Ping Anser Driver
From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2013 (March 2013)
Ping Anser Driver
Category: Tour Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° with Ping TFC 800D graphite shaft
DISTANCE: One of the lowest-spinning drivers in its category delivers some monster drives for fast swingers with high spin rates; powerful all over the face, respectable mis-hits.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Enough forgiveness so that poor hits deliver serviceable results; testers speak of shot repeatability and control.
FEEL: Face feels reactive but not hard; pleasing amount of head stability; easy to discern a good hit from a poor one.
PLAYABILITY: Easy to shape shots; adjustability feature isn’t too sophisticated but is a welcome addition; lower launch and flight than many others.
LOOK: Some say it looks larger than 460cc at address, as if it’s stretched and flattened from face to rear; nothing fancy to the flat black finish; useful crescent-moon alignment aid.
Some testers prefer more adjustability features besides +/- 0.5° loft; a few guys don’t see dramatic enough performance upgrades over the i20; a small number of guys don’t sense the clubhead enough during the swing.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the higher-rated models. A good option for someone who needs some forgiveness and betterthan- average length and who isn’t hung up on extreme adjustability.
HOT STIX'S TAKE
Little loss of ball speed on off-center hits.
From Golf Magazine (September 2012)
Ping’s first-ever adjustable driver gives you the ability to tweak loft (standard, +0.5°, -0.5°) for more consistent, longer shots. The Anser’s titanium body (Ti 8-1-1) is lighter than commonly used Ti 6-4, so more mass can be redistributed to increase MOI and reposition the center of gravity. In addition, the Ti 6-4 clubface has variable thicknesses to aid performance on off-center hits.
The Anser—more forgiving than the “better player” i20 but slightly less so than the “game improvement” G20—has an effective MOI that’s 9 percent greater than the i20 on mis-hits struck high or low on the face. The club’s launch and spin characteristics position it between the i20 and G20, too: The i20, for faster swingers, has a mid-launch, low-spin flight; the Anser generates mid- to high launch and low spin; the G20 produces high launch and mid spin.
Lastly, the Anser has similar aerodynamics to the i20. Both heads have a curved crown that limits drag (more apparent with faster swingers). By contrast, the G20 driver has a flatter crown and a bigger profile.
From The Shop Blog (July 10, 2012)
At the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic and the European Tour's Scottish Open this week, Ping staff players will get their first chance to try to the company's newest driver, the Anser.
The 460-cc, matte-black, titanium Anser is Ping’s first adjustable driver, allowing golfers to add or take away .5° of loft.
While the club should be in pro shops in mid-August, Ping declined to reveal pricing information, but did say it will be available in 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° and 12° versions.