124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2



PING

PLD Milled

Hot List Gold 2023

Our Review:

WHAT IT DOES: PLD stands for Putting Lab Design, which perhaps makes you think of some sort of odd transmogrification of golfer and metal. As it turns out, that’s what happened here. These classic Anser blades, including the longer-hosel Anser D inspired by Bubba Watson, are a precise melding of what tour players want, the insights of Ping engineers and a milling process that takes four hours per head. In addition to that is the process in Ping’s putting lab in which multiple high-speed cameras analyze thousands of putts to better understand how small changes lead to big success. 

WHY WE LIKE IT: The precision of these fully milled models extends to a deep aggressive mill in the face. It’s designed to create the consistent ball speed and softer feel preferred by its tour players. Read more>>

Which one's for me?

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Price: Anser 2 $450, Anser $450, Anser D $450
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Which One's For Me?
Anser 2
Built on the same heel-toe weighted cavity blade style as the Anser, it features a slightly longer and narrower profile with sharper corners. It's designed for slight arc strokes.
Anser
ANSER: The original heel-toe weighted cavity blade, it's characterized by rounded corners and softer ballast surfaces. It is ideal for slight-arc stroke types.
Anser D
Built on the same heel-toe weighted cavity blade style as the original Anser, its longer neck and deeper profile carries more mass and more forgiveness. It's designed to work best for players with a slight arc in their swings.
Ratings
Performance

50%*

Innovation

30%*

Look / Sound / Feel

20%*

* Percentage of total score

Player Comments
High-Handicapper
"I absolutely love the simple, classic shape and brushed metal finish. It screams classic classy-ness. Soft and responsive. I really liked the weight of the head. Overall, it seems to want to track on a semi-automatic basis. The interaction with the milling and the ball was just about perfect. It really makes putting fun. Straight and easy to control the distance, a perfect combination."
Handicap, 15
Low-Handicapper
“Classy with not much going on other than perfect looks everywhere. Beautiful weight. Consistent end-over-end roll all day.”
Handicap, 1
Medium-Handicapper
"This putter was so balanced in weight, sound and feel. I wanted to have more alignment aid but lining up putts and making putts just happened because of the balance of this putter. Feel is very soft, but with oomph."
Handicap, 6
Club Specs
Models Lofts Head Weights Lengths Custom Lengths Available? Dexterity Neck Price
Anser 2 350 Custom No Left Hand / Right Hand Anser $450
Anser 365 Custom No Left Hand / Right Hand Double bend $450
Anser D 350 Custom No Left Hand / Right Hand Anser $450

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