PING Golf checks in on Ottawa
PING Golf brought a few of its heavy hitters to Ottawa Tuesday, making a couple of stops, including the Kevin Haime Golf Centre.
By heavy hitters, we don mean any of the numerous professionals that use the product; it was a few of the company bright minds, including chairman and CEO John Solheim and his son David, who checked out of Ottawa early Wednesday.
The idea was to visit with distributors and fitters in a couple of Canadian markets outside of the Toronto area, with PING offices in Oakville. Haime driving range and golf centre was perfect, given his commitment to club fitting and the junior golf program he has initiated.
Sitting in the top three of four major categories woods, irons, putters and golf bags is a huge feather in PING cap, largely owing to the Solheim family commitment and vision. Its and series of irons and clubs and Anser putters are among the top sellers in the business. Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson are among the top PGA players who compete with PING clubs.
While other major companies such as Nike and adidas TaylorMa rolex watches de keep ratcheting it up, feisty PING isn backing down.
a lot of fun. We bug the heck out of them because we keep on coming, said John Solheim. lot of years ago, TaylorMade decided it couldn get any more out of its driver, so they sat there and got left behind. We don quit . ever. And we don do something just for the hype.
be things like rolex watches how do you get a gram here or half a gram there off the face. whose sons Andrew and John are also involved, took over the family business in 1995 from his father, Karsten, a legendary golf innovator who changed the thought process in putter designs, moving the weight around.
Said John: golf pro told him: you can build a putter like (the one Solheim had created and was using), and it rolls the ball, too . you sell a million. pro slightly underestimated . Solheim innovations became industry standards . and sold many millions.
Getting out into locations like Haime golf centre is a good thing.
nice to have someone who tells us when rolex watches we doing OK and also when we not doing OK, said PING Canada GM Dave Wilson, who also spoke glowingly of Haime kids program.
Wilson said while PING wants to be a leader, it welcomes competition.
idea of exclusive doesn fit well in the golf business, he said. all about choices. There are a lot of good companies out there. We blaze our own rolex watches trails. the company with a sharp mind for innovating always has the wheels turning.