Ping Eye 2 Vs Modern Irons

Golf club technology has evolved significantly over the past few decades, leading to a vast range of equipment options for players of all skill levels. One of the most notable golf club designs that has stood the test of time is the Ping Eye 2, first introduced in 1982. In this article, we will compare the Ping Eye 2 to modern irons, examining the differences in technology, performance, and design.

  1. Technology

Ping Eye 2: The Ping Eye 2 irons were revolutionary in their time due to their perimeter weighting, cavity back design, and investment casting process. These features contributed to a more forgiving clubface, which allowed players to generate more consistent shots even on off-center strikes. The Eye 2s also featured a wide sole, which helped improve turf interaction and reduce digging.

Modern Irons: Today’s modern irons benefit from advancements in materials, manufacturing techniques, and customization options. Clubs are now made from various alloys, composites, and even multi-material constructions that optimize weight distribution, forgiveness, and feel. Computer-aided design (CAD) and analysis tools have also contributed to improvements in the overall design, allowing for optimal center of gravity positioning and better fine-tuning of club performance.

  1. Performance

Distance: While the Ping Eye 2 irons were long-hitting in their era, modern irons have generally surpassed them in terms of distance. The use of stronger lofts, improved materials, and more efficient energy transfer has contributed to increased ball speeds and overall distance.

Forgiveness: The Ping Eye 2 irons were known for their forgiveness due to their perimeter weighting and cavity back design. Modern irons have taken these concepts even further, utilizing multi-material construction and more precise weight distribution to create an even larger sweet spot and more stability on off-center hits.

Workability: The workability of a club refers to a player’s ability to shape shots and control trajectory. The Ping Eye 2 irons were known for their versatility, but modern irons offer even greater workability due to improved designs, shaft options, and adjustability features. Players can now fine-tune their clubs to achieve desired shot shapes and trajectories more easily.

  1. Design

Aesthetics: The Ping Eye 2 irons have a classic, timeless design that many golfers still appreciate. However, modern irons come in a wide range of styles, colors, and finishes, allowing players to choose clubs that match their personal preferences and aesthetic tastes.

Customization: Modern irons offer extensive customization options, including adjustable hosels, interchangeable weights, and various shaft options. This allows players to optimize their clubs for their swing and playing style, something not available with the Ping Eye 2 irons.


General Information

ModelBrandYear IntroducedConstructionPrice Range ($)
Ping Eye 2Ping1982Cavity-back100-300
TaylorMade M6TaylorMade2019Cavity-back800-1000
Titleist T300Titleist2020Hollow-body900-1100
Callaway Apex 21Callaway2021Hollow-body1200-1400
Mizuno JPX921 Hot MetalMizuno2020Cavity-back900-1000
Cobra King SpeedzoneCobra2020Cavity-back900-1000
Srixon ZX5Srixon2020Hollow-body1100-1300
Cleveland Launcher HB TurboCleveland2020Hollow-body800-900
Wilson Staff D7Wilson2019Cavity-back500-600
PXG 0311 T GEN3PXG2021Hollow-body450-600

Design Features

ModelBlade Length (mm)Sole Width (mm)Offset (mm)Head Material
Ping Eye 284175Stainless Steel
TaylorMade M683193.5Steel
Titleist T30077194.4Steel
Callaway Apex 2176203.8Steel
Mizuno JPX921 Hot Metal80193.5Steel
Cobra King Speedzone83203.5Steel
Srixon ZX578213.5Steel
Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo81203.5Steel
Wilson Staff D783183.5Steel
PXG 0311 T GEN379192.5Steel

Performance Characteristics

ModelForgivenessDistanceShot ShapingFeelPlayability
Ping Eye 2LowModerateLimitedSoftModerate
TaylorMade M6HighLongModerateFirmHigh
Titleist T300HighLongModerateSoftHigh
Callaway Apex 21HighLongHighSoftHigh
Mizuno JPX921 Hot MetalModerateLongModerateSoftModerate
Cobra King SpeedzoneHighLongHighSoftHigh
Srixon ZX5ModerateLongModerateSoftModerate
Cleveland Launcher HB TurboHighLongModerateSoftHigh
Wilson Staff D7HighLongModerateSoftHigh
PXG 0311 T GEN3LowLongHighSoftLow

