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Putter Fitting

Putter Fitting

You have to love the look of your putter; our putter designers are no different. So while they engineer the best performance (inertia, feel, sound, roll) into every model, they know the design must catch your eye and instill confidence when you place the putter behind the ball. Our blade-style putters, mallets and mid-mallets are a marriage of art and science.

For the man who founded PING, it should be noted, putting at first was purely performance based. Frustrated on the greens during his first-ever round of golf, Karsten Solheim analyzed the design flaws in his putter and set out to create his own. So resounding was the success of his Anser putter and hundreds of subsequent designs that Karsten created the PING Gold Putter Vault, which today enshrines well over 3,000 glittering, gold-plated PING putters that have won professional tournaments.

The PING Gold Putter Vault

What’s more, part of the PING Proving Grounds is our state-of-the-art PING Putting Lab outfitted with high-tech cameras and sophisticated diagnostic tools for analyzing putting strokes in minute detail. Our resume puts us in a unique position to fit you for a PING putter that has you holing putts with consistency.

Cameron Champ in PING Putting Lab
Master Fitter Jeff Thomas fitting PING staff player Cameron Champ, as Senior Designer Tony Serrano looks on.
Step 1 - Interview Process

Your putter fitting starts with a dialogue to determine your preference in head style (blade, mid mallet, mallet), your miss tendency, the types of greens you play, etc. This is often done as your fitter observes you rolling a few putts.

Step 2 - Static (Biometric) Fitting

We’ll measure your height and wrist-to-floor measurement to determine your static shaft length, which your fitter might adjust depending on whether your posture is upright, standard or crouched. Your initial length recommendation can be determined by using the Putter-Length Chart below.

Putter Length Chart
Putter Length Chart Chart showing the recommended putter length based on a golfer's height and wrist-to-floor measurements. 37” 36 1/2” 36” 35 1/2” 35” 34 1/2” 34” 33 1/2” 33” 32 1/2” 32” 31 1/2” 31” 5’ 0” 5’ 2” 5’ 4” 5’ 6” 5’ 8” 5’ 10” 6’ 0” 6’ 2” 6’ 4” 6’ 6” 6’ 8” Height [ft/in] 150 153 156 162 168 174 180 186 192 198 204 159 165 171 177 183 189 195 201 Height [cm] 41” 31” 30” 33” 34” 35” 36” 37” 38” 39” 40” 32” Wrist-To-Floor [in] 103 100 97 94 91 88 85 82 79 76 73 Wrist-To-Floor [cm]

Step 3 - Determining Stroke Type and Closing Angle

Next, your fitter will observe whether you take the putter back and through on a relatively straight path, on a slight arc, or a strong arc. There’s no right or wrong way to move the putter. You can have a lot of face rotation or a little but it’s important that we marry the putter balance to how you move the handle. PING’s Fit for Stroke concept will improve your consistency by matching you with a model that is balanced to fit your stroke type. Results from hundreds of player tests at PING show that players putt more consistently when their putter balance matches their stroke type.

Putter Stroke Types
Putter Stroke Types Diagram showing how putter strokes can be categorized by the amount of rotation through the impact zone. Rotation Stroke Type < 3.5° Straight 3.5° - 7.5° Slight Arc > 7.5° Strong Arc
Putter Stroke Type is determined by the amount of rotation through the impact area.

The proprietary technology we'll use to recommend the putter best suited for you is iPING 2.0, a guided putter-fitting experience powered by high-frequency linear and rotational sensors, with algorithms optimized by big-data insights from more than 200,000 putting strokes. We’ll recommend the stroke-type model that produces the greatest consistency, which is measured in stroke type, impact angle, tempo, lie angle at impact, and shaft lean at impact. 

Step 4 - Tempo and Putter Head Weight

PING research has also shown a performance correlation between putting-stroke tempo and putter head weight. Players with a quicker tempo tend to perform most consistently with a traditional or lighter putter head weight, while players with a slower tempo perform most consistently with a heavier or counter-balanced putter.

Fitting for Head Weight
Fitting for Head Weight Table showing the recommended putter head weight based on putting tempo and distance tendencies. TEMPO RECOMMENDATION QUICK < 1.8 Recommend optimal head weight standard between 350g-360g MEDIUM 1.8 - 2.2 Recommend optimal head weight between 350g-375g SLOW > 2.2 > Recommend optimal head weight between 365g-380g+

Ping Moments in History

Karsten Appoints JAS President in 1995
John Solheim, Karsten's youngest son, is appointed president of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation. John first began working for his father in their garage in Redwood City, Calif. at age 13.

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