Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:59 PM
Hello WRX. A few weeks back, I was lucky enough to be selected as one of the PING Anser driver testers on behalf of PING and WRX. So first and foremost, I want to thank both PING and WRX for the great opportunity to do so. I appreciate very much.
When I came home from work this past Thursday afternoon, my Anser driver was sitting on my doorstep courtesy of PING. I am wicked excited to get on the range for a few sessions, and on the course with it over the next few days here for some New England fall golf so that I can provide a proper review and some adequate feedback on PING’s newest creation. Since I won’t have my full review done for at least a week or so, I wanted to share my in initial fitting experience with WRX because it was truly awesome and I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about doing so.
First off, the guys from PING are great and are obviously exceptionally committed to ensuring that I had the best fitting experience as possible based on my interactions with them. After a few emails and calls back and forth and swamping of schedules, Mike from PING was nice enough to set my fitting up at a private country club, Clinton Country Club, in Clinton CT. It was about an hour drive for me from Rhode Island, but well worth it the short trip. When I arrived at the course for my fitting, the club pro was awaiting my arrival. He showed me around the club briefly, grabbed me a few Gatorades, and then took me over to the very well kept range. I was thirty minutes early for the fitting, so the pro told me that I could hit as many balls as I wanted to while I waited for the PING van to roll up. There were about 15 mini PING staff bags on the range filled with balls waiting there to be sent on their way. After about twenty minutes of warming up, the PING van pulled up. There were two PING fitters there ready to go so we got started early which is always nice.
The head fitter’s name was Jeff and from the very beginning, I could tell he knew his stuff. While Jeff set up the launch monitors and synced his iPad to them, he asked me to take a few swings with my current driver – 8.5* Titleist 910 D2 with an Oban Devotion 04 Stiff 65g. Even before the monitor was up and running, Jeff said that based on my tempo and swing speed, he could already tell I was probably creating way too much spin with my current setup and losing distance as a result / exaggerating my bad swings. And he was right.
Once Jeff got the monitor up and running, I hit ten balls with my D2, and sure enough, I was spinning the ball at about 3200-3600 RPM’s w/ an average distance of about 277. Most of the balls that I hit had a slight high cut on them, as always, and 7/10 ended up in the “fairway” that we created on the range between a few of the flagsticks a couple hundred yards out. All in all, I was not all that upset with the performance of my trusty 910.
After that, Jeff gave me a full rundown from ‘A-Z’ regarding the new Anser including its overall technology, weight distribution characteristics, head shape and head finish (matte black which is pretty sweep compared to anything else out there right now) and all of the new mechanics surrounding PING’s new driver adjustability.
Jeff had me hit about 25 balls to start off with a 9.5* Anser head. While I was hitting balls with one shaft/head combo, Jeff was preparing the next one right next to me while reading the monitor. In all, Jeff had about 15 different heads, and about 10 different shafts at his disposal. Jeff was very informative after every swing as he relayed all of the specs from the iPad. I could obviously distinguish the good swings from the subpar ones, but, it was interesting to hear the different numbers I was creating with the Anser compared to my D2, and the distinct comparison between the different shafts.
After about 45 minutes with the a 9.5* and 8.5*