The Ping Zing Putter

Ping Zing

How does it look behind the ball?

Although the different versions of the Ping Zing Putter have slightly different configurations, they all have the same overall shape - pleasing curves that will appeal to you if you think modern putters are square and ugly.

The original Zing had only a tiny notch on the top bar of the putter for alignment, making it difficult to use, although all the models you can buy today have a much longer line from front to back, which improves things greatly.

Like all great things, the Zing has been copied by other club manufacturers, the most well-known of these "tributes" to the Zing shape is the Scotty Cameron Laguana used for many years by putting legend Brad Faxon.

How does it feel?

I find the Zing to have a somewhat dead feel - a bit like hitting the ball with a plank of wood - there's no great sound like with the Ping Anser ... instead all you hear is a dull thud. Although it doesn't sound so good I find it excellent on superfast greens - because the feel is dull the ball doesn't jump off the putter face.

Although it's toe weighted, you don't feel that the toe is especially highly weighted, so no sensation that it wants to release sharply through the putt.

How does it roll the ball?

Like all Pings the roll off the Zing is good, verging on excellent.


There's no doubt the Ping Zing putter is elegant and has great feel to go with top build quality for which Ping is well known.

I would advise you not to seek out an Original Zing, which suffer from very light head weight, a short aimline and mediocre roll and look for one of the steel colored models (from the Ping Zing 2 onwards). These are more modern putters and offer far greater level of performance. 

If your budget stretches to it and you're set on this shape, we believe the Scotty Cameron Laguana is superior, so bear these in mind too. 

Others to consider:

Ping Anser Ping Anser 2 The Anser is the putter that has been copied a thousand times - now available from Ping at a variety of prices.

Ping B60 ping b60 The lesser known Ping classic. Favored by putting great Nick Faldo in his later career. Slightly firmer feel, but excellent touch on fast greens and available in numerous styles over the years

Ping Zing ping Zing Curvy and pretty putter shape popularized in the 1980s and 1990s, used by Curtis Strange for two US Open wins and Jose Maria Olazabal for two Masters titles

Ping 1A Ping 1A The first putter Ping ever made. A collectors' piece now. Not great to use, and very loud!

Ping Redwood Anser Ping Redwood Anser The design which has won more pro events than any other, made with top quality materials. This Ping is a winner!

Ping Zing 2 More up-to-date and better version of the legendary Ping Zing. Great roll and feel

Ping Anser G5i Ping Anser G5i A hideous beast to look at, but beautiful to use.

Ping Crazy E Ping Crazy E One of the easiest putters to line up we've ever tested, but feel is hollow

Ping Karsten Anser Ping Karsten Anser Unbeatable on price and right up there for feel and design.

Ping Scottsdale Pickemup Ping Scottsdale Pickemup This cross between the Batman sign & a Star Wars fighter has surprisingly good feel

Ping iN Wack-E Ping iN Wack-E A radical spin off from the successful (but hollow-sounding) G5i Craz-E

Ping IN Ping IN 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

The different Ping Zing putter models:

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Ping Zing Putter - Original
Ping Redwood Zing
Ping iWi Zing
Ping iSeries Zing
Ping Karsten Zing
Ping G5i Zing
Ping G2 Zing

Other Details?

The Ping Zing was made famous in the 1980s & 90s by Jose Maria Olazabal and Curtis Strange who both won major championships using this design of putter.

Jose Maria Olazabal won the 1994 US Masters with a Ping Zing
Curtis Strange used a Ping Zing 2 to win back-to-back US Opens

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