This past Tuesday was National Golf Day, making this a fitting week to bring you the story of PING and how policies in Washington, particularly the miscellaneous tariff bill, are impacting golf equipment manufacturers.
In 1959, Karsten Solheim, a Norwegian immigrant and engineer, designed and manufactured a putter in his garage to address his frustration with putting, dubbing the new putter the PING putter because of the unique sound made when it struck the ball. A local golf professional was so impressed by the accuracy of the putter that he suggested Karsten make his invention available to other golfers. Soon after, Karsten transformed the family garage into a miniature manufacturing and assembly facility.
By 1966, Karsten Manufacturing Corporation became his full time job. Karsten pioneered the idea of custom fitting each golfer for golf clubs with specifications to fit each golfer’s characteristics and swing. Now PING manufactures and delivers premium, custom fit golf clubs to its customers within 48 hours of receiving an order.
Karsten’s youngest son, John Solheim, assumed leadership of the company in 1995 and has overseen its growth while building on the foundation of innovation, quality and integrity established by his father over 50 years ago. (continue reading…)