This Kushin putter bears a patent number in the cavity on the back of
along with the manufacturing address of Ping Golf Clubs in Scottsdale,
AZ—the address for Karsten's garage operation and headquarters! The
sight line on the top of the head is original to the club, as is
Karsten's unique two-way
"gooseneck" bend in the shaft near the head. These bends were made by Karsten in
The 34 1/2" shaft and Ping Golf Pride Pro Only grip appear to be original to this club but lacks its grip collar. The back of the head appears to be lightly cleaned and polished up a little, and it looks great!
The Kushin putter was first produced in 1964 and featured a
"goosenecked shaft" with its double bend near the head. In 1967, when the
USGA initially ruled that shafts were not allowed to have bends, which
rule the USGA eventually softened to allow bends within 5 inches
of the head, Karsten's business lost a lot of momentum and even Jack
Nicklaus had to stop using his PING
Cushin putter which he had used to win 4 professional events including
the 1967 Crosby and the 1965 World Cub. (For the full story, see PWP p 97-103)
For more information about the Kushin putter and unique grip/shaft, see And The Putter Went Ping page 74.