What Does PLD Stand For? - The Players Championship 2022

At The Players Championship, many Ping players are using bags with the letters 'PLD.' Find out what they mean here

Hovland waits by his bag
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When it comes to golf bags, brands will sometimes create limited editions depending on upcoming events or new equipment releases. At the 2022 Players Championship, which boasts a PGA Tour record purse, Ping have done just that, with the introduction of a limited edition staff bag that has 'PLD' branded across the side.

You may ask 'what does PLD stand for?' Well, it is in recognition of their 'Putting Lab Design'. As well as bags, we've also seen players wearing the PLD letters on their caps.

At the tournament, the likes of Tyrrell Hatton, Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen have the bag in play, with many other Ping staffers also using the eye-catching design around the TPC Sawgrass layout. 

Bags lined up by the water

The PLD golf bags of Tyrrell Hatton, Lee Westwood and Seamus Power lie beside the green on the 17th hole

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The brand, which was founded in 1959 by former engineer, Karsten Solheim, has been producing some of the best putters on Tour for many, many years.

For 2022, the company will produce four models in the PLD range. What makes the PLD range different you may ask? Well, it is their classic models milled from 303 Forged Stainless Steel to give a high premium feel and finish to match the high premium price. This means that the best materials are used to create a putter that not only looks good, but feels good too.

Among the range is the Ping PLD Anser Putter, which is a real throwback to the original. Featuring a long head counterbalanced with heel and toe weights, it also has a plumb neck offset hosel. 

Another is the Ping PLD DS 72 Putter, which combines a modern face with a balanced shape. Finished in a premium milled, it also has hints of some of the classic face balanced mallets from Ping’s history. 

Along with the PLD Anser and PLD DS 72, the range also features the Anser 2 and the Prime Tyne 4.

Hatton's golf bag

Hatton's golf bag at The 2022 Players Championship

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Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x