Generally speaking, PING takes a very considered approach when it comes to bringing out new products, and this summer’s release of its Anser adjustable driver is a prime example of that. PING didn’t rush to the market when the adjustable club concept became all the rage in recent years. “We wanted to be sure we didn’t sacrifice performance for the sake of timing,” says Brad Schweigert, director of engineering for PING.
The biggest worry, he explains, was in the size and weight of the adjustable hosels. “In most cases, they are large and heavy and take weight from more important areas of the club head, adversely affecting Center of Gravity (CG),” Schweigert says. “So, we worked on developing a hosel that was the same weight and mass as our traditional fixed hosels, and we accomplished that saving weight through a sleek hosel design and the utilization of a titanium hosel screw and an aluminum hosel sleeve.”
The result, Schweigert adds, is a club that has adjustability and superior performance.
As for the adjustability, golfers can fine-tune the PING Anser driver by adding or subtracting ½ degree of loft beyond the standard settings of 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees, using a PING torque wrench. They can also set manipulate the face angle.
In addition, players can choose from among four premium shafts that vary in terms of weight, stiffness profile and the trajectory they deliver: the PING TFC 800D, the Aldila Phenom, the Fujikura Blur Red and the Mitsubishi Diamana ‘ahina.
With regards to performance, Schweigert says, the PING Anser hosel design ensures that the drivers have the desired CG. The 460 cc club head with a black matte finish promotes low spin, he explains, as well as high launch, for optimal distance off the tee.