PING Golf Apparel A/W 2018 Review

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The Autumn/Winter 2018 collection from PING brings a wide selection of outerwear.  Tremendous on-course/off-course versatility.

Introduction

Over the last two years, PING has become my favorite apparel company.  I didn’t realize how true this statement was until I went into my closet recently and found that 80% of my golf shirts are PING.  With the A/W 2018 collection, PING is looking to take over my outerwear as well.

Style

The Spring/Summer 2018 Collection had a big color story with lots of bright shirts.  With the A/W collection being focus on outerwear, the color palette is more muted and the style is more subtle.

PING’s Caldern pullover is a great example of subtle style upgrades.  Where most pullovers are solid, PING uses a heathered texture on the body and solid sleeves.  It’s still a versatile, understated piece, but it’s not boring.

PING is also stretching their wings into more luxurious pieces like the PAX zip-up, shown above.  This is a merino wool top that is my favorite piece in the collection.  It feels great on – soft and warm – but also has the technical moisture management that makes it a performance piece.

Fit

PING has maintained the sizing they adopted in their Spring/Summer collection, effectively sizing everything up.  Where I typically wear a medium or large shirt, I wear a small in PING at 6 feet, 195 pounds.  The cut of the shirts is athletic but not skinny.

I’ve highlighted the sleeve of the outerwear above because it’s one of my favorite features.  PING uses a thin band of elastic around the wrist and a little stretch in the sleeve to keep things in place.  It’s a “just right” detail because there’s enough elastic to keep the sleeve in place, but not so much that you can’t comfortably roll it up when the sun peeks out.

Performance

Since their very first collection, PING has shown that they understand the important of movement.  Their shirts and outerwear have always had the necessary stretch to accommodate even the biggest swings.

Where PING has poured their focus in the 2018 A/W collection is warmth and options.  With numerous pullovers and zip-ups, you can keep golfing well into fall with exactly the feel you want.  If you like a thicker, sweater-like pullover, the Caldern is ideal.  It’s soft inside and out and offers some water resistance.

For players that prefer zip-ups, there are two Norse Primaloft options.  Above, you see the Norse Primaloft Zoned jacket.  This has a light, smooth feel on the interior and quilting that wraps the upper torso.  The warmth-to-bulk ratio is outstanding.  If you prefer a fuzzy, fleece feeling, the Norse Primaloft Fleece, below, is for you.  It’s equally warm and has a cozier interior against your skin.

Conclusion

If you’re looking to extend your golf season, the latest collection from PING is guaranteed to impress.  What’s more, it will likely send some of your current outerwear to the Goodwill box.  PING has done a great job transferring the mobility of their shirts to their jackets and adding warmth without bulk.

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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7 Comments

  1. Modeling career in your future????

  2. Thanks for the review Matt. Can I ask where you can purchase Ping apparel? I can’t seem to find anything online except prior season Ping apparel with their old sizing (really slim). The Ping site doesn’t seem to have much selection either. The UK websites seem to have a great selection.

  3. Matt, it used to be if one wore a L in Nike, one would get an XL in Ping. Regarding the current Ping lineup, from your experience, you’re saying it’s now a L in Nike would purchase a M in Ping? Thanks.

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