big difference is not loft. It's the perimeter weighted Eye 2's vs. the more blade style iron. I can bend the iBlades left or right on demand... and oft times when I don't demand it! :>) I can grin and thumb my nose at the geezers when I bend my second shot on #8 around the corner while they are laying up. I'll strut to my second shot on #9 and bend that one 5 yards left of the green!!!! The Eye 2's are much more forgiving. I can turn them, but not nearly as easily as the iBlades.

    The loft difference rarely enters my head. There are different shots and different distances I will use with each set, depending on what I know they will do. That's the main thing. Get familiar with what each iron does, distance wise... trajectory wise... workability wise... and go play golf.
     

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