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Ping Vault Putters: What you need to know

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There’s a vault at Ping’s headquarters in Phoenix that holds what’s arguably the most valuable putter collection in the world. Since the 1970s, the company has been commemorating wins with Ping putters by creating two gold-plated replicas — one for the vault, one for the player. The collection now holds more than 2,800 putters.

Ping’s new line of Vault putters ($325 each) includes four models that will appeal to the best golfers in the world, as well as those who aspire to be the best. The collection is split into two blades and two mallets, each of which is available in either Ping’s platinum or slate finish.

“The PING Vault Series recognizes our unequalled putter success on tour since 1959 and continues our focus to advance the design and process of making putters,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO.

Vault Anser 2 in Slate (left) and Voss in Platinum.

Vault Anser 2 in Slate (left) and Voss in Platinum.

The two blades are fully machined from 303 stainless steel, and have head weights of 350 grams. While both use Anser-style hosels, the new Voss model has a narrow, golf-ball-sized cavity and scalloped back bumpers that give the putter a clean, refined look. The Anser 2 is a more angular variation of Ping’s classic Anser putter, using a wider cavity and stepped bumpers to create what Ping calls a “modern square silhouette.”

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The Oslo’s sole plate weighs 215 grams, accounting for more than 58 percent of the putter’s head weight.

The mallets also use a machined construction; their bodies are milled from 6061 T6 aluminum, and cast 17-4 stainless steel soleplates are added to the putters to improve consistency. The Oslo is the smaller mallet, with a deep cavity and low-sitting sightline that helps frame the ball at address. The Bergen has a sightline that extends all the way from the front to the back of the putter, reminiscent of Ping’s popular Ketch putter.

“The Oslo and Bergen are high-performance designs in the mallet category where we’ve enjoyed great success in recent years with models like the Ketsch,” Solheim said. “They are easy to align and offer tremendous stability due to the extremely high MOI. In addition to a primary sight line, the precise milling lines provide subtle reminders to improve alignment.”

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The Vault Bergen.

Not to be overlooked with the Vault putters is Ping’s new Precision-Milled TR Face Technology, which uses variable depth grooves to offer golfers better speed control on the greens. The design includes shallower grooves on the perimeter of the putter face, which are said to speed up mis-hit putts so they roll at the same speed as putts hit on the center of the putter face.

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The Vault putters also debut a new putter grip from Ping, the PP62, which weighs 68 grams and has an oversized pistol shape that is designed to fit naturally into a golfer’s palm and finger tips. It’s made from a soft, tacky polymer, and includes a UV coating that will resist fading.

“Since launching the Ping Vault putters on tour in June we’ve had considerable interest, which has put our delivery schedule a little behind,” Solheim said. “These putters require a lot of time and precision in the manufacturing process. The higher demand means golfers may have to wait a couple of extra weeks to get one in their bag. It will be well worth the wait.”

The Vault putters are currently available for pre-order, and will be released in limited quantities starting Aug. 25. Enjoy our in-hand photos of each Vault putter below.

Anser 2

  • Head Weight: 350 grams
  • Lie Adjustable: +/- 4 degrees
  • Stroke Type: Slight Arc

Voss

  • Head Weight: 350 grams
  • Lie Adjustable: +/- 4 degrees
  • Stroke Type: Slight Arc

Oslo

  • Head Weight: 365 grams
  • Lie Adjustable: +/- 2 degrees
  • Stroke Type: Available for Straight or Slight Arc

Bergen

  • Head Weight: 365 grams
  • Lie Adjustable: +/- 2 degrees
  • Stroke Type: Available for Straight or Slight Arc

Grip and Headcovers

Related: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the new Vault putters in our forum. 

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Jim O'Brien

    Dec 20, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    I just like the grip – it even has a cool name Ping Pistol 62- but can’t seem to get just a grip – what a RIP!!! Maybe someday.

  2. Adizero

    Aug 21, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    I have an Anser and an Anser 2 from the 1990’s that I rotate. Nothing new to see here! Staying with what works and save the Three Benjamin’s and a Grant!

  3. tom

    Aug 16, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    The Bergen looks almost exactly like the Seemore SB1.

  4. Bob

    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Does this mean Ping has given up on TRUE ROLL technology?

    • gunmetal

      Aug 16, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Nope. As indicated in the article, instead of using an insert, the variable depth grooves (TR tech) is milled into the face.

  5. Pub

    Aug 16, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Hate the names. How about some local Arizona names instead? Or just invented names like what Japanese cars have

  6. Uncle Buck

    Aug 16, 2016 at 1:42 am

    These 3 hundy putters, I mean, how much longer can this over valuing go on? Buck 99 tops yuh axe me! Have these companies not learned anything

    from Taylormade, Golfsmith, and Nike?

  7. 4puttfor90

    Aug 15, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Actually milled and cheaper than Scotty Cameroon? I might have to put my Spalding TP Mills TPM 5 in my Sunday bag.

  8. Lester Diamond

    Aug 15, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    If the Ketsch is the bomb diggity in terms of feel and stroke repeatability, why change putters?
    To each their own I guess.

  9. golfraven

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Still a fan of the Anser 2. Like the new face and finish.

