AUGUSTA, Ga. — It is clearly the age of adjustability in golf clubs, yet no other major equipment manufacturer besides Ping is selling adjustable-length putters to consumers. Ping is promoting its new adjustable Scottsdale TR line, in which the putter length can be changed between 31 and 38 inches.
TR stands for True Roll, and Ping is using variable depth grooves to increase the rollout on putts that are hit off-center. Hitting putts solidly can be difficult, particularly on long putts, so Ping searched for a solution. Here’s what the company came up with: Deeper grooves in the center and shallower groves toward the heel and toe, designed to equalize ball speeds and enhance distance control.
A dozen different TR blade and mallet models are available. At the Masters, four Ping staff members showed up with putters belonging to the TR family.
The four Ping players and their putters: Angel Cabrera (Shea H model, 37 inches), Hunter Mahan (ZBS, 34.5), Louis Oosthuizen (ZBS, 33) and Lee Westwood (Anser 2B, 38).
Before the tournament started, Oosthuizen switched from the TR version of the ZBS to the original ZBS. Still, Ping representatives were pleased with three TR putters in the field.
Westwood’s putter had a heavier head and was counterbalanced with additional weight in the grip area, similar to the setup used by Cabrera when he won the 2009 Masters.
The Scottsdale TR putters are available in adjustable and non-adjustable versions. The retail cost is $149.99 for the non-adjustable putter and $179.99 for the adjustable TR.
The putter length is altered with a small wrench. It takes a little practice to master this procedure, although most golfers probably will change it once and leave it.