Ping Karsten Anser - best cheap putter out there?
How does it look behind the ball?
There's no doubting the pedigree of the Ping Karsten Anser. It's the great design and has been a favourite with Tour Pros and amateurs for decades. Even Tiger Woods' putter is a copy of the original Ping Anser design. Do you need more persuading to give this putter a try?
The Karsten Anser is easy to align due to square shape, and the only downside on the looks front is in terms of the finish - it doesn't quite have the quality of feel of Scotty Cameron or the top of the range Ping Redwoods, but then they're nearly 3 times the price.
on an Ping Karsten Anser putter...
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How does it feel?
Even though it's a putter that doesn't have the "hand-milled" look to it (it's basically a mass moulded product) we were particularly impressed by the feel. In addition to that the grip was superb. Although it's a small point - it was really tacky (in the way you want a grip to be!) and gave you a reasurring feeling.
How does it roll the ball?
The roll we got was first class true and solid without being firey.
For the money The Ping Karsten Anser gives you the best roll of any putter we've ever tested. End of story!
This is a mass produced version of the classic Ping design that's won more Tour titles than any other. Although it's priced for the middle of the market, Ping doesn't seem to have scrimped on the essentials and the result is close to the best roll and feel imaginable at a terrifically affordable price.
One of the most impressive putters we've ever tested.
Others to consider
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