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Martin Kaymer’s Putter: PING Karsten Anser 2

With Martin Kaymer winning the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, the major season proved to be a draw on the putter front, with PING and Odyssey each claiming two victories at major tournaments in 2010.

Martin Kaymer’s putter is a PING Karsten Anser 2, which you can pick up at your local golf shop for the nifty price of $89. This is the second win for PING on the PGA Tour in as many weeks, as Hunter Mahan wielded a PING iWi D66 putter to win the Bridgestone Invitational the previous Sunday.

On the major front, PING also notched a victory at the British Open, with Louis Oosthuizen using a PING Redwood Anser to claim the crown. Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson won the Masters with his custom Odyssey putter, while Graeme McDowell won the U.S. Open with an Odyssey White Hot #7 putter.

Interestingly, PING couldn’t lose yesterday after the tournament went into overtime with a playoff between Bubba Watson and Kaymer. Bubba Watson’s putter is a PING Redwood Anser. In this case, the bargain putter won, as the milled Redwood Series putters cost $160 more than their Karsten Series cousins.

The PING Karsten Series putters are “for golfers preferring the performance of a steel face with an insert feel.” The putters feature an elastomer cavity insert that “provides enhanced feel while maintaining the solid response of a steel-faced putter.”

The Anser 2 is quite similar to the classic heel-toe weighted Anser design, but with a streamlined flange and sharper cornering. PutterZone.com called the Karsten Anser a “best buy” putter in 2009 as part of our annual Power Picks. Martin Kaymer surely agrees.


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  1. This just proves that putters are 100% the way the user feels about them.

    Also, this is Ping's 3rd win in 2 weeks. They won both Tour stops last week. I believe that this makes 7 for them on the year.

  2. Yeah, PING's on a roll!

  3. Based on best information available, TaylorMade Kia Ma inserts are lumped with inserts until I can find out if the 2 clubs were the metal inserts or something else:

    Inserts – 19
    Metals – 17

    Odyssey – 13 (Ryan Palmer, Ben Crane, Steve Stricker x2, Cameron Beckman, Ernie Els x2, Derek Lamely, Phil Mickelson, Tim Clark, Graeme McDowell, Carl Pettersson, Stuart Appleby)

    Scotty Cameron – 11 (Geoff Ogilvy, Bill Haas, Dustin Johnson, Camilo Villegas, Jim Furyk x2, Anthony Kim, Jason Bohn, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Matt Bettencourt)

    Ping – 7 (Hunter Mahan x2, Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen, Bill Lunde, Martin Kaymer)

    TaylorMade – 3 (Jason Day, Justin Rose x2)

    SeeMore – 1 (Zach Johnson)

    Rife – 1 (Ian Poulter)

  4. Bah… I forgot to add the majors totals. It was:

    Odyssey – 2 (Mickelson, McDowell)
    Ping – 2 (Oosthuizen, Kaymer)

    Inserts – 3
    Metals – 1

  5. Great stuff, thanks!

    For the Majors, is it even on the metal v. inserts? Kaymer's PING Karsten has a cavity "insert," but not a face insert in the traditional sense.

  6. You're 100% right. I was mis-reading the Ping website. Majors is even at 2-2 and overall it's even at 18 a piece. I can't edit posts, but you are right.

  7. You've done some heavy lifting here, much appreciated! 18 to 18, amazing!

  8. Are guys going to PING because they get a gold version when they win? Or is PING going to have to switch up their policy on that tradition?

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