I just picked up the book And The Putter Went…PING by Jeffery Ellis and it is heavy…literally.
The book tells the true American success story that began in the garage of Karsten Solheim, as he invented the PING putter in 1959.
Why is there so much to be said and chronicled in huge color photos and print about PING?
I recently spoke to the Pacific Northwest PING Sales Manager, George Houlihan, about what makes PING different from other club companies and he said it comes down to principles and design.
“It all boils down to engineering principles and design.
PING is a family run company, who is now in its third generation of engineers.
They never put a product in to the market place unless it is better than its predecessor.
Testing the current product, learning how to make it better, and then integrating those designs and engineering principles into their new product, that is what sets them apart.”
All that engineering and design is to the benefit of you and I, making a more enjoyable, forgiving, and better performing product.
That’s why the Gold Mountain Operations Manager, John Sitton, is on staff with PING.
“I love their putters and irons, specifically their player irons.
Right now I’m playing the iblade, five through pitching wedge, and the i200, three and four irons.
My putter is the Sigma G, Tyne.
The PING G driver is the straightest drive I’ve ever hit.”
It is the color coding system that was invented by PING in 1972, that distinguishes the lie angle of the club, and is recognizable and memorable by the golfer who plays PING.
John Sitton identifies with the old color charts yellow, which translates into the green on the current color chart.
So even with the new color chart out, it is still easy to remember his lie angle.
Scott Alexander’s PING clubs fit in the Maroon color code.
Scott, who was the Director of Golf at Gold Mountain Golf Club for 27 years, has been playing PING clubs for about 25 years.
He was also PING’s 2007 fitter of the year!
“What stood out to me about PING back when I started selling them was that they were the original “fitters” of the golf club.
Fit is important to me because I am 6’5″ tall and need a five degree upright club.
Because PING offers these options in their fitting process, they make my clubs’ balance and feel, better than anyone else.”
So, I’ve learned a lot about PING in my brief exploration of its history, club design, engineering, and their effect on the players who play them.
Nearly everyone I spoke to said that people who have bought PING, become PING customers for life.
That is the exact reason why Gold Mountain Golf Club continues to bring our guests the best selection of PING clubs.
We have over 30 PING demo options to try and over 75 clubs in stock to sell today, not to mention professional fitting is available and custom ordering is quick.
Do you know your PING color code?
Come see us today to find out!
Gold Mountain Golf Club