NEW EQUIPMENT

A first look at Ping's new 2021 series of putters

By Michael Johnson  

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The line features 11 models, with blade and mallet offerings that fit every stroke type from strong arc, slight arc to straight-back, straight-through strokes. The multimaterial designs promote forgiveness on mis-hits.

On the face, the front section is a softer material while the back section is a firmer material that the company found from working with its tour staff provided an ideal impact experience.

PRICE: All models are €299 except for the Harwood and Harwood Armlock mallet, which cost €499. The putters are available immediately for pre-order.

THE DEEP DIVE: When it comes to putters, it’s not that they are devoid of technology (they most certainly are not), but that technology is often overshadowed by the relatively straightforward metric by which consumers judge a putter’s relative worth:

Did the ball go in the hole?

Ping has realised this since the first inventions of Karsten Solheim some 60-plus years ago, which is why Ping's new line is simply named the 2021 putter series. Though it is technologically advanced, the company has placed an emphasis on maximising the moment of inertia in order to reduce grief on the greens.

“We just think we’re in the right space for having the appeal of the classic look at address with the technology that really prevails from the impact experience and the forgiveness standpoint,” said Ryan Stokke, director of product design for Ping.

The line features 11 models, with blade and mallet offerings that fit every stroke stype from strong arc, slight arc to straight-back, straight-through strokes. Ping took advantage of its relationship with its work with its tour players via its Putting Lab Design program to include versions made for Viktor Hovland (DS 72) and Cameron Champ (Tyne 4).

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According to the company, Each model in the series is built using aerospace-grade materials to achieve new levels of forgiveness. The three Anser versions (Anser, Anser 2, Anser 4) combine a stainless-steel head with tungsten heel and toe weights to elevate the MOI to its highest ever. “The Anser models are a little bit smaller heel to toe,” said Stokke. “A little bit softer ballasting and radius. By utilizing the multimaterials we’ve been able to go to a little smaller Anser design, but make them even more forgiving.

In the Kushin 4, DS 72 and Tyne 4, a steel weight is used in the heel and tungsten is applied to the toe to better optimize the CG location (there’s also a center-shafted Tyne C model). The Fetch and Oslo H join a cast 304 stainless steel body with an aluminum sole plate to position mass around the entire perimeter to create a highly forgiving mallet. A new design, the CA 70, uses a dense stainless steel sole weight to lower the CG of the aluminum body for added forgiveness. The Harwood, meanwhile, delivers the highest MOI in the line due to its 6061 aluminum body and a total of 93 grams of tungsten in all four corners of the fully-machined head.

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“The majority of the volume of these putters is the aluminum,” said Stokke. “The most extreme usage of the multimaterial design is the oversized mallets with machined 6061 Aluminum chassis with four unique weights that combined are roughly 100 grams of tungsten in the full perimeter of the design.”

Though boosting the MOI is certainly beneficial to all golfers, roll is equally as important and the dual-durometer insert employed in the 2021 series has that area covered.

According to Stokke, the insert is a continuation of Ping’s two material co-molded dual layer design. The front section is a softer Pebax material. The back section is a firmer Pebax material that the company found from working with its tour staff provided an ideal impact experience.

“It’s pretty close to a 75-25 split of the softer material and then the firmer material,” Stokke said. “Pebax is a lower-density elastomer material. It has very good energy return, it’s also extremely durable so it has very high impact resistance. Another great aspect is that it’s very consistent for properties at different temperatures.” In layman’s terms, it produces a face that feels somewhat soft, but the ball comes off the face like the face is firm.

The grooves on the face also offer an assist. Developed from the PLD program, Stokke said the groove is a uniform five-thousandths of an inch depth which results in a slightly softer impact experience but with the full retention of ball speed as if you had a perfectly smooth face. “It really aligns the impact experience with the rollout potential and ball speed off the face that our highest level golfers have come to enjoy,” he said.

