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PING officially introduced its new Nome putter after it made headlines last week with the help of Hunter Mahan at the nomeWGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.  “It felt great immediately and it gave me a lot of confidence so I could just trust my aim and stroke the ball freely,” said Mahan, who added the putter to his bag after an alignment-testing session with PING’s Senior Player Development Manager Matt Rollins. “Long putts, big-breaking putts. I felt like I could make just about any putt I looked at.”

The putter, which is precision milled from high-grade aluminum, features tungsten weighting in the sole. According to PING, the Nome’s ability to improve aim is a result of the putter’s black alignment bar and contrasting white sightline. Three different shaft bends are available to fit Straight, Slight Arc, or Strong Arc putting strokes. Golfers can determine their stroke type using the iPING Fit feature on the club maker’s new iPING putter app, a free download through the App Store. Matching the putter model with stroke type is a new form of putter fitting that PING calls Fit For Stroke. The company’s research has found that when the putter model matches a player’s stroke type, the putting stroke becomes more consistent, the key to making more putts.

“Hunter’s win was thrilling, and we were proud to see him play with such confidence in his game and his PING equipment, the Nome in particular,” remarked John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “To go undefeated in six matches against an elite field of 64 is a testament to how hard he has worked on strengthening every aspect of his game, and he really worked magic with the Nome. It was fun to watch.”

The Nome standard version (available early April 2012) weighs 355 grams and will have a U.S. MSRP of $270. The belly version (available late April 2012) will have a MSRP of $320.00. It will be available in both right and left-handed models.