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. They want you to be extremely comfortable with the distance their hybrid will cover, filling your gap correctly, adding adjust-ability to hybrid would take away from that purpose. The first thing you notice when taking the head cover off the hybrid is the sleek matte finish, which in a time of white and colorful club heads, it is a different approach to club design; the club has a a great look to it and the weighting feels great in the hybrids. The model I hit was a 23 degree 4 hybrid with the standard Ping TFC stiff shaft. The shaft has an almost gun metal shine to it, that really makes it pop alongside the matte finish on the club head. The club has the same matte finish look that the I20 series used, but the hybrid face has a deeper look to it and they moved the center of gravity to produce a higher launch and more forgiveness with the Anser hybrid line. The club takes the best of both worlds, give you the look and feel of the I20 series with the forgiveness and play-ability of the G20 series. The TFC shaft which is very high performing shaft, and moving of the center of gravity give you an extremely high launch off the face of this club. The club head itself is a little larger than the I20 series, so you may have a little difficulty hitting this hybrid out of the thick rough if you are currently using the I20 hybrids, but from any other lie this club works great. The standard grips that come with the club, are very tacky and have the Ping logo placed in a few places on the grip, so that adds to the look of the club; you are not getting a standard all black grip. “The lower portion of the clubface has been extended and squared off, which offers three main benefits. One, it makes aiming at your intended target more accurate and repeatable. Two, it positions mass further from the CG, driving up the MOI. And three, it positions mass lower in the clubhead, which helps to optimize the spin rate.” Taken from Ping.com. The G series is designed as a Game Improvement club and the I series is designed as a club that will take the mid handicap player into a single digit handicap, and in my opinion the Anser line falls right in the middle of those series. The hybrids are forgiving but workable at the same time. I was hitting the 4 hybrid about 220 yards which is about 10-15 yards longer than I average with my 4 Iron, and I was a lot more accurate and the ball landed a lot softer with the Anser Hybrid.
- High Launch Off Club Face
- Looks Great
- Works well from most types of lies
The Anser hybrids 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. There seems to be a rather large sweet spot so even shots off center fly straight and true. The only Con to this club is it is about $50 more expensive then similar hybrids on the market by other big names golf brands.
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!!