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Where are Ping Golf Clubs Made?

No matter how good you are with your stance, technique, and fitness, you can’t bring your A-game to the fairway if you are not using the best available equipment. In this section, we often discuss some of the renowned manufacturers in the golf industry so that our readers know more about the brands they use or should be using.

 

Here, we are going to shed some light on the history and work of Ping—one of the top club manufacturers in the US.

 

Ping: It All Started from a Garage in California

Who would have thought that an engineer from the General Electric would lay a foundation of one of the leading golf club makers in his garage? Well, it happened in 1959 when Karsten Solheim designed the first putter in his backyard while using his engineering experience. The putter was unexpectedly well-made and Solheim was able to balance its weight throughout the head.

 

Ping Golf Sigma G Men's Putter, Right Hand, ANSER Platinum, 34" w/PP60 Grip

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The functional soundness of this first-ever putter of Ping was proven after a couple of years when John Barnum won the Cajun Classic Golf Tournament by playing the winning shot with it.

 

Then Ping Moved from California to Arizona

Solheim shifted to Arizona in 1961 and set up a more detailed garage workshop for making putters there. The success of the first putter A1 encouraged Solheim to continue with making more such club makes. The Cajun Classic victory proved to be a great marketing hook for Ping. Within six years after launching its first club, Ping was catering to many PGA players with its putters. The highlight of this early success was the Golf World Cup of 1965 where Ping clubs were seen on televisions all around the world.

 

It is important to see this success in the context that Ping was still being operated out of a garage.

 

Foraying Into Driver and Iron Lines

In the 70s, Ping decided to offer a complete range of golf clubs. The company offered some irons and drivers in its Anser line that had already been launched with putters. These Ping drivers and irons were well-received but couldn’t get even close to the success and popularity of its putters.

 

Putters Keep Winning

By the 80s, Solheim and his people clearly understood that putters were their signature golf club and they needed to stick to them. Therefore, three different putter models were introduced during the decade, making waves all across the golf world with their precision and quality. In the meanwhile, Ping was also awarded the President’s E Award given to all those entities that make a significant contribution to American exports— Ping was providing their premium-quality putters to golfers all around the world.

 

The Legacy Lives On

In the 90s, Solheim had earned legendary status in the golfing landscape. Tournaments would be named after him. After making 40 major tournament wins possible with his putters, Solheim gave Ping’s helm to his son by the late 90s.

 

PING G400 Driver, Men's, Right Hand, 9.0°, ALTA CB Graphite Shaft, Stiff Flex

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Solheim passed away soon after but his legacy lived on. Posthumously, he was inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame. In 2004, Ping Golf made another breakthrough with its Craz-E putter that became all the rage at that time among pro players. As of now, it has registered more than 2,200 tournament wins.

 

Where are Ping Golf Clubs Made?

So, where are the Ping golf clubs made? Today all their components are made in China. Like many other American manufacturers, Ping also shifted its manufacturing facility to China in the early 2000s for cheap labor and reasonably-priced raw material.

 

Nevertheless, the original Phoenix facility is still the place where the magic happens. All the putters are assembled and quality assured there and then dispatched to every corner of the world.

 

Ping is Known for Their Putters & Irons

Putters are undoubtedly the identity of Ping Golf. However, over the course of more than 50 years, it has also designed some of the best drivers and irons. Here, we are going to look at some of the all-time bests offered by Ping from all club categories.

 

Eye 2 Iron

Eye 2 irons are considered one of the classic golf clubs across all brands. The first Eye 2 was introduced more than two decades ago. It is still being used by some golfers. The features that made this Ping iron stand out among similar club makes were its extraordinary huge face and the expanded groove area. These characteristics enabled golfers to play the mid-range shots on the green with the required power and for better accuracy.

 

Many other club makers got inspired by this peculiar design and followed the suit in their products. You can see the basic characteristics of Eye 2 irons in Milled Grind Hi-Toe of TaylorMade and Callaway’s PM Grind.

