The History of Ping Golf Clubs

By John Wagner

Ping is a company that manufactures high-quality golf equipment. They make golf clubs, golf bags, gloves and apparel. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, the company is one of the leading innovators of golf equipment. Ping is celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2009.


Karsten Solheim started the company in his garage in Redwood City, California. He built his first putter in 1959, and noticed that it made a "ping" sound when it struck the ball. The name of his company was inspired by that moment. In 1962, a Ping putter was used to win a PGA Tour event for the first time. Since then, Ping equipment has been a part of over 2,000 professional wins as of 2009.


In 1972, Ping was the first company to come out with a color-code fitting system for their clubs. The colored dot on each Ping club tells the customer the lie angle of the club. With this system, golfers could now buy clubs that fit their height and swing.


Ping was the innovator of perimeter-weighted golf clubs. By moving weight towards the toe and heel of the golf club, Ping expanded the club's sweet spot. Golfers could now get good results from off-center hits. Club companies today are still using this design.

Golf Clubs

The Anser is the most popular putter Ping has designed. It has been used in over 500 professional golf wins. The Anser was designed with an offset hosel to give golfers a clear view of the putter face. In 1982, Ping developed the Ping Eye 2 irons, which have been the best-selling irons in its history. Designed with square groove technology, the Ping Eye 2 irons impart more spin on the ball. In 2009, Ping is promoting its release of the G15 driver and irons. The G 15 irons are designed with a lower center of gravity, which allows golfers to hit the ball higher.

A Family Business

Karsten Solheim remained the figurehead of the company for 40 years. With his passing in 2000, Karsten's youngest son, John Solheim, took over as Chairman and CEO of the company. Karsten's grandson also works for the company as vice-president of engineering.

About The Author

John Wagner is a certified golf instructor and professional golfer with over eight years of experience. As a certified GolfTEC and Chuck Cook golf instructor, he has given over 3,000 golf lessons. John writes for and has over 40 articles published.


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