Taking inspiration from its legendary Gold Putter Vault and long-held reputation as a leader in putter design and manufacturing, PING has introduced its PING Vault series. Four models are designed for golfers seeking a putter engineered to exacting standards and precision-milled to the tightest tolerances.

“The PING Vault Series recognises our unequalled putter success on tour since 1959 and continues our focus to advance the design and process of making putters,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “The precision and craftsmanship in these putters is amazing.  They look great and perform in every respect. The blades are clean and simple while the mallets provide added alignment cues and more stability. With all four models being available in either a Platinum or Slate finish, golfers can easily find one to fit their stroke and eye.”

Two blade designs (Voss and Anser 2) and two new mallet models (Oslo and Bergen) will be available in small quantities beginning August 25th as the company works to increase capacity to meet the high demand. Pre-orders start today at golf shops around the world.

“Since launching the PING Vault putters on tour in June we’ve had considerable interest, which has put our delivery schedule a little behind,” Solheim said. “These putters require a lot of time and precision in the manufacturing process. The higher demand means golfers may have to wait a couple of extra weeks to get one in their bag. It will be well worth the wait.”

Players will experience improved putting touch and speed control with the patented TR face technology, one of the most significant and measurable innovations in putting performance in the last several years. The individually milled face pattern varies in depth and pitch across the face, which speeds up off-centre impacts – ultimately leading to fewer three putts.

The blade models are fully machined from 303 stainless steel forged billets, ensuring the highest quality and precision in design and manufacturing while delivering a tremendous look, feel and sound. The Voss is a new design that features a ball-width cavity and sloped heel-toe weights for precise setup.

“The new Voss has a great look and is incredibly simple and clean,” Solheim said.  “The cavity is exactly ball width so when you set up you’re ready to go. The continued popularity and tour success of the Anser 2 made it an obvious choice to be part of the PING Vault line. It’s a classic design that never goes out of style.”

The bodies of the Oslo and Bergen are milled from 6061 T-6 aluminium on-site in PING’s machine shop where craftsmen oversee every precise detail, including milling of the new TR face technology. The improved stability and roll characteristics result from stainless steel bottom weighting, which boosts MOI and lowers the CG. Both models feature a precision double-bend shaft that can be adjusted to match either a Slight Arc or Straight stroke type.

The Oslo is a simpler mallet with a smaller footprint and lower-level sightline. The Bergen features a raised ball-width crown alignment aid similar to the award-winning Ketsch model.

“The Oslo and Bergen are high-performance designs in the mallet category where we’ve enjoyed great success in recent years with models like the Ketsch,” Solheim said. “They are easy to align and offer tremendous stability due to the extremely high MOI. In addition to a primary sight line, the precise milling lines provide subtle reminders to improve alignment.”

Solheim said the new model names are a tribute to his father, Karsten Solheim, and his home country of Norway. “He was born in Bergen more than 100 years ago. Oslo is the country’s capital and Voss is a beautiful town known for its outdoor activities. We think it’s a nice way to further his legacy.”

The new PING Pistol (PP62) grip is standard on all four models. The Pistol shape fits naturally into the palm and fingertips for more-consistent grip pressure. The lightweight (68g), oversized grip’s soft, tacky polymer construction ensures a comfortable feel.

 

PING Vault Putter Specifications

Voss (Blade)

– 350g, fully machined 303 stainless steel

– Available in Platinum or Slate finish

– PING Pistol 62 grip

– Slight Arc

– 35″ std. length, -3º std. loft, lie angle adjustable +-4º

Anser 2 (Blade)

– 350g, fully machined 303 stainless steel

– Available in Platinum or Slate finish

– PING Pistol 62 grip

– Slight Arc

– 35″ std. length, 3º std. loft, lie angle adjustable +-4º

 Oslo (Mallet)

– 365g, fully machined 6061 T-6 aluminium body/17-4 SS sole plate

– Available in Platinum or Slate finish

– PING Pistol 62 grip

– Slight Arc or Straight

– Double-bend shaft

– 35″ std. length, 3º std. loft, lie angle adjustable +-2º

Bergen (Mallet)

– 365g, fully machined 6061 T-6 aluminium body/17-4 SS sole plate

– Available in Platinum or Slate finish

– PING Pistol 62 grip

– Slight Arc or Straight

– Double-bend shaft

– 35″ std. length, 3º std. loft, lie angle adjustable +-2º

RRP for all models are £275 fixed £299 adjustable

PING www.PING.com

 

FootJoy has launched its biggest and most stylish range of women’s golf shoes, headlined by the stunning emPOWER model favoured by Ladies European Tour star Charley Hull.

Signalling FootJoy’s largest ever investment into the women’s shoes sector, the 2016 range incorporates no fewer than seven models that boast an array of different styles and vibrant colours designed to appeal to the full spectrum of female golfers. Three separate families sit within the new exciting line-up – with a ‘Fun’ category bolstered by the emPOWER and enJoy models, a ‘Function’ line encompassing emBODY, eMerge and D.N.A. shoes, and a ‘Fashion’ range featuring classy Tailored and Casual Collections.

The spikeless emPOWER shoe, which has already been put into play by the 2015 Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year and Solheim Cup star, Hull. Designed with bold athletic styling, emPOWER offers a sensationally comfortable, eye-catching option for women golfers who demand the very highest in performance levels.

The emPOWER’s distinctive look begins with its colour-splashed BreathEasy™ sports mesh  that delivers premium breathability and keeps the golfer’s foot cool throughout the day, whether wearing out on the course or in the clubhouse after the round. There are five different colour options on offer, including the standout Navy/Plum model with Boa, and each shoe comes with a one-year limited waterproof warranty.

As with all women’s shoes in the FJ line, emPower was created specifically to deliver comfortable performance. Developed using the women’s Power Last, emPower offers a rounded, athletic toe character with a generous fit across the forefoot with a slightly narrow heel. A new, soft underfoot foam with EveryStep™ technology and a massaging footbed ensure ultimate comfort throughout the round.

“When we speak with female players during our market research visits, the two most important shoe attributes they request are, almost unanimously, comfort and style,” said Mike Foley, FootJoy’s Director for Footwear Marketing. “The emPOWER shoe was made to address those two attributes head on by combining aggressive, contemporary styling with innovative underfoot comfort features.”

And, in delivering superior grip out on the course, FootJoy has also integrated MaxGrip™ traction pods into the shoe’s outsole to help golfers make more stable swings in a wider range of weather conditions on a variety of terrains.

 

FootJoy www.footjoy.co.uk

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