Follow along as they check out the Putting Lab, Driving Range and famed PING Vault
By Ryan Gager
Hannah and Fredrik, GOLFTEC’s newest ambassadors, have made their way to PING Headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. During their visit they get an in-depth look at the PING Putting Lab, head outside to get fitted for the latest PING driver and end up in the famed PING Vault.
PING Putting Lab
Hannah talks with Marty Jertson, VP Fitting & Performance about the new models of PING putters and what’s new for this year. While some putters have the traditional milled face, others have a PEBAX insert for a softer feel, including the Anser 2D, a putter that Tony Finau recently switched to and won multiple times with on the PGA Tour.
PING Driving Range
Next, it’s outside to the PING Driving Range to check out the new G430 drivers. PING has been known to have one of the most forgiving drivers on the market, and the G430 is no different.
The first thing that catches Fredrik’s eye is the turbulators on top of the driver, something that has been around on the PING drivers for several generations, and help make the driver more aerodynamic for increased clubhead speed.
Fredrik’s miss tends to be towards the toe of the club, but PING’s latest technologies including spinsistency and increased bulge on the face, help keep Fredrik from hitting big sweeping draws to the left. He even hits one out off the toe that he thinks is going way left, only to see it start right and gently draw back, landing only one yard off the center line!
The PING Vault
Hannah and Fredrik finish up their tour of PING Headquarters with a look inside the PING Vault. Full of history, this vault contains a gold-plated putter from every tournament that has been won using a PING putter.
Karsten Solheim, founder of PING, wanted a unique way to thank and reward the golfer for using a PING putter en route to victory. He decided to commemorate each victory by creating two gold-plated replicas of the winning putter. One he gave to the champion. The other he kept in the vault. Both were engraved with the professional’s name and the name of the tournament he or she won.
These gold-plated replicas are built to the exact specifications of the actual putter that was used in the tournament. They’ve even had to go back into the vault to pull a player’s putter and use it for a current fitting!
Ranging from Tiger Woods’ PING Anser putter that he won back-to-back US Amateurs with, to Bubba Watson’s PING Tour-W gap wedge he hit out of the trees at Augusta on his way to a Masters victory, there are over 3,000 clubs in the vault.
Be on the lookout for more great videos from Hannah and Fredrik. And be sure to come in to GOLFTEC to get fit for the new PING G430 driver, G430 irons or Glide 4.0 wedges. Check out our PING club fitting page and schedule a fitting with your local GOLFTEC Coach today.