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 adjust-ability is only present in the driver and fairway woods however, the hybrids are not adjustable as Pings stance is that hybrids are clubs to cover gaps in your game from your longest iron to your smallest fairway wood. In both the driver and fairway woods you can go up or down 1/2 degree of loft, while that doesn’t sound like much you can see significant changes in ball flight from the lowest to the highest setting. Changing the loft of the club will also either open or close the face 2 degrees, which helps will even more ball flight modifications. Ping brings back the same matte black finish that looks amazing on the I series woods, giving the club a unique look in today’s market with white and colorful club heads hitting the market. The I series was designed for golfers of a higher skill level, where the Anser gives the Average Golfer the same great look and feel, in a club that will also improve their game. Ping has the G series and I series and the new Anser line falls right in between them, it is a club that is very workable and has a great feel yet is forgiving enough for high handicappers to use with confidence. A small detail on the club, in my opinion is one of the best features, the black and white score lines on the face of the club; the lines alternate making the club face look huge instilling confidence that players have plenty of loft and a big club head to make good impact. The ball launches off of this club, I was hitting the 4-wood model with it’s standard TFC stiff shaft slightly over 255 yards which depending the day of the week is not that big of a difference from my driver. Even on miss hits the ball flies straight and launches high off the clubface, landing soft for trying to reach the par 5’s in two. Another esthetic feature of this club is the gun metal look and color of the standard Ping TFC shaft that comes on the club. The gun metal shaft combined with the matte club head really pops and gives the club a futuristic look; the shaft always helps with the high launch ball flight of the Anser line. Ping advertises the Anser fairway woods with a rear sole weighting system, that promotes a lower more penetrating ball flight with less spin but from my testing I was hitting the 4 wood about as high as my current 5 wood but with a lot more distance.
- Looks Great
- Ball rockets off club face
- Great Distance
- Great Control
- Haven’t found any yet
The Anser fairway woods are great looking clubs, that are 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. The club looks great, feels great and launches the ball high for a soft landing you can stop of the greens or hit fairways you might miss with your driver. 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!!