Ping Anser - the most successful putter of all time (so much so that everyone copies it)
How does it look behind the ball?
The classic Ping Anser shape gives you a feeling of security and certainty
when you address the ball (This picture is of a Redwood Anser). It is after all
the design of putter that has more Majors in the modern era than any other, and
been copied by dozens of other manufacturers.
Because the design is so
"square" alignment feels quite natural - all the lines of the putter are either
parallel to your target line or at right angles to it.
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Early Ping Ansers had no sight line at all painted onto them, but almost all models on sale now
have a sight line on the base of the putter which gives you an excellent aid to
How does it feel?
The Ping Anser gives you an extremely solid sensation when you make contact with
The earliest Ansers had a slit cut through the base parallel to and
just behind the hitting surface (aka the soundslot). When you strike a ball with
this design you get a loud ringing sound similar to the original
Ping 1A putters which gave the company its name.
on an Ping Anser putter...
If you're a fan of a loud putter then this will add feedback, but for my money, this really quite loud ringing takes some of the touch out of the putter.
Your best bet is one of the modern milled versions of this putter for feel and touch!
Anser also has a tremendous feeling of momentum through the hit - you don't feel
that the putter will be easily pushed off course one way or the other, or that
the face will twist easily.
The Anser is a 1/4 toe weighted putter, so the
toe will tend to swing in an open-square-closed path, however the sensation of
the face closing is mild.
Early cast examples are about 10% lighter than
the Redwood and Karsten versions (305-320 grams vs. 330-250 grams).
How does it roll the ball?
Like all Pings the roll off the Anser is good, verging on excellent - its lower
centre of gravity is designed to prevent skidding.
on an Ping Anser putter...
Is the Ping Anser Collectible?
Yes, if the putter came from the early models.
Knowing whether your Anser has
value as a collectors item depends on the year and model number (the details
which are engraved behind the hitting surface). For more information on
buying or selling a collectible Ping, I suggest submitting your
enquiry via the website www.pongman.com.
An absolute classic which lives up to its reputation. In almost any guise this
putter will be at least OK. Your best options are:
Ping Redwood Anser
The design which has won more pro events than any other, made with top quality materials. This Ping is a winner!
A straightforward heel and toe design with great roll from the C-Groove
Nike Method 001The best of the Nike Method putters. Favored by Tiger Woods while he was contractually obliged to use a Nike putter. A standard looking Anser style putter, with nice roll and feel. But not good enough to stay in Woods' bag once Nike gave up on the golf equipment industry.
Nike Method 004Face balanced version of the Method 001. Favor this putter if you routinely pull your putts or you're trying to produce a straight-back-straight through stroke.
See some of the history and early advertising for the Ping Anser here.