Merging a graphic application process with precision-milled heads PING has introduced two visually striking PLD2 putters, the Camo Ketsch Realtree Xtra and the Camo Ketsch Muddy Girl.
Both limited-edition models are PING Putting Lab Design (PLD) originals and part of the lab’s efforts to advance new putter design, technology and engineering concepts.
“The first thing that grabs you is the incredible detail of the camo design that makes these putters distinctive in the marketplace,” said PING chairman and CEO John A. Solheim.
“We chose the award-winning Ketsch for this project because of its popularity with golfers and its unique geometry,” he added.
“Using a proprietary Permodize anodized sealing process, we apply the multi-coloured camo graphic to the milled 6061 aluminum head,” said Solheim.
“The graphic permeates the material with vibrant and rich detail, while creating an extremely hard, durable shell. The results are two putters that look amazing, perform great and showcase our commitment to manufacturing innovations,” he said.
Contrasting sightlines are used to make the Ketsch easy to aim and 17-4 stainless steel sole weights yield a low centre of gravity for faster forward roll and more stability. The patented TR face technology offers speed control across the face.
Both the Realtree Xtra and Muddy Girl models are milled from 6061 aluminum at PING in Phoenix to ensure the precise engineering detail of the Ketsch design.
The stainless steel sole plate undergoes a nitriding finishing process, commonly used in the aerospace industry, which diffuses nitrogen onto the surface of the metal to harden the surface.
The stepless shaft has a brushed, non-glare finish that eliminates reflections and further distinguishes the look of both putters.
“The complex geometry of the Ketsch model really challenged us to execute the process to its fullest extent,” said Solheim.
“We achieved unmatched image quality that would be impossible to replicate with other manufacturing methods. This type of technology has functional and decorative applications that we look forward to utilizing in the future,” he said.