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The Tiger Woods/Ping putter grip romance finally has the write-up it deserves

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Tiger Woods, as we know, is a creature of habit. He’s a stubborn, dig-the-heels-of-his-Nike-Air-Zoom-T71-golf-shoes-into-the-ground kind of guy. 14 times a major champion, he knows what works and is consequently extremely particular when it comes to his golf equipment.

TW equipment testing anecdotes are legion–remember the one about the series of Nike drivers, one different in weight to the tune of a nickel’s heft, and Woods felt the difference immediately. We have a few new tales from Golf Digest and PGA Tour observations as Woods tested new TaylorMade woods and tried to work out the kinks with the new prototype blades the company is tailoring to his specs.

Anyway, back to Tiger the Particular. Let’s get right to it: You’ve gotta read Michael Bamberger’s missive on Tiger Woods’ loyalty to a single model of putter grip throughout his career: the Ping PP58 “Blackout” grip.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – NOVEMBER 30: Tiger Woods of the United States lines up a putt on the second green during the first round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, Bahamas on November 30, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Here are a couple of the most interesting passages.

“But the grip on his game-day putter has always been (as best as can be observed) a PP58, designed by Karsten Solheim, with artwork (Mr. Ping) by his son John and manufactured by Golf Pride, the first company to make rubber grips. The PP58 is a blend of natural and synthetic rubber and natural rubber, when exposed to the sun, can quickly get slick, and it is likely that Woods switches out his grip with some regularity. In other words, a PP58 comes off and a new one comes on.”

Bamberger also points out an interesting phenomenon: Though plenty of golfers copy Woods’ putting and putter, few use the same grip.

“There are scores of players, on tours all over the world, who use putters modeled on the old Anser 2. There are hundred of players trying to copy Tiger’s circa 1997 stroke. (Stan Utley teaches it.) But Tiger pretty much has the PP58 grip all himself. When his supply runs low, somebody from his team — not Woods himself — contacts somebody at the Ping Tour trailer, or the Ping Tour office in Phoenix, and asks for a new batch.”

Again, you’ll definitely want to read the whole piece, but it’s always interesting to examine top players’ equipment, and even more so when they’ve clung to a particular item for most of their careers.

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  1. Tom

    Jan 29, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Ping PP58 was previously known as the Golf Pride Traction Action.

  2. Brando

    Jan 26, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Ping was the most popular putter in the 1990s and the pingman grip is what came on the majority of thoes putters is the reason many players from the 1990s still use the grip. Tiger copied from Greg Norman when he was #1 Greg used a anser 2 putter with the pingman grip as did Tiger. Both used the original Cobra 9 degree deep face driver as well Greg probably first with a tour velvet cord grip. Watch Norman in his prime in the 1990s TWs swing looks very similar in the late 90s. Pingman It’s a great grip no reason not to use one perfact thickness and taper to it in my opinion.

  3. Joe

    Jan 26, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Just need to sand the grip a little and it will get rubbery again. No need to replace it, or at least not regularly.

  4. Progolfer

    Jan 26, 2018 at 10:36 am

    So, pretty cool story:

    I’m a playing professional and am sponsored by Ping. One day while I was testing some new clubs at the headquarters in Phoenix, I saw a bunch of those Ping PP58 grips sitting on a desk, and joked, “Those must be for Tiger…” The guy I was working with said, “Actually, they are!” Apparently, Tiger orders a couple dozen at a time and goes through 50+ of those grips a year. He’s so loyal to those grips, that he switches them out just about every week because they get slick quickly (just as the article says). Just another case of how meticulous Tiger is!

    • manny

      Jan 26, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Tigger is a ‘feel’ golfer with the feel all in the hands. Ask his many squeezes ..:-o

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