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Ping is coming out with a new book: “And The Putter Went…PING”

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Available starting May 1, Ping’s new book, And The Putter Went…PING, goes behind the scenes of one of golf’s most popular equipment brands. It offers a comprehensive dive into the rich history of the company, which started in the garage of Karsten Solheim in 1959, and its technological advancements throughout the years.

Written by Jeffrey B. Ellis — author of The Clubmaker’s Art: Antique Golf Clubs and Their History — the 530-page book has 16 chapters, as well as a foreword written by John A Solheim, the youngest child of Karsten, and an afterword written by John K. Solheim, John A.’s oldest son and the current president of Ping.

The book was written over 4.5 years and has contributions from current and former Ping employees, friends of the company, golf professionals and industry leaders, according to a Ping press release, and more than 70 people were interviewed. Among the topics covered in the book are the birth of the company, the original Ping 1A putter, the reasoning behind the “Ping” name, early obstacles the company faced, the Eye2 irons, an in-depth look at the invention of the Anser putter, the “square groove” controversy of the 1980’s, the company’s Color Code Chart and custom fitting process, and more.

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“We’ve shared a lot of personal stories and recalled many special memories dating back to the early days in our garage and leading up to the company we are today,” John A. Solheim, PING Chairman and CEO said in a press release. “Our family and employees have been very fortunate to be part of the golf industry for nearly 60 years. The book is a reflection of our never-ending commitment to making golf more enjoyable, and a tribute to all the golfers who have relied on PING products to play their best. We wouldn’t have a story like this without their belief in our products and processes.”

The book will sell for $100 at Ping’s headquarters in Phoenix, at authorized Ping retailers and online here. A limited-edition version with “padded leather binding and glided edges” will sell for $300.

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  1. Jerry

    May 3, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I look forward to picking up a copy at Half Price Books in a few years. 🙂

  2. Rano

    Apr 26, 2017 at 4:56 am

    The price seems ridiculous but is actually in keeping with this sort of thing. Luxury watch manufacturers have been doing the same thing for years.

  3. chinchbugs

    Apr 25, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Headcover (dust jacket) not included…

  4. iShankEveryArticle

    Apr 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Was wondering why people were shanking this article…until I saw the $100. Get out of here.

  5. ooffa

    Apr 25, 2017 at 6:21 am

    WOW!, you are just shot out. Angry much dude?

    • ooffa

      Apr 26, 2017 at 8:06 am

      My point was that you seem shot out and angry.

  6. ooffa

    Apr 25, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Vanity Project. Just a company brochure on steroids.

  7. Mat

    Apr 24, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Along with everyone else, $100 is too much. It’s a $50 book.

  8. Rich Douglas

    Apr 24, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Hundred bucks? Seriously. Are you people TRYING TO KEEP THIS A SECRET?

    I’d be interested in an insider’s perspective of Ping and Karsten, but would be worried it would just be a self-congratulatory love letter. At this vanity price, you can be assured of that. Too bad.

  9. Bryan

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Price is insane. If it was under $40, I’d get one right now.

  10. BIG STU

    Apr 24, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    My sentiments exactly $100 for a book? Someone is out of their mind

  11. RH

    Apr 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Interested in the book but the $100.00 price tag is downright offensive. Its a d damn book!

  12. Give Me a Break

    Apr 24, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I was super interested in reading this book until I saw the $100 price tag. ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!?!? SHANK!!!

    • jimjim

      Apr 25, 2017 at 11:58 am

      but what if it had a tour issue serial number?

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event

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As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

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Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

Check out our photos from the event below!

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