The 2021 putters comes with a dark PVD finish on the heads and a black chrome shaft. All models come standard with a fixed-length shaft that can be custom built from 32 to 38 inches in one-quarter-inch increments. Ping’s adjustable shaft (which was standard on the Sigma 2 line), which adjusts from 32 to 36 inches, is available as a custom upgrade. The company also offers three grip options.

All models are €299 except for the Harwood and Harwood Armlock mallet, which cost €499. The putters are available immediately for pre-order.

WHAT PING SAY:  

With a focus on maximizing MOI through multi-material designs and minimizing the frustration that comes with missed putts, PING today introduced the 2021 putter series. Available in 11 models, the custom-built putters are available for pre-order beginning today at authorized PING golf shops around the world.

“We’ve engineered a lot of score-lowering technology into the 2021 putter line through extensive research and tour player feedback,” said John K. Solheim, PING President. “All of the models are developed with higher MOI through strategic use of various materials, including tungsten, steel and aluminum, to provide the forgiveness and accuracy golfers expect from a PING putter. The dual-durometer insert features uniform, shallow grooves to give golfers a soft, responsive feel for more consistent distance control with the precise touch they need to hole more putts. We’ve also advanced the visual cues depending on the model to help make alignment easier and more natural when addressing a putt.”

“Eleven options ensure a putter to fit every golfer’s eye and stroke type,” Solheim added. “The line-up features new designs created through our Tour-focused PLD (Putting Lab Design) program, including versions inspired by PING professionals Viktor Hovland (DS 72) and Cameron Champ (Tyne 4). From blades to mallets and for straight, slight arc and strong-arc stroke types, it’s a complete line engineered to lower scores and increase enjoyment.”

High MOI, Multi-Material Designs

Each model in the series is built using aerospace-grade materials in a variety of shapes and sizes to achieve new levels of forgiveness. The three Anser versions (Anser, Anser 2, Anser 4) combine a stainless-steel head with tungsten heel and toe weights to elevate the popular design’s MOI to its highest ever. In the Kushin 4, DS 72 and Tyne 4, a steel weight is used in the heel and tungsten is applied to the toe to better optimize the CG location for higher performance. The Fetch and Oslo H join a cast 304 stainless steel body with an aluminum sole plate to position mass around the entire perimeter to create highly forgiving mallet-style designs. In the new CA 70, a dense stainless steel sole weight lowers the CG of the aluminum body for more forgiving results. The Harwood delivers the highest MOI in the line due to its 6061 aluminum body and 93g tungsten weights in all four corners of the fully-machined design.  

Dual-Durometer Insert for Soft, Solid Feel

The soft, responsive face in every model is the result of an innovative dual-durometer PEBAX insert material and uniform, shallow grooves. The softer front layer of the insert ensures the precision necessary for shorter, delicate must-makes. The firmer back layer offers the solid feedback and distance control required for holing longer-range putts and improving overall consistency.

“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,” said Solheim. “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.”

Premium Appearance

A dark, stealth PVD finish on the heads and a black chrome shaft create a sleek and attractive look from head to grip. All models come standard with a fixed-length shaft that can be custom built from 32” – 38” in ¼” increments. PING’s patented adjustable shaft, which adjusts from 32” – 36”, is available as a custom upgrade.

PING Pistol Grip Options

Three proprietary PING grip designs allow golfers to dial in their optimal fit and feel. The PP58 Mid (87g) is a standard-sized pistol shape made of rubber and designed to help square the face at impact. It is the standard grip on the Anser, Anser 4, Kushin 4, CA 70, DS 72, Tyne 4 and Tyne C. The PP60 (86g) is a midsize, pistol design with a rubber under-listing with larger flat surfaces for increased face awareness. It comes standard on the Anser 2, Fetch, Oslo H and Harwood. The optional PP58-S (99g) is a midsize, pistol design and features a straight taper and larger flat surface for face awareness.

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ANSER

The timeless Anser is heel-toe tungsten weighted for forgiveness, and the rounded corners, softer ballast surfaces and center line help make alignment easy. For slight-arc stroke types, the Anser makes squaring the face to the target line easy and natural.

