Why Pros Are Wearing PLD Golf Hats At The Players Championship

Ping pros are wearing PLD caps and using special bags at TPC Sawgrass this week - here's why

Viktor Hovland and his caddie and a PLD Ping golf bag
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Many eagle-eyed golf fans will notice a number of Ping staff players wearing PLD golf caps and their caddies carrying white, black and gold PLD-logoed bags at the Players Championship. So what does it mean?

It's the second time Ping has decked out its players with PLD caps and bags during The Players week, after debuting the accessories at TPC Sawgrass in 2022.

The three-letter acronym stands for 'Putting Lab Design', with many of Ping's pros using the PLD range out on the PGA, DP World and LPGA Tours as well as in LIV Golf.

Players showing off the PLD logos this week include Viktor Hovland, Matthieu Pavon, Corey Conners, Austin Eckroat, Sahith Theegala, Mackenzie Hughes, Harris English, Taylor Moore and Nate Lashley.

PLD was originally available for pros only, but the line was launched to consumers in 2022 and featured a range of high quality, premium milled flat sticks, including the PLD Anser putter. They're made from a solid block of forged 303 stainless steel, which Ping says "requires more than four hours of milling time" and have the company's precision-milled face pattern.

They come in a range of different blade and mallet designs, ranking among the best putters on the market - and five new models have just been released in the form of the PLD Milled Anser, Anser 2D, Oslo 3 and DS72 and Ally Blue 4.

Ping PLD 2024 putters

(Image credit: Ping)

Viktor Hovland is Ping's biggest name player to use one of the models, with the FedEx Cup champion and Ryder Cup star using a PLD DS 72 prototype mid-mallet.

Allisen Corpuz won the US Women's Open with one in the bag, while LIV Golf star Joaquin Niemann has also been using a PLD model to great success. 

Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV