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The PING Story

PING is a company that got started the same way that so many of today’s classic all-American sagas do. It began with one man, Karsten Solheim, a Norwegian-born immigrant who came to America and loved the game of golf. He began tinkering with golf clubs in his garage and trying different things to see how he could make his clubs better. Eventually, his custom creations became quite a hit — and PING was born.

For nearly fifty years, Karsten designed clubs that were both popular for amateurs and successful for tour professionals. He has been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. In fact, the Anser putter (which dates back to 1966) remains the most successful putter design to date.

Today, production headquarters are based in Phoenix, AZ. Since Karsten’s passing in 2000, his sons John K. and John A. Solheim have kept the business as family-run. The eldest, John K., heads up the product development department while John A., who worked for PING since he was 15 years old, is now the company’s CEO.

PING Today

“Improving a product’s performance through innovation and quality” is the intended goal for any PING club. And these days, innovation has moved beyond garage tinkering to using 3D computer technology, all with the same attention to detail that Karsten was so well known for. One of the company’s claims to fame, beyond its highly successful Anser putter and irons, is that it’s the first company to be ISO-9000 and 14000 certified.

The PING Color Coding System

Engineers at PING have developed a system for customizing each of their golf clubs to a golfer’s swing. This is what they call “club fitting.” PING uses a color-coded chart that aims to match up the physics of a golf club to the swing style and swing results. It’s a fairly new development over the past 10 years or so, and those who have tried it acknowledge PING as the leader in their field for customization. In fact, their color-coding system is even PGA certified for training programs.

Getting a PING custom club can be completed online or in person with a licensed representative. Steps to customization include Static Fitting, a Dynamic Swing Test, and Ball Flight Analysis.

What Sets PING Clubs Apart

In PING drivers and fairway woods, you’ll find Straight Flight Technology. This means 10% of the weight of the club is towards the heel. The way that it’s weighted helps it square off properly for a straight shot. Check out a driver like the PING G10 which is recommended for all levels of golfers.

Today’s PING hybrids have seen many advancements as well. They are the longest they’ve ever been thanks to an internal toe pad that expands the perimeter weight.

There are many, many PING iron clubs to choose from. You’ll see a wide variety of options for trajectory height, forgiveness, club size, topline thickness, and offset size. And yes, PING still makes the Anser, which is the company’s first forged iron club design. If you like, you can find traditionally-styled golf clubs that still hold up to today’s technology, like the Ping Zing Irons.

PING wedges are popular among Tour pros. The Tour-S comes in stainless steel or “Rustique” 8620 steel that fades and tarnishes naturally over time. This club has seen many professional wins, and it’s styled for maximum control with a low offset and medium trajectory. Another great model is the milled wedge in the Tour 52 series.

Putters coming from PING’s lineup are extremely popular as well as very technologically advanced. You’ll find inserts galore with alignment aids that are very easy to see. There’s something for everyone, from futuristic non-traditional putters to traditional blade putters. A stand-out feature is “Optigraphic Alignment.” This is an optional, built-in flange with a thick white line on top, making the alignment much more easy to see.

Read all of our PING reviews below:


Ping G15 Driver Review

From Golf Digest 2011 Hot List, Best New Clubs

Ping G15 Driver Review | From Golf Digest 2011 Hot List, Best New Clubs

When it comes to hot faces, I rank Ping and Nike at the top. There is no science behind this opinion -- just my own experiences and those stud golfers that I play with. One of those said studs in my foursome showed up with this driver earlier ...





Ping G10 5-Wood w/ Graphite Shaft

Men’s Fairway Golf 142cc Club Head RH & LH

Ping G10 5-Wood w/ Graphite Shaft | Men’s Fairway Golf 142cc Club Head RH & LH

The G10 5-wood from Ping has a low profile and a longer-than-average head from heel to toe. This design is reminiscent of the original Orlimar fairway woods from the late '80s.

While more effective in the hands of a skilled player, this is a club with good performance characteristics, ...





Ping iWedge, Men’s Adjustable Wedge Hosel

Perimeter Weight Cavity w/ Sand Cup Sole

Ping iWedge, Men’s Adjustable Wedge Hosel | Perimeter Weight Cavity w/ Sand Cup Sole

Take one look at the Ping iWedge, and it's not hard to see the inspiration for this club came from the original Ping Eye2 design --a wedge that was much beloved among Tour pros for its versatility, playability, and performance. This updated version features a deep multi-level cavity that helps ...





Ping S58 Irons

Muscle Back Game Improving Players Club, 2 – PW

Ping S58 Irons | Muscle Back Game Improving Players Club, 2 – PW

When I think of Ping irons, the first things that come to mind are the Ping Eye 2 and Ping Zing -- both examples of the ground-breaking, investment cast, cavity-back designs Ping brought to the world of golf many years ago. While these clubs remain viable, and I'm sure are ...





