1970

Karsten and Louise embark on a world tour to spread the word about PING. They are involved in a car accident while visiting missionaries in India. Karsten slices his chin in the accident and soon after grows his familiar goatee to hide the scar. The goatee becomes Karsten's "trademark."

Karsten & Louise Hawaii

1970

Karsten and Louise embark on a world tour to spread the word about PING. They are involved in a car accident while visiting missionaries in India. Karsten slices his chin in the accident and soon after grows his familiar goatee to hide the scar. The goatee becomes Karsten's "trademark."

Laminated Wood

1970

PING introduces the Karsten 1 laminated maple woods. Karsten designs these woods as large as he felt the market would accept. The larger head is used to help maximize performance and forgiveness.

Color Code System

1972

PING introduces the Color Coding System. This system distinguishes the lie angle of the club with a colored dot in the cavity. Golfers quickly see how having the right lie angle helps their game and begin to identify themselves with their particular color code.

Dolphin Pour

1972

Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (KMC) acquires a local investment casting foundry, Dolphin Inc., to cast PING golf clubs.

1973 Early Loft Lie

1973

PING receives a patent for its "Loft and Lie Gauge" which is used exclusively to calibrate PING irons. This gauge enables clubs to be built to specified lofts and lies and incorporates the affect club length has on lie angle.

Gold Putter Vault

1975

The PING Gold Putter Vault is created to recognize PING putter wins by tour pros. For every tour win with a PING putter, two gold-plated replicas of the winning model are made. One is given to the tournament champion, the other is placed in the vault.

Heat Treating 655x392

1975

PING purchases the Sonee Heat Treating facility. Heat treating of PING irons and putters ensures consistency and quality and allows clubs to be adjusted for loft and lie.

Karsten & Pingman

1976

The first PING Man is developed. Engineered and built in-house, the mechanical golfer is designed with a shoulder and free-moving wrist to precisely simulate the human swing.

1978 Eye Iron

1978

The PING EYE iron is introduced to the golfing world. This club features the patented "eye" shape in the cavity for improved feel. The iron becomes the new standard for aesthetics on cavity back clubs.

Jerilyn Britz

1979

PING LPGA Professional, Jerilyn Britz, wins the United States Women's Open playing PING EYE irons. The landmark victory represents the first women's major championship won by PING irons.

1979 Ping Tops Putter Count

1979

PING tops the putter count at the U.S. Open and the British Open for the first time. This would begin a streak of being the top putter choice at both events for twenty straight years.