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PING Anser 50th Anniversary Ltd. Edition Putter - “A” (Allan’s Mold) - In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Anser putter, PING have introduced a limited-edition version of the iconic model made from the original molds, assembled with components made in the U.S.A., and supplied by the vendors used in 1966. Each putter’s sole is also hand ground by PING Chairman & CEO John Solheim, just as he did 50 years ago in his family’s garage - Conform to R&A & USGA Regulations - Free Shipping to all of Europe - Buy Made To Measure Custom Fitted Golf Clubs at No Extra Charge!

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PING introduces Anser 50th Anniversary Ltd. Edition Putter

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Anser putter, PING today introduced a limited-edition version of the iconic model made from the original molds, assembled with components made in the U.S.A., and supplied by the vendors used in 1966. Each putter’s sole is also hand ground by PING Chairman & CEO John Solheim, just as he did 50 years ago in his family’s garage.

The limited-edition high-tensile manganese bronze putters are available at authorized PING golf shops worldwide. Each putter comes in a commemorative presentation box with a leather putter cover and a certificate of authenticity personally signed by John Solheim. U.S.

“This has been a fun project and to be able to make it entirely in the United States is extra special,” said Solheim. “It brought back a lot of great memories from the days in our garage near Scottsdale. The Anser is the most successful putter design ever and its place in history is unquestioned. Who could have imagined 50 years after its invention it would still be the most dominant design on tour? It seems like golfers of all abilities have used an Anser putter at some point. This limited-edition version is a tribute to that success and a look to the future with some of the technology we’ve added in the form of tungsten in the heel and toe to bring it to modern-day weights.”

The original concept for the Anser putter was sketched on a 78-rpm record sleeve by PING founder Karsten Solheim in early 1966. It was patented the next year. The name was inspired by his desire to find an “answer” to the popular putter at the time. His wife, Louise, suggested he call it “Answer” but Karsten was concerned it was too long to fit on the toe. She told him to leave out the “w” and the rest is history. It went on to become the winningest (and most copied) putter model in golf, with more than 500 tour titles to its credit, including 19 men’s major championships. Its first win came in 1966 at the Florida Citrus Open. The Anser’s first major victory was at the 1969 Masters.

Staying true to the manufacturing process from 1966, the limited-edition model is sand-cast using both of the original tools (one machined by Karsten and one by his son, Allan) at East Bay Brass Foundry, the Richmond, Calif., company that also sand-cast the original Anser. True Temper (Emory, Miss.) supplied the high-step shaft, and Golf Pride (Southern Pines, N.C., now a division of Eaton Corp.) molded the PING PP58 grip, both of which were designs used in the original model. 3M (St. Paul, Minn.), which supplied the grip tape in 1966, is the manufacturer of the grip tape in the new model.

The limited-edition Anser is finished and assembled at PING’s headquarters in Phoenix. Tungsten heel and toe weights are inserted and precisely milled with other key surfaces in the company’s machine shop. Solheim is hand grinding the sole of every head before they are lightly tumbled and aged prior to assembly.

“Most people don’t realize the amount of hand work that went into the original Anser putters 50 years ago,” added Solheim. “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 handcrafted approach back as part of the Anser’s 50-year celebration and its remarkable contribution to golf.”

“A lot of people that won with the original putter put lead tape on the back to make it a little heavier,” Solheim added. “So what I did here was put about 19g of Tungsten in to get it up to the 350g like most heads are today.”

After I’ve ground it, it goes into a tumbler,” Solheim said “The old way of tumbling we had 100 putters or so in a tumbler and they’d bump into each other. But this time around we put three or four at a time so they don’t hit each other. About 15 minutes in the tumbler and then they’d be finished.

“Then we took them and pre-aged them so we put a finish on that makes it look like it’s 50 years old. The surfaces are complete machined, they are more accurate than I could grind them. That’s what I wanted - to bring it up to today’s standard but still have a lot of the past in there too.”

Solheim insists the original Anser was a game-changer for the sport and Ping as a company. His father thought he’d found ‘the answer’ with it but they needed to drop a letter in order for it to fit on the pad behind the toe.

“This putter made the difference,” Solheim said. “We were growing quite rapidly when we came out with the Anser but immediately after Anser came out the USGA eliminated the bends at the base of the grip which aligned the base of the grip up with the centre of the ball. “The offset on the Anser meant it didn’t need as much bend as the other putters. “The Anser lined up the grip with the centre of the club. It’s a special putter. Who would have believed that the putter the pros originally called the plumber’s nightmare because of the hosel would still be the dominant design on tour 50 years later?

“It’s amazing – maybe the baseball or the cricket ball is still the same but there’s not much that stays constant in this way.”  Solheim doesn’t expect these very limited edition putters to be put into play by those who are lucky enough to get there hands on one. “People might try them but I’d expect most to end up on the wall and I hope they do because they are really special. It was a chance for me to do something that I really enjoyed doing years ago.”

The shaft and grips are made by the same companies which produced the originals and none of the manufacturing or assembly takes place outside of the USA. PING will produce and serialize 1,550 right-handed 50th anniversary Ansers, 775 from each mold. The putters will be distinguished by either a “K” (Karsten’s mold) or “A” (Allan’s mold) in the serial number on the inside of the hosel. Left-handed models are also available.

Karsten (left) and John Solheim worked hand-in-hand to bring the Anser putter to market in 1966. The Anser 50th Anniversary putter pays tribute to the iconic putter’s remarkable success
The concept for the Anser putter was sketched by Karsten on a 78 rpm record sleeve
Ping Anser 50th Anniversary Ltd. Edition Putter Options
Model Putter Type Standard Length Head Weight Stroke Type
Anser K” (Karsten’s mold) Conventional 35" Only 350g Slight Arc
Anser A” (Allan's mold) Conventional 35" Only 350g Slight Arc
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