Ping i15 3 Wood Review

RH LH with Regular, Stiff or X-Stiff Flex & ID8 Grip

Ping i15 3 Wood Review | RH LH with Regular, Stiff or X-Stiff Flex & ID8 Grip

As a successor to the popular G15 model from Ping Golf, the new Ping i15 3-wood is expected to be an improvement. For those looking for Tour-caliber performance, you won't be disappointed.

With a slightly smaller overall head than the G15 -- and considerably smaller than most others ...





Ping G15 Irons Review

Large Clubhead Sole w/ Custom Tuning

Ping G15 Irons Review | Large Clubhead Sole w/ Custom Tuning

I don't know. I usually like Ping stuff. I'm always a little bit weirded out by the extra large sole on these club heads, but for some reason on other clubs like the Ping i15 irons, I didn't mind.

On the G15s, it really threw me. When I honestly ...





Ping G15 Hybrid Review

Offset Perimeter Weighted Brushed Stainless w/ Reg or Stiff Flex Shaft

Ping G15 Hybrid Review | Offset Perimeter Weighted Brushed Stainless w/ Reg or Stiff Flex Shaft

Hybrid (hy'-brid) n. 1. that which is created from two or more other types.

In golf, a hybrid is the combination of an "iron" and a "wood" (though rarely actual wood these days). The goal: to produce a club that has the best characteristics of each -- the length ...





Ping K15 Irons, Men’s Game Improvement Clubs

Set w/ Gap Wedge, Cavity Back & Graphite Shaft

Ping K15 Irons, Men’s Game Improvement Clubs | Set w/ Gap Wedge, Cavity Back & Graphite Shaft

If you read my earlier review of the Ping K15 Driver, then you'll have a leg up on what's happening with the K15 irons. These are obviously designed to complement the other K15 clubs from Ping, and certainly they do just that.

Once again combining a titanium face ...





Ping i15 Hybrid Club

Graphite Shaft, Square Address w/ 17, 20 & 23 Loft

Ping i15 Hybrid Club | Graphite Shaft, Square Address w/ 17, 20 & 23 Loft

Yet another offering in the hybrid club category, the i15 Hybrid from Ping has been designed with the better player in mind. The head is on the smaller, traditional side, which begs the question, "Are hybrids traditional?"

Whatever term you ascribe to it, this club is designed for the ...





Ping Rapture Hybrid Review V2

RH or LH w/ Mitsubishi Javelin Graphite Shaft

Ping Rapture Hybrid Review V2 | RH or LH w/ Mitsubishi Javelin Graphite Shaft

You know how some things just look fast? A Ferrari Testarossa. The Japanese Bullet Train. The old SST jetliner.

The Ping Rapture V2 Hybrid with Graphite Shaft fits nicely into that category. This club just has a cool look to it and inspires confidence that you are ...





Ping K15 Driver Review

Custom Flex & Loft w/ I9 Grip, TFC 149D Shaft

Ping K15 Driver Review | Custom Flex & Loft w/ I9 Grip, TFC 149D Shaft

The variety of drivers available today is simply staggering. How do you know where to turn when there are great choices from every major manufacturer: TaylorMade, Wilson, Cleveland, Nike, Titleist, and of course, Ping? Despite the myriad of choices, don't fail to give the Ping K15 Driver model a ...





Ping EYE2 XG Wedges, Sand & Lob

Adjustable Weight, Milled Box Grooved

Ping EYE2 XG Wedges, Sand & Lob | Adjustable Weight, Milled Box Grooved

The original Ping EYE clubs have been around since 1980, and the Ping EYE2 series (with box grooves) was introduced in 1984. Though the EYE2 has changed some over that time, it is available in that same basic design today. That longevity and validity speaks volumes about ...





Ping Tour-S Rustique CC Wedges

Men’s Traditional Golf Club, Soft Steel in 52, 56 & 60 Loft

Ping Tour-S Rustique CC Wedges | Men’s Traditional Golf Club, Soft Steel in 52, 56 & 60 Loft

Karsten Solheim started making putters out of his garage back in the 1950s that went "ping" when you hit them -- and a brand was born that would change the landscape for golf clubs and equipment for years and years to come. Ping has made a ...





Ping i15 Irons Review

Men’s Long Iron, Progressive w/ Max Forgiveness

Ping i15 Irons Review | Men’s Long Iron, Progressive w/ Max Forgiveness

How much better are the Ping i15 irons over the i10s? Supposedly, it is much more than simply answering "five times better." Get it? (And my math teacher said I would never amount to anything.) With similar lines and the same thinner top line, they ...





Ping Tour W Wedge Review

56 Degree Brushed Silver, Tungsten Weighted

Ping Tour W Wedge Review | 56 Degree Brushed Silver, Tungsten Weighted

Hm. Really, Ping? A 56 degree wedge that has the name "tour" engraved on it? It's just a wedge in brushed silver. Oooh. There's a tungsten toe weight for added forgiveness. That's like saying a car is special because it has a gas ...





