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PING Anser Driver, Fairway Wood and Hybrid: Story, Videos, and Pictures

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For the complete write up on GolfWRX’s trip to PING HQ, click here.

…As we entered the conference room, in front of us was an array of clubs. With a full set leaning against the wall and examples cut in half (showing the inner workings) on the table.  I immediately went for the driver, the Anser. All I could think of was PING, the foremost OEM yet to offer an adjustable driver, has now gone adjustable.

Of course a popular question is why has PING taken so long to bring an adjustable head to market. The answer is simple – John Solheim, PING’s Chairman and CEO – wasn’t ready to do so until the engineers could get to a point where there was no performance loss. You see, when you modify the head to allow for interchangeable shafts and tweaking of loft, lie, and face angle, there is additional weight allocated to the heel/hosel area that is no longer available for use in the rest of the head. PING is now at a point where that is not an issue.

The Anser driver, which performs tremendously well, is a real looker. The Anser fills a void between the popular G20 and i20, giving the best of both worlds. It has been optimized to give the best of all types of performance – forgiveness, distance, workability – in a manner that trumps anything out there. While the words cannon, beast, rocket launcher, etc. often get thrown around whenever a new driver comes to market, the Anser is truly deserving of these titles. The Anser will be available in 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, and 12 degrees of loft. There are four standard shaft options, PING’s TFC proprietary, Aldila RIP Phenom, Fujikura Blur, and Mitsubishi Rayon ‘ahina – all shafts are the real deal, with none of the ‘Made For’ nonsense that ruffles many feathers here. No upcharge either! The adjustability gives players the ability to change loft (which is main point of the adjustability) +/- .5 degrees of loft. This allows launch conditions to be optimized for wet or firm conditions when a player may want to carry the ball a little farther or have the ability for the ball to run a little more once on the ground. With these stock options, every level of player can find something that fits their swing. To top it off, PING has introduced a 360º round grip, their first non-ribbed grip in forever, for a consistent set up no matter how the club is tweaked. Clean headcover too!

After going through the fitting process, I got put into an 8.5º head with an ‘ahina 70x shaft (very similar to my current setup, just bumping up from 60x to 70x). Keep posted to this thread to see how it’s treating me. Now I’m not quite ‘Bubba Long’, but I get it out there a good ways (not everyone on the internet lies). This driver is the real deal. I know my game quite well and am pretty analytical when it comes to launch monitor numbers, and these are the best launch conditions I’ve ever had. See below for a picture of my launch monitor numbers (click the picture as the numbers are larger when the photo is expanded).

In the fairway wood, PING uses the same adjustability as in the driver. Again this new Anser fairway bridges the gap between G20 and i20, giving a launch and trajectory many players will enjoy. Great club that I thoroughly enjoyed hitting as it reminds me of my i20 3 wood that I like a lot. It has slightly less forgiveness than G20 but retains the penetrating trajectory of i20

In the hybrid, it acts as it should, a hybrid between fairway wood and iron – that said, it is not adjustable. It’s a great club that, again, reminds me of my i20. Solid, solid, solid.

I only had limited range time and did not have any other drivers, fairways, or hybrids to compare. With numbers like I was getting, everyone who has given thought to this club really, really needs to give it a whirl! I hope you enjoyed my write up and please fire away any comments or questions you may have.

I hope that was enough text for y’all. That said, I will let the videos and pictures do the rest of the talking!

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT MEMBERS ARE SAYING IN THE GOLFWRX FORUMS.

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Ben is the Sales and Marketing Manager for GolfWRX and is based out of Silicon Valley, California. Outside of golf his hobbies include cars, technology, and music.

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  1. sam

    Oct 6, 2012 at 3:14 am

    i might be buying the ping hybrid and i have the burner superfast 2.0 so the new ones and i am carrying the superfast hybrids now 140 and the ping answer average carry was 148 and im only thirteen and hoping it will help with my golf

  2. Chris

    Sep 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I tried the new Ping Anser driver at golf galaxy the 10.5 degree with three of the new shafts all being stiff which I used. I then tried my Ping G20 10.5 and found that I could hit the G20 a little further than the new Ping Anser. You want me to spend $400 for what? I don’t get anymore yardage actually less. One sell they didn’t make and I was very excited about getting the newest Ping Club. Buyer beware and compare with your current club. Unless there is a difference why buy it.

  3. adam

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I am testing out hybrids, with all the talk about the adams xtd I thought that would be the best bet. I was wrong, i get exactly the same numbers with this hybrid, and it looks better and feels better! Awesome hybrid, SOLD

  4. Adam

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:49 am

    .5* of adjustability is not even worth looking at. Call me when it’s 2*.

