With models that have traditional as well as nontraditional looks, fit your game and help you conserve strokes on the green. Each of these putters is custom-fit to an individual’s putting stroke.
Ping putters are the most prolific of any Ping product category and have improved forgiveness, feel, and alignment options. Whether your preference is for the feedback of steel-faced putters, the feel of insert putters, or the precision of a 100 percent milled putter, Ping surely has the technology that you are seeking.
The history of Ping putters dates back to 1959, in Karsten Solheim’s garage, located in Redwood City, California, where Solheim, a Norwegian-born mechanical engineer for General Electric, invented the Ping 1-A putter. He combined his theory of heel-toe balance with the concept of reducing the twisting of the putter head at impact. The original putter that Solheim designed and crafted was named Ping because of the “ping!” sound it made upon ball contact.
At first, Ping putters seemed slow in gaining the acceptance of golf shops and professional players. However, after Solheim transferred in 1961 to the GE computer facility headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, the increasing demand for his product made him decide to leave GE and devote his time to the golf clubs.
Solheim designed the in 1966, and sales soared. The business outgrew his garage and had to be moved to a building in northwest Phoenix. Business continued to grow as professional golfer Julius Boros won the PGA Tour 1967 Phoenix Open with one of Solheim’s Ping putters. The Ping Anser putter has become known as the “winningest,” not to mention the most copied, putter in golf.
Karsten Solheim had also been working on his own line of woods and irons. He incorporated as Karsten Manufacturing Corporation in July 1967. Ping putters were soon being used by pros and amateurs to win more golf tournaments than other makes of putter. His heel-toe balance theory for clubs was industry-revolutionizing. Karsten pioneered investment casting in the golf club manufacturing business too.
In the 1980s, Ping Eye2 model irons became the number 1 seller in golf history. In more recent times, Ping’s i3 irons became very popular also. Recognizing Solheim’s club-making skills and custom-fitting of equipment to golfers’ needs, the Guild of Master Craftsmen in England admitted Karsten UK Ltd. as its first and only golf equipment corporate member. Solheim and his corporation were inducted into the Phoenix Open Hall of Fame in January 1987 and the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame in 2000, among many other statewide and national awards.