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Ping celebrates 50 years of Anser putters with limited-edition release



In June, we covered the planned release of Ping’s 50th Anniversary Anser putters, the original heel-toe weighted blade that’s still the most popular style of putter on the professional tours. Make sure to read Andrew Tursky’s story to catch up on the important details.

Here’s what else you need to know about the putters, which are currently available from authorized Ping golf shops.

  • The limited-edition Anser putters ($900) are made from high-tensile manganese bronze, and manufactured in the U.S. using the same vendors Ping used in 1966. Each putter come with a commemorative presentation box, a leather putter cover and a certificate of authenticity signed by Ping Chairman and CEO John Solheim.
  • Each putter’s sole is hand ground by John Solheim, who also ground the soles of the original Anser putters for his father Karsten (Ping’s founder) in his family’s garage.
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John Solheim grinding a limited-edition Anser putter (photo courtesy of Ping).

“Most people don’t realize the amount of hand work that went into the original Anser putters 50 years ago,” John Solheim said. “The radiuses on both of the hand-machined tools were finished with a file and sandpaper by Karsten. I built most of the original Ansers in the garage, starting with machining and grinding the raw castings and continuing on through final assembly. My brother Allan machined the second mold, which is slightly different and often referred to as the ‘slope-side’ mold. We wanted to bring that hand crafted approach back as part of the Anser’s 50-year celebration and its remarkable contribution to golf.”

  • The limited-edition putters are made from the original Anser molds with the same sand-casting process. They are produced by one of two molds (one machined by Karsten, and one machined by Karsten’s son, Allan) at East Bay Brass Foundry in Richmond, California.
  • The putters are finished at Ping’s headquarters in Phoenix. Tungsten heel and toe weights are added to give the putters a modern weighting.
  • Ping will produce 1,550 right-handed Anser putters, 775 from Karsten’s mold and 775 from Allan’s mold. The putters will be distinguished by a K or an A on the serial number on inside of the hosel. Left-handed models will also be available.
  • The shafts are made by True Temper (Emory, Mississippi), and use a high-step design like the original Anser putter shafts. The Ping PP58 grips also maintain the original design, and are made by Golf Pride (Southern Pines, N.C.). Even the grip tape manufacturer is the same: 3M (St. Paul, Minnesota).

Anser history

  • Karsten Solheim sketched the original Anser on a 78-rpm record sleeve. The design was patented the next year.
  • The putter’s name came from Karsten’s wife, Louise. Karsten was searching for the “answer” to the putting problems of the time. Louise suggested the name Answer, but when it wouldn’t fit on the toe of the putter she suggested that Karsten shorten the name to Anser.


  • The Anser’s first win came from Lionel Hebert in 1966 at the Florida Citrus Open (now the Arnold Palmer Invitational). Its first major championship victory came from George Archer at the Masters in 1969.
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  2. Darryl

    Nov 17, 2016 at 8:00 am

    The close up picture at the top of the page doesnt speak well to the quality of finish. Imperfection at the base of the hosel and a quite rough looking finish elsewhere. I love all things Ping but this just looks like bandwagon jumping, especially with the price tag.

  3. Tom

    Nov 9, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I like that made in U S A .

  4. Mike

    Nov 9, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    A really cool putter that I’m sure many would love to own, but they definitely missed their target when pricing at $900/ea. Also, making 1500 pcs doesn’t make this all that rare. As many have pointed out you can get an original for a small fraction of the price. Unfortunately, I don’t see many justifying the price tag on this one.

  5. mka

    Nov 9, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I have their Scottsdale Anser limited that was launched several years ago…same mold I believe. So glad I already have one because $900 is beyond my price range.

  6. Dennis

    Nov 8, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Took my old Anser and stuck it in the fireplace. Saved 900 bucks.

  7. Philip

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Can pick up a used one for under $30 … best part – it looks the same!

  8. Dude

    Nov 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    For $900 they better come with a circle T.

  9. Tom

    Nov 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    I haven’t seen anything that black since my first wife burnt the thanks giving turkey

  10. Mark

    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I was interested until I saw the price.

  11. Jamie

    Nov 8, 2016 at 11:41 am

    If taylormade did this, there would be a revolt.

  12. Rors

    Nov 8, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Scotty who???

  13. BrentF

    Nov 8, 2016 at 10:35 am

    $900 for a Ping Anser? What a chunk of change!

  14. Desmond

    Nov 8, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Nice, but if the Ansers of the ’90s are any indication, they were pretty light in headweight. Looks as if they added tungsten weights to the heel and toe of the face. A bit pricey, but it’s history.

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