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PING Goes Back to The Future

PING Goes Back to The Future

PING is going back to the future with two new editions of its iconic Anser putter, marking this 50th anniversary year since founder Karsten Solheim engineered his first Anser back in 1966.

The new models are the TR 1966 Anser and Anser 2. According to PING, the company’s engineers conduced 3D scans of the original Anser and Anser 2 putters to “analyze the subtle countours and radius details” that Solheim personally shaped into the originals using a manual mill and hand files.

When Solheim crafted his first putter in 1959, he ignited a revolution in putter design. Seven years later, Solheim created his masterpiece: the heel-toe weighted Anser model, which is today the most-copied design in the putter market, and a testament to its enduring genius.

Fittingly, the new “old” TR 1966 Anser includes the sound slot that was a calling card of the original, along with no alignment light and the PHOENIX, AZ address stamped into the cavity. The manganese bronze finish also conjures up the memories, while a True-Roll milled face pattern is the one feature that breaks with the original Anser tradition. Gotta love the look of this one, that’s straight old school and a trip down memory lane for anyone who grew up with the original.

Meanwhile, the new Anser 2 has a stainless steel blast finish with a single white alignment line on the flange. The heel and toe contours are less rounded than the Anser, with a narrower topline.

Look for both to hit golf shops in March for a suggested retail of $160.


About Sean Weir

Sean Weir is the founder and editor of PutterZone.com, and the author of Putter Perfection, the definitive guide to putter fitting. Profile: Google+

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