Slight Arc

350g

Balance: Mid Hang

RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP58 Mid

MSRP: €299

 

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ANSER 2

Differs from the Anser with a slightly longer and narrower profile, and sharper corners, but shares its clean geometries and center alignment line to making aiming easy. Heel-toe tungsten weighting provides stability, forgiveness and accuracy.

Slight Arc

350g

Balance: Mid Hang

RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP60

MSRP: €299

 

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ANSER 4

Designed for players who love the classic look and feel of the Anser-style putter and benefit from a strong-arc model. With heel-toe tungsten weighting for forgiveness and slight variations in its longer, narrower profile and sharper corners.

Strong Arc

350g

Balance: Toe Down

RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP58 Mid

MSRP: €299

 

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KUSHIN 4

A steel weight in the heel and tungsten in the toe elevate MOI, and this “deep blade” model’s parallel and perpendicular visual cues make alignment easier. Its geometries fit the eye, and for strong-arc players the Kushin 4 promotes a confident, consistent putting stroke. 

Strong Arc

360g

Balance: Toe Down

RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP58 Mid

MSRP: €299

 

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DS 72

This mid-mallet utilizes a steel weight in the heel and tungsten in the toe to stabilize the head and create high forgiveness, and the clean lines with perpendicular and parallel visual cues combine to simplify alignment. The classic Anser-style hosel promotes a slight rotation.   

Slight Arc

360g

Balance: Mid Hang

RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP58 Mid

MSRP: €299

 

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CA 70

Fits either a slight-arc or straight stroke type, the CA 70 offers a full-width alignment line and contrasting surfaces help frame the ball. An aluminum body and stainless steel sole plate position the CG low-back to ensure a high MOI.

Straight

Slight Arc

360g

RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-2°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP58 Mid

MSRP: €299

 

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TYNE 4

The distinctive design provides a balanced look at address while allowing for a steel weight in the heel and tungsten in the toe to ensure stability and make it highly forgiving and accurate. The “flow neck” hosel promotes a strong-arc stroke rotation.

Strong Arc

365g

Balance: Toe Down

RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP58 Mid

MSRP: €299

 

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FETCH

A unique round cutout is concealed underneath for retrieving the ball with the head, and the weight saved with the cutout moved to the perimeter to increase MOI. The stainless-steel body and aluminum sole plate increase the perimeter weighting for added forgiveness, and this model fits players with a straight stroke.

Straight

365g

Balance: Face

RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-2°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP60

MSRP: #299

 

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TYNE C

Center shafting provides a balanced, symmetrical address view and allows the head to fit straight-stroke-type players to promote a more consistent stroke. Heel-toe tungsten weighting stabilizes the head to ensure a high MOI for forgiveness.  

Straight

365g

Balance: Face

RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +-1°

Std Grip: PP58 Mid

MSRP: €299

 

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OSLO H

A long, clean alignment line, thicker top rail, and soft ballasting focus the eye for easier alignment. The Anser-style hosel fits a slight-arc stroke, and the stainless steel body and aluminum sole plate expand the perimeter weighting to elevate forgiveness.

Slight Arc

365g

Balance: Mid Hang

RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-4°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP60

MSRP: €299

 

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HARWOOD

The Harwood is the most technically advanced model in the line, delivering stability and forgiveness by utilizing an aluminum body and tungsten weighting at each corner to drive up the MOI, while a trio of alignment lines simplify aiming from a model that can be fit for two stroke types.   

Straight

Slight Arc

385g

RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-2°

Loft: 3° +3°/-2°

Std Grip: PP60

MSRP: €499

 

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HARWOOD ARMLOCK

Armlock players are set-up for success with this mallet, which generates high forgiveness from its lighter aluminum body paired with dense tungsten weighting at each corner to create extreme MOI. Ball-framing alignment cues focus the eye and make aiming natural.

Straight

Slight Arc

385g

RH/LH

Lie Angle: 20° +-2°

Std. Length: 41 ½”

Grip: 21”

Loft: 6° 

MSRP: €499


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