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PUTTER REVIEW! – Ping Nome Putter

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Putter Tested: Ping Nome

(Written By: GolfSpy Matt) Ping’s newest putter, the Nome, got the kind of pre-launch buzz that you simply can’t buy: it was used by Hunter Mahan in victories at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship and the Shell Houston Open.  In addition to being a two-time Tour winner, this putter is very unique in that Ping has a version of it that will work for every stroke: straight-back-straight-through, slight arc, or strong arc.

The standard length Nome weighs 355 grams and can be ordered to your specification for length and lie.  The Ping Nome is also available as an adjustable-length belly putter.  The belly model weighs 405 grams.  The stock grip is a midsized pistol Winn grip.

Putter Features:

  • Aluminum
  • 355 grams (405 grams for the belly model)
  • Three Offset and Toe Hang Configurations Available (Straight, Slight Arc, Strong Arc)
  • Winn Grip

BALL USED: Titleist Pro V1


FEEL

The feel of the ball ricocheting off of the Nome’s milled aluminum face was described by our test group as a dull thud.  It is neither a hard, clicky feel, nor is it soft and buttery.

One aspect of the Ping Nome’s feel that was appreciated by our testers was its feedback: unlike many high MOI mallets, you can actually tell when you mishit a putt.  The sound of impact increases as you move out from the center of the face, shifting from a thud to a more staccato clang.  What’s particularly nice is that even though you can hear the mishit, the ball rarely rolls as if it were mishit.

LOOKS

One thing I’ve learned over the course of the last two putter reviews is that mallet people can appreciate the beauty of a blade, but there are not a lot of traditionalists who appreciate a beautiful mallet.  This was made apparent to me when one of our newest testers told me that the Nome looks like, “A spaceship on a stick.”

Personal taste aside, the Ping Nome is an interesting blend of traditional and futuristic.  While it’s definitely on the larger side, the shape itself is not terribly unusual.  Where it gets funky is in its multi-colored, multi-piece design.  When looking down on it, the Nome shows off its depth via the cutaway under the black alignment aid.

Overall, half of our testers really loved the Nome, half were lukewarm.  It basically split along lines of traditionalists versus those who embrace newer designs. While you might expect that I was in the traditionalist camp, I actually love the looks of the Nome.  There’s just something interesting and unique about the Nome that makes it hard to put down.

SET-UP & ALIGNMENT

Much like its milled-aluminum predecessor, the Sydney, the Nome features what Ping calls “Optigraphic” alignment.  I’m not sure how Ping defines it, but, to me, it seems to mean that there’s a single sight line on top of a larger “sight bar.”

I can’t exactly figure out why, but for some reason the sight bar made all of our “no alignment aids” testers forget about the sight line.  It seems that in this case, more was less…which was better.  That’s not to say that those who like a sight line found it hard to aim because, in fact, they liked it too.  Even those who didn’t find the Nome aesthetically appealing agreed that it was easy to aim.  Ping definitely seems to be on to something with regard to the alignment aids on their new mallets.

One final note on the Ping Nome’s set-up: if you look closely at the pictures, you will notice that the topline of the putter is actually curved.  To my eye, this makes the putter face seem slightly concave, as if you could hit a putt on the heel or toe and it would still roll to the target.  This was not widely noticed by our testers, but, to my eye, it’s a definite confidence booster at address.

PERFORMANCE

Performance testing was done by 7 golfers.  The testers were given the putter and asked to hit putts of all lengths (3 to 20 feet).  They were then asked to rate the putter from 1-10 in each of the following categories:

  • Distance Control = 9.1
  • Accuracy = 9.4
  • Sound & Feel = 8.6
  • Appearance = 8.3
  • Alignment = 9.6
  • OVERALL = 90


FIT FOR STROKE

Don’t change your stroke. Change your putter.

The (FIT FOR STROKE™) concept was developed by PING, yet another genius fitting system they have developed for golfers.  It works hand-in-hand with the iPING Putter App which is highly suggest everyone getting (IT’S FREE!).  You might be surprised to find out that the stroke you think you have isn’t the stroke you actually have.

This addition to the MGS reviews will allow you to become a more consistent putter by matching you with models that better fit your stroke type.  They will be broken down into three categories: (1) Straight – for face balance putters  (2) Slight Arc – for mid toe hang putters  (3) Strong Arc – for toe down putters

“Results from hundreds of player and robot tests at PING offer overwhelming scientific support for the effectiveness of fitting for stroke. In recent years more diagnostic tools and testing equipment have become available, and the results prove that a golfer’s consistency improves when their putter balance matches their stroke type. It was interesting to observe that golfers putt more consistently with stroke-appropriate models, but they also show a personal preference for these models, too. Prior to putting with them, golfers are drawn to models that fit their eye, even before they fit their stroke.” says PING.

The Ping Nome fits all strokes(just check the sticker)

OVERALL

Though it clearly won’t fit everyone’s personal taste aesthetically, there was little dispute among our testers about the Ping Nome’s ability to perform: mishits traveled nearly the same distance as center hits and they held the line well.

By varying the amount of offset and the bend in the shaft, Ping has created a putter that fits all strokes.  While its retail price of $249 isn’t exactly cheap, I think that Ping will find many new fans among players who prefer mallets but don’t want a putter that is built for a straight-back-straight-through stroke.

