PING TRUE ROLL

Golf Asia - - GOLFING GEARGUIDE -

FACE MA­TE­RIAL: 6061 alu­minium, with a Pe­bax elas­tomer backer. MOD­ELS WITH THIS TECH: All 18 Ping Sigma G mod­els.

WHAT PING SAYS: Vari­able width and depth grooves on the True Roll face sup­ple­ment your putting stroke by nor­mal­is­ing ball speeds be­tween on and off-cen­tre strikes, en­sur­ing con­sis­tent dis­tance con­trol. The Pe­bax elas­tomer backer de­liv­ers soft-feel­ing putts with­out slow­ing ball speeds.

HOW IT PER­FORMED: To be fair, Ping’s mar­ket­ing around the True Roll is less about im­prov­ing roll or re­duc­ing skid, and more about nor­mal­is­ing ball speeds across the face. It’s a sim­ple alu­minium in­sert, which once the groove pat­tern is per­fected can be made on a CNC ma­chine by the gazil­lion. Our data showed how the True Roll de­liv­ered very low ball speed de­vi­a­tion (sec­ond only to the Cleve­land), which sup­ports Ping’s claims of im­prov­ing dis­tance consistency. Av­er­aged across two testers True Roll de­liv­ered the least amount of top­spin at im­pact (which isn’t great), skid­ded for the least dis­tance (17in tied with the Taylormade, Evn­roll and Wil­son, which is good) and got putts rolling within a 100th of a sec­ond of the quick­est. That tells us it’s a de­cent per­form­ing in­sert.

AV­ER­AGE LAUNCH SPIN

36rpm for­ward (7th)

AV­ER­AGE SKID DIS­TANCE

17in (joint 1st)

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