Ping director of engineering Brad Schweigert says that company technicians spent a great deal of time the past few years studying putter head shapes and the different ways they could enable players to better align their putts. “One common theme that arose through all our research was that people wanted something simpler in shape and something with a long sight line extending up to the leading edge of the putter to help them line up,” he says.
The result of those efforts was the Ping Nome putter, which features a black alignment bar and a contrasting white sightline. And the club got instant validation earlier this season on the PGA Tour when Hunter Mahan won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship using a Nome, one week before Ping was set to officially begin offering the putter to the public.
“It felt great immediately, and it gave me a lot of confidence, so I could just trust my aim and stroke the ball freely,” said Mahan, who drained 35 birdies over six matches to secure his win. “Long putts, big-breaking putts, I felt like I could make just about any putt I looked at.”
While the alignment story of the Nome may be the one that resonates most powerfully with players, Schweigert says the putter has other notable attributes.
“It is designed to be extremely forgiving, thanks to a lightweight, high-grade aluminum frame boasting tungsten sole weighting that optimizes the Center of Gravity position and elevates the Moment of Inertia,” he says. In addition, Schweigert says, the club is available in three different shaft bends to fit Straight, Slight Arc or Strong Arc putting strokes. He is quick to add that players can determine their stroke types using the iPing Fit feature on the club maker’s new iPing putter app.
Precision milled and finished with a durable nano nickel coating, the Nome comes in a standard version that weighs 355 grams, as well as a belly version that tips the scales at 405 grams and features a USGA-approved adjustable-length shaft for better fit. A long version is due to be released this summer.