Ping Anser Wedges
WE TESTED: 50°/12°, 52°/12°, 54°/12°, 56°/12°, 58°/10°, 60°/10° with True Temper DG Spinner steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The head is forged from soft 8620-carbon steel and has a reinforced cavity for improved feel and feedback. Machined grooves increase shot control. The tapered sole is narrower in the heel than toe to aid performance from tight and trouble lies.
OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the top-rated models in the test. At or near the top in all performance categories.
PLAYABILITY: Standard shot trajectory is not too high and is easy to alter and control; one of the best wedges from tricky lies around the green.
DISTANCE CONTROL: About as good as it gets in this category; consistently produces dialed-in yardages on full swings or partial ones.
FEEL: Well-balanced heads; impact is a solid sensation that provides plenty of feedback and a pleasing “click” through the ball.
LOOK: The understated look and confidence-inspiring shape make this a favorite among testers; soft satin finish reduces glare at address.
A few testers say it’s not quite as softfeeling as some forgings.
From The Shop Blog (May 9, 2011)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Last year Ping released its first forged iron, the Anser. The new Anser wedges look like an extension of those irons, and they have some features that should make them appealing to mid- and low-handicap players.
"It's a forged wedge and the hosel got a little bit longer," says Matt Rollins, one of Ping's PGA Tour representatives. "Therefore, we decided to add a tungsten piece out on the toe to elongate the sweet spot."
In the photo on the right, the tungsten is the slightly-darker metal surrounding the 60.
Rollins also says that the ball flight of the Anser wedges, which are made from a soft 8620 stainless steel, is slightly flatter and lower than some of Ping's other wedges. "I'm not saying that's wrong, or better, or worse... it's just different," Rollins said.
The biggest difference between the Anser wedges and the other wedges in Ping's lineup (Tour-S, Tour-S Rustique, Tour-W TS) is that there is no back weight, according to Rollins. Ping has traditionally used that back weight to help adjust the club's swing weight. With the Anser, club builders can insert small weights inside the hosel to adjust for a player's desired shaft weight or shaft length.
While the Anser lacks the weight badge, it does feature a stabilization bar that runs diagonally across the cavity in the toe section. "We had a couple of people in our testing who said it was a little off when they hit it intentionally out on the toe," Rollins says. By adding just a little more mass in that area, Ping hopes to enhance feel on flop shots and delicate pitches.
Ping Anser Wedge FAce When the Anser wedges are released later this summer, look for 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60° options. Thanks to a notch that Ping designs into the hosels of all its wedges and irons, fitters can easily bend the clubs into the exact loft you want. In fact, Hunter Mahan, who put the Anser wedges into play last week at Quail Hollow, had his 56° bent to 53°.
"You just have to remember that for every degree that you bend the club, you take a degree of bounce either on or off," Rollins says. "There's a one-to-one ratio."
Ping does not have a suggested retail price for the clubs yet.