The company was founded in California and is now based in Phoenix, Arizona. It sells clubs in more than 70 countries worldwide.
PING was founded by Karsten Solheim in 1959. Solheim, who was born in Norway but settled in the United States, worked as a mechanical engineer in both the computer and aerospace industries.
An amateur golfer, Solheim was frustrated with his own putting and decided to design a putter that made a "ping" sound when the ball was struck correctly. Solheim designed the first PING putter--the 1A--in his garage.
Two years after he designed his first putter, Solheim moved his family to Arizona to further his club design business. In 1966, Solheim introduced the PING Anser putter, which proved to be one of the most successful putter designs in history.
In the 1970s, Karsten Manufacturing and PING putters began to become accepted by touring professionals. By 1988, the winners of all four major tournaments used PING putters.