16 oktober 2018 10:15

PING introduces Sigma 2 putters with dual-durometer face and adjustable-length shaft

Forside UDSTYR PING introduces Sigma 2 putters with dual-durometer face and adjustable-length shaft
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With a focus on a softer feel and lively response through multi-layer face technology, and a newly designed adjustable-length shaft, PING today introduced the Sigma 2 putter series. Available in 10 options, including the new, highly stable Fetch model that is designed with a golf-ball-pickup feature, the new putters are available for pre-order beginning today at authorised PING golf shops around the world.

“The Sigma 2 putters are engineered to bring a new level of performance and excitement to our putter line,” said John K. Solheim, PING President. “As we do with every product, we combined our extensive technical knowledge gathered over our nearly 60-year history with the needs of the everyday golfer. In the Sigma 2, along with the new face design that’s both very soft and responsive, this approach includes providing golfers the ability to customise their shaft length by introducing a simple and intuitive adjustable-shaft-length technology that is a standard feature of every putter in the line. Our research indicates 8 out of 10 golfers are playing the wrong-length putters and losing strokes as a result. That’s a staggering statistic to us and one we’ve made easy for golfers to solve with the Sigma 2. Golfers will see significant improvement in their putting consistency if they use a putter length customised to their game.”

Dual-Durometer Face

The soft, responsive feel in the Sigma 2 putters is the result of an innovative dual-durometer PEBAX face material. The softer front layer ensures the precision necessary for shorter, delicate must-makes. The firmer back layer offers the solid feedback and distance control required for holing longer-range putts and improving overall consistency. Touch and pace are further improved with PING’s patented TR face pattern, which varies in depth and pitch to speed up off-centre impacts for consistent ball speeds.

“Feel is difficult to quantify as there are a lot of opinions and preferences about how a putter should feel,” said Solheim. “The Sigma 2 has a very soft feel with a lively response, similar to a solid-face putter. It is designed for the golfer who prefers a putter on the softer side of the spectrum but with the response of a firm face, including more consistency on longer putts. By combining the two hardnesses of the PEBAX material and utilising our TR face pattern, we’re providing a feel preference that appeals to a large segment of golfers while delivering the consistency golfers need to improve their ‘strokes gained: putting’ results.”

USGA-Conforming, Adjustable-Length Shaft

The adjustable-length shaft is lightweight, easy to use and sleekly concealed beneath the grip, allowing golfers to customise length between 32″ and 36″ to fit their stroke and posture. The process is quick and intuitive through the use of an adjustment tool that inserts into the top of the grip. One full turn causes approximately a ¼” adjustment up or down, and the grip remains perfectly aligned during the adjustment process.

“The adjustable shaft is just a really cool technology,” said Solheim. “Our engineers took a very complex technical challenge and simplified it for the benefit of golfers. It allows you to experiment with various lengths and ultimately self-fit yourself. You’re no longer limited to a specific length measurement. You simply adjust it until you’re comfortable, ideally with your eyes directly over the ball. We call it ‘invisible’ technology but once you customise it to your length, the results will be very clear on your scorecard.”

PING Pistol Grip Options

Three proprietary PING grip designs allow golfers to dial in their optimal fit and feel. Listed from smallest to largest diameter: The PP60 is midsize and lightweight, designed to fit the contours of the hands with flats on the top and sides. Slightly heavier, the PP61 has an exaggerated pistol shape and is inspired by the popular PP58 grip. The PP62, while still lightweight, has a larger, more rounded shape to promote quieter hands.

Putter Model Descriptions

Anser

The Anser is the model with the most wins in PGA Tour history, and its newest iteration has the traditional heel-toe ballasts that boost MOI, plus pleasing contours, a clean top rail and simple alignment line. The blade design and medium head weight make this putter proficient from any distance. The mid-hang balance targets players with a moderate rotation in their stroke, and thus fits a large percentage of golfers.

Putter Type: Blade

Finish: Platinum or Stealth

Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32″ to 36″ range

Head Weight: 350g

Stroke Type: Slight Arc

Lie Angle: 20° ±4°

Loft: 3° ±2°

RRP 1799 Dk

ZB 2

The ZB with a modern twist. The deeper centre cavity and heel-toe weighting increase moment of inertia by more than 25% in this new model and make it as forgiving as an Anser. The heel-shafted weighting is engineered to fit players with more rotation in their stroke and those who have a pull tendency. This putter’s blade design and medium head weight provide versatility from anywhere on the green.

