Ping Anser Forged Wedge Review

Last year forged aficionados rejoiced as Ping released their first forged iron, the Anser. The release of these wedges is an extension to that line and they have some features that make them different from most of the previous Ping offerings. Based on solid reviews throughout for the iron set, THP was eager to get started with the wedges and see if this company known for its casting process could continue to add to their forged lineup.

From the Company
Forged out of a soft 8620 steel, a thicker hitting area and hour-glass-shaped reinforced back cavity provide solid feel and feedback. A machined face and grooves ensure maximum spin and control. A high-density tungsten toe weight is balanced by a longer hosel to optimize the CG position for penetrating, high-spin trajectories. The Anser wedges have a thicker face in the impact area and a stabilizing bar that will bring consistency to your shot making. Control also comes from minimizing face fluctuation.

Appearance & 1st Impressions
When the wedges arrived at THP HQ, the consensus was “stunning”. The clubs have an almost industrial look to them, while at the same time showing off some refined beauty. One of the first things that pops out at you when you grab a hold of these wedges is the color difference out on the toe of the club. What you are seeing is a Tungsten insert that was put there as the hosel got longer to make the sweet spot larger and effectively add more forgiveness to the wedge. The second thing that sparked our interest was that when looking at the back of the wedge, it seems to show off a large amount of perimeter weighting packed into a club designed like this. This is something that can help a large amount of players without sacrificing anything in terms of feel or versatility due to the design. The last thing that stuck out to us on first inspection of the Anser Forged wedges was the customary Ping notch in the hosels (it is featured in all of their irons and wedges) that is in place to make it extremely easy for fitters to bend the wedges to the exact lofts you prefer for your game. Important to note though, that every change in loft, will result in the same change in bounce and to consult with a fitter.

Testing
Wedges are an extremely “personal” part of one’s golf game and testing them is never an easy thing to do. The goal with any testing is to identify how well the club performs and who would most benefit from the piece of equipment. The Ping Anser wedge was put through 14 rounds of golf and countless range sessions and there are some highlights that THP wants to address for those considering wedges in the near future.

Look – Identified earlier and usually the first point of interest in any club. See above for our thoughts on the looks of the Ping Anser wedges.

To see more in hand pictures and check out what THP Forum members have to say about this wedge, check out the THP Forum thread here.

Feel/Sound – Something THP identifies as one and the Ping Anser offers a unique experience in this side of purely subjective testing and that is a deeper impact sound that translates to a smoother feel at impact. The weighting at impact feels so perfect that the ideal strike offers this deep “crack” and a near absence of sound. The translation to feel is almost divine and something that must be experienced by those that very much seek that “perfect feel”.

Versatility – For some, the most important part of any higher lofted clubs is their versatility. The ability to hit them in many many different situations without fear of the equipment not being able to handle the task needed. Ping has crafted these wedges exceptionally well and one thing in particular that they have paid attention to is the sole of the wedge and making sure that the leading edge and sole can handle opening and closing of the club to perfection without fear of any issues. The Anser Forged wedge was such as joy to use around the green that the testers trying it out kept checking the sole and asking if it featured a “special” grind. In actuality, it is just an extremely well made golf club that has incredible balance that lets the club become as versatile as the golfer would like.

The Shaft
The Ping Anser Forged wedge comes equipped with a shaft that is quickly becoming a favorite of THP Forum members and that is the True Temper DG Spinner shaft. The shaft is designed to impart more spin on the ball than other wedge shafts and for many golfers does just that. To hear more about the True Temper DG Spinner shaft, check out this THP interview with the creator.

Overall
The Ping Anser Forged wedge is truly a great piece of golf equipment. It offers extreme versatility, wonderful performance, great balance and feel and on top of that forgiveness and looks that some don’t expect in their wedges. With a price tag of $169 they are on the pricier side of the wedge game when comparing to other premium wedges, but THP recommends trying them out first before deciding whether or not the price is justified. For more information on these or any other Ping products, check out their website at www.ping.com.

Till Next Time

Josh B.

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30 Comments

  • Good review on a good looking wedge, little plain on the back but I bet Seth could make a killer paintfill. I cant imagine it beating out the new 588 in line for my bag, especially with such a high price point.

