PING Nome Putter debuts adjustable shaft

PING has became the first major golf company to introduce a USGA-approved adjustable-length belly putter shaft.

The adjustable putter shaft, offered exclusively with the Nome 405 putter, allows the player to self-adjust the length within a 9-inch range to optimise performance.

PING Nome 405 PING Nome 405 Putter

Length can be adjusted from 37.5 to 46.5 inches. The player changes the length using a PING adjustment tool that threads into a locking ring on the shaft.

Turning the tool loosens the ring, allowing the shaft to slide telescopically. The player then adjusts the shaft to the desired length.

Turning the adjustment tool in the opposite direction and removing it locks the ring and secures the shaft so it’s ready for play.

As one more fitting step, the shaft is available in three different bends to match Straight, Slight Arc, and Strong Arc stroke types. This coincides with PING’s Fit for Stroke putter-fitting concept.

The Nome model is a timely choice for the adjustable putter shaft. It had a recent PGA Tour win even prior to its official launch.

PING pro Hunter Mahan used a standard-length Nome 355 putter to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play in February.

Mahan said the Nome’s alignment aids gave him confidence in his aim.

“I felt I could make just about any putt I looked at.”

Since the victory, more PING pros have put a Nome putter in their bags. Players are being introduced to the adjustable putter shaft in the Nome 405 putter at this week’s Shell Houston Open.

The lower portion of the shaft is steel, the upper portion beneath the grip is graphite. The locking ring is made from 17-4 stainless steel.

The Nome head is precision milled from high-grade aluminium and finished with a durable nano nickel coating. A lightweight aluminium frame and tungsten sole weighting optimise the CG and the MOI.

The mallet-style head features a black alignment bar and white contrasting sightline. The Winn AVS 21-inch belly grip is standard. Lie is adjustable +- 2 degrees from standard.

The Australian availability is set for May 1, 2012 and will be priced at AUD$400 (SRP).