May 20, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Luke Guthrie has been using PING's Rapture driving iron, but might add a new 2-iron. (Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR)
FORT WORTH, Texas — The standard 2-iron has become a thing of the past on the PGA TOUR in recent years. With the introduction of the hybrid and driving iron, most players have shunned the club for easier-to-hit options that produce a similar ball flight with additional workability and control.
While most have switched, holdouts still exist on TOUR. At the 2013 Masters, only two players in the field carried a traditional 2-iron -- one of them being third-place finisher Jason Day, who used a TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC 2-iron during the week.
Along with Day, Charl Schwartzel, Martin Laird and Seung-Yul Noh are just a few of the marquee names that still carry a 2-iron.
Depending on how testing goes, Luke Guthrie could add his name to the list at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Guthrie has been using PING's Rapture driving iron since last year's British Open but expressed interest in testing a traditional 2-iron as a potential replacement.
Tour reps can typically fulfill even the most difficult request within a few hours, but in Guthrie's case, his request required PING to go to extra lengths because the company doesn't make a 2-iron.
To make the request possible, PING had to create two one-off 2-irons (S55 and i25) at its Scottsdale, Arizona headquarters using a 3-iron head. The long irons were bent to 18 degrees (2-iron loft) and leading edge radiused.
PING Tour rep Matt Rollins confirmed Guthrie would be the only staffer with a 2-iron if he decided to put one of the two options in play.
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