ClubTest 2013: Ping Anser Irons
Ping Anser Irons
Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $1,449, steel
WE TESTED: 3-PW with Project X steel shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Support bars in the cavities progressively shift through the set to alter CG and launch conditions. The forged carbon steel head has a 40-gram tungsten-nickel sole weight to aid ball flight.
PLAYABILITY: A mid-trajectory iron that executes the same straight shot time after time and lie after lie; capable of hitting gentle draws and fades while resisting big slingers; steep swingers praise its rounded sole, which doesn’t dig even in wet turf.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Standout accuracy; doesn’t lose much on mis-hits -- thin shots climb and heavy ones carry; minimal sidespin off the face mitigates directional misses; low-stress long irons play like game-improvement clubs.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Control is the operative word; lacks tremendous power but more than makes up for it with head-of-the-class consistency; pick a yardage, make a swing, and it gets there.
FEEL: Satisfying feedback without the sting; ball stays on face a long time and flies off with a brawny, audible whack; ultra-stable head cruises through impact.
LOOK: Midsize head hides a relatively large cavity at address; progressive offset boosts confidence in long irons without sacrificing Tour-like look in scoring clubs; satin finish blends well with multi-material sole.
Middle-of-the-road carry distance; some testers prefer a more cushioned impact feel; clubhead and topline are on the large side for pure blade players.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the highest-rated clubs in the test. Ping’s first forged iron stands out for consistency. It’s the top vote-getter for distance control and scores very high marks for accuracy/forgiveness as well.
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