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: PING Karsten Anser 2
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.