PING TRUE ROLL
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)