Ping Anser Hybrid
Category: Better-Player Hybrids
WE TESTED: 17°, 20°, 23°, 27° with Ping TFC 800H graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The center of gravity gets progressively lower and deeper as loft decreases to ensure proper launch for each club. The stainless steel face has alternating white scoring lines to aid alignment.
PLAYABILITY: A controllable, mid-trajectory; it quickly lifts the ball out of rough and bunkers; moderately workable, with a slight draw tendency.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Very tight dispersion, especially for smoother swingers; mis- hits hold the line well and produce acceptable distance.
DISTANCE: Respectable length -- distances correspond more closely to irons than woods at equivalent lofts; flatter trajectory produces more roll than many others tested.
FEEL: Consistently stable sensation through the ball.
LOOK: High marks; mean, muscular look is very similar to the Ping i20; testers praise its matte black finish and midsize head; inviting leading edge and alternating white scoring lines frame the ball well.
Not the most responsive club -- produces a dull thump at impact without much feedback; requires a smooth tempo to perform best -- quick or hard swingers seem to struggle at times to control the spin and ball flight; some guys say it's not a big upgrade over the i20, and it's not adjustable.
BOTTOM LINE: Attractive hybrids that are best suited as a long-iron replacement for smooth swingers.
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