Ping TR 1996 Anser Putter Review: ClubTest 2016

May 17, 2016



CATEGORY: Blade Putters
PRICE: $150
WE TESTED: 35″ length
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The Anser and Anser 2 (above) have shallower grooves toward the edges to standardize ball speed across the clubface.


DISTANCE CONTROL: Balls stay on the face long enough to eliminate skidding; the grooves get the job done — toe and heel hits roll within gimme range.
FEEL: Well-balanced and completely natural right out of the box; the Anser 2 seems slightly harder than its sibling but still relatively soft; larger grip feels great and preserves awareness of the head.
LOOK: Two classic shapes with face grooves for a modern touch; Anser has a bronze finish, a sole slot, and no alignment line; Anser 2 is slightly less rounded, with a glare-free silver finish, thinner topline and white alignment line.


Some guys prefer the finish and feel of the Anser, but not the lack of an alignment line; a few testers need more directional forgiveness; one or two want more flash.

BOTTOM LINE: Both the Anser and Anser 2 rank among the top models in the test. These time-honored designs provide excellent feel, a tight roll and a good dose of consistency.


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