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Question for the Ping peeps in the room

Discussion in 'Golf Equipment Talk' started by Louie_T07, Apr 28, 2019.

  1. Louie_T07

    Louie_T07 Well-Known Member

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    Good morning everyone,

    Just by chance really I stumbled upon a used sporting equipment store this past week while out for lunch. I noticed the wall of golf clubs inside so of course found my way in. Although really unorganized which added to the charm I found complete sets of Eye2 irons as well as Zing2. Both leftie, both for under $100.

    My question to the Ping fans being; of the two which would you be picking up? I’m still in makings of a “classic” set and have always liked Ping. I’m not sure these two sets are exactly classics yet, hence the question!
     
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    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    Eye 2 by country mile.
     
  3. Louie_T07

    Louie_T07 Well-Known Member

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    I was already leaning towards the Eye2 set!! Anyone know their release date? All I’ve found so far is mid-80’s...
     
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    ualtim Carrollton, TX Supporting Member

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    Depends on the markings. They made a few variants over the 10 years or so they were producing them. If you can get the serial numbers, call Ping and they will tell you what date they were built, original set make up, shaft details, and any work Ping has done to them since original sale. There was a V groove version, the famous square groove version, the plus no plus version which is the square groove version with the redesigned plus sole, the plus version (a raised + sign in the cavity, and a drill dot version which was some modification to the original square groove version during the famous law suit. There may be more, but those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

    Both of my sets are + models. One built in 1990, the other in 1991.
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    If you can get some serial numbers, a quick phone call or e-mail to Ping will get you the original ship date from the factory. I'd watch for two things. One, making sure all the serial numbers match across the set. Secondly, making sure all are original shafts. Ping uses a "white" epoxy and it is usually easy to tell if any shafts have been replaced. (It's not that a different set of shafts is bad. It's that you don't know who performed the reshafting and their skill level.)
    As Greg said, I'd sure go for the Eye 2's. The Zing 2's were awesome clubs. Very forgiving, etc. They just don't have the mystical magic of the classic Eye 2's.
    The Eye 2's were produced from '82 through '90. There were a number of renditions. This link will give you a brief accounting of the various renditions. Archives
     
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    ualtim Carrollton, TX Supporting Member

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    Could not remember where that link was, Limp, thanks for providing it.

    My recent acquisition is one of the early Plus versions built in the spring of 1990. I wish Ping would re-release the Eye 2 with conforming specs. I would love to purchase a fresh set of Eye 2’s with modern shafts instead going through the reshafting process.
     
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    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    ZING 2 are very forgiving irons but are VERY clunky around the greens. Eye 2 irons have some kind of magic poon in them IMO. I have 3 sets - a BeCu set, a green dot set and a blue dot set. The short irons are point and shoot - high, straight results. The wedges are legendary around the greens and from the sand (ask Lefty). Just reshafted my green dot set with some PING TFC 169 pulls (from a set of G15s I think). Road test tomorrow.


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  8. Louie_T07

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    I did it, went and got them this afternoon on my lunch. The guy even gave me 15% off, because I came back! Score!! I will post pics tomorrow!
     
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    Louie_T07 Well-Known Member

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    As promised:
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    3-W to boot! LOL
     
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    They are in quite good shape, I’m super impressed! The grips need a change and the shafts are in need of some cleaning, but if that’s all, I’m laughing!!
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    sssmokin Retired and loving it Supporting Member

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    Good move. The best set of irons I've ever had were the Ping Eye2s. Nothing since has ever come close, and I can't find a decent set for a fair price since. I'm happy with my S55s now, but still love the Eye 2s.
     
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    I had the "famous" square groove version. Mine had the TFC shafts, but were not "colorful" like the ones in these pictures.
     
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    Those are colorful because they're graphite.
     
  16. Louie_T07

    Louie_T07 Well-Known Member

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    No smoke or mirrors here, just a solid find, that I couldn’t help but jump all over... especially being a leftie set!! Finding left handed equipment has always been a struggle, ever since I first started playing. I learned quickly to scoop up anything good I’d come across. Things are much better today, but its still just something that I do... Hence my golf corner in the basement! LOL

    I can’t wait to start cleaning them up. They feel really nice to swing and I’ve hit a few chip and pitches with the 9,W... so far me like!!
     
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    As part of my job, we look after the yearly cultural practices at a private 9-hole course a millionaire has in his back yard... its quite the place, consistently in great shape and no one ever plays it!!

    We were there for our spring aeration, so I snuck out the Eye2 8i... two par 3’s are 150ish on the card. The 8i is a thing of ******* beauty... so smooth, and effortless ball height... I’m in love boys!! And these things are 30 years old!!!
     
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    Age has nothing to do with quality, ability, intelligence, handsomeness, etc. After all, I'm 72 going on …. what comes after 72? I'm really having difficulty... Yes, those Ben Hogan blades you are bragging about are...….
     
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    Having 9 month old twins has really hampered my ability to get out and play this season. It’s not a complaint, just a fact I’m faced with having small kids now. Of the few rounds I’ve been able to get away and play, these Eye2’s seem to be getting the majority of game time!! They’ve really grown on me, I haven’t done much to them either, other than a good wash.

    My best round of the year was played yesterday with the Eye2 irons in my bag... well most of them anyway. The 5,8,9,W came along and all played a part in my round with the dad-in-law. I was -2 on the 7th tee, had two deserving bogies coming home to finish E. That I’m very pleased with.
     
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    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    They're timeless irons. To quote Subsonic, "if you told me I'd have to pick an iron set for the rest of my life, it would be the Eye 2".
     

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