As part of a new program, the Phoenix-based golf club manufacturer is citing “Authorized PING Fitters who have demonstrated the highest commitment to custom-fitting and the promotion of its benefits to golfers of all abilities.” The first list of honorees includes many country clubs and courses from across the country.
PING, the Phoenix-based golf club manufacturer, has announced a new program to recognize its Top 100 National Club Fitters of the Year.
The awards “salute those Authorized PING Fitters who have demonstrated the highest commitment to custom fitting and the promotion of its benefits to golfers of all abilities,” the company said.
Winners were chosen based on points earned across several criteria and disciplines, including custom orders, commitment to ongoing training, sustained sales growth, use of PING tools and technologies, and support of the entire PING product line.
“Because of their expertise, these fitters are helping golfers across the country realize the benefits of playing custom-fit and custom-built PING equipment,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “On top of that, they offer exceptional customer service that builds trust and loyalty in their golf operation and the PING brand.
“We’ll continue to support them with ongoing training and education, plus innovative new fitting tools, software and research,” Solheim added. “These fitters can serve an important role, bringing more people to the sport by demonstrating how properly-fit equipment helps them play better and enjoy the game more.”
PING offers its certified fitting accounts a growing array of tools and software to dial in a more precise fit while making the process easy, cost-effective and convenient, Solheim noted. These include the Advanced Fitting System Interchangeable Fitting Cart; the iPING® putter app; a new putter-fitting package, and both nFlight and nFlight Mobile fitting software.
The newest tool, available April 1, is nFlight Motion, a device that clips onto a driver shaft and recommends a driver model, loft, and shaft after only three swings.
Country clubs and golf courses included on the initial list of PING Fitters of the Year included:
Admiral Baker Golf Course, San Diego
Annbriar Golf Club, Waterloo, Ill.
ASU Karsten Golf Course, Tempe, Ariz.
Bearpath Golf & Country Club, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Braeburn Country Club, Fort Worth, Tex.
Brentwood (N.Y.) Country Club
Capital City Country Club, Atlanta
Celebration (Fla.) Golf Club
Collindale Golf Club, Fort Collins, Colo.
Country Club of Mobile (Ala.)
Desert Mountain Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Elmcrest Country Club, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Glen Arven Country Club, Thomasville, Ga.
Glenagles Country Club, Plano, Texas
Haggin Oaks Golf Club, Sacramento, Calif.
Hangman Valley Golf Club, Spokane, Wash.
Idle Hour Country Club, Macon, Ga.
Kierland Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Lady Bird Johnson Golf Club, Fredericksburg, Texas
North Ridge Country Club, Raleigh, N.C.
PGA Golf Club, Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
Pine Oaks Golf Club, South Easton, Mass.
Race Brook Country Club, Houston
Riverwood Golf Course, Bismarck, N.D.
Royal Oaks Country Club, Vancouver, Wash.
Sahalee Country Club, Sammamish, Wash.
San Jose (Calif.) Golf Course
Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethlehem, Pa.
Spring Ranch Creek, Collierville, Tenn.
Superstition Mountain (Ariz.) Golf & Country Club
The Dominion Club, Glen Allen, Va.
The Golf Club of Georgia, Alpharetta, Ga.
The Lakes Golf & Country Club, Westerville, Ohio
Tippecanoe Country Club, Canfield, Ohio
Wyoming Valley Country Club, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.