  • Nice review JB! Definitely a sweet looking wedge, like the industrial look and the notches near the word Anser on the back. Two things that really stuck with me and interest me are the tungsten insert into the toe for forgiveness (my miss) and the DG spinner shaft. While the $169 tag is a tad high, by the time you add that shaft to another wedge you are in the same ballpark.

  • Nice write up JB, as always. The price is out of my range, but they do come with the DG spinner shaft. The looks i dont think are for me, its hard to describe but im not too fond of it. I agree with dubble, maybe a little paintfill would go along way. One thing i can say that has me intrigued is the versatility of the wedge. Hope these are at demo day!

  • Nice review JB! I need to take a few swings with these, I am in the market for a new 56* and 60* wedge. I like the looks of these and they do come with the DG spinners in them both pluses in my book

  • Man, they really are something else to look at. I like when wedges are successfully able to integrate versatility and feel with forgiveness as well. Looks like a great golf club and I’m looking forward to trying it out.

  • Very nice write up JB. Those wedges look awesome. What a package with the wedge and the spinner shaft on them already. I would say they are priced about right for everything you get!

  • I love the look of this wedge and if not for the price I may have bagged a couple. I just think for a wedge its a bit too steep. Another good review and sounds like a solid wedge.

  • Wow these are beautiful wedges! I love the way Ping clubs feel. If the price wasn’t so high for a wedge, I might ponder these. Thanks for the great review.

  • Great review JB….I love the looks of this stunning wedge…I agree the price is on the hefty side but I also agree they should be hit first before deciding against them. If they work, they are worth the price!

  • Nice review – sounds like another winner in the wedge segment.

  • Great review! One thing I didnt expect was the forgiveness you spoke about. I’m really pondering these wedges right now!

  • Nice looking wedge, but $169 is a bit out of most golfers price range for a wedge IMO, however it is great to see the Spinner in the club. Well done review.

  • Great review JB. I agree that the price is way too high. I like that it has the Spinner shaft stock. Love that shaft.

  • Great review JB. These are some sweet looking wedges, and I am shocked by how much forgiveness they seem to have put into a wedge that is so versatile.

  • That shore is puurty! I can’t imagine that this club is worth $169 even with the high quality shaft. That just seems too premium.

  • Great review JB. I agree with the price tag being steep, but dang those are some pretty wedges. I think it is awesome that another company is going with the DG spinner as the stock shaft.

  • I love these wedges. I am going against the grain and going to say it’s worth every penny. Good review JB and great job PING!!

  • Great review and now I am really looking forward to testing these out.

  • Great Job on the review. They are so nice but price is steep. If I hit them & liked them that would make it worse for me to not have them if they played well.!

  • Good review. With so many other wedges out there with much lower prices, I wonder how long before Ping lowers the price?

  • Good job JB, the price is way too steep for me especially when I’m not in the wedge business right now but it is a very clean and simple look.

  • Nice write up JB, I don’t know that I have ever hit a Ping wedge, but I know if it is anything like the rest of their products it is quality all the way. I would certainly have to hit it in a comparison test with other wedges before spending that kind of money on a wedge, but if it worked for me, I would bag it.

  • GR8T Review ! I’m already a Pingman and I love these wedges, don’t like the price though.

  • Great review Josh! I love the look of these and hope to try one out at some point. Not sure if I would spend $170 on a wedge though.

  • I love the look of these wedges. The price is more than I’d want to pay, but I bet they feel nice,

  • Great review JB, I am not a big ping fan but these look great, the price tag however does not.

  • Great review and these wedges seem confidence inspiring at address.

  • I own left handed 54 and 60 degree ping anser wedges. Having played Callaway, Titleist, Cleveland over the years these are the best yet. I seem to get about 5 yds more distance with each club and get penetrating flight with high spin, just like advertised. Flops and bunker play with the 60 degree is controlled. Terrific feel with these clubs.

  • Ping Anser wedges are great… I am not a fan of the spinner shaft, but with a KBS shaft… They can not be beat. I have all the “players” wedges in my arsenal, and nothing is better than these heads… They are not perfect for a mid to high handicap golfer, but for anyone in the 5 to – range… they are worth the money. The metal is just that good!

  • I have 4 of the six available Anser wedges in my back (replaced my Anser PW with a 50*) and they are very solid with a high performance rating. Based on looks and performance, these clubs are worth every penny. Don’t let the price stop you from trying them out.

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