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Ping pays homage to roots

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Ping's 1A patent drawing adorns the commemorative putter cover. [Photo: Ping]

Not many golf companies can claim being in business for 60 years. So it’s a testament to adaptability and ingenuity that Ping celebrates its 60th birthday in 2019.
As part of a year-long celebration, Ping is offering its Patent Drawing putter cover that was designed by the company’s soft goods team. The cover features a drawing of the 1A putter.
"It’s a fun way to acknowledge our heritage and the numerous innovations Karsten Solheim brought to golf,” said Pete Samuels, Ping’s director of marketing communications. "The Ping 1A putter is what started the company and was the first patent Karsten received of the hundreds now owned by Ping. Besides proving the benefits of heel-toe weighting, the 1A was the source of the company name due to the ping-ing sound it made when Karsten first struck a putt with it.”
COMING TO A TOUR STOP NEAR YOU
Stealing a page from Formula 1, TaylorMade on Wednesday unveiled its revamped Tour truck that will debut at the Masters in a few weeks.
"With our new truck, the company has made a definitive statement that serves as yet another example of our ongoing commitment and dedication to the best players in the world," said Keith Sbarbaro, vice president, tour operations. "It’s a place they can not only come to have their equipment built, but a place they can come hang out and truly feel like part of the TaylorMade family.”
The truck, whose predecessor logged more than 400,000 miles and was about a decade old, features a second level for meeting space, 12 individual player lockers, four 4K HDR televisions and a two-zone sound system. And that does not include the workshop, which will have multiple loft/lie machines, shaft cutters and a dedicated gripping station.
TaylorMade Tour Truck By The Numbers
44,000: weight in pounds
35,000: estimated travel miles in first full year on the PGA Tour
1,500: shafts
1,200: TP5 & TP5x golf balls
1,000: grips
700: TaylorMade clubheads
500: hats & t-shirts

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The company's new tour truck is patterned after those used on the Formula 1 circuit and features a second level for meeting space. [Photo: TaylorMade Golf]

COBRA GOLF INTRODUCES NEW KING 
If there is a first, good chances there will be a second. 
This week Cobra Golf took the first step in new technology by unveiling the new King MIM wedges, which offer a metal-injection-molded (hence the name) 304 stainless steel head construction. The way the wedges are built reduces the amount of post-process polishing often needed for forged wedges.
A 304 stainless steel metal powder is heated to a higher temperature than forging and injected into a mold that creates a more consistent grain structure than forged and cast wedges. The wedges are then polished robotically to exact specs. Since the human element is removed from the process, there is no variance in head weight and thickness.
Another attractive feature is the circular milling pattern that maximizes spin on softer shots where the ball doesn’t go as deep into the grooves.
The wedges will be available on April 12 with a retail price of $149. They will be offered in 50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 degree lofts and come with a black Golf Pride Tour Velvet Connect grip and an aftermarket KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 shaft.

NOTES AND NUMBERS
Odyssey putters have been out in force at the WGC-Match Play with 28 in play (nearly 44 percent of the field) — twice as many as its nearest competitor.

Burton’s ULT Carry Bag has been selected as the No. 1 Sunday Bag for 2019 MyGolfSpy, an independent data-driven company.
 For the 11th event out of the 13 played on the PGA Tour in 2019, Titleist has been the top driver choice of more players than any other. The Titleist TS3 has been the most played individual model during that stretch with 306.


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