“The Ultimate Ping Putter Collector’s Guide!”


The Holy-Grail of Putter Collectibles

Ping putters have become what baseball cards are are to millions of kids and adults all across the country. A true collectible. On any given weekend you can find the collector's driving from yard sale to yard sale in search of one of the many holy-grails that exist in the Ping Putter Collector's world

Ping Putter Collector's Guide (by: Lumpy)

Only problem is that finding a Ping Putter Guide to tell you anything about the putter you just bought for $1.50 our your neighbor is sometimes a harder find then the actual putter itself. So when an MGS reader sent us this copy of a Ping Putter Collector's Manual from a popular putter forum called we felt like we had to share it with the rest of you guys.  If you are a putter collector you most likely have already heard of the site but if not go check it out.  They have some great info about almost every putter maker both big and small.

From what we know...the writer of the book goes by the name Lumpy, and here is a quote from Lumpy about the Ping Putter Guide that he has put together:

"I am finally ready to post my book on Ping putters that I started putting together a few years ago after years & years of collecting & searching for info.

I spent many years working on putting the pieces together for this book. I have never desired to nor will ever desire to make this book available for sale. It contains original ads & a few photos that were provided to me by other collectors/sources for the book. Most of the photos in the book were taken by me of items that passed through me to other collectors or pieces I owned at one time or another. I have no desire profiting from someone else's work & really feel as if I have no right to.

I think putting my reference guide on this website for everyone to have free access to would - for me - complete a long journey that I have spent helping others find out facts about the early Ping putters."


Save It...Print It...Pass It On

This document is in the form of a you can save it to your computer and read it whenever you like or you can print it off and make your own book out of the PDF to put on the shelf in your office or shop.  And if you know someone else you think might like the info make sure to send them a link to the Ping Putter Guide.  And oh yeah...go tell Lumpy thanks over at if you get a chance. Below is a example of one of the PDF's printed out, you can click on the book or the link below it to download the Ping Putter Guide.

ping putter classic guide

Click Here: To Download The Ping Collector's Manual


{ 90 comments… read them below or add one }

Gene November 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm

I have a Kushin “Box 1345 Scottsdale” slotted heel shafted putter and it has the number 16 stamped into the sole right near the toe. Is that of some significance? Appreciated.


peg November 16, 2016 at 7:32 pm

The guide by “Lumpy” was very interesting. I found some family clubs and was delighted to learn about them. Most of the clubs are vintage Wilson except for the Ping Anser Dalehead which appears to have been 1966. It has the patent # D207227 on top of the cavity followed by KARSTEN MFC CORP, PHOENIX, ARIZ 85029, MADE IN USA
It also has the slot line on the sole. THE GRIP IS PRO ONLY WITH THE TEARDROP GOLF PRIDE stamp on top. I am amazed how nice the grip still looks after so many years. I am not sure of the metal content so I decided not to clean it. The chrome shaft itself is about 32 inches long. I think my mother used this right handed putter a few times. Does anyone know if the clubs were the same for men and women? Thanks


Dennis September 1, 2016 at 2:25 am

I have a Ping Zing no Pat. number only “Karsten MFFG. Corp Phoenix, AZ 85020” on back and it looks like no other color I have ever sen on a ping. More dull flat gold nothing like the bronze or the BeCu models.

Any Midas about this model?


Jonnathon April 1, 2016 at 2:57 pm

My Ping “My Day” putter was made without the word MY. is this rare?


dal March 6, 2016 at 10:59 am

Hi there the ping anser 2 putter
Which says U.S.PAT. 02707227
Karston MFG. Corp.
Box 9990 phoenix arizona
Made in USA 86068

It would be great If somebody can give me rough idea of value of it please
Many thanks


charlie November 28, 2015 at 11:37 am

saw posting (old from 2009) on putter talk I think june 1 2009,about putter with extended flange pat pend MFI on bottom.I have a bronze putter with same letter except instead of MFI it has CIFI and it pings like crazy when I hit it on the sweet spot,I think it looks like it could be a prototype of the models 3a or 4a.Also does anyone have drwaings or pictures of the AXorXA model PINGS


Mike sola September 6, 2015 at 8:48 pm

I have a 1975 Ping zero2 Phx. Open pro-am Thunderbirds putter in mint condition and can’t find anything about it. Looking to sell.