 

PING i500 Black Dot Irons - (Steel) (Right Hand- Stiff-Flex-4-PW)

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Eye 2 Driver

Eye 2 Driver is one of the most photographed golf clubs in the 80s. It was launched in 1983 and soon become a favorite driver in PGA games. It won’t be wrong to say that this Ping offering has also gained legendary status over time.

 

Anser Putter

How can we complete this list without mentioning Anser Putter—the father of all modern putters? It is one of the most prolific putters in the entire history of Golf. In its over 40 years of lustrous run, it has registered more than 500 major wins in its name. How Anser Putter and that whole product line came into existence is also nothing short of an incredible tale.

 

Solheim didn’t design this putter with any prior homework while sweating out in the workshop. Anser Putter is the product of a zing of inspiration. The design idea of this putter came so promptly and was so brilliant and overwhelming that Solheim couldn’t wait; he had to sketch it there and then — over the dust jacket of an LP record!

 

The peculiar name of this putter also involves an interesting anecdote. The name “Anser” was actually meant to be the word “Answer”. But since there was not enough space on the back of the blade, it was shortened to “Anser”. Solheim’s wife suggested the name “Answer” as this club was to be the ‘answer’ to golfers putting needs.

 

Noteworthy Current Ping Clubs

Ping Golf Clubs are still ruling the fairways through many different models. Let’s have a quick look at a few of their best products.

 

Best Ping Driver

PING G400 Driver
  • Multi-material design reduces drag and elevates speed to enable longer drives and fairway-finding forgiveness
  • Faster, streamlined design reduces drag by 15% over previous models to increase distance and club head speed
  • Bolder Turbulators on the crown reduce aerodynamic drag and create more efficient airflow for added distance
  • Dragonfly Technology creates ultra-thin crown sections to save weight, increase MOI and optimize CG location
  • Tungsten Sole Weight raises MOI over 9000 to create PINGs lowest, deepest CG for stability and forgiveness

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Best Ping Irons

PING G Black Dot Irons
  • Black Dot irons feature a neutral lie angle to accommodate golfers with balanced turf interaction at impact
  • COR-Eye Technology generates faster ball speeds from the simultaneous activation of the sole, face, and top rail
  • Diving-board-like effect caused by COR-Eye creates up to 1.25 mph faster ball speed for added distance
  • Faster ball speed is consistent across the face, delivering longer, straighter results, even on off-center hits
  • Heat-treated Hyper 17-4 Stainless Steel increases material strength 40% for 5 additional yards of carry

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Best Ping Wedge

Ping Glide 2.0 Wedge
  • Soft, 431 Stainless Steel construction creates buttery feel while generating a higher strength/weight ratio for higher MOI
  • Loft-specific Precision Milled Grooves ensure nearly identical pitch and full shot performance in wet and dry conditions
  • Hydropearl Chrome club head finish lowers the friction between the turf and club for more control
  • Thin, tapered hosel design glides through the sand and high grass better for improved performance
  • Dylawedge grip is longer and features softer shaft tapering for more control when gripping down

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Best Ping Putter

Ping Golf Sigma G Men’s Putter
  • Precision Milled Full Face Insert Technology ensures full face forgiveness, soft feel and performance
  • Varying depths and widths within the face pattern normalize ball speed and consistency across face
  • High energy Pebax elastomer compound behind face provide a soft feel without slowing ball speed
  • Modern squared blade silhouette creates clean lines and provides added confidence at address
  • Perimeter weight placement heightens MOI for greater stability and consistency through impact

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Our Final Thoughts

Before we wrap up this piece, there is an interesting Ping ritual that we would like to share: each winner putter (PGA-level) from Ping is duplicated and labeled with a gold plaque and kept in a vault in the company’s headquarters. It is indeed a great way to celebrate, remember and get inspired by one’s achievements.