Review: PING Nome putter

Golfmagic tests the latest flatstick from PING

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Andy Roberts
Sat, 6 Oct 2012

IF you’re struggling with alignment on the greens, you might want to get your hands on the PING Nome.

After trialling the standard-length 355-g version, the most striking aspect was the long black alignment bar and contrasting white sightline that extends up to the leading edge of the putter. Step in to the ball and let the mallet-style head do the rest.

If I mishit a putt, I found I was still able to roll the ball on my designated line. What more can you really ask?

But while alignment might be the one feature that resonates most powerfully, I did notice some other notable attributes.

Conforming to USGA and R&A rules, PING has designed the Nome to be extremely forgiving, largely down to its lightweight, high-grade aluminium frame that boasts tungsten sole weighting. This optimises the centre of gravity position and elevates the Moment of Inertia.

You can also choose to customise your PING Nome in three different shaft bends to fit Straight, Slight Arc or Strong Arc putting strokes - Fit for Stroke - an invaluable offering that no other company yet provides. To find out your perfect match, you simply need to use the iPING Fit feature on the club maker’s iPING putter app.

In terms of looks, I couldn’t put you off. PING has really made an effort to ensure the Nome is easy on the eyes. And the same can be said for feel, as the C805-aluminium design is soft, yet responsive, which is everything I am looking for in a putter, and the 355-g weight encourages an extremely smooth, yet positive stroke. 

Verdict

I have never been much of a fan of mallet-style insert putters in the past, mainly because of the difficulty gauging distance from outside 20-feet. However, the feel off the Nome putter face was extremely consistent and putts were being struck on line with regularity.

Although it took me some time to get used to the Nome on the practice green before my round, I had certainly been converted after signing my card. 

More from the Golfmagic testers…

Alex: Traditionally a blade putter, I wasn’t convinced at first but liked it more and more as I used it. The head takes some getting used to but it sits really nicely and feels superb off the face and encourages a good putting stroke.

Bob: A good solid-feel putter with excellent alignment and confidence building.

Click here to see reader reviews or here to read 'Ten of the best: Putters'.

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IF you’re struggling with alignment on the greens, you might want to get your hands on the PING Nome.

After trialling the standard-length 355-g version, the most striking aspect was the long black alignment bar and contrasting white sightline that extends up to the leading edge of the putter. Step in to the ball and let the mallet-style head do the rest.

If I mishit a putt, I found I was still able to roll the ball on my designated line. What more can you really ask?

But while alignment might be the one feature that resonates most powerfully, I did notice some other notable attributes.

Conforming to USGA and R&A rules, PING has designed the Nome to be extremely forgiving, largely down to its lightweight, high-grade aluminium frame that boasts tungsten sole weighting. This optimises the centre of gravity position and elevates the Moment of Inertia.

You can also choose to customise your PING Nome in three different shaft bends to fit Straight, Slight Arc or Strong Arc putting strokes - Fit for Stroke - an invaluable offering that no other company yet provides. To find out your perfect match, you simply need to use the iPING Fit feature on the club maker’s iPING putter app.

In terms of looks, I couldn’t put you off. PING has really made an effort to ensure the Nome is easy on the eyes. And the same can be said for feel, as the C805-aluminium design is soft, yet responsive, which is everything I am looking for in a putter, and the 355-g weight encourages an extremely smooth, yet positive stroke. 

Verdict

I have never been much of a fan of mallet-style insert putters in the past, mainly because of the difficulty gauging distance from outside 20-feet. However, the feel off the Nome putter face was extremely consistent and putts were being struck on line with regularity.

Although it took me some time to get used to the Nome on the practice green before my round, I had certainly been converted after signing my card. 

More from the Golfmagic testers…

Alex: Traditionally a blade putter, I wasn’t convinced at first but liked it more and more as I used it. The head takes some getting used to but it sits really nicely and feels superb off the face and encourages a good putting stroke.

Bob: A good solid-feel putter with excellent alignment and confidence building.

Click here to see reader reviews or here to read 'Ten of the best: Putters'.

Follow @Golfmagic and like our Facebook page for all the latest news, views and reviews.