PING Golf Putter Reviews
PING Sigma G Putter: Tour-proven PING performance with a new, softer feel
PING putters have been piling up wins on the PGA Tour for more than 55 years now and throughout that span have also been a favorite among recreational players.
Given that PING continues to develop amazing putter lines on a regular basis and is committed to and understands fitting as well as anyone in the golf industry that type of success is only going to continue into the future.
New for PING in 2017 is the Sigma G putter line, which is giving players unbelievable options to choose from, as well as impressive performance.
These are also putters, however, that are delivering a unique feel compared to what golfers might have come to expect from other PING putter lines.
“We worked really hard to create a very captivating feel and acoustic out of this family,” said PING Director of Product Development Marty Jertson. “Everyone who has putted with these putters absolutely loves the feel off the face.”
Most notably, Sigma G putters produce a significantly softer feel than the majority of PING putters have been known for, which can be attributed to a face insert that features milled aluminum and the use of Pebax elastomer.
Pebax is best known for its elasticity and is used routinely in the soles of athletic shoes. Its high-energy return and rebound is what creates a soft yet responsive feel in Sigma G putters.
Milled True Roll Face Technology with a new depth pattern encompasses the entire face of the putter to enhance forgiveness and deliver improved speed and distance control on all strikes.
Also making Sigma G putters more forgiving and more stable at impact is the use of larger face insert cavities in the design, which save weight and allows that weight to be repositioned along the perimeter of the putter to increase MOI.
“Not only does the fully machined face feel amazing and help us save weight, but it utilizes our patented TR Face Technology,” Jertson added. “The pattern is a little deeper in the center and then it gets shallower heel and toe. It reverses ball speed loss that would normally happen off the heel and toe, so we’re using the milling pattern to control your ball speed.”
Also of note, the CG in each Sigma G putter has been positioned to help players achieve less skidding and more forward roll, a combination that will lead to improved consistency, more holed putts, and fewer 3-putts.
As is always the case when it comes to PING putters, there are a tremendous number of head shapes to choose from to fit the preferences and needs of any player as it relates to the type of stroke they use.
In all, there are 15 Sigma G models available, with some brand new designs debuting in the line. Included are blades, mid-mallets, and mallets, as well as two counterbalanced options that have been designed to help players who need to quiet their hands to smooth out their stroke.
Sigma G putters come with either a black nickel or platinum finish depending on the model chosen, with the storied and highly popular Anser blade design available in both finishes.
“Very high-end finishes; they both look amazing,” Jertson said. “So this line really can appeal to somebody who has that preference for kind of a darker style putter head or that lighter, platinum style putter head.”
Each putter also has been categorized by stroke type as either Straight, Slight Arc, or Strong Arc (with some overlap) to help golfers pick a head design that will match up with their putting stroke.
Different head weights are also utilized throughout the line, which can make a difference for players depending on the tempo of their putting stroke. More specifically, players who have a slower tempo often fare better with heavier, mallet-style putters, while those with a quicker tempo often have greater success with lighter, blade-style designs.
Sigma G putters also feature PING Pistol tapered grips in either a mid-sized (PP60) or oversized (PP62) option, with the exception of the counterbalanced models (Doon, Kinloch CB), which feature PING CB60 grips.
PING TR 1966 Anser 2 Putters
PING TR 1966 Anser 2 Putter: PING founder Karsten Solheim got his start in the golf business by designing putters, so it’s hardly a surprise that putters remain a huge focus with PING today. It’s also no surprise that PING takes great pride in its putter heritage, which changed the game decades ago. New for 2016 is TR 1966, which brings back two of Solheim’s most popular and successful designs from 50 years ago, the Anser and Anser 2. These are not, however, 50-year-old putters. While PING engineers utilized Solheim’s original drawings and 3D scans to preserve even the most subtle design elements of both models, each also features modern technology to improve performance. Most notably, both the TR 1966 Anser and Anser 2 feature milled faces and True-Roll face technology, which provide more consistent speed on putts struck from the heel or toe. The result is a truer roll and better speed control, a combination that will lead to more holed putts and fewer three-putts. The TR 1966 offerings also feature their original finishes, with the Anser coming in manganese bronze PVD and the Anser 2 coming in a stainless steel blast.
"We went back to the original signed off illustrations from Karsten Solheim." Ryan Stokke - PING Design Engineer Manager