How does it look behind the ball?
The Ping B60 is one of the classic shapes of the the last 50 years in putting.
Used by Nick Faldo for two of his major victories in Beryllium Copper form, it
has been manufactured by Ping in many different materials over the years.
The shape of the two bulges at back of the putter is what gives it its "B"
name, and you should be aware that optical research has proven that rounded
shapes are more difficult to align than straight, perpendicular ones, but the long aimline
on the B60 does go some way to make up for this.
on a Ping B60
How does it feel?
For me the overwhelming feeling of the B60 is that of a ringing sound when you
make contact with the ball. It's not in the same "pinging" league as some of the
models whose "soundslot" make them really sing. The sound here more that of a
But there's no delicate feel from the B60, along with this distinctive sound,
which is a bit of a disappointment. This is compounded by the fact that the
putter head isn't as dainty as many thinner styles of putter.
How does it roll the ball?
The ball comes off the face slowly with a fairly dull thud and this is a characteristic that you'll like if you regularly putt on superfast greens,
but may otherwise disappoint you.
Nevertheless this almost unique delivery of the ball from the clubface probably accounts for why Nick Faldo used this putter to such good effect at the end of his career
on the slick greens of Augusta National.
Although it has an attractive appearance and great roll, the B60 has been the
lesser relation to the Anser
in Ping's stable for several decades, and for my money I wouldn't opt for a B60
because of the dull feel.
The feel may well leave you unimpressed as well, but it is a great putter for slippery
putts on fast greens and this alone will keep golfers buying and using the Ping
B60 for many years to come.
Others to consider:
The Anser is the putter that has been copied a thousand times - now available from Ping at a variety of prices.
Ping Redwood Anser
The design which has won more pro events than any other, now with top quality materials.
Ping Zing 2
A much more attractive version of the original without the copper head that oxidizes in the sun!
Ping Karsten Anser
Unbeatable on price and right up there for feel and design.
Ping Crazy E
One of the easiest putters to line up we've ever tested, but feel is hollow
Ping Anser G5i
A hideous beast to look at, but beautiful to use.
The first putter Ping ever made. A collectors' piece now. Not great to use, and very loud!
Ping Scottsdale Pickemup
This cross between the Batman sign & a Star Wars fighter has surprisingly good feel
Ping iN Wack-E
A radical spin off from the successful (but hollow-sounding) G5i Craz-E
In our opinion, Ping's best effort at a blade putter
Technology has led the Ping designers to create a holy mess of a putter. If you love the weird and the whacky, you might (just) like this
Ping J Blade
Possibly the ugliest putter Ping has ever made ... and it feels dreadful too!
Not sure if a Ping B60 is for you? Click here for our article on choosing a putter to fit your stroke.
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