Those wedges were allowed through a 1990 settlement from when Ping sued the PGA Tour and U.S. Golf Association. Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, John Daly and Fred Couples were among players who used the Ping wedges. It had become such a divisive issue that Scott McCarron accused Mickelson of "cheating" by using the club. The reason some players were getting upset is the square-shaped grooves can generate more spin on the ball, especially out of the rough.
The waiver takes effect the week after the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill (which is in two weeks) and will apply on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour.I personally think there has been a big deal made out of a small issue. There were just a handful of people playing these clubs and they were grandfathered into the rules. For the guys who were upset about the rule, they should have gone out and found a pre-1990 Ping Eye2 and put it in their bag. It is a personal preference that some of the players have and since it happened to fit within the rules, I don’t have a problem with it. I have a hard time hitting Ping Eye clubs due to the shape of the club head so if I was on the tour, it wouldn’t have bothered me a bit! Oh well, now the drama is over and we can finally end the conversation of “is it cheating or not!”