The USGA and The Royal & Ancient (R & A) introduced rules this January aiming to stop tour professionals from imparting excessive spin on balls while playing out of rough, long grass.
The changes have been received with mixed responses and some amount of confusion as well on the PGA and European Tour circuits. Padraig Harrington, three -time major champion, has joined the growing list of players who are mulling over using older-model Ping irons.
“Whatever those rules are, you have got to play by them. But while they (older-model Ping irons) are out there being tried out, it is a difficult scenario not to for anybody, who is competitive, deciding against taking advantage of what you perhaps can if somebody else already is,” Harrington stated.
The star golfer thus joins the fray that has apparently divided golfers over the new set of regulations regarding the grooves’ shape in club heads. Harrington added he was rather taking a wait and see approach for the moment. “What I am doing is I’m trying to prepare myself for all eventualities,” he quipped.
For now, he won’t be going for the Ping Eye2 wedge, though he hopes other players will use the controversial club to draw attention to what he terms a ridiculous rule. The new regulation aim to shrink the volume and soften the club head grooves edges. At least four players including Mickelson used the Ping wedges with square grooves at Torrey Pines. To avoid the confusion, the tour players are seeking some sort of clarity on the new rules.