G4D Players At Ping Open Get Custom Fittings

Competitors were treated to the full custom-fitting experience as Ping continue to help golfers with a disability

Ping custom fitting
Ping custom fitting
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Ping continued in their quest to encourage new golfers with a disability into the game by offering a complimentary custom-fitting experience to all the players taking part in the 2023 Ping Open.

The Ping Open is a G4D event (golf for the disabled) and 16 players took advantage of the expert fitting process at Gainsborough before tackling the Karsten Lakes Course at Thonock Park GC which hosted the practice day and 36 holes of competition.

There were players from five nations in the field and all types of impairment were represented; physical, sensory, intellectual and neurodevelopmental and the Ping technicians were able to help each player make some crucial gains, some of which paid immediate dividends in the competition itself.

Matthew Jones, who is of short stature, and Matt Gamble who plays with his left arm, worked with Paul Rymer while Jacopo Luce, who has a neurodevelopmental impairment and had travelled from Venice, enjoyed a productive session in the Ping Putting Lab with Adam Wainwright.

Ellie Perks, also of short stature, also received some expert putting analysis while Kris Aves, who has been paralysed from the waist down since 2017 and plays from a powered chair, received a full-bag fitting with Nick Boulton, something he described as 'simply brilliant and eye-opening'.

Former semi-professional rugby player, Iain Millar, from Hampshire has a brain and spinal injury and he came away with his game on an upward curve.

“I was hitting the ball longer and straighter, it feels much more controlled. It’s an amazing centre here and makes you feel so optimistic about what you can do with your game.” 

In the competition Matthew Jones took the Stableford prize with scores of 40 and 41, Gamble won the Net with scores of 73-64 and Andrew Gardiner won the overall gross prize with an incredible round of 67 backing up his opening 79 to become a very deserving Ping Open champion.

Rob Moss, Tournament Director for the EDGA event, said: “It is the people at Ping that make this such a special company to work with. Our players were delighted with the help from Ping technicians Nick, Paul and Adam, they were tremendous. 

"As EDGA works with the game’s leading bodies to create a supportive, inclusive, and accessible golfing landscape, we could not have a better partner than our friends at Ping.”

Ping's three-year commitment to EDGA will also aid recent progress in providing professional coaches and volunteers to help expand the game to more golfers with an impairment internationally.

Mark Townsend
Contributing editor

Mark has worked in golf for over 20 years having started off his journalistic life at the Press Association and BBC Sport before moving to Sky Sports where he became their golf editor on skysports.com. He then worked at National Club Golfer and Lady Golfer where he was the deputy editor and he has interviewed many of the leading names in the game, both male and female, ghosted columns for the likes of Robert Rock, Charley Hull and Dame Laura Davies, as well as playing the vast majority of our Top 100 GB&I courses. He loves links golf with a particular love of Royal Dornoch and Kingsbarns. He is now a freelance, also working for the PGA and Robert Rock. Loves tour golf, both men and women and he remains the long-standing owner of an horrific short game. He plays at Moortown with a handicap of 6.