 

Review Summary

A
90.00

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Golfspy Dave May 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

Nice review Matt. I love my Nome. One other thing to note is that the Nome-fitted headcovers should be arriving this month rather than the ones originally made for the Sydney. PING is working out a trade program for those who have already purchased on and would like the Nome specific cover.

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Mikerio May 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Nice one for reviewing what seems to be quite an attention grabbing putter of late. Though don’t quite get the price tag on this one and kinda think ping may rob themselves of some sales. It probably is great but guys and girls will be able to pick up a similar mallets cheaper else where. Could you guys tell us more about the ‘nanotechnology’ please……what’s that about?

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Golfspy Matt May 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Honestly, I have no idea what the “nanotechnology” is.

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Golfspy Dave May 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I think that the nanotech may refer to the “nano nickel” finish. Perhaps it’s extra small particles in the finish to cover the Al head as completely as possible. Finish does hold up quite well so far.

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mikerio May 8, 2012 at 1:13 am

so the process of building this putter would possibly result in its high price……anyway cheers boys!

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KFlare May 8, 2012 at 9:59 am

You got it, “Nano-nickel”. It’s like a fancier chrome plating that can adhere to aluminum. The lighter aluminum lets them put weight where it needs to be, looks low and on the back perimeter from the black inserts. Normally aluminum would get beat to hell, but the nano-nickel is strong stuff. I saw a demo of a guy standing on a nano-nickel coated ping-pong ball without crushing it! Add that the head is milled, and it gets pricey!

Sorry for the dork-out, but I work in a machine shop so I think the manufacturing is fascinating!

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Richard P. Jacobs II May 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Excellent review Matt..I picked the Nome up a couple of weeks ago & it’s a very nice putter..I will say that the feedback from mishits(sound) is nice & a feature that the Scotty Kombi(6061 aircraft aluminum) does not give..If someone is looking @ the Scotty Kombi/Kombi-S, they should give this putter a serious look…You’ll get an excellent high MOI putter, with better feedback & directional performance(IMHO) & you’ll keep $100 in your pocket…..Fairways & Greens 4ever…

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Golfspy Matt May 8, 2012 at 10:24 am

Great comparison, and spot on. I wouldn’t think twice to recommend the Nome over the Kombi.

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UgoDerosa May 8, 2012 at 9:28 am

I am a mallet guy. I bought the TM Manta, and the Slight Arc Nome. I prefer the look and alignment aids on the Manta. Feel is totally for each of course (insert vs no insert). Performance wise, I think I am leaning toward my Nome, as my natural stroke is a slight arc and the mid toe hang helps me to release the head. With the Manta, which only comes in a face balanced model, I am consciously manipulating my back stroke to be straighter (if I don’t manipulate this part of my stroke with a face balanced putter, I end up missing to the right quite often). With the Ping, I just let my stroke be natural. One less thing to think about.

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nigel brooks May 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I really enjoyed this review and think this could be the next flatstick of my choice just waiting for them in England.

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DL May 9, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I tried the Nome and I thought it was underwhelming. I was expecting a “super putter” after watching Mahan make everything at the Match Play.

I didnt like the feel. It was too firm for me.

My Rife two bar mallet still rolls it pure to switch away now, although I like to try out new putters. The nome at $249 is pricey but I really like the $300 Answer so price is not a deterrent for the most used club in the bag.

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RT May 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm

The looks aren’t bad , It is a very close copy of the Wilson Vizor with a solid face and color change.Tthey didn’t produce a properly developed head cover.Way over priced!!!!

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Neil May 13, 2012 at 7:15 am

I like the belly and long version of this putter. Ping was smart enough to make the long and belly versions with fully customizeable length shafts. Personally, I cannot use the belly, but I can game a long putter.

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Robin May 14, 2012 at 10:11 am

Ping Nome – Got it last week as I decided it was time to invest in a (I hoped) high quality putter. I have been very impressed with it nice osund and great role so far so good. I’m sticking with it no matter what. Really good for short putts as well.

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Ricky May 20, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Ping Nome,well I have’nt seen one yet here in the Philippines. I use a mallet putter for the past 20-25 yrs. I just change from one mallet putter to another namely:Ray Cook,Voodoo Never Compromise,another Never compromise mallet (bigger one) But for the past 5 years I’ve been using a Baby Bettinardi Ben Hogan which has given good results. Do yo you have some specifications of the Nome putter.Specially the weight. Thanks & more power to you!!!!

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Orlando Golf May 24, 2012 at 7:33 am

That IS a good looking putter!

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Richard Lopez June 27, 2012 at 1:43 am

I was anxios to try the Ping Nome 405 adjustable putter but came away a bit disappointed. The putter actually felt good but when adjusting the length three questions came to mind. 1. How can one be sure that the handle and putter head line upexacy the same every time? Any experienced player knows that even a fraction off will change the putt. Ping could have put a slot in the shaft that would have taken care of that. 2. How long will the adjustment screw and collar last? 3. And why didn’t Ping make the lie of the putter head adjustable as well? When I extended the shaft the lie was off and it was all wrong. A simple adjustment screw would have solved that problem without adding any weight. I’m sure one of the manufacturer’s will get it right and we will have a putter that can be used as standard, belly or long.

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R Darr July 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Should have a round grip instead of flat ..Tough to get a good alignment of the grip face related to the putter face.

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tider992010 January 6, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I just bought one of these “bad boys” and can’t wait to try it on the course.

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