The lineup of new Ping clubs is built around the Anser adjustable driver (plus fairway woods, hybrids and irons with the Anser name); the Tour wedges with "Gorge Groove Technology"; an adjustable-shaft putter, the Nome 500; and the Serene line of women's clubs, which runs from driver through putter. We'll take a brief look at each of the new offerings beginning below and continuing on the following pages. For more info about any given club, visit the Ping Golf website. If you've tried any of the clubs, you can add your review in our Ping Golf Reviews section.
Anser Adjustable DriverThe Ping Anser adjustable driver allows golfers to adjust shot trajectory by making changes to the clubhead's loft and through shaft selection.
The key to the loft adjustments is a new hosel design. Previous adjustable hosels, Ping says, were too bulky, taking precious grams of weight away from other areas of the clubhead design where the weight could have been better used. The Anser adjustable hosel, Ping says, is lightweight - the same diameter and mass as Ping's traditional fixed hosel.
With the adjustable hosel, golfers can add or subtract a half-degree of loft (this requires using a Ping torque wrench). Adding loft also closes the face, while subtracting loft opens the face. More fine-tuning is available through shaft selection, with four shafts - Ping TFC 800D, Aldila Phenom, Fujikura Blur Red and the Mitsubishi Diamana 'ahina - that deliver different trajectories by varying in weight and stiffness profile. Ping-certified clubfitters will be able to help the golfer select the most appropriate shaft for his swing type.
The Ping Anser adjustable driver comes with a non-glare matte-black finish on the clubhead. Available lofts are in 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees (but each can be adjusted by a half-degree). The MSRP is $440.