Golf News – April 4, 2017

Ping Introduces Limited-Edition Camo Design PLD2 putters

PHOENIX (April 3, 2017) – Merging an innovative graphic application process with high-performance heads precision-milled at PING, the company today introduced two visually striking PLD2 putters – the Camo Ketsch Realtree Xtra®, and the Camo Ketsch Muddy Girl®. Both limited-edition models are PING Putting Lab Design (PLD) originals and part of the lab’s efforts to advance new putter design, technology and engineering concepts.

“The first thing that grabs you is the incredible detail of the camo design that makes these putters distinctive in the marketplace,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “We chose the award-winning Ketsch for this project because of its popularity with golfers and its unique geometry. Using a proprietary Permodize® anodized sealing process, we apply the multi-colored camo graphic to the milled 6061 aluminum head. The graphic permeates the material with vibrant and rich detail while creating an extremely hard, durable shell. The results are two putters that look amazing, perform great, and showcase our commitment to manufacturing innovations.”

Contrasting sightlines make the Ketsch easy to aim, and 17-4 stainless steel sole weights yield a low center of gravity for faster forward roll and exceptional stability. The patented TR face technology ensures speed control across the face. Both the Realtree Xtra and Muddy Girl models are milled from 6061 aluminum at PING in Phoenix to ensure the precise engineering detail of the Ketsch design. The stainless steel sole plate undergoes a nitriding finishing process, commonly used in the aerospace industry, which diffuses nitrogen onto the surface of the metal to harden the surface. The stepless shaft has a brushed, non-glare finish that eliminates reflections and further distinguishes the look of both putters.

“The complex geometry of the Ketsch model really challenged us to execute the process to its fullest extent,” Solheim said. “We achieved unmatched image quality that would be impossible to replicate with other manufacturing methods. This type of technology has functional and decorative applications that we look forward to utilizing in the future.”

The PLD2 Camo Ketsch Realtree Xtra and Camo Ketsch Muddy Girl putters are available for pre-order beginning today at PING Authorized golf shops. U.S. MSRP is $325.00.

Cleveland Golf Releases 3 New Huntington Beach Putters

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – April 4, 2017 – CLEVELAND GOLF®, focused on Where Scoring Mattersand a global leader in wedge innovation since 1979, is proud to introduce three new Huntington Beach Collection putter models: the 3, the 6C and the 10. The new models officially launch on Friday, April 14, 2017.

The Cleveland Golf Huntington Beach Collection is a line of milled putters with technology designed to deliver more consistent putting performance. Inspired by the beautiful setting of Cleveland Golf’s North America headquarters, these putters feature the classic designs that have been revered for generations with modern innovations that can help any golfer improve their scoring.

Golfers around the world have discovered the incredible performance and value of the Huntington Beach Collection. The 1, 4 and 6 models, which launched in September 2016, have garnered impressive accolades from many major golf media outlets. Golf Digest awarded a 2017 Hot List Gold Medal and 5 stars for “Performance”, right in line with a review from one particular Hot List tester: “Whatever they’re charging, they should charge more. It’s that good.”

The new Cleveland Golf Huntington Beach Collection 3, 6C and 10 putter models feature tour-proven shapes and are made from soft 304 stainless steel, which promotes a softer feel at impact. The Precision Milled Face has a coarse, diamond-shaped pattern that is four times deeper than the previous generation, according to Cleveland Golf testing. The face promotes more friction at impact, which enhances feel and helps produce a more consistent roll.

The Huntington Beach Collection 3, 6C and 10 putter models are available in right-handed 33”, 34” and 35” length options with a Midsize Blue grip. Huntington Beach Collection putters are available at $99.99 MAP each, and the oversized WinnPro X grip is available at a $10.00 MAP upcharge.

New Releases Masters Apparel Scripting

Two key apparel technologies will help to keep the 13 Nike athletes who are competing in this year’s first major championship cool and comfortable throughout an entire round of golf: Aeroreact, a responsive lightweight fabric that is uniquely engineered to adapt to changes in an athlete’s temperature, and Zonal Cooling, which provides optimal breathability where the body produces the most heat.

As for shoes, Rory McIlroy will wear the Nike Lunar Control Vapor, including a new PE on Sunday. For his first major tournament as a Nike athlete, Jason Day will compete in Air Zoom TW 71 PEs during all four days of the tournament.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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