Yes Donna Putter

The Yes Donna looks primarily like a Ping Anser with an extra half inch of back on it. At first sight, I must confess this put me off, but the squarish shape of the putter grew on me. The extra back to front width is not as off-putting as you might imagine - you'd certainly get used to it easily enough.

The Black and silver colour scheme on the head seems to work well, too. Because it's two-toned, you get a good impression of a T shape formed by the sight line and the top of the leading edge. My feeling is that you'd be able to aim this putter pretty instinctively, especially because the white sight line stands out so well against the black background.

on a Yes putter...

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How does it feel?

Unfortunately when you strike your putts with a Yes Donna you get a pingey sound, which is on completely the other end of the spectrum than the soft feel of, say, a soft-inserted Odyssey putter. It's a major problem... the ball seems to jump off the face at a far faster speed than you want. It would certainly take some getting used to.

How does the Yes Victoria roll the ball?

The C-Groove roll is the stuff of legend and really does seem to make a difference - your putts roll on and on and hold their line beautifully. Harold Swash's design is a masterpiece.


The very hard feel and pingey sound when striking the ball makes it hard to recommend this putter - the design is fine and we're big fans of the C-Groove roll, but as soon as you get a fast downhiller with the Donna in your hands it would have you worried - not a good thought to have in your mind as you start a round.

Others to consider:

Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Studio Stainless Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Studio Select The "more affordable", but rather unimpressive Scotty Cameron.

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

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.

TaylorMade Rossa Kia Ma Daytona TaylorMade Rossa Kia Ma Daytona Good looking Anser style putter - Part of TaylorMade's resurgence as a designer of high quality putters

TaylorMade Ghost TM-110 TaylorMade Ghost TM-110 Beautiful square-designed Anser with great aimlines - well worth a look!

TaylorMade Rossa Daytona TaylorMade Rossa Daytona Setup Well constructed Anser style putter - excellent if you're after a good putter at a lower cost - gunmetal color looks classy - feels good too!

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!

Yes Donna (C-Groove) Yes Donna Wide bodied anser-style head with the amazing C-Groove for a terrific roll.

Yes Carolyne Yes Carolyne A straightforward heel and toe design with great roll from the C-Groove

Nike Method 001 Nike Method 001 The 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 004 Nike Method 004 Face 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.

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