Hello everyone, today we are reviewing Ping Anser irons – here’s what we think of them.
Ping has finally ventured into the market of forged clubs with the highly anticipated Anser iron. The club head appears similar visually to the i20 iron. However, the Anser features a progressive offset with a satin chrome finish. In my opinion, the lighter finish makes the Anser irons look dapper. Ping made the Anser from an 8620 steel with a tungsten sole. Also, they are one of the few Ping irons to utilize a black ferrule between the club head and shaft. The back of the iron is milled with a CTP (Custom Tuning Port) stamped behind the club head. Overall, they are a very classic looking set of irons and rate 9 out of 10.
I tested the Ping Anser iron with a stiff KBS Tour shaft. The forged Anser irons performed great in testing. The Anser irons are forgiving and produce a fairly straight ball flight. They also provide the ability to work the ball when needed. In addition, you can control ball flight if you are trying to hit lower trajectory knock down shots. Under normal conditions, they create a mid to high ball flight with the KBS Tour Shaft, which is designed to produce a higher launch angle and less spin.
The Ping Anser irons have a standard swing weight of D1, however, you can alter the swing weight by manipulating the CTP. Impact produces a dull sound and soft feel. In fact, the Anser irons probably produce the best feel of any Ping iron. The softer feel allows you to pinpoint contact on the clubface. Shots in the sweet spot feel really smooth and the overall feedback from the irons rates 9 out of 10.
The pros to the Ping Anser include a great looking forged club that feels and performs even better. The con to the Ping Anser is the price. The Anser retails at $1349 ($169 per iron) for a set of 8 irons with a steel shaft. The price will scare away most customers when there are many other quality sets such as the i20 or s56 which cost as much as $549 less than the Anser iron. The Ping Anser iron is a great addition, however, with the high price tag the value of the iron plummets and rates in at 5 out of 10.
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