ClubTest 2014: Ping Karsten TR Anser 2 Putter
Ping Karsten TR Anser 2
Category: Blade Putters
WE TESTED: 34”, 35” shaft lengths
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Variable-depth grooves are engineered to produce similar ball speeds between center and off-center hits.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Top-shelf results— perhaps the widest sweet spot in the category; rewards good putts without punishing bad ones—outstanding distance correction and speed control on heel and toe hits; slightly off-center putts roll out almost as well as center strikes do.
FEEL: Smooth, controlled roll—stable, soft and pure on center hits with a little click off the heel and toe; a few guys really like the midsize grip; misses feel similar to center contact.
LOOK: Old school, polished copper head with contrasting bright white grooves has lots of fans; very easy to align; no issue with glare.
Varied views regarding impact—the face feels too explosive for some testers, while others find that feedback can be too muted; a handful of guys don’t care for the copper color, and a few don’t want to look down at bright white grooves.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the highest-rated blades. Loads of help in a putter with a classic profile— the groove design really works. The copper color is polarizing, but those who loved the Pings of yesteryear find themselves rekindling the old flame.
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