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Karsten's Way: The Life-Changing Story of Karsten Solheim-- Pioneer in Golf Club Design and the Founder of Ping Hardcover – 31 Dec 1999


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Wondering how the business aspects of the game have evolved? 4 July 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Tracy Sumner's Karsten's Way is the fascinating biography of Karsten Solheim who was a visionary pioneer in the design of golf clubs, the founder of PING, and for whom The Solheim Cup was named. Karsten's influence and ideas were to profoundly influence both golf and the golf equipment business. If you've ever held a golf club in your hands, or wondered how the business aspects of the game have evolved, this Karsten's Way will prove to be as inspiring as it is informative.
I sincerely commend this book. 13 Oct 2000
By "neilcoles" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Friendship and respect are two of the most precious assets in a man's life. Karsten Solheim enjoyed both in large measures throughout the golf world. We shared a very special relationship, owed to my now having played Ping clubs for 20 years. I sincerely commend this book, "Karsten's Way," for it is above all, the story of a far-sighted pioneer, and an essential record of how he revolutionized golf with his exceptional passions.
Terrific, must-read book for golfers and even engineers/inventors 1 Feb 2013
By Allen Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I wrote this review after reading the completely fact-devoid 1-star review that stated this book is about God and has nothing about Karsten Solheim himself. Nothing could be further from the truth on both counts. I own this book and it is 99% about the man as a GOLF CLUB MAKER and inventor, and about the development of the Ping company from the beginning and through the years.

The religious and inspirational stuff is barely present anywhere in the book, and I've read it from cover to cover.

It's great reading for those interested in Karsten Solheim's engineering of Ping putters from the start in the 1960s, then other golf clubs he engineered, also the growth of his company, and issues around some club models through the years-- such as the lawsuit when the USGA declared the ultra-best-selling Ping Eye 2 irons illegal due to the closely spaced "square grooves" that make shots have greater backspin and bite (the legal settlement was that existing Eye 2 sets--several years' worth(!)-- were grandfathered in as being legal in golf tournaments, but no more sets carrying those grooves may be made in the future).

There is some space in this book devoted to his family, but mostly as it relates to their involvement in the Ping company.

A surprisingly interesting read and an excellent book. A MUST for golf enthusiasts as well as, yes, inventors.
Karstren's Way 29 Mar 2012
By Gary A. Bowker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For anyone enjoying PING golfing equipment this story of Karstne Solheim is a "must read". The contribution of the Solheims to both the world of golf and to the world is uplifting.
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Hear the PING?? 17 Feb 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A good book to read when you feel like things aren't going your way....there's a reason why things happen in people's lives (i.e. GOD)...after i read the book i now know why i felt PING golf equipment is the best...never sacrifice what you believe in
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