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Equipment Report
  • PING adds Ketsch to 2014 putter line

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

ORLANDO — PING has been known to release additional putter models throughout the year following a major release. Case in point: the Nome TR (True Roll) Harris English used to win the FedEx St Jude Classic was released after the 2013 Scottsdale TR putter line at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Sticking to a similar plan, PING announced the release of a Karsten TR at the beginning of the year and followed it up with another model at the PGA Merchandise Show called Ketsch.

Made from C805-aluminum, the putter features a 17-4 stainless steel weight in the sole that boosts MOI by moving the CG low and back in the head, enhancing forgiveness.

Three white, contrasting lines were also added to the crown that, according to John A. Solheim, PING's chairman & CEO, work hand-and-hand with the mallet-style head to promote consistent alignment.

“What really stands out about the Ketsch is the captured look it provides at address, inspiring confidence and promoting a consistent stroke, the key to holing more putts,” said Solheim. “It has three white, contrasting alignment aids extending from the top of the matte-black crown. The center line runs all the way to the back to make aiming easy. Our research shows that the head shape promotes extremely consistent alignment for the majority of golfers. Those factors, combined with our revolutionary variable-depth grooves and a high MOI, will help golfers putt more consistently.”

Similar to the Karsten TR line, PING's variable-depth groove technology was milled directly into the face and ensures consistent speed and rollout whether the ball is struck on the center of the face or towards the heel or toe.

Ketsch comes in three different shaft bends — Straight, Slight Arc and Strong Arc — and retails for $220 with a standard-length 35-inch shaft. An adjustable-shaft version — the shaft can adjust between 31 and 38 inches — will cost $255.