    • JEFF

      Feb 8, 2013 at 12:38 am

      WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO ADJUST YOUR DRIVER BY 2*?????

  5. Dave

    Aug 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    They’re in stores, Bought mine yesterday.

  6. Me2

    Jul 31, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Awesome numbers dude!

  7. Timfrk

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

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  8. kevin

    Jul 25, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    When do they go on sale? Is there a new ping Anser Bag as well?

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Puma launches new X Collection that Rickie Fowler will debut at this week’s Open Championship

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Puma Golf has launched its new X Collection which is inspired in part by the celebration of Rickie Fowler’s 10-year partnership with the company. Fowler will debut the collection this week at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.

The collection features traditional fabrics and patterns of the British Isles, incorporating houndstooth detailing and a navy, green and white color palette that pays homage to the region where golf was born.

“Rickie’s style has evolved over the years, starting various fashionable trends in on course wear by blending influences from streetwear and modern fashion. Today, his style reflects both a maturation in his game and personal confidence, and the X Collection was designed to reflect that transition in an elegant way.” – Grant Knudson, Head of Product Creation, Puma.

Puma X Collection

Causeway Jacket – $140

Featuring an antiqued zipper, button closure, hand pockets and a traditional houndstooth pattern, the Causeway Jacket is both water and wind-resistant and comes in a peacoat colorway.

Antrim Pant – $110

The Antrim Pant features a polyester-wool blend fabric and subtle houndstooth pattern, while the waistband contains a hook and bar closure. The pant is designed to wear both on and off the course and is available in a peacoat colorway.

Donegal Polo – $85

Designed with a longer four-button placket and a front chest pocket that features a discoverable houndstooth accent pattern on the inside that matches the interior of the neck. The Donegal is available in bright white, Irish green and peacoat colorways.

Skerries Polo – $85

Containing a deconstructed houndstooth pattern throughout the body of the shirt, the Skerries utilizes a premium, moisture-wicking, technical fabric with a rib-knit collar, and is available in bright white, Irish green and peacoat hues.

Dunluce ¼ Zip Pullover – $120

Featuring a premium pima cotton cashmere blend fabric, the Dunluce contains an antiqued zipper, a contrast green tipping on the collar, ribbed cuffs and comes in peacoat-Irish green or quiet shade-Irish green.

P 110 X Cap – $30

The P 110 X Cap features a raised leather P logo to complement the moisture-wicking sweatband and slight curve brim and is available in both peacoat and white shade bodies each with a brown leather P detailing.

IGNITE PROADAPT X Shoes – $220

Containing all of the benefits included in the brand’s original IGNITE PROADAPT shoes, the X version comes in a peacoat body with Irish green and bright white colors.

All of Puma’s X Collection is available now to purchase at Pumagolf.com as well as select retailers.

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WRX Spotted: Mizuno MP-20 irons, T20 wedge on USGA Conforming list

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Thanks to WRX Member mrmikeac, we have some photos that confirm the new Mizuno line will, in fact, be the MP20, along with a new T-Series wedge: the T20.

We don’t have details from Mizuno yet beyond the pictures from the USGA’s site, but there appear to be four different models of irons including an SEL (something, something, lefty?) set which is good news for you southpaws.

There has been lots of discussion so far in the forums, along with a speculation piece written by or own Ryan Barath (One Post Many Questions – New Mizuno Speculation).

The models are

MP20 (Blade) 

MP20 MMC (Multi-Material Cavity)

MP20 HMB

Speculated to be Hot Metal Blade thanks to the Chromoloy on the hosel, there are two versions on the USGA list, which could also mean a blended set with solid forged irons in the shorter clubs.

MP20 SEL

T20 wedge

We’re going to have to wait until confirmation from Mizuno to get all the details but join in the discussion in the GolfWRX forums.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “New set of irons on a budget of $500-$700?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from GarhawlR who is on the hunt for a new set of irons and is looking for suggestions on how to get the best bang for his buck with a budget of between $500 and $700. Our members disclose their advice for how to go about filling your bag if you’re on a budget.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • rgk5: “Pre-owned Srixon 585 or Wilson Staff W6 will fit the budget. Maltby irons are okay but will have virtually no resale value down the road.”
  • PushDrawFlush: “$500-700 is plenty to find new-to-me forged irons. I’d keep an eye out for some Srixon z745/765 if you want something similar to your MP25s but a little chunkier/more forgiving.”
  • T.B: “Sub 70 and hogans. Maltby makes great clubs. You have a lot of options at that price range. Take your time, and you’ll find something you really want.”
  • revenant: “You should be able to do this without much trouble. My MP-4s (3-PW) were $280 from global golf with minimal face wear (good grooves and no rust/wear spots).”

Entire Thread: “New set of irons on a budget of $500-$700”

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