WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW: The new Ping “family” of putters may be aesthetically connected, but they showcase 10 individual approaches to putter technology. This includes a mix of milled faces and polymer face inserts, multiple mallets and blades that use multiple materials to increase stability on off-center hits, and a specific shape and weight so the full range of hit types can find one of the ten models that best suits their needs.
THE PRICE: $300 (MSRP), now available for pre-order.
DEEP DIVING: Don’t be fooled by the look of the new generation of Ping putters. They can visually appear to be a bunch of different shapes all sporting the same technology. They are not. Rather, the intent with the new Ping putters (there isn’t really a general name beyond that) is to match designs with specific face and weighting technologies orchestrated to optimize performance for that distinctive and widely familiar Ping putter shape.
“What’s most exciting about our new putter designs is how different they are from each other,” said John K. Solheim, CEO and President of Ping. “Rather than applying common technology to every model, our engineers took a more singular approach, applying proven innovations to different head styles to improve the performance of our most popular designs while introducing all-new models.”
Namely, the 10 models include seven that feature a milled metal face (steel or aluminum), while three others use the soft yet tough PEBAX polymer face insert that has been a part of Ping putters for the past five years. Some models incorporate the initial tungsten weighting seen in the company’s 2021 models. And while there’s a traditional-looking Anser blade, the company has also taken Tony Finau’s recently used wide blade shape, the Anser 2D, to add to this latest collection.
Even aiming and alignment are handled differently in the new 10 putters. The collection includes different sightlines and even different finishes or combinations of finishes to suit the preferences of different golfers. This includes contrasting platinum and matte black on the body and topline on seven models.
The range includes two blades with milled stainless steel faces (Anser, Kushin 4) and one with a PEBAX polymer face insert (Anser 2D). In the mallet category, there are seven models. This includes five with milled faces (Shea, DS72, DS72C, Prime Tyne 4, Tomcat 14) and two with the PEBAX face insert (Tyne G, Mundy).
In addition to the familiar Anser shapes and the recently popular twin-fork Prime Tyne 4, new shapes include the Tyne G, where the twin forks are joined by a backbar to form a cutout that picks up the ball easily, and the Mundy, a traditional mallet shape named for Ping’s first business manager and longtime employee, Jack Mundy. Like the high-stability oversized Tomcat 14, the Mundy uses a lightweight aluminum body and face with a heavier steel sole. The DS72 half-mallet is also available in an armlock version with six degrees of loft.
The new Ping putters ($300) are now available for pre-order.