Learning Golf Putting Skills

By: Walter Ballenberger

Ping has an almost astounding number of choices of putters for golfers. I counted 176 different varieties of putters that are available in different types of metals, inserts and other technologies. This does not count the 36 additional options that are available in the Specify line which lets golfers mix, for example, the front of a Ping Anser putter with the back of a Zing model. So if a golfer has an idea about the type and style of putter he prefers, Ping will almost certainly have a solution. The Ping philosophy is to offer putters from their established lineup of models in the different technologies they have adopted. In other words there is a Ping Anser putter available in just about every one of the series that are offered. Each series of putters will use a certain metal or combination of metals, as well as a certain type of putter face insert or other technology. The company also has an on-line fitting program which directs golfers to the location of qualified putter fitters. This article will describe the new i Series and Karsten series, as well as the Redwood series and the JAS Craz-E One putter, another new product offering.

The i Series by Ping

The i Series is a brand new line of putters that won't ship to retailers until November of 2007. All the putters in this product line will have a two piece insert system, consisting of a urethane insert with a thinner material on top of the urethane. This technology is used to give good feedback to the golfer, in other words a soft feel and good sound. There are a total of 10 models available with the i Series technology, including old standards like the Anser and Zing, as well as the Piper, B60, Craz-E, ½ Craz-E, and ½ Moon models.

The Karsten Series

These putters are of course named after Karsten Solheim who was the founder of Ping. Again, this is a brand new product line which won't begin shipping to retailers until October of 2007. The faces of these putters are made of steel, and an elastomer insert is added into the face in the ball contact area. Weight has been redistributed to the perimeter of the club head which increases the club head moment of inertia (MOI), and this adds forgiveness on off-center hits. These putters also have what is called a mult-level alignment aid. The thin and rectangular top edge of the putter contrasts to the aiming lines in the back cavity to make alignment easier. There are seven models to be offered in the Karsten series including the Anser, Anser 2, B60, B67, Zing, Craz-E, and Piper models of putter heads.

The Redwood Series

This series is named after Redwood City, California, where Karsten Solheim started working on putters in his garage, and this was the start of the Ping company. These putters are all milled from 303 stainless steel. Some golfers like the feel of a milled putter. Three traditional models are offered in this format, the Anser, Zing, and Piper.

The JAS Craz-E One

This is a new addition to the JAS line of putters. This putter has a shape that somewhat resembles some of the two ball putters on the market today, but it does not use balls as alignment aids. It does have a rectangular alignment aid on its large back plate. The putter head is made of lightweight C805 aluminum, and 4 heavy tungsten weights have been added to the perimeter, which creates a very high MOI. In fact the JAS Craz-E One has the highest MOI of any putter in the Ping lineup, so it is therefore the most forgiving putter in the entire product offering. The color is deep black and it has a modern appearance. I would say it is quite attractive looking.

Recreation and Sports
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 

» More on Recreation and Sports