Today’s putters come in a myriad of shapes, sizes and colors, with inserts, faces with grooves or sophisticated alignment aids.
Ping's newest line of putters, the Anser series, strips away nearly all of those elements and takes things back to basics.
The putters—which are all machine milled from 303 stainless steel—don't have names. They are identified by numbers running from one to five. The sixth putter, originally to be called the Anser 0 (above), is basically a modern remake of the original Anser putter made by Karsten Solheim in 1966, complete with a narrow cut running along the sole that improves the sound of impact. Brad Schweigert, Ping Golf's director of engineering, said that this sixth club will simply be labeled Anser when it arrives in pro shops in August.
You won't find a mallet or High MOI (moment of inertia) putter in the Anser series; each of the six blades is a familiar, heel-toe weighted design. The Answer putters produce different balances through their different neck and hosel configurations. During a Ping event at the U.S. Open, Schweigert said, "We are going to start classifying all the putters we sell into three stroke categories—Straight, Slight Arc and Strong Arc." Ping's new iPING app for iPhone and iPod will help you determine which of these groups matches your putting stoke in just five putts.
The Anser putters will be the first from Ping to feature color-coded shaft bands that indicate which type of putting stroke the club is designed to enhance (below).
Putters with a blue band are face-balanced and well suited for straight-stroke players. Red-banded putters should work well for golfers with a strong arc, and putters with a green shaft band are ideal for golfers who make a slight arc.
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