Between October of 1966 and January of 1967, Jack Nicklaus won four
professional championships using a Ping Cushin much like the one offered here. In early 1967, Karsten
Solheim entered into an agreement with Mark McCormick, the agent for
Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, that allowed Slazenger of England to sell
PING putters bearing the endorsement of Nicklaus. This agreement
lasted approximately three years. ATPWP p 92-94, 100
Later 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 the tacit
endorsement from one gigantic player who had to stop using his PING
The Cushin was introduced in mid-1965. This Nicklaus Cushin shows some
use, but still looks great and presents well. The sight line on the top of the head is original to the club. The PING grip is a
replacement. The blue area on the shaft
bend in one of the pictures is just a reflection, not a heating mark, etc.
Jack Nicklaus PING putters are wonderful history and eminently collectible.