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ClubTest 2014: Ping Karsten TR Anser 2 Putter

Ping Karsten TR Anser 2 Putter
Michael Chini
Ping Karsten TR Anser 2 Putter

Ping Karsten TR Anser 2
Category: Blade Putters
Price: $150
WE TESTED:
34”, 35” shaft lengths
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Variable-depth grooves are engineered to produce similar ball speeds between center and off-center hits.

PROS
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.

CONS
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.

RELATED LINKS
BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Ping Kartsen TR Anser 2 Putter
CLUBTEST INDEX: List of past ClubTest Putter reviews

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