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Hot List Gold 2023

Our Review:

WHAT IT DOES: These three blades have different faces: Two use milled steel for a firmer feel, and the other is fronted by a polymer insert for a softer touch. They all, however, reflect a similar approach: increasing the forgiveness in a blade. All three of these tour-inspired frames feature heavy tungsten inserts in the heel and toe to increase forgiveness on off-center hits yet remain relatively compact. 

WHY WE LIKE IT: Even with these similar-looking blades, Ping magnifies the differences to help you settle on the right model. Examples include offering different face textures, graphite and steel-shaft options and contrasting colors at address. Another cool choice: The Kushin 4 is designed for an aggressive arcing stroke and the Anser 2D for a stroke with less arc. Read more>>

Which one's for me?

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Price: Anser $280, Anser 2D $280, Kushin 4 $280
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Which One's For Me?
Anser
The original heel-toe weighted cavity blade shape, it features a milled face for a firmer feel. The plumber's neck hosel is ideal for strokes with a slight arc.
Anser 2D
Based on the original heel-toe weighted cavity blade Anser shape, it features a polymer face insert for a softer feel. The plumber's neck hosel is for strokes with a slight arc.
Kushin 4
This heel-toe weighted cavity blade design features a shorter slant neck with less offset than the Anser. That produces a putter with more toe hang so this design works best for strokes with a strong arc.
Ratings
Performance

50%*

Innovation

30%*

Look / Sound / Feel

20%*

* Percentage of total score

Player Comments
Low-Handicapper
"On the Anser 2D, they took their classic design and blacked it out. I like that it's a little wider. Sits beautifully, nice and square. Very consistent. The weighting helps the putter swing itself and contributes to easy speed control."
Handicap, 2
High-Handicapper
“The use of solid black with a contrasting alignment line is clear. The ball leaves the face with purpose. Everything felt in balance.”
Handicap, 14
High-Handicapper
"It's really a simple design. I love the all-black with the black inserts—nothing about this is distracting at all. Kind of a nice, smooth impact. Just a little cushioned so you may need to adjust on longer putts, but it puts a nice roll on it. Really well-balanced, and really good for distance control once I figured it out."
Handicap, 12
Club Specs
Models Lofts Head Weights Lengths Custom Lengths Available? Dexterity Neck Price
Anser 345 Custom No Left Hand / Right Hand Anser $280
Anser 2D 355 Custom No Left Hand / Right Hand Anser $280
Kushin 4 360 Custom No Left Hand / Right Hand Flared $280

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