As I understand it, from contacts to PING, Jim Wells was for many, many years, the man who "built" the putters for PING staff Tour players.
The putters at some point in time started being stamped with a serial number, all starting with 'JW' to designate Jim Wells, the production year, then the putter specific code for player specs etc.
There are reports that these putters are "PING property" and if sent back will be kept however I haven't had that verified by PING people to say with certainty.
At some point in the circle of life PING changed from stamping the face wth the serial number to a laser etch like mine is. Mine begins with JW15... which would mean a 2015 production.
It's reported that at some point in time Mr Wells either retired, or semi-retired, or changed positions within PING but would still do putters for certain players or PING VIPs by request.
At any rate, in a nutshell, it's very hard to confirm a true PING "tour" club most of the time.
A putter with a JW prefix' serial number is basically a guarantee.
I like this one because it's a 2015 production but uses the old head shape, appearance, and style. Maybe it's available that way via WRX, I don't know. The price would've been the same probably going through them and this one is an authentic Jim Wells creation.
Blah blah blah. Lol.
Edited by dan360, 24 July 2017 - 07:14 PM.