The production model Ping Croquet putters bearing Ping's Scottsdale address were marked "69BC." Ping, however, did maker a few "69" croquet-style putters. These were custom orders—which explains the 40-inch straight shaft in this putter. These putters were produced for a few years in the mid 60s, but when the USGA announced in May of 1967 that croquet-style putters would soon be non-conforming to the rules of golf, production stopped—at no great loss to Ping because they did not sell many of these to begin with when compared to their conventional models. Today, however, because of their rarity and non-conforming nature, they are more desirable to collectors than many other 1960s Scottsdale putters .
This fine example is entirely original, including the square Golf Pride Line Rite grip and Ping grip collar. The head shows little wear and the top of the flange still has most of its gold-colored metallic coating, which is actually original to this particular club. Another great PING rarity!