Ping rolls out Nome TR Putter
If a putter is easy to aim and can help you control speed effectively, it should help you hole more putts. To accomplish these two objectives, Ping has combined a popular mallet and a newly-designed face insert to create the Nome TR putter.
In February 2012, Hunter Mahan switched to a Ping Nome putter on the eve of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He went on to win the event and used the putter to win again a few weeks later at the Shell Houston Open.
Then, last fall, the Ping Scottsdale TR ("True Roll") putter family was launched featuring a unique groove insert in the face. According to Ping designers, internal studies showed that deeper grooves slow putts more than shallow grooves, so they created an insert with grooves that blend from deep in the center to narrow in the heel and toe areas. Ping says that combination creates a more-consistent hitting area and better speed control across a larger portion of the face. According to the company, research showed the insert improved ball-speed consistency by more than 50 percent when measured across nine points on the face. Angel Cabrera finished second at the Masters this season using a Scottsdale TR Shea mallet putter.
To enhance the alignment aid found on the original Nome, Ping gave the 350-gram, aluminum-bodied Nome TR a darker finish and a white alignment aid. It retains the original putter's high MOI, thanks to tungsten weights positioned on the club's sole.
The Nome TR will be available with three different shaft bends to accommodate straight, slight-arc or strong-arc putting strokes. In addition, golfers can choose a traditional-length Nome TR for $305 or a model with a shaft that telescopes to create a club that is as short as 31 inches or as long as 38 inches for $340.