Ken Henderson August 19, 2015 at 8:24 am

My putter has patent number D207227 – It has PING on hell (KARSTEN MSG CORP underneath this but no ANSER on toe. It has instead A-CLASS with MADE IN USA underneath. I am figuring early 1967 before commiting to name ANSER.
Also says Made in USA – so perhaps this was for the export market? As I am in UK.
Anyone give anymore insight?


kevin July 31, 2015 at 8:36 pm

I have a Zero3 putter and the grip states Pro Only on it. The club states pat pend and that it was Karsten mfg corp in Phoenix Ariz. Are you familiar with this club?


tcelfer June 30, 2015 at 9:58 pm

I recently picked up a LEFT-HANDED Anser Ping putter from a flea market, appears to be legit to me. I downloaded the guide but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to cover this particular putter. It has the “Made in U.S.A.” stamp on the ridge above the cavity (Same as the KBI BeNi & BeCu but different cavity writing). The cavity reads as follows,

U.S. Patent Number D207227
Phoenix, AZ

I can’t seem to pinpoint what version this is. The patent number seems to be one from the earlier Anser models but I have been unable to figure out what model this exactly is. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks much!


greg November 26, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I have a Ping IA Scottsdale Karsten Co. Box 9006 Golf Putter can anybody tell me whats the worth on it .thanks


Tina Lyle September 12, 2014 at 5:12 pm

I have the 40th and 50th anniversary A-1 Ping putter that I want to sell. Any ideas? Doesn’t seem to have much interest on eBay.


Dave & Sharon Collins February 25, 2016 at 8:32 am

If you still have these putters please call me at 269-580-1948 – my name is dave collins and would like pictures and prices for them. Thanks.


Wade August 6, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Hello. I tried to download the guide, but I cant get it to work. Could you please email me a copy? I have what I think is Dalehead. It has the teardrop shaped heel and toe weights, 85029 zip, made in USA in cavity, pro only grip that is cracked up real bad but all intact even with a little plastic shrink band at the bottom, long first step shaft… I would like to know more about it…


phil May 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Hi i have a ping Kushin not Cushin is it worth mor as its spelt with a K instead of a C, Phil


joro February 15, 2014 at 11:17 am

How in the heck do you get in the Putter site. I have filled out the registration form 6 times and it will not accept. Easy and fast registration my butt!!!!

I have a Left Handed 35th anniversary Putter, Ping says they never made it, I have one. Anyone know anything about it?


Mark February 13, 2014 at 9:09 pm

I don’t know what is going on with this page, but there is no where to download the book. I also can’t get to the link Maybe he decided he did want to make money off this. Wouldn’t blame him a bit. I just wish I could get a hold of it.


jim w January 29, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Good download for Ping Putter Collector’s Guide (by: Lumpy)


Rich T January 23, 2014 at 3:24 pm
Tim C January 13, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Okay, this looks great, and clarifies what I have. From Page 41 of the guide. I have the B5-Transitional Model. It is an exact “spittin image” of the one on page 41. Very well made and well written manual, thank you for compiling this guide!


ken December 20, 2013 at 12:50 am

My father-in-law Robert Gleason had many shows in his television career in Seattle/Tacoma on KTNT TV. He produced the Brakeman Bill show. He filled in as Boxcar Bob. For a while he was President of the Tacoma golf club. On the Bob Gleason show he would interview people. Ellenor Rosevelt. John Glen. Many others. His favorite story that he always seemed to told after we had had a few was when he interviewed Karstan and after the interview they played a round of golf that my father-in law won. Karstan gave him his putter. Its is from Scottsdale. Any value?


Rick Merson September 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I have an old putter made by ping/ Golf balls Inc.7908 Florida Ave.Tampa Fla. Is it worth anything?


rmassingham August 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Got a Ping Anser 85029 – 1968 (Phoenix) and was curious of its value. Understand that it’s not a 1st gen from Scottsdale but thought it still may be worth some $$$. Still had 34′ sticker on the sole of the head. Not a mark on it – its as though it was never used : )


Mike Wondrasek August 4, 2013 at 11:31 am


The link does not allow to download the Ping Collectors manual. Is there some other place thi sis located to download?


helpful chap August 7, 2013 at 7:52 pm
Mark November 19, 2013 at 7:32 am

Very much appreciated



stan July 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I can’t download the guide
Help please anyone?


amyas June 27, 2013 at 9:35 am

i have a Gary Player Ping Anser by Karsten Co… mint condition with Pro Only on grip… Value???


CHARLES WAGES June 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm
woody irons June 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

just found a ping putter….upside down in an old golf bag… please I need some details of age and correct type of putter….it’s stamped ping A1 ect made of brass


Tony June 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm
Peter Rowley May 31, 2013 at 12:51 am

Please send me a copy of your Ping book


Forrest May 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Could not get the PDF to download, could you email me a copy please?


charles May 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm

can anyone send me info for printing the ping putter guide online? thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


dale May 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm

dose anyone know what I have


dale May 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I have a ping putter patent #209.761 ping blade phoenix arizona


Steve May 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I can’t get the manual to download, any suggestions? Thanks.