Putter Type: Blade

Finish: Platinum

Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32″ to 36″ range

Head Weight: 350g

Stroke Type: Strong Arc

Lie Angle: 20° ±4°

Loft: 3° ±2°

RRP 1799 Dk

Arna

Inspired by the timeless design of the Anser, this mid-mallet model features a flow-style hosel that complements the head’s soft arc shape and compact profile. The 360-gram head weight ensures stability on shorter putts while offering distance control on lag putts. The mid-hang balance fits golfers with a moderate rotation in their stroke.

Putter Type: Mid-Mallet

Finish: Stealth

Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32″ to 36″ range

Head Weight: 360g

Stroke Type: Slight Arc

Lie Angle: 20° ±4°

Loft: 3° ±2°

RRP 1799 Dk

Kushin C

This centre-shafted model with added emphasis to the toe and heel ballasts will appeal to golfers drawn to the visual symmetry and stability of a face-balanced design. Prominent ball-width alignment features and micro-lines on the centre cavity allow for easy alignment. The 360-gram weight and centre-shaft design keep the head very stable on short putts in particular. The face-balanced design is optimised for players with very little rotation in their stroke or a push tendency.

Putter Type: Mid-Mallet

Finish: Platinum

Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32″ to 36″ range

Head Weight: 360g

Stroke Type: Straight

Lie Angle: 20° ±4°

Loft: 3° ±2°

RRP 1799 Dk

Fetch

A distinctive golf-ball-size centre hole in this new design allows you to pick up the ball or remove it from the cup with the putter head and not have to bend down. This circular shape allows for efficient perimeter weighting, creating an extremely high MOI for a putter its size. Its 365-gram head is extremely stable on shorter putts. The face-balanced design works well with players who have little rotation in their stroke or a tendency to push putts.

Putter Type: Mallet

Finish: Platinum

Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32″ to 36″ range

Head Weight: 365g

Stroke Type: Straight

Lie Angle: 20° ±2°

Loft: 3° ±2°

RRP 1799 Dk

Tyne

Boasts a PGA Tour-winning design, back by popular demand for its stability and ease of alignment. New micro-lines visible from address provide added texture and a contrast that amplifies the ball-framing and parallel alignment. The 365-gram head stays extremely stable on short putts and delivers ample feel for longer attempts. The Tyne can be custom built as face-balanced or mid-hang to be optimised for straight or slight-arc stroke types.

Putter Type: Mallet

Finish: Stealth

Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32″ to 36″ range

Head Weight: 365g

Stroke Types: Straight, Slight Arc

Lie Angle: 20° ±2°

Loft: 3° ±2°

RRP 1799 Dk

Tyne 4

The stability and ease of alignment of the original Tyne are re-created in this heel-shafted version. The heavier 370-gram head is optimised for a smoother stroke tempo and designed to improve consistency, especially on shorter putts. The short hosel offers a distinctive – and popular – look at address, and the heel-shafted balance is particularly effective for golfers with more rotation in their stroke or a pull tendency.

Putter Type: Mallet

Finish: Platinum

Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32″ to 36″ range

Head Weight: 370g

Stroke Type: Strong Arc

Lie Angle: 20° ±4°

Loft: 3° ±2°

RRP 1799 Dk

Wolverine H

Its angular shape combines with ball-shape geometries and a long alignment line to simplify aiming for improved accuracy. To promote consistency, the heavier 370-gram mallet head provides a very high moment of inertia for extreme forgiveness, especially on shorter putts. The mid-hang balance ensures better all-round performance for a wide range of golfers.

Putter Type: Mallet

Finish: Stealth

Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32″ to 36″ range

Head Weight: 370g

Stroke Type: Slight Arc

Lie Angle: 20° ±4°

Loft: 3° ±2°

RRP 1799 Dk

Valor

A new model, this high-MOI mallet features a uniquely designed heel-toe ballast profile that contributes to its incredible stability and ease of aiming, with help from a long, contrasting alignment line. On shorter putts in particular, the added stability of the heavier 365-gram design offers a big performance advantage. This putter can be custom-built as either a face-balanced or mid-hang design to be optimized for golfers with almost any stroke type.

Putter Type: Mallet

Finish: Stealth

Adjustable-Length Shaft: 32″ to 36″ range

Head Weight: 365g

Stroke Types: Straight, Slight Arc

Lie Angle: 20° ±2°

Loft: 3° ±2°

RRP 1799 Dk