A new dual-durometer face and adjustable-length shafts are the headline technologies of the new Sigma 2 series of putters from Ping, announced today and available for pre-order immediately.
Offered in 10 options, including the classic Anser in two finishes, popular Tyne and all new Fetch, which incorporates a golf ball sized alignment aid capable of picking up golf balls out of the cup, the new range of putters refines the feel and performance of the face of the original Sigma G range. While the new simple shaft adjustability system housed in the top of the grip of each model allows golfers to fit themselves for the correct putter length.
“As we do with every product, we combined our extensive technical knowledge gathered over our nearly 60-year history with the needs of the everyday golfer,” Ping President John K. Solheim said. “In the Sigma 2, along with the new face design that’s both very soft and responsive, this approach includes providing golfers the ability to customize their shaft length by introducing a simple and intuitive adjustable-shaft-length technology that is a standard feature of every putter in the line. Our research indicates 8 out of 10 golfers are playing the wrong-length putters and losing strokes as a result. That’s a staggering statistic to us and one we’ve made easy for golfers to solve with the Sigma 2.”
The new dual-durometer face incorporates two separate pieces of 'PEBAX' material of varying hardness, and is softer at impact than the original Sigma line, which used an aluminium face backed with PEBAX. This new combination used in the Sigma 2 line, while producing a softer feel ideal for short range putting, also ensures feedback and distance control isn't sacrificed when putting from further away. The softer piece of the insert which sits on top of the firmer piece and makes contact with the ball, also incorporates Ping’s TR face pattern to improve consistency and distance control across the putter face.
“Feel is difficult to quantify as there are a lot of opinions and preferences about how a putter should feel,” Solheim said. “The Sigma 2 has a very soft feel with a lively response, similar to a solid-face putter. It is designed for the golfer who prefers a putter on the softer side of the spectrum but with the response of a firm face, including more consistency on longer putts. By combining the two hardnesses of the PEBAX material and utilizing our TR face pattern, we’re providing a feel preference that appeals to a large segment of golfers while delivering the consistency golfers need to improve their ‘strokes gained: putting’ results.”
To overcome the extremely common issue of golfers using the wrong length of putter, Ping’s engineers set about the task of offering multiple lengths in one putter, without drastically affecting weight and performance, in an easy to use method.
Customizable between 32 and 36 inches and conforming with USGA rules, each Sigma 2 putter contains the lightweight, adjustable shaft technology under the grip, which remains square after adjustment. And to change the length, a tool is simply inserted into the top of the grip with a full turn either way causing 1/4-inch difference in length.
“Our engineers took a very complex technical challenge and simplified it for the benefit of golfers,” Solheim said of the adjustable shaft technology. “It allows you to experiment with various lengths and ultimately self-fit yourself. You’re no longer limited to a specific length measurement. You simply adjust it until you’re comfortable, ideally with your eyes directly over the ball.”
To allow for even further customisation, the Sigma 2 range of putters is offered in three of Ping’s proprietary grip options. The midsize and lightweight PP60, the heavier and exaggerated pistol shape of the PP61 and the larger PP62.
RRP: $349 (Anser, ZB 2, Arna, Kushin C); $379 (Fetch, Tyne, Tyne 4, Wolverine H, Valor).
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