Ping Putter Possibilities

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The Scottsdale manufacturer’s 2021 putter series has a model for everyone.


Christmas has probably got it beat for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, but that moment Ping reveals a new line of putters always causes a tiny spike in the pulse of the committed gearhead. Like a new Titleist ball, Callaway driver, Cleveland Wedge, or Mizuno blade, the arrival of new putters from the company whose founder bought perimeter-weighting to golf clubs and made Moment of Inertia (MoI) a thing in the golf industry (though coined in 1765 apparently, the term wouldn’t become a regular in golf vernacular until the 21st century) is always newsworthy. And though it obviously hasn’t had a monopoly on high-MoI equipment for decades, being the pioneer that first made golf clubs forgiving gives Ping a certain distinction.

But for all its weight and bearing, the new putter family has a remarkably modest name – simply the year of its appearance. Perhaps calling it the ‘2021 Putter Series’ gives it a little extra gravitas. But whatever the reason, the techy-sounding ‘Sigma’ and commemorative ‘Heppler’ (last year’s Heppler putters were named for former long-time Ping employee Rick Heppler) have given way to something altogether simpler.

Though the Sigma 2 line is still showcased on Ping’s web site, the 2021 Series essentially replaces it with 11 head models (same number as Sigma 2) that cover the range of putting strokes – straight back and through, to significantly arced, and everything in between. There are blades, mid-mallets, and mallets, and an arm-lock model for those inspired by Will Zalatoris’s fine display at the Masters last week.

The look of the 2021 is very different to that of its predecessors. Black Pistol grips (three styles – PP58, PP58-S and PP60), black chrome shafts, and a black PVD finish (Ping calls it ‘dark, stealth’) makes it all-business. And, unlike the Heppler whose faces were smooth and relatively firm, the 2021 putters feature dual-durometer PEBAX inserts with shallow grooves that have a soft front layer that Ping says ‘ensures the precision necessary for short putts’ , and a firmer back layer that ‘gives solid feedback and distance-control on long putts’. “By combining the two hardnesses of the PEBAX material we’re providing a feel preference that appeals to a large segment of golfers while delivering the consistency golfers need to improve their ‘strokes gained: putting’ results,” says Ping President John K. Solheim, grandson of Karsten. “It is designed for the golfer who prefers a putter on the softer side of the feel spectrum but with the response of a firm face.”

All 2021 models have a multi-material head – a body of 17-4 Stainless Steel, cast aluminum, or 6061 aluminum with tungsten face weights or, in the case of the cast aluminum putters, stainless steel sole plates which have much the same effect as the tungsten weights – boost MoI.

Here are the (11) 2021 Putter Series models with specifications:

ANSER

Ping Anser 1

Stroke Type: Slight Arc

Head Weight: 350g

Balance: Mid Hang

Availability: RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP58 Mid


ANSER 2

Ping Anser 2

Stroke Type: Slight Arc

Head Weight: 350g

Balance: Mid Hang

Availability: RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP60


ANSER 4

Ping Anser 4

Stroke Type: Strong Arc

Head Weight: 350g

Balance: Toe Down

Availability: RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP58 Mid


KUSHIN 4

Ping Kushin

Stroke Type: Strong Arc

Head Weight: 360g

Balance: Toe Down

Availability: RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP58 Mid


DS 72

Ping DS72

Stroke Type: Slight Arc

Head Weight: 360g

Balance: Mid Hang

Availability: RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP58 Mid


CA 70

Ping CA 70

Stroke Types: Straight, Slight Arc

Head Weight: 360g

Availability: RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-2°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP58 Mid


TYNE 4

Ping Tyne 4

Stroke Type: Strong Arc

Head Weight: 365g

Balance: Toe Down

Availability: RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP58 Mid


FETCH

Ping Fetch 1

Stroke Type: Straight

Head Weight: 365g

Balance: Face

Availability: RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-2°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP60


TYNE C

Ping Tyne C

Stroke Type: Straight

Head Weight: 365g

Balance: Face

Availability: RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +-1°

Std Grip: PP58 Mid


OSLO H

Ping Oslo H

Stroke Type: Slight Arc

Head Weight: 365g

Balance: Mid Hang

Availability: RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP60


HARWOOD

Ping Harwood

Stroke Types: Straight, Slight Arc

Head Weight: 385g

Availability: RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-2°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP60


HARWOOD ARMLOCK

Stroke Types: Straight, Slight Arc

Head Weight: 385g

RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-2°

Std. Length: 41 ½”

Grip: 21”

Loft: 6°

 

All putters are $270 except for Harwood which is $380.
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