Ping fairways, hybrids add adjustability


In addition to releasing irons and a driver under its iconic Anser brand name, Ping has recently rolled out fairway metals and hybrids bearing the same moniker.

As is the case with the driver, the Anser fairway metals are adjustable, featuring what company engineers call Trajectory Tuning Technology, so golfers may add or subtract 0.5 degree of loft to the standard setting. In addition, the 17-4 stainless steel clubhead has more surface area low to ensure the ball contacts with the club properly on the face.

A rear sole weight optimizes the Center of Gravity to promote a slightly lower, more penetrating ball flight with low spin, for added distance and elevated the Moment of Inertia (MOI) across the face. In addition, the back of the sole is tapered to provide extra relief and cleaner contact, even from tight and uneven lies, and light rough.

The Anser fairways come in a traditional shape with a straight leading edge and a dark, non-glare matte finish. They are available in 3-wood (14.5 degrees), 4-wood (16.5) and 5-wood (18.5 degrees), and the stock, TFC 800F shaft comes in four flexes, from Soft R to X.

Adjustability is not an option with the hybrids, which are available in 17, 20, 23 and 27 degrees and come with a TFC 880H shaft stock. