This 1A no model (the putter is a 1A but not stamped 1A) is in
outstanding condition. It has a rich dark patina, typical of early PING manganese bronze putters.
Ping Redwood City 1A No Model putters were made before the RC 1A-stamped putters. The No Models have an original hand-made leather wrapped grips in the high majority of instances while the 1A often uses a rubber Golf Pride Informer Grip. Furthermore, the shaft in the 1A No Model is more in the center of the head when compared to the shaft in the 1A model. On the 1A model, Karsten changed the location of the shaft's base, moving it slightly closer to the heel.
The original leather-wrap grip has its original trim tape on the grip collar. As described in great detail in The Putter Went Ping,
these grips could survive nuclear winter. Engineered to be extremely durable, each grip took a couple of days
to make, including drying time, and a significant amount of work. The original "Torsion T" grip cap is still on the club as well.
Karsten Solheim, with the able help of his teen-age sons Allan and
John, made this putter by hand in his Redwood City, California,
garage. Redwood City Ping putters are now iconic. They unleashed the
creative genius of Karsten Solheim, the man who changed how the
entire clubmaking world designed and produced golf clubs. This putter is one of his earliest.
The "3" stamped on the sole is Karsten's weight stamp. The putter's 35 1/2" shaft is original.
For more information on this iconic putter and the other Redwood City putters, the entire second chapter in And the Putter Went Ping,
pages 26 through 53, tells the amazing story. This chapter highlights
in great detail the creative genius behind the 1A, how it came to be,
and the gigantic roll it played in bringing heel/toe weighting into the
world of golf.
This is the Ping 1A shown in the group image.