By Rob Sauerhaft
Monday, February 19, 2007

Christmas Eve 2002 looked to be a slow night in the office for John "Doc" Souza, a jack-of-all-trades at Ping for the past 23 years. He'd just been visited by the scourge of golfers past and present: the yips. And then inspiration struck -- make a putter so large that it had to stay on-line. Souza sketched the basic shape that night and had Ping machinists cut it from a sheet of aluminum. The guys slapped on a shaft and rolled some putts. That first iteration was stable as a table, we're told, if a wee bit large -- a foot long from heel to toe. \n



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2) A nickel-plated finish diminishes glare. Two exterior bars draw your eyes to the ball, while the center bar aids alignment.

3) Doc17's enormous one-piece head (shown actual size) offers extreme perimeter weighting, but it's just 7 percent heavier than a G2 Anser.

Doctoring the Doc
Left to right:

  •   the first Doc prototype, 12 inches across
  •   the first Doc22 prototype
  •   the Doc22 prototype head submitted for USGA approval (denied)
  •   the current Doc17.

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