Ping iN Putters

March 29, 2010

From Golf Magazine ClubTest (April 2010)

Ping iN Series Wack-E
Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters
We tested: 34", 35" shaft length

Company line: "Center body cutouts allow weight to be redistributed to the perimeter for increased stability. The face-balanced clubhead features a lightweight polymer insert that's plated using 'nano-nickel' technology. This strong, light insert delivers firm impact feel comparable to steel faces."

PROS: Large yet surprisingly light clubhead; easy to align the "mouse-ears" style mallet and a pleasure to swing in a straight-back, straight-through manner; the Wack-E sets up well at address; tacky grip feels just right in hands; extreme perimeter weighting.

CONS: Some suggest that the insert muffles feedback; others find the head is too big and light, which can make it difficult, at times, to dial in distance control; high-pitched pinging sound has its detractors.

Ping iN Series B60 V2
Category: Midsize Mallet Putters
We tested: 34", 35" shaft length

Company line: "The iN Series putter is designed to elevate feel and forgiveness through the use of a 'nano-nickel' polymer insert and new center body cutouts, which expand perimeter weighting for increased stability."

Our Testers say:
PROS: The face insert provides lots of feedback to the hands; substantial head weight and insert provide reliable distance control; sweet feel on center hits; light click provides good auditory feedback; nice, end-over-end roll on solid strikes; clubhead remains stable through the stroke.

CONS: Off-center hits seem to lose a bit of distance; the "B" shape, and lots of offset, don't agree with some testers.

Ping iN Series Anser V2
Category: Blade Putters
We tested: 34", 35" shaft length

Company line: "This stainless steel putter elevates feel and forgiveness through new perimeter weighting and insert technologies. Center body cutouts allow mass to be redistributed to the perimeter for increased stability while its 'nano-nickel technology' insert produces solid sound and feel."

PROS: The most copied putter shape reinvented the alignment aid with a clever cutaway midsection; club delivers forgiving, predictable results; the bar separating the cutouts acts as a useful sightline; testers appreciate consistent distance output on longer putts; "plink" sound rather than high-pitched "ping" provides loads of auditory feedback; a safe, dependable option.

CONS: Some testers find sole cutouts distracting; a few panelists want more defined feel difference between center hits and slight misses to help lag putts.


From Sports Illustrated Golf+ Equipment Issue (February 8, 2010)
The iN series elevates feel and forgiveness through new perimeter-weighting and insert technologies. The first-of-its-kind nano-nickel insert produces a solid sound and feel. To achieve higher moments of inertia, the 10 new models are engineered with center body cutouts that help redistribute weight to the perimeter for increased stability.

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