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Need help from Ping experts re Ping Eye 2


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#1 Qwiklap

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 07:01 PM

Hello - thinking of buying this L wedge and a matching SW.

Trying to determine if this is a model that has “U-shaped” grooves.  The writing is in the right direction (rightside up when in the bag) - but it only says “ā€¯Karsten”ā€¯ not “ā€¯Karsten Mfgā€¯.”

Are these markings correct?

Thanks in advance

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Ping G400 LST 8.5* w/ Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange V2 60TX (44.5")
Ping G400 3W Stretch @ 13.6* w/ Aldila Xtorsion Copper 70TX (43")
Cobra F7 2-3h @ 17.5* w/ Matrix HQ3 Red Tie S-flex
Cobra F7 3-4h @ 20.5* w/ Matrix HM3 Black Tie S-flex
Srixon Z565 5-PW & Z765 AW w/ Aerotech Steelfiber i95 S-flex
Callaway MD PM-Grind 56* & 60*
Bettinardi Kuchar Model 2 Arm Lock or
Odyssey Metal X #7 Arm Lock

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 08:37 PM

Here is the info that has been posted before:
  • "V" groove models manufactured from 1982 through Summer 1984, identified by   PAT. PENDING in cavity and KARSTEN MFG CORP PHOENIX   AZ 85068 U.S.A. upside-down on back of top rail.
  • Eye2 Lite models introduced in 1984, identified by PAT. PENDING in cavity and KARSTEN PHOENIX AZ 85068 U.S.A. right-side-up on back of top rail.
  • "U" groove models manufactured from Fall 1984 to Fall 1985, identified by   U.S. PAT. D276644 OTHERS PEND. in cavity.
  • Radiused "U" groove models manufactured from Fall 1985 to March, 1990, identified by U.S. PAT. D276644 and 4.512.577 in cavity.
  • Modified "U" groove models manufactured after April, 1990 identifed by dot beneath patent numbers in cavity.
  • "New EYE2" models with reshaped soles, increased perimeter weighting, less bounce in wedges, and stronger lofts than the original EYE2 were first introduced in November of 1989. Identified by U.S. Pat. 4.512.577 and 4.621.813 in cavity, club heads produced before March 31, 1990 had no "+" in the cavity.
  • In April of 1990, a "+" was added to the cavity, and this model became the EYE2+.
I believe the version with "Others Pend." is the one that spun the ball the most.  If you ever see the face of one of these wedges, the grooves look much wider than subsequent versions.

Some of the old Ping wedges for sale look like they've been dragged down a gravel road (likely from a lot of bunker shots or hitting sandy range balls).  Even if the face looks clean, often times the grooves are still worn down quite a bit and the performance isn't great (I have a lot of old Ping wedges lying around and they all look fine, but I'm pretty sure the grooves are quite worn on some of them based on how the ball reacts at times).

If you want to get a set because these wedges are "cool," I'd say that's fine.  However, if you think they are going to work better than anything new you may be disappointed.
Titleist 910 D2 11.25*, Diamana Ilima R-Flex (tipped 1')
Callaway X Hot Pro 19* Fairway, Project X Velocity 6.0
TaylorMade Raylor 22*, Raylor RE*AX S-Flex
TaylorMade Rescue 25*, Aldila RE*AX S-Flex
Ping G25 6-PW, UW (50*), SW (54*), CFS R-Flex
Ping Zing 2 L/S (57*)
Ping Cadence TR Ketsch Putter

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 10:27 AM

Huge help - thank you.  I had one of these before, and just thought it might be cool to check out.
Ping G400 LST 8.5* w/ Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange V2 60TX (44.5")
Ping G400 3W Stretch @ 13.6* w/ Aldila Xtorsion Copper 70TX (43")
Cobra F7 2-3h @ 17.5* w/ Matrix HQ3 Red Tie S-flex
Cobra F7 3-4h @ 20.5* w/ Matrix HM3 Black Tie S-flex
Srixon Z565 5-PW & Z765 AW w/ Aerotech Steelfiber i95 S-flex
Callaway MD PM-Grind 56* & 60*
Bettinardi Kuchar Model 2 Arm Lock or
Odyssey Metal X #7 Arm Lock

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