PING has signed champion swimmer Michael Phelps, who will play a full set of that company’s custom fit clubs, beginning Wednesday at a pro-am played at the Waste Management Open in Phoenix, where he was scheduled to play with Masters champ Bubba Watson. “I know how difficult the game of golf is, but I’m really serious about getting better and the experts at PING have already helped me a lot,” said Phelps, the subject of this year’s “The Haney Project” on the Golf Channel. At 6-foot-4, his height and hand size made him a candidate for custom fitting. “Considering how tall I am and the length of my arms, they showed me how important and beneficial it is that I play with custom-fit clubs,” said Phelps, who has been playing for five years. He’ll play a G25 driver, irons and hybrids, Tour Gorge Groove wedges and a Scottsdale TR putter. “Michael is a legendary sports icon and we all watched with great pride as he represented the United States while dominating his sport in international competition over the last decade,” said PING chairman and CEO John Solheim. “We’ve custom-built his clubs to ensure he has every chance to improve and we believe he’ll dedicate himself to golf with the same intensity he gave to swimming.” … PING has also signed noted short game instructor and author Stan Utley … Doug Ferguson reports here at the Golf Channel that Tim Clark made an extra effort to be at a gathering of PGA Tour players in San Diego to discuss the proposed ban on the anchored putting stroke … Turnabout is fair play and this seemed inevitable. The Independent in the United Kingdom reports that one club has elected its first male captain to break with a 119-year tradition. Click here for more.
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