Ping was born in the garage of founder Karsten Solheim, who began building putters in 1959. Fifty years later, Ping had become a $300 million family-owned business employing more than 1,000 workers, according to statistics published in “Family Business” magazine. Ping produces golf clubs for men, women and juniors, and a wide variety of other golf equipment — from clothing to bags.
Drivers and Woods
As of 2012, Ping manufactures six types of drivers: one for “Competition”; four for "Game Improvement" — including one specifically designed for women; and one for "Super Game Improvement." The game improvement drivers all feature high, extreme or maximum forgiveness of mishit shots, according to Ping. The club heads are all made of either titanium or a titanium alloy. Ping produces parallel models of fairway woods. All six feature stainless steel club heads and all are designed to hit from either the fairway or “light rough.” At the time of publication, the company manufactures 3-, 4-, 5- and 7-woods for men, and 3-, 5-, 7- and 9-woods for women.
Irons and Hybrids
Ping has eight groups of irons: “Tour” (one), “Competition” (two), "Super Game Improve" (one), "Game Improve/Competition" (one), "Women's Game/Improve" (one) and "Game/Improve" (two). All the club heads are made chiefly from stainless steel, but the lines designed for better players include tungsten weights in either the toe or the sole to offer forgiveness of mis-hit shots, according to the company. Most lines of men’s irons include 3 through 9, although a 2-iron also is available in the tour line. Some men's lines include pitching, utility, sand and lob wedges; others include only a pitching wedge or a pitching wedge and sand wedge. The women’s line consists of 5 and 6 hybrids, 7-, 8- and 9-irons, and pitching, utility and sand wedges. Ping manufactures both cast and forged club heads. Ping’s hybrids are grouped into four product lines, which the company labels as either “Game Improvement, Competition” or "Game Improvement” clubs. All hybrids feature stainless steel heads and all are designed to play from the fairway, the rough or sand. PING manufactures five hybrids in lofts to equal the following standard clubs: 2-iron/5-wood; 3-iron/7-wood; 4-iron/9-wood; 5-iron; and 6-iron.
Ping has five lines of putters, including one designed for women. Most Ping putters feature stainless steel heads, although an aluminum club head with tungsten weighting is also available. Each Ping putter is designed for a golfer using a specific type of stroke. The shaft label indicates whether the putter is designed for a player using an “arc,” “slight arc” or “strong arc,” according to the company. Ping states that its wedges are all designed for better players, labeling three of its wedge lines as “competition/tour” clubs and one as “game improvement/competition” wedges. The club heads are made of either steel or stainless steel and are lofted from 47 to 64 degrees.
Ping’s three junior club sets are designed for players who are 10 to 11 years old or who stand 54 to 60 inches tall; those 8 to 9 years old (48 to 53 inches in height); and those 6 to 7 years old (42 to 47 inches). The beginner’s set includes a fairway wood, 7-iron, sand wedge and putter, while the set for older juniors features a driver, fairway wood, hybrid, 7-iron, 9-iron, sand wedge and putter.