PING Golf recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, but the company shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, when it comes to putters, PING has been downright prolific in recent years, launching its Redwood, Karsten, iWi, iN and now Scottsdale putters.
The PING Scottsdale putter line ($129 to $159) features a whopping 14 models, several with fanciful names.
PING founder Karsten Solheim is nothing less than the pioneer of the modern putter industry. Do the new PING Scottdale putters advance his legacy? Following is PutterZone.com’s PING Scottsdale putter review.
The Scottsdale name is a nod to the company’s headquarters in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun, and also salutes the old PING Scottsdale Anser putters of yore.
According to PING, “The solid feel and consistent response of the insert in the new Scottsdale Series will help your distance control and accuracy. The insert is made of a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) with a face appliqué for a soft yet solid feel on every putt. This response is key in accurately gauging distances.”
The company continues: “The combination of TPE and high-contrast alignment aids allow you to take confident aim with your Scottsdale putter. Choose from 14 models, including a number of bold new designs like the Wolverine. Proven PING favorites like the Anser2 and B60 are also available in this new technology.”
PutterZone.com experienced the Scottsdale Pickemup mallet (345 grams, face balanced), Scottdale Wolverine mallet (355 grams, face balanced) and Scottdale Tomcat blade (340 grams, slightly toe down).
The View from PutterZone.com
Of the three PING Scottsdale models I tried—the Pickemup, Wolverine and Tomcat—the Pickemup was the clear favorite.
To be honest, there’s a sense that PING threw some darts at the proverbial board by offering so many models of the Scottsdale putters. But the Pickemup hits the bull’s-eye for me, offering intriguing feedback and sharp visuals with a delightful twist.
Let’s start with the twist, which is revealed by the name of the putter. Sure enough, the Pickemup picks ‘em up perfectly. The arc in the flange is smartly designed to embrace the ball, so when you’re close enough to the hole for your friends to give you a “gimme,” you can lift the orb in style by easily scooping it up with your Pickemup. The cool thing is that this feature doesn’t jump out visually as a gimmick, but rather fits harmoniously into the design aesthetic of the head.
From business end of the putter—the top view—the Pickemup is brilliant. The design is very purposeful, with numerous visual cues framing the target line. The aforementioned arc frames the ball and features a vivid white sightline along the flange for added alignment reference. The fangs, while slightly curved, bring an added sense of linear forward motion.
Interestingly, while the putter is center shafted with no offset, there’s a bit of a forward press built into Pickemup. In other words, the shaft leans slightly toward the target at address. The result is a “hands forward” setup that you would typically associate with an offset hosel. Some golfers will love this option of maintaining a familiar hands-forward setup on a more neutral looking, center-shafted putter. Others may not be so keen on staring down at a shaft that isn’t in line with the face angle.
The feel and feedback of the Pickemup are also distinctive. In fact, the Pickemup really puts the “ping” into PING, with a ringing quality that is clearly attributable to the acoustics of the head shape, as this same quality was not evident on the other two Scottsdale putters that I tried. The feel of the Pickemup seemed livelier, too. I found the feel of the Wolverine and Tomcat to be a bit muted, fitting the classic stereotype of the synthetic insert.
My experience with the three models is ultimately another reminder that a putter’s head shape can have a tremendous influence on feel and feedback, even if the head material and/or insert remain the same from model to model.
Cosmetically, the Scottsdale putters leave me a bit wanting. I’m not crazy about the look of the Scottsdale insert, with its graphical flourishes and the brand name PING screened along the center. The Scottsdale color scheme of burgundy, white and charcoal black doesn’t seem very inspired, either. I do, however, love the little saguaro cactus motif on the sole of the putter.
The Bottom Line
The PING Scottdale Pickemup is a sharply designed putter with a fun twist—the ability to easily scoop up your ball with the rear of the head. The feel and feedback of the Pickemup are livelier on the Pickemup compared to other Scottsdale models, and the purposeful look at setup inspires confidence near the hole. Of the three Scottsdale putters tested, the Pickemup was the clear winner.