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How old is this Ping putter? Pics included


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#1 danattherock

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 12:21 AM

I got this Ping putter last week for $25. The shop owner even threw on a new Pingman grip. It is used of course, but looked absolutely brand new. I am thinking about sending it to someone for a sound slot. Any suggestions? I am wondering how old this putter is.




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Posted 01 January 2012 - 12:26 AM

Not old.  The first Anser 2s first came out in the early 80s.  Those had a tumbled finish and white paintfill.  This looks more like the Guyson (blasted) finish.  Great putter.
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Posted 01 January 2012 - 12:28 AM

isnt this the one that was brought back out about 8 years ago or so?

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 04:43 AM

View PostThrillhouse, on 01 January 2012 - 12:28 AM, said:

isnt this the one that was brought back out about 8 years ago or so?

Not quite. The later models have a colour code dot in the cavity.
The example from the OP looks to be around 1995 vintage - early models would have a plain face with no markings. Classic putter - I have one in the bag myself :lol:.
I wouldn't "beach" it though - if you want a sound slot, get that specific model.

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 04:49 AM

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As the above post says best leave her as she is though.


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Posted 01 January 2012 - 10:14 AM

Curious why a sound slot would be less effective in this putter as opposed to a Ping putter that came with a sound slot. Same putter. Same metal. Just no sound slot, right?

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 10:34 AM

you can use the zip code on the putter, and figure out when it was made.

the Ping Company, has had different zip codes, the building hasnt moved, but Phoenix has grown and the zip codes have been realigned but the USPS during the last 50 years or so.
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Posted 01 January 2012 - 10:43 AM

I did the same thing... picked one up for $20 and used it all last season... great putter...

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 09:05 PM

Scottsdale------85282 from '61 to '66
Phoenix-------85029  from '66 to '67
Phoenix-------85020 from '68 to '73
Phoenix-------85068 from '73 to 2000

Hope this helps.

Edited by c5driver, 02 January 2012 - 09:08 PM.


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Posted 02 January 2012 - 10:16 PM

Thanks for the info. Interesting, but gives me a 39 year range. Sure is hard to date a putter.

Not that important, just curious for the most part.

I love the putter. Ironic a $25 putter is one of my favorites.


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Posted 04 January 2012 - 03:53 AM

View Postdanattherock, on 02 January 2012 - 10:16 PM, said:

Thanks for the info. Interesting, but gives me a 39 year range. Sure is hard to date a putter.

Not that important, just curious for the most part.

I love the putter. Ironic a $25 putter is one of my favorites.
The Answer 2 is a great puttter as is.No way I would beach one. It putts and sounds great in stock form .The sound will change for the worse with a slot. Enjoy your great pickup as is !

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:28 AM

I received a similar looking (Anser 4) putter and was curious on when it was made as well. BeCu finish, same face/back as yours also. :p

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 08:51 AM

That's a lovely putter you have there.

I'd guess at early 2000s for it.

As George says they used to be tumbled finish with white paintfill. Then as far as I recall they went guyson finish/black paintfill (like yours) and then guyson/black but with the lie dot in the cavity. I have the guyson/black/lie dot and I got mine in 2005.

Early 2000s I'd say. Maybe Ping could look it up on their database for a deinitive answer. Er anser :rolleyes:
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 10:00 AM

View Postc5driver, on 02 January 2012 - 09:05 PM, said:

Scottsdale------85282 from '61 to '66
Phoenix-------85029  from '66 to '67
Phoenix-------85020 from '68 to '73
Phoenix-------85068 from '73 to 2000

Hope this helps.


Plus all the remakes that have the 85029 zip...........

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 10:04 AM

View PostOne Gray GLI, on 04 January 2012 - 07:28 AM, said:

I received a similar looking (Anser 4) putter and was curious on when it was made as well. BeCu finish, same face/back as yours also. :p


Beryllium Copper is not a finish, it was the material used to cast the head.  

The OP's putter is from the early 80's.





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