Eddie May 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm

The PING-MANUAL1.pdf will not download!
Is there another URL / site to download the PING-MANUAL?




matthew May 9, 2013 at 2:37 am

Hey, I have a Ping Redwood City Putter Mod. 3a with the incorrect shaft and grip to the dat of the putter. The head is authentic. I know where I can get an authentic grip, but does anyone know of where I can find the correct shaft?? The putter is from 1959 and rare so I was just wondering… Thanks


craig April 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm

i have a ping puter that has mlt stamped on the toe,serial no are phoneix,also have a putter called ping zing that i still use any value on these. thanks


Tommy S April 5, 2013 at 9:36 am

I have a Ping 1A Scottsdale putter, & might be interested in selling it. What’s it worth? Could you please send me a copy of the Ping Putter Guide? I cannot download the file from your web page. Thank you very much.


Bud Kingston March 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Could you e-mail me a copy of the Putter Guide,I would appreciate very much, Thanks


george February 6, 2013 at 1:37 am

Hi, i also would appreciate a copy as i cant download the link. Thanks George.


Socorro January 30, 2013 at 7:40 am
Mark M January 18, 2013 at 11:47 pm
sam ashley January 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I have a 1939 Ping Rite In Putter, with orginal grip in very good shape, can you tell me something about it. Any info would be greatly appriciated. thank you Sam Ashley


Richard M. Allred January 7, 2013 at 6:44 am

I have an old Ping Putter. I think it is an “Echo” with mfg as just the Karsten Company. Any Value???


Dave H December 23, 2012 at 8:59 am
Hennie Basson December 28, 2012 at 6:34 am
Dave December 5, 2012 at 2:48 am

Any luck getting the link posted? I’d like to get the book for the holidays.
Thank you!


Dave December 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

If you were able to locate the pdf or if it can be sent to me, I’d appreciate it as well!
Thanks for all of the hard work and information you rounded up for this piece—AMAZING!


Ralph November 26, 2012 at 5:23 am

I saw in an earlier post that someone said the link to the Ping Manual PDF is broken…I ran across the same problem…Could you please email it to me or tell me another link..I would greatly appreciate it….thanks in advance Ralph


LUKE CHEETHAM October 20, 2012 at 11:25 am

Could you send me a copy of the .pdf of the Ping factbook and collectors guide. Thank you in advance.


marlon October 7, 2012 at 8:23 am

I would like to know where the PDF file is now located. I have a few Pings and would love to know the history in more detail. email to [email protected] dot com


MARK BLANKENSHIP September 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm

i have an old ping puter made by golf balls inc., 7908 florida ave., tampa florida. does it have any value?


Rick September 10, 2012 at 3:15 am
Bruce September 1, 2012 at 7:44 am

I saw in an earlier post that someone said the link to the Ping Manual PDF is broken…I ran across the same problem…Could you please email it to me or tell me another link..I would greatly appreciate it….thanks in advance Bruce


skyyfour August 31, 2012 at 9:49 am

Can you please send me a copy of the Ping Putter Guide? I too cannot get it to download.


Bruce August 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I found a Ping Putter. It says PING and KUSHIN. Karsten MFG. Corp. Phoenix, AZ 85020. Made in the USA US Pat. 0207,228. Could anyone tell me more about this putter. THanks


rick allen December 11, 2014 at 9:23 pm

1964 year made. Many made. Not tour approved putter for PGA tour, dis aloud because of shaft bend at clubhead .


Bruce August 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I have tried numerous times to download the PING PUTTER manual, have not been able to yet. Anyone have any ideas as to what I am doing wrong…Thanks in advance, Bruce


Dan August 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I can’t get the download. Can the pdf be emailed to the above address? Thanks.


Bruce August 24, 2012 at 9:30 am
matt August 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I have an old ping putter, The description is phoenix, arizona 1-A. Can anyone let me know what it may be worth.