  10. Justin

    Aug 15, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I’m glad everyone hates them… means I’ll be able to get one quicker! If the Oslo is anything like the Ketsch in terms of feel and stroke repeatability, I’ll bag one immediately. I think they look awesome and have been patiently waiting for them to be released. But… to each their own I guess

  11. Clemson Sucks

    Aug 15, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Swing and a miss

  12. alexdub

    Aug 15, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I’m a Ping homer and want to like these, but don’t.

    • snowexcuse

      Aug 15, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Me too. Too many unnecessary random milling lines on that anser, especially around the bumpers. I didn’t think it was possible to make an ugly anser putter.

  13. Flip

    Aug 15, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Fugly waste of money

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The drivers used by the top-10 most accurate players on the PGA Tour

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s most accurate golfers use to find the short grass? Now that the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season is behind us, we can do a thorough examination.

First, here’s a tally of what the top 10 in driving accuracy on Tour are using by driver manufacturer.

  • Callaway: 5
  • PXG: 1
  • TaylorMade: 4

But this is GolfWRX, so of course you want to know more. Below is a breakdown of the driving-distance leaders on the PGA Tour in 2017-2018, the available specifics of their drivers, shafts and how often their tee shots found the fairway.

10. Jim Furyk

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.2X
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.77

9. Steve Wheatcroft

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.79

8. Emiliano Grillo

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Aldila NV 2KXV
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.89

7. Brian Gay

Driver: TaylorMade M2
Shaft: Aldila Rogue MAX 65TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 70.92

6. Kyle Stanley

Driver: TaylorMade M1
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.20

5. Brian Stuard

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Project X EvenFlow Max Carry
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.21

4. Ryan Moore

Driver: PXG ZZ
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.94

3. Chez Reavie

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017
Loft: 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 72.09

2. Ryan Armour

Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017
Shaft: UST Mamiya Elements Proto 6F5
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Driving accuracy percentage: 73.58

1. Henrik Stenson*

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 6.5 62
Driving accuracy percentage: 74.79

*Stenson, as we know, tees off with his beloved 13-degree Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood with a Graffaloy Blue shaft the vast majority of the time.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “New Ping G410 Driver?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from hervygolf21, and it surrounds the new G410 driver from Ping that is allegedly set for release at the beginning of 2019. Our members have found out plenty of information on the latest driver from Ping since the thread began, apparently, and here’s a quick look at some of the features you might expect from the new model (if you take forum members’ word for it).

According to the thread, the PING G410 will be black with red accents, will have a higher MOI than the current G400 model, will still contain the Ping Turbulators and will be offered in 12 degrees without draw weighting. It’s also believed that the G400 Max will remain current until July/August 2019, but at a lower price point.

Here are a few posts in the thread reflecting on the news, but make sure to check out the entire thread and join the discussion at the link below.

  • lc1342: “Love both the G400 LST and G400 Max, but if they are bringing out something better… I’ll take it!”
  • cz13x4: “This sounds like a very interesting update. Not keen on red but very interested to see what comes out.”
  • roho: “Late January?  Sounds like maybe a PGA Show unveil in Orlando.”

Entire Thread: “New PING G410 Driver”

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Ben Hogan adds Ft. Worth “White” to iron lineup

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After the launch of Diamond Black Metal finish Ft. Worth “Black” irons earlier this year, Ben Hogan’s nickel-chrome Ft. Worth irons are back…sort of. The Texas-baed company today announced the launch of Ben Hogan Ft. Worth White irons.

Now with respect to the “White” designation, If you’re skeptical/confused, well, let’s just have a look at a comment on BH’s Instagram post announcing the iron launch and the company’s response…

jonmodica: “Very unclear the changes from previous model… also… white? It’s chrome…..”

Benhogangolf: ”@jonmodica More progressive specific to each club head, a more aggressive V-Sole pattern and the ‘white’ is opposite of the popular and newly designed Ft. Worth Black.”

There you have it, folks. “White” as in contrast to the Ft. Worth Black irons, and the Ft. Worth White is not merely a re-issue of original chrome Ft. Worth, according to the company.

With respect to the changes to the V-Sole system, the company said this in its marketing materials for the Ft. Worth Black.

“Feedback from strong players and robot testing indicated that the leading edge could be increased on certain irons, and trailing edge softened … especially with less-than-full shots in the shorter irons.”

“So, in our ongoing quest to design and manufacture the best clubs in golf, we’ve modified the V-Sole Technology used on the Ben Hogan Ft. Worth BLACK slightly. The sole maintains the same basic design principles as the original V-Sole but has been optimized for each iron in the set. In effect, we’ve strengthened the leading edge from the sole to the face on some of the Ft. Worth BLACK irons, while reducing the trailing edge bounce on others.”

Obviously, the company scrapped the PreciseLoft system introduced with the original Ft. Worth irons. That system offered four loft profiles, all with consistent four-degree gaps. After finding the vast majority of players preferred the “mid-high” launch profile, the company did away with the others…and returned to tradition iron number (rather than loft) stamping on the toe.

The aforementioned lofts in the 4-PW set range from 22 degrees to 46 degrees.

“The Ft. Worth White Irons are illustrative of how Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company interacts with and listens to its customers,” said Scott White, President and CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “On the heels of our sales success with the Ft. Worth Black Irons, we found many ‘traditionalists’ who wanted to play this iron design with the standard nickel-chrome finish, so we accommodated them with this launch.”

Ft. Worth White irons are available for purchase on the Ben Hogan website exclusively for $700.00 per seven-piece set (4-PW).

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