PING is a family-owned company founded in 1959 in the garage of Karsten Solheim. His frustration with his own putting inspired him to design a putter, which made a “pinging” sound when striking the ball. Today, PING is synonymous with innovation, quality and service in the world of golf.
Karsten Solheim and PING are credited with numerous innovations that have become industry standards, including perimeter weighting, custom fitting and the use of investment casting in the manufacturing of golf clubs. The company’s insistence on adhering to strict engineering principles and tight manufacturing tolerances has raised the level of product performance and quality throughout the golf industry. Solheim, who passed away in 2000, was the first person to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as a golf club manufacturer.
Ping was the first manufacturer to offer high quality cast clubs, which both reduced costs, allowed better quality control for high tech features and set the stage for manufactured fitting.
Ping was also the first to offer factory fitting, via a variety of clubheads in different lies and offsets. Beginning about 1980 Ping began offering their fitting program based on a checklist of the player’s physical characteristics, common problems and distances.