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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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Tiger changes driver-weight settings, shoots even-par 70 at Honda Classic

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After missing the cut by four strokes at the 2018 Genesis Open last week, Tiger Woods is back at it again this week at the Honda Classic; it’s the first time he’s played in back-to-back PGA Tour events since 2015.

Opting for something other than driver off the tee much of the day, Woods made one double bogey, one bogey, and three birdies en route to an even-par 70.

It’s no secret that Woods has been struggling off the tee of late, especially with the driver. He’s hitting just 35 percent of fairways on the year, and he has already made one driver shaft change (going from a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70TX to a Matrix Ozik TP6HDe ahead of the Genesis Open). According to photos on Thursday, it appears Woods has also changed the weight settings in his TaylorMade M3 for a bit more forgiveness and fade-bias (as pictured above). At the Genesis Open and the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods had the M3 driver weights in the forward position, which moves CG (center of gravity) forward and tends to lower spin.

On Thursday, however, Woods hit a slew of long irons and fairway woods off the tee instead of drivers at the 7,100-yard par-70 PGA National… an approach that seemed to work. Well, he hit just 50 percent of the fairways on the day, but that means he’s trending upward.

One of the shots Woods hit with the driver was so far right it was literally laughable… but he managed to make par anyway.

Actually, his double-bogey 7 on the par-5 third hole (his 12th of the day) came after hitting the fairway; he was fumbling on and around the green after hitting his third into a greenside bunker. That blunder aside, three birdies and an even-par round at the always-difficult PGA National leaves Woods currently in T19, obviously well inside the cutline.

Do you think Woods will make the cut? Do you think he can contend to win the tournament?

See the clubs Tiger Woods has in his bag this week at the 2018 Honda Classic.

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 Honda Classic

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion course (par 70: 7,110 yards) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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The field this week is stacked at the top, and it includes defending-champion Rickie Fowler, 2017 FedEx Champion Justin Thomas, four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, and reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who’s making his first PGA Tour start of 2018. Also in the field is Tiger Woods, who committed to play in the event just last week. Woods is coming off a disappointing missed cut at the 2018 Genesis Open.

Last year, Fowler won by four shots over Morgan Hoffmann and Gary Woodland, despite playing his final round in 1-over par.

Check out our photos from the 2018 Honda Classic below!

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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USGA, R&A to roll out new World Handicap System in 2020

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A new handicap system is here, or rather, it will be once the USGA and R&A begin to fully implement the World Handicap System in 2020.

The new system focuses on achieving three main objectives: 1) encouraging as many golfers as possible to maintain a handicap, 2) enabling golfers of different abilities, genders, and nationalities to compete fairly, and 3) determining the score a golfer is reasonably capable of shooting at any particular course anywhere in the world.

Currently there are six handicapping systems worldwide, owing to the existence of six handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.

The six handicapping authorities represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.

Under the new program, the USGA and R&A will oversee the World Handicap System and the governing bodies will be in charge of local administration.

The USGA presents the WHS as a better system that simplifies the existing structures. Not surprisingly, the organization believes the WHS will compel more golfers to maintain a handicap.

“For some time, we’ve heard golfers say, ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,’ or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap,’” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game.”

Davis sees the new system marching arm-in-arm with the revisions to (and simplification of) the Rules of Golf.

“We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernizing golf’s rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play.”

Key features of the WHS include:

  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability.
  • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with “some discretion available for handicapping authorities or national associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction.”
  • A consistent handicap that “is portable” from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA course and slope rating system, already used in more than 80 countries.
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and “factoring in memory of previous demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control.”
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation.
  • A limit of net double bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only).
  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game.

The USGA and R&A conducted quantitative research in 15 countries around the world. 76 percent of the 52,000 respondents voiced their support for a World Handicap System, 22 percent were willing to consider its benefits, and only 2 percent were opposed.

The research also helped model the tenets of the WHS, but, as mentioned, don’t tear up your GHIN cards just yet: We’ve only just begun the two-year transition period prior to the implementation.

To provide feedback to the USGA on the new World Handicap System, golfers can email the USGA at whsfeedback@usga.org, or see usga.org/whs for more info.

Additionally, the USGA created this FAQ.

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