Phil Mickelson’s reportedly toying with the idea of playing Ping Eye 2 lob wedges in his season opener this week at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, according to Golf Channel insider and Golf World writer Tim Rosaforte.
When John Daly and Dean Wilson put the wedges into play at the Sony Open, it created debate about whether they were violating the spirit of the rules of golf.
The Ping Eye 2 square grooves in question do not conform to the U.S. Golf Association’s new standards, but they’re legal anyway. The groove configurations in Ping Eye 2s manufactured before April 1, 1990, were grandfathered into the USGA rules in an out-of-court settlement of a lawsuit Ping brought against the USGA.
Mickelson said he’s bent Ping Eye 2 lob wedges from 60 degrees to 64 degrees.
“I’ll have more spin this year than last year,” Mickelson told Rosaforte.
That’s if Mickelson actually decides to use the Ping Eye 2 lob wedges. He was reported to be studying the possibility.
We know the decisions by Daly and Wilson to use them did not sit well with some Tour pros.
“It’s not in the spirit of the game,” Bob Estes told reporters at the Sony Open. “They can play 'em, but I don't think they should hide behind an old rule. They should play by the same rules the other 99% of us are.”
Mickelson isn't likely to put them in play without a reasoned argument for doing so, but what do you think? Would it be a violation of the spirit of the rules?