Tom January 11, 2014 at 3:27 pm

I have the same putter from 1968, original grip.
Did you ever figure out a price?


t2 July 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I have and old ping putter just wondering its worth !-A Pat.# 3042405


matt August 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm

i have one with the same pat.#


Dougie Howieson July 31, 2012 at 2:37 am

I cant get this page to download is there a problem many thanks



John Guffey July 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I have just listed a vintage PING by Karsten U.S. Pat. 3042.405 Model: 1A P.O. Box 9006 Phoenix ARIZ 85029 in excellent un-restored, un-polished, un-buffed natural vintage patina condition on ebay. It was my grandfather’s who was an avid golfer and took great pride and care of his equipment. I did not know exactly what to start the auction at… so I started it at .99 cents. Feel free to check it out. Or let me know more about it. Thanks


Tim C July 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Is anyone still moderating this site? I am unable to locate the PDF file here or on the puttertalk site. My reason for asking? On the cover of the book above, I have the putter in the lower right corner of the cover, next to the advertisement. I think it is a Redwood City putter, transitional maybe? But, it is the exact putter on the cover shown above, and I am trying to figure out exactly what I have. An older B series, but hard to determine the facts, all of the sites have no information on this type of model. Any information would be very helpful. Thanks!


mygolfspy July 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Not sure why it is not working anymore. I will email it to you and try to get the post updated as well.


William June 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I have a ping putter made for slazinger 100 made in early 60’s with Jack Nicklaus on the heel sole and Slazenger on the toe sole these were shipped to Slazenger England I know this because Ping sent me a letter telling me about this putter upon my request for information . Pong has it in their list @ 4500 I would like to sell it. Where can Isell it.


gary spurrier August 13, 2015 at 7:22 am

William do you still have your ping putter and do you still want to sell it..


Jim Watkins March 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

I have an old ping putter. On the bottom of the head is the following. PING BY KARSTEN, U.S.PAT.3042409 1A, P.O. BOX 9006 PHOENIX, ARIZ. 85029. The putter has a label below the grip which says HEEL-TOE BALANCE,Karsten MFG. Corp 85020, made inU.S.A, the grip is black,golf pride, ping putter, made in U.S.A. What can you tell me about this collectible?


JV December 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Just saw a putter nobody else is likely to have on ebay. An Ultra Rare Karsten PING Anser Commemorative Solheim Family Memorial Golf Putter. Their is only like 200 of these in the world given to friends and family who helped with the memorial. Wish I had some money right now.


DJ July 1, 2011 at 11:05 am

I have a gold platted Ping Eye 52 putter given to the winner of a LPGA tourney in 1982. I confirmed with Ping it is authentic (they make two, one is in their vault) but I can’t find another like it for value comparison. Any suggestions?


george February 6, 2013 at 1:40 am

Give it to me and ill check it out :)


stan wolfson June 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I have a ping putter zipcode 85029 does anyone know its worth?


bob April 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm

i have a Ping B61 Made by Karsten in Phoenx and want to know what its worth. thanks


J. W. Hagar September 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm

A rather interesting and worthwhile work procuced by Lumpy. It will end up in my library for reference. I happen to prefer Ray Cook Putters, Have used them for many many years and made more money with them in putting contests than anyn other putter!! I have a “hell of a lot of them” and they aren’t for sale at any price. It is my firm opinion, that people like Ray Cook and Stan Thompson never received recognition for their high grade work and inovations!! Maybe “Lumpy” should do a book on them!! Check out and you will understand what I mean!! JWH


PutterGuru September 15, 2009 at 6:08 am

Really excited to see the photo of the Ping Trainer. That is an awesome collectible to have right there. Is that yours Lumpy?


Sam Jarrett September 15, 2009 at 6:04 am

Going to print off 2 copies right now. Thanks for all your work Lumpy. You don’t know how much I appreciate this.


Peter V. September 15, 2009 at 6:02 am

I have been looking for this type of information for a long time. I have 12 old Pings that I did not know anything about. I already see one that i own that is worth some money. WOHOO!!!


Alan M. September 15, 2009 at 5:58 am

Wow! So glad he made this and was my first time to PutterTalk site. Great stuff, thanks again as always GolfSpy.


Golfer Burnz September 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Lumpy is so right to document this history and have it available to everyone. So many putters and putter makers have been lost and forgotten forever (many rightfully so) because it was never documented. For the collector, these resources are indespensable. Thanks again Lumpy.


Golfer Burnz September 14, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Awesome… just awesome. Thanks MGS and Lumpy. I am forever grateful. Nothing gets the heart a thumpin’ like finding a Ping 1A in the putter barrel for $3.


mygolfspy September 15, 2009 at 5:56 am

Lumpy sure did his homework on this one Burnz. There are years and years of work in this PDF.


TERRY MABRY May 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm

anyway you could e-mail me the pdf of lumpys book?
cant find anywhere to download it


Bob Slater May 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Interested in buying a Ping 1A Scottsdale? I have one, as well as two Tommy Armour IMG 5’s. All for sale for the right price. Tom


Bryan Harrison May 5, 2014 at 10:50 am

Do you still have this 1A available. Any pics and what price?


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