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Golfing success secured with LOCTITE®

Reliability of adhesives makes PING part of the winning team

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—Sponsored article by Henkel Canada Corp.

A professional golfer’s swing can reach speeds of over 120 mph. That puts tremendous pressure on the clubface, the club head and the bond between the club head and shaft.

Imagine what would happen if that bond failed during a shot—the golf ball would be
flying in one direction, the club head in another, both at high speed.

That’s why PING, one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of golf equipment, relies on LOCTITE® adhesives. For over 30 years, PING has been using LOCTITE® adhesives to make sure PING clubs don’t fail on the course.

Ask your average golfer about some of his or her most challenging shots and you’ll hear about things like hitting out of weeds and long grass, and rescuing balls from water hazards. Golf clubs must be durable.

“The amount of force that is created on the face of golf clubs is exponentially large, so the durability is very key to our product. Adhesives are very important in our production process,” said John K. Solheim, PING’s executive vice president.

PING is a family-owned company founded in 1959 by Karsten Solheim, whose frustration with his putting inspired him to design a putter that made a “pinging” sound when striking a golf ball.

Today, PING is synonymous with innovation, quality and service in the world of golf. PING is credited with numerous innovations that became industry standards, including perimeter weighting, custom fitting and the use of investment casting in the manufacturing of golf clubs.

PING uses a two-part LOCTITE® epoxy adhesive that is easily stored, cures at room temperature and can withstand severe environments.

Should a golfer want to switch out a shaft and maintain the components, there’s the flexibility to do this using LOCTITE® adhesives. PING values that combination of strength and flexibility that LOCTITE® adhesives provide. “LOCTITE® allows us to deliver a quality product to our consumers that’s not going to fail in the field… and will give them the workability in the future,” said Solheim.

Tune in to a golf tournament some weekend and count the number of pros using PING clubs. Thanks to LOCTITE® products, they know their PING clubs will perform up to their high standards.

Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the leading solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings worldwide. See how LOCTITE can help you secure success. Call 1-800-LOCTITE (562-8483) or visit WWW.LOCTITE-SUCCESS.COM.

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