Review: PING Anser driver

Golfmagic tests out PING

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Fri, 9 Nov 2012

PING has followed up the mightily impressive G20 with its first ever adjustable driver, the Anser.

Thanks to the brand’s Trajectory Tuning Technology, you can fine-tune the club to match your swing, adding or subtracting half-a-degree of loft while simultaneously closing or opening the face.

Move up half a degree and the club will sit closed. Move down half a degree and it will sit open. A fader like myself was able to use the 9.5-degree version and move up to 10-degree and benefit from the closed face.

A weight port has also been placed in the rear of the sole to produce a mid to high launch and low levels of spin. The adjustable design is lightweight and small so that it doesn’t affect the aerodynamics of the head.

The Anser’s straight-bias head rotation also promotes square positioning at impact and its low-spin design minimises sidespin for improved accuracy. Drives were flying out there as crown curvature has also been optimised in the 460cc Ti 8-1-1 head to minimise aerodynamic drag.

At £350 it’s not cheap but it sits in the premium driver price range and rightly so. The Anser is available with a choice of four premium shafts – and there is no upcharge for any of them. The PING TFC 800D, Aldila Phenom, Fujikura Blur Red, and the Mitsubishi Diamana’ahina shafts vary in weight, stiffness profile, and the trajectory they produce.

And in a day and age when drivers are splashed with every colour under the sun, for a traditionalist like myself it was particularly refreshing to address my ball with a matte black crown, which not only reduces glare but looks superb.

Verdict

The performance engineered PING Anser driver provides the benefits of adjustability without sacrificing the performance that’s often lost in clubs with larger, bulkier hosel designs. One of the finest drivers I’ve ever had the privilige to hit. Straight into the bag.

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PING has followed up the mightily impressive G20 with its first ever adjustable driver, the Anser.

Thanks to the brand’s Trajectory Tuning Technology, you can fine-tune the club to match your swing, adding or subtracting half-a-degree of loft while simultaneously closing or opening the face.

Move up half a degree and the club will sit closed. Move down half a degree and it will sit open. A fader like myself was able to use the 9.5-degree version and move up to 10-degree and benefit from the closed face.

A weight port has also been placed in the rear of the sole to produce a mid to high launch and low levels of spin. The adjustable design is lightweight and small so that it doesn’t affect the aerodynamics of the head.

The Anser’s straight-bias head rotation also promotes square positioning at impact and its low-spin design minimises sidespin for improved accuracy. Drives were flying out there as crown curvature has also been optimised in the 460cc Ti 8-1-1 head to minimise aerodynamic drag.

At £350 it’s not cheap but it sits in the premium driver price range and rightly so. The Anser is available with a choice of four premium shafts – and there is no upcharge for any of them. The PING TFC 800D, Aldila Phenom, Fujikura Blur Red, and the Mitsubishi Diamana’ahina shafts vary in weight, stiffness profile, and the trajectory they produce.

And in a day and age when drivers are splashed with every colour under the sun, for a traditionalist like myself it was particularly refreshing to address my ball with a matte black crown, which not only reduces glare but looks superb.

Verdict

The performance engineered PING Anser driver provides the benefits of adjustability without sacrificing the performance that’s often lost in clubs with larger, bulkier hosel designs. One of the finest drivers I’ve ever had the privilige to hit. Straight into the bag.

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