Shortly before the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship, Hunter Mahan traded his old putter for a PING Nome mallet, then promptly took the PGA Tour by storm. He already has two victories in 2012, and currently ranks second on the money list, right behind Bubba Watson and a cool $500,000 ahead of the next contender, Phil Mickelson. Putt for dough, indeed.
We got our first look at the PING Nome putter back in early February at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and we now have one in hand (see our photos above). Stay tuned for PutterZone.com’s PING Nome putter review.
The Nome has the same arching alignment feature as its predecessor, the PING Sydney putter. However, the color has been switched from red to black, and it is more seamlessly incorporated into putter head.
The anodized aluminum alignment arch extends across the crown of the putter, and a contrasting white sightline runs through the center of the piece. The result is a sightline that completely extends from the rear of head to the leading edge of the face for one continuous visual thread.
The head weight of the Nome is 355 grams, inclusive of heavy tungsten sole weights that are designed to “optimize” the center of gravity and heighten forgiveness. The Nome also comes in three different balance configurations, and is available in belly putter lengths with heavier 405-gram head. We’ll dig more deeply into the PING Nome in our upcoming review.