Pros and Cons

Ping Eye 2Classic design, affordableLimited forgiveness, outdated technology
TaylorMade M6High forgiveness, long distanceExpensive
Titleist T300High forgiveness, long distance, soft feelExpensive
Callaway Apex 21High forgiveness, long distance, shot shapingExpensive
Mizuno JPX921 Hot MetalLong distance, soft feelLimited shot shaping, moderate forgiveness
Cobra King SpeedzoneHigh forgiveness, long distance, shot shapingNone notable
Srixon ZX5Soft feel, moderate forgivenessLimited shot shaping
Cleveland Launcher HB TurboHigh forgiveness, soft feelLimited shot shaping
Wilson Staff D7High forgiveness, soft feelLimited shot shaping
PXG 0311 T GEN3High shot shaping, soft feelExpensive, limited forgiveness

Loft Angles

Ping Eye 2212427303438424650
TaylorMade SIM2 Max OS1921.5242730.534.538.54349
Titleist T100S1921242731353943
Callaway Apex 21192124273135394348
Mizuno JPX921 Hot Metal Pro1921242731354045
Cobra King RADSPEED1820232630343843.548.5
Srixon ZX51921.524273135394348
Cleveland Launcher UHX18.52124273135394449
Wilson Staff Model CB2022.5263034384246
PXG 02111820.523.526.53034384348

Shaft Options

ModelSteel Shaft OptionsGraphite Shaft Options
Ping Eye 2True Temper Dynamic Gold S300N/A
TaylorMade SIM2 Max OSKBS Max 85 Steel, Fujikura Ventus Blue GraphiteFujikura Ventus Red Graphite
Titleist T100STrue Temper AMT Tour White Steel, Project X LZ SteelMitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Graphite
Callaway Apex 21True Temper Elevate ETS Steel, UST Mamiya Recoil GraphiteUST Mamiya Recoil Graphite
Mizuno JPX921 Hot Metal ProKBS Tour Steel, Nippon NS Pro 950GH SteelProject X LZ Graphite
Cobra King RADSPEEDKBS Tour 90 Steel, Project X Catalyst GraphiteFujikura Atmos Graphite
Srixon ZX5Nippon Modus 3 105 Steel, Project X LZ SteelNippon N.S. Pro 950GH Neo Graphite
Cleveland Launcher UHXTrue Temper Dynamic Gold 98 Steel, Miyazaki C Kua GraphiteMiyazaki C Kua Graphite
Wilson Staff Model CBKBS Tour Steel, True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 SteelFujikura Ventus Blue Graphite
PXG 0211True Temper Elevate Tour Steel, Aerotech SteelFiber FC GraphiteMitsubishi MMT Graphite

 Clubhead Size

Model3-Iron Clubhead Size (cc)7-Iron Clubhead Size (cc)PW Clubhead Size (cc)
Ping Eye 2158164149
TaylorMade SIM2 Max OS12710389
Titleist T100S1028674
Callaway Apex 211279977
Mizuno JPX921 Hot Metal Pro12510173
Cobra King RADSPEED998159
Srixon ZX51099177
Cleveland Launcher UHX1269678
Wilson Staff Model CB1129177
PXG 0211998270

Center of Gravity (CG) Location

Model3-Iron CG Location (mm)7-Iron CG Location (mm)PW CG Location (mm)
Ping Eye 2N/AN/AN/A
TaylorMade SIM2 Max OS23.623.122.7
Titleist T100S20.520.720.8
Callaway Apex 2120.520.620.5
Mizuno JPX921 Hot Metal Pro21.020.420.1


The Ping Eye 2 irons were groundbreaking in their time and continue to have a devoted following among golfers who appreciate their classic design and performance characteristics. However, modern irons offer significant advancements in technology, performance, and customization options that make them an attractive choice for players seeking the latest innovations in golf equipment. Ultimately, the choice between the Ping Eye 2 and modern irons will come down to individual preferences and playing styles.


  • Ray Barnes

    Ray Barnes, our Senior Staff Writer and a Golf Analyst with a PhD in Sports Analytics, is a beacon of insight in the golfing world. With a deep understanding of the sport's nuances, statistical analysis, and a talent for demystifying complexities, he provides in-depth analysis and captivating narratives that engage golf enthusiasts worldwide.

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