Ping’s 2021 putter line includes traditional and newer putter designs designed to offer multiple options for each type of stroke. With an emphasis on fit, Ping has taken great care in the line to optimize each model with different mixes of materials and technologies best suited to each head shape.
Ping VP of Engineering Paul Wood told us that over 70% of golfers prefer softer inserts / fingerboards, so the company was determined to offer a full line of insert style putters to complement the solid-faced Heppler range. The goal of developing the insert for the 2021 line was to create a successor to the Sigma 2 line that offered a similar smooth feel with performance enhancing technology and new designs.
Ping engineers continue to use a dual durometer insert that is softer on short putts and firmer on longer shots. Wood indicated that the uniform, shallow groove technology (formerly known internally as the Bubba Watson Groove due to its early involvement) came directly from feedback from professionals on the circuit with a focus on optimizing the perception of the player more than anything that had to do with physics.
In addition to the dual durometer insert, Wood said the other key to the 2021 lineup is that each putter uses multiple metals that have been selected based on the shape of the head. “Each putter in the line has a combination of heavier and lighter materials positioned to maximize stability and maintain a low center of mass,” said Wood. For example, blade putters use steel with tungsten around the perimeter for greater stability. However, this formula would be too heavy in larger mallet putters, such as the Harwood, which has an aluminum body with tungsten inserts.
Finally, in terms of technology across the line, Wood told us that there are four main ways for players to line up the ball: the top rail, a long center alignment, ball framing lines, and an alignment feature that directly meets the ball. Down the line, there’s something for everyone and each model focuses on one or two of these main alignment styles to make alignment easier.
Speaking on the 2021 line, John K. Solheim, the chairman of Ping said
“We have designed many scoring technologies in the 2021 putter lineup based on extensive research and feedback from players on the tour. All models are developed with a higher MOI through the strategic use of a variety of materials including tungsten, steel and aluminum to deliver the forgiveness and precision golfers expect from a Ping putter. The dual hardness insert features uniform, shallow grooves to give golfers a smooth, responsive feel for more consistent distance control with the precise feel they need to punch more putts.
Ping 2021 Putters: Models