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Ping Eye 2 Plus copper wedges are superb instruments 25 yrs after casting!
The Eye 2 Plus Ping irons separated their grooves a fraction of an inch from the tighter legislated legal grooves of the Ping Eye 2 irons that Kartsten Solheim went to court against the USGA about. So the Eye 2 Plus grooves were legal from their inception. The Eye 2 Plus design also reduced the lofts of the irons to a more modern amount, although not as strong as today's distance irons. The Eye 2 Plus design also changed the sole bounce of the irons to a more modern amount, plus sought to minimize the negative interplay of the club with the ground. The sand wedge has 12 degrees bounce, the pitching wedge has 8 degrees bounce. Because beryllium copper is denser than stainless steel, in order to maintain the swingweight Karsten used smaller molds to cast the clubheads. The heel-to-toe dimension of the BeCu wedge clubheads is a quarter inch shorter than that of the steel wedges. It makes a big visual difference, and for my tastes the copper model is the right size. The clubs' redesigned soles make it easy to chip, pitch, and explode - more so than some of the wide-sole modern wedges that are lousy from firm bunkers. Even though I use the modern iron designs for my long, middle, and short irons, I still replace the modern set's wedges with the two Ping BeCu W and S wedges. I play in the desert, and seldom do I need a lob wedge, so this review does not address the L wedge that Ping made in the Eye 2 Plus design. BeCu bends more easily than the 17-4 steel, so you can adjust the lie and loft of the copper wedges. I use mine at standard loft and lie (P standard Black Dot is 48.5 deg loft and 64.4 deg lie), but when you buy them on the aftermarket they may have been adjusted prior to your ownership. One of mine is a one-degree flat lie Red Dot model, but when put upon a lie and loft machine it had been adjusted to std lie and loft, and that is what I wanted. A lie that is too flat can flare partial shots to the right, as the toe hits the ground slightly sooner than the heel and infintesimally flares the blade open. A pretty shot, just 2 yards right (for a RH golfer) of the flag on a 40-yd pitch. I like the aged patina look of the copper, but you can restore the bright copper sheen by immersing the clubhead in a bowl of Coca-Cola overnight. The steel or graphite shaft of the club will not be affected by the cola. The 2.5 pH of Coke (would probably be EPA illegal if invented today) really shines up the copper. One other note. Beryllium is a very toxic metal in its natural metal or oxide forms. So much so that the EPA has banned it in golf club manufacture; that is why you don't see modern beryllium copper clubs. It is also a rare military metal. It is completely harmless when alloyed with copper, but that is AFTER manufacture. If you decide to grind the sole of the club be aware the heat of friction will be removing metal that is beryllium oxide. Run a strong fan blowing the sanding dust AWAY from you. Shower after finishing your job. Better still, don't grind or sand on these clubs.Read full review
Ping Eye 2 Becu Irons
I love the look of these classic irons. The positive about these irons is that they will do a nice job of holding their value since they are no longer made. The Eye 2 Square Groove are more valuable than the Eye 2+ Becu irons; however, the advantage of the Eye 2+ irons is that they have stronger lofts than the Eye 2 BECU Square Grooves. Because of this, the Eye 2 Square Grooves usually require 1 more club than the Eye 2+. In other words, if you normally hit your 8 iron 150 yards, you will most likely need to hit a 7 iron with the Eye 2 Square Grooves. Otherwise, both types of Eye 2 BECU irons are wonderful with their soft feel and great looks.
The best club money can buy
The ping BeCu clubs are still the best. I do have a complete set and I purchased this club to go with my Ping Eye2 steel clubs. The club was used and in great shape so I love it.
The best sand wedge made.
I had one years ago before loaning it one weekend to my brother. It never returned from his trip. My favorite sand wedge left near a green in Never Never Land. Four different sand wedges and twelve years later I now have the best of both worlds again. Ping and Beryllium.
best sand wedge ever made
I've played golf since I was a kid and I'll be 60 next month. My handicap is 14. I used to have trouble with bunker shots, but with these Eye 2 wedges I consistently put the ball on the green. Set up with the face wide open, the ball slightly forward in your stance and take a smooth swing. Don't try to kill it. It works every time. Best game improvement club I've ever had.