Anser Milled 1
Category: Blade Putters
WE TESTED: 34”, 35” shaft length
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: An updated classic variation on the original Anser for “slight arc” strokes. It’s forged from one piece of 303-stainless steel and has a firm feel and solid thud. Subtle milling lines on the heel and toe prevent glare.
OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the top-rated putters. The gold standard for feel.
DISTANCE CONTROL: The milled face appears to reduce skid and gets the ball rolling instantly on line; takes a lot of the fear out of three-putting; very consistent performance with acceptable distance on mis-hits.
FEEL: It yields plenty of feedback to let you know immediately what you’ve done; excellent balance; the right mix of firmness and response—there’s no mistaking a center hit, which is similar to a forged iron.
LOOK: The satin nickel finish and horizontal milling lines give it a luxurious look; the milled face is very subtle and not noticeable at address.
A few lower-handicappers find that putts will occasionally jump a bit off the clubface; a small minority of higher-handicappers could use more help on poor strokes.
From The Shop Blog (June 24, 2011)
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, 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.
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.