Written By: Chris Conley
The new Anser line of clubs, by Ping, hit shelves last week and have gained a lot of hype as the first adjustable clubs introduced to the market by Ping. Ping has always said they would not enter the adjustable club market until they could be 100% certain that the adjust-ability function did not take away any performance from the club. The new Ping Anser driver, allows for adjust-ability of half a degree up or down, with out having to use a bulky hosel like some of their competitors, making them believe the club is as true as a non-adjustable driver. Ping refers to this process as “trajectory tuning”. The model I demoed was an 8.5 degree, with a Stiff TFC 800 shaft that comes available standard on the new Anser line. Besides the TFC shaft, Ping has given the option to have 4 high quality shafts come standard with the driver, the TFC 800, that I demoed, Aldila Phenom, Fukijura Blur Red and the Mitsubishi Diamana ‘ahina; combine this premium shaft selection with adjust-ability of the driver head and you will really be able to fine to your club to match your exact swing style. As with the fairway woods and hybrids, Ping brought back the matte black finish used in the i20 series drivers. The matte finish really stands out in the market, with the white and shiny black clubs being used by competitors and has a great look to it. The Anser series should be able to help anyone’s game improve, from the high handicap player to the scratch golfer; the Anser line takes the looks and performance of the I series and combines it with the forgiveness of the G series line; this is evident in the head shape, that looks similar to the G series but performs like you are hitting the I series, while still giving you great forgiveness. Many people think the half degree up or down, will not be a significant difference, but I tested this club on a windy day and turning the club down that half degree allowed me to hit a longer, under the wind shot; that wasn’t possible at even half a degree higher. When adjusting the loft you also adjust the face angle, so essentially you can open or close the club face on the Anser driver as well. Ping user external sole weighting to keep the center of gravity low and still keep the MOI high, which allows for a higher more consistent ball flight. As with most drivers on the market today, the Anser is a 460cc club head. “A variable-thickness face helps generate incredible ball velocity. External sole weighting positions the CG low and raises the MOI, which provides a mid-high launch that adds to distance and forgiveness. Its straight-bias head rotation promotes square impact, and the Anser’s low-spin design minimizes left or right curvature to help drives find the fairway. It has a non-glare, matte black finish.” Taken from Ping.com
- Looks Great
- Ball rockets off club face
- Great Distance
- Great Control
- 4 premium shafts available at stock price
- Sound – I think the sound of impact is less appealing then both the I and G series drivers
The Anser Driver is a great looking club, that is very easy to hit. I would recommend this club for any skill level of golfer, though the higher handicap players might do better with the G series if they want to go the Ping direction; however the Anser will work for them too. There seems to be a rather large sweet spot so even shots off center fly straight and true.
Thanks to Duke’s Golf in Annapolis, Maryland for allowing me to demo this club. Duke’s has a friendly staff and great customer service, if you are in the area make sure you stop in for a great experience at a golf shop. Look for their online store coming soon!!