Ping i10 Irons Review, Men’s Custom Golf Set

Green Dot Upright 2.25 Lie Angle

Ping i10 Irons Review, Men’s Custom Golf Set | Green Dot Upright 2.25 Lie Angle

Dot. Dot. Dot. Dash. Dash. Dash. Dot. Dot. Dot.

Frankly, that's what my game has been sounding like recently. It doesn't matter if I have a green dot or a pink dot; it's the cry of "S.O.S." every time I've been on ...





Ping Scottsdale Pickmeup Putter

Men’s Belly or Long Mallet Club

Ping Scottsdale Pickmeup Putter | Men’s Belly or Long Mallet Club

"NaNaNaNaNaNaNaNa Batman..."

Flat out, folks. That’s what this thing looks like. Appearances aside, I’ll give my honest feedback on this thing. Weird. It feels weird to swing, it’s weird to line up, and it produces a weird sort of “thunk” when the elastomer insert connects with the ball.

But ...





Ping S57 Irons Review

Men’s Black Dot Nickel Stiff Shaft

Ping S57 Irons Review | Men’s Black Dot Nickel Stiff Shaft

I love Ping products. I just can't hit them. Maybe they are intimidating to me or something, I'm not quite sure -- but it seems I can't do them justice. This club feels great to swing. The shafts I tried were a stiff Black Nickel ...





Ping S56 Irons

Men’s Golf Blade Club Set w/ Steel Shafts KBS Tour

Ping S56 Irons | Men’s Golf Blade Club Set w/ Steel Shafts KBS Tour

If your handicap index number only has one digit in it, then the Ping S56 Iron Set 3-PW with Steel Shafts might appeal to you. These clubs have been designed for players who put a premium on shot control. The basis of the iron body content ...





Ping Wedge Golf Club, Tour 52

Milled Right Handed Chrome w/ Custom Loft

Ping Wedge Golf Club, Tour 52 | Milled Right Handed Chrome w/ Custom Loft

This is a good-looking Ping Tour wedge that has an even better looking price. This Tour wedge is designed for you "sticks" out there that can appreciate the feel and playability of a milled face. Tour player Lee Westwood carries Ping Tour wedges in his bag.

With ...





Ping Zing Iron Golf Club Set, Mens

Cavity Back Oversized Retro for High Handicap

Ping Zing Iron Golf Club Set, Mens | Cavity Back Oversized Retro for High Handicap

Ah, look at these old beauties. The Ping Zing irons have been around for 30 years now, and yes, they are still very relevant. That's not very common today in a sport where technology makes most of our clubs obsolete in two years. The ...





Ping Eye 2 Black Dot, Square Grooves

Golf Wedge Club Collectible

Ping Eye 2 Black Dot, Square Grooves | Golf Wedge Club Collectible

Time to start stockpiling Ping Eye 2 Wedges! These are going up in value faster than The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brian coffee mugs. You see, some of the boys on the PGA Tour figured out a loophole to the new rule (as of January 2010) that forbids the use of ...





Ping G15 Driver Review

Large & Lightweight for Easy Long Distance

Ping G15 Driver Review | Large & Lightweight for Easy Long Distance

I was out playing golf with my buddy Dino last weekend and I noticed he had added this Ping G15 to his bag. I really like the Ping G10 and couldn't wait to hit it. However, I did wait until the first par 5 to ...





Ping Driver Club, G10 Graphite Shaft

High MOI Swing Speed

Ping Driver Club, G10 Graphite Shaft |  High MOI Swing Speed

Two of the best golfers that I play with, both bought one of these Ping G10 drivers last year. Joe and Nick are both single digit handicappers, that have very quick swing speeds and they hit the ball a mile.

The two biggest reasons this club is so popular is because ...





Ping i15 Driver Review – Titanium 460cc

Weighted for Low Spin & Flight

Ping i15 Driver Review – Titanium 460cc | Weighted for Low Spin & Flight

You are looking at Ping's premier driver. The Ping i15 is a treat to swing if you like to play different shots off the tee with your driver. Wait, who does that? (I mean besides Tiger.) Most of us are just trying ...





Ping Rapture Men’s Driver Club

Weighted Tungsten Clubhead | Milled Titanium Face

Ping Rapture Men’s Driver Club | Weighted Tungsten Clubhead | Milled Titanium Face

This Men's Ping Rapture Driver is hot. It's the next generation of the enormously popular Ping G10. The club head is very similar to the G10 as well. Crescent-shape tungsten weights have been added in the heel and toe of the sole to move the weight ...





Ping Black Backpack

Laptop Computer Bag | Lined Sunglass Pocket Storage

Ping Black Backpack | Laptop Computer Bag | Lined Sunglass Pocket Storage

Golf isn't just a sport anymore. It's a culture and a fashion. And golf companies aren't just making golf clubs and golf bags. Here's a backpack made by Ping, designed for us corporate types or students who are lugging around their laptops and all the other essentials that we ...





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