Ping Karsten Series Putter Review

I’m going to finish this review with the exact sentence I start it with.

Hallelujah, the Anser is back.

After a long hiatus filled with funky-looking plastic inserts, 1/2 bicycle-rim sized branding irons, and a slew of “what were they thinking” putters from our friends in Scottsdale…we have a good-old-fashioned Ping Anser again.

For this review, I lent the putter to 2 friends of various handicaps. I also sent a Scottsdale Anser I had to compare it to. The results were unanimous.

This is a VERY tasteful version of a classic design…and a true Anser.

Craftsmanship:

From Ping.com
For golfers preferring the performance of a steel face with an insert feel, the Karsten Series meets the criteria. An elastomer insert in the cavity provides enhanced feel while maintaining the solid response of a steel-faced putter. Weight savings from the new cavity shapes were redistributed to the perimeter to increase each putter’s moment-of-inertia for added forgiveness.

The cast steel head is, by its self, a classic putter. You have a crisp and responsive putter that sounds familiar to most golfers. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that has NEVER putted with a Ping putter Odds are, you are already familiar with the signature sound and feel.

What Ping does differently with the Karsten series, is to add an elastomer insert on the BACK of the cavity. This deadens the sound enough that the putt still sounds crisp, but has an authority to it that inspired confidence in the 2-3 people that I lent this putter to in the past few weeks.

Headcover:

To me, this is one of the more interesting headcovers I’ve seen recently. The design and shape are nice enough, but nothing earth-shattering. The real cool part is that there is a magnet inside the material at the TOP of the headcover. When you put the putter inside it, the magnet grabs the sole, and keeps it nice and snug. No noise, plenty of protection. Brilliant!

The Grip is a Winn style mid-sized grip that offers a nice package when coupled with the headcover. It isn’t often that we see a grip this nice on a club this reasonably priced.

Material:

The first ping putters were made using a casting process very similar to how most of Ping’s clubs are still made to this day. The “norm” for high-end putters these days is to mill them from a solid block of steel. There are pros/cons to both methods, but in the end…it’s what gets the ball in the hole that matters.

This putter is a cast from the same material that the Ping irons are made of. Ping’s own mix of Steel and Mojo that they guard closely. That’s just fine by me…some things should be kept secret.

Address:

From Ping.com:
Multi-level alignment aids are designed into most models.

This pertains to the B60 and C67 models more than the Anser, but it is worth noting.

This putter is as simple as they come at address. Gone are the blue disks, strange lines and shinny finishes. This is a single sightline, and a evenly proportioned cavity. Good stuff when you have more important things to worry about…like the 4-footer for a weeks worth of bragging rights.

“Skip to the end” Overall:
I’ve saved the best part about this putter for my final thoughts.

THE MSRP IS ONLY $99.00! This is a great putter at 2X that cost…$99 makes it an OUTSTANDING value. So, again I say…

Hallelujah, the Anser is back.

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Stats:
Company: Ping
URL: http://ping.com/
MSRP: $99.00
Length: 33″ to 35″
Loft: 2° – 4°
Lie: 71°
Head Weight: 340g – 365g
Swing Weight:
Material: Zinc
Grip: Custom Winn AVS
Head Cover: Custom Magnetic
Manufacturing Type: Cast
Made In: USA

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