Ping Scottsdale Putters

Photo: Schecter Lee

Ping Scottsdale Shea (left), Mesquite

From GOLF Magazine ClubTest 2012 (June, 2012)

Category: Midsize Mallet Putters
Price: $130

WE TESTED: 34”, 35” shaft length
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The stainless steel, 355-gram head has a two-piece face insert—elastomer with a urethane coating—for a crisp, solid thud. Its hosel configuration fits into Ping’s “Slight Arc” category. The Shea offers simple alignment geometry with its single white line.

OUR TESTERS SAY: A good combo of look and performance. Smooth roller that’s a simple putter to aim and swing.

DISTANCE CONTROL: Center contact produces very consistent roll, making it easy to dial in distances; best on short and mid-range putts, where its heft minimizes wobbly strokes and maximizes control.
FEEL: Strong perimeter weighting reduces twisting and makes you aware of where the head is during the stroke; elastomer insert delivers quiet, gentle thump and a very smooth overall feel.
LOOK: The attractive charcoal gray matte finish reduces glare and offers a nice contrast to the single white alignment line.

A few testers prefer a more profound, distinctive sensation at impact; a minority finds the sweet spot to be a bit smaller than expected.

From GOLF Magazine ClubTest 2012 (June, 2012)

Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters
Price: $160

WE TESTED: 34”, 35” shaft length
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The stainless steel head features a medium-soft thermoplastic insert. The 375-gram head has “toe-down” weighting that’s best suited for those with “strong arc” putting strokes. The bold sightline makes aiming easy.

OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the higher-rated putters. Corrects stroke errors and keeps putts tracking on their intended line.

DISTANCE CONTROL: Some testers find it deadly accurate from 10 feet and in; toe hits lose very little distance; overall distance control is very consistent on short, medium or long putts.
FEEL: The elastomer insert delivers a cushion-y soft feel no matter where the ball is struck; very stable through impact, with just a hint of twist on the biggest mis-hits.
LOOK: The sharp contrast in colors makes it a pleasure to aim; it draws comparisons to Odyssey’s 2-Ball putter because of its oval-shaped, elongated back and rear “ball” motif.

A few testers find it difficult to control speed with the softer insert, especially on long putts; the in-your-face modern look may turn off traditionalists with an eye for classic styling.

From Golf Magazine (June 2011)
Ping Scottsdale Wolverine
Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters
We tested: 34", 35" shaft length

Key Technologies: The face balanced, 355-gram head features a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) face insert with applique that elicits a soft yet solid feel and crisp sound. The combination of TPE and enhanced perimeter weighting leads to improved feel and roll.

OUR TESTERS SAY: Among the best models tested; it's a very good redo of the Craz-E.

DISTANCE CONTROL: Lots of shot correction - face insert delivers consistent, accurate, controlled roll (speed) and distance on or off the sweet spot.
FEEL: Lots of useable feedback when you miss a putt, rather than a reprimand; nice balance and weight, putter glides through the stroke.
LOOK: Stealth black metal and contrasting red-and-white alignment feature draw your eye to the centerline.

Dissenters find the complexity of the curves behind the face to be a distraction; a few testers believe impact is too soft and lacks enough feedback.

Have you tried this club? Tell us what you think here.


Ping Scottsdale Half Pipe
Category: Midsize Mallet Putters
We tested: 34", 35" shaft length

Key Technologies: The thermoplastic elastomer face insert delivers a soft yet crisp sound and feel at impact to enhance distance control. The club boasts plenty of perimeter weighting for a true roll and bold alignment aids to help with aim.

OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the best models tested - ranks near the top in all three categories.

DISTANCE CONTROL: Lively face helps to get the ball to the hole - "never up, never in" doesn't apply to this putter.
FEEL: Soft, cushioned sensation at impact; some testers find it to be the softest feel in the test; sufficient head weight covers up mis-hits.
LOOK: Scalloped back frames ball very well; easy putter to align square to the cup; it's minor, but the half-pipe back makes it easy to scoop balls up off the green.

Insert is too soft (not enough feedback) for a small number of testers; a few find that putts occasionally jump off the face and travel farther than intended.

Have you tried this club? Tell us what you think here.


Ping Scottsdale Anser 2
Category: Blade Putters
We tested: 34", 35" shaft length

Key Technologies: The thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) face insert with applique delivers a soft yet solid feel. Additional perimeter weighting leads to improved roll. The long sightline and red alignment aid on the face should help with aim and accuracy.

OUR TESTERS SAY: This updated classic offers straightforward, expected performance.

DISTANCE CONTROL: Good offering for players of all abilities; reliable distance control; easy to swing the putterhead back and through.
FEEL: Soft feel with a fairly crisp sound at impact; off-center hits have a distinctive feel.
LOOK: The striking black clubhead against a white insert works well visually; attractive new look to a traditional Ping classic; white sightline makes addressing the ball a snap.

Some testers find impact to be too cushioned overall and seek more positive feedback; a few guys don't see enough performance difference from previous Anser-style putters.

Have you tried this club? Tell us what you think here.


From The Shop Blog (August 12, 2010)
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — K.J. Choi and Kenny Perry have recently been using new putters that are part of Ping's latest putter line, the Scottsdale series.

There are 14 different models in the new line, and first thing golfers will notice is the finish, which is much darker than previous Ping putters. That should help the maroon and white alignment aids and sightlines stand out more.

But Ping hopes it's the white insert found in face of all Scottsdale putters that will make them stand out.

Matt Rollins, a Ping PGA Tour rep, said, "We feel this is the best-feeling insert we've had in a putter in a while." He says the polymer insert is softer than the insert used in the i-Series putters, so Ping hopes that it will match well with today's mutli-layer golf balls.

The line features such Ping standards as the Anser and the B60, but there are some new headshapes too, including the blade-style TomCat and the extreme perimeter-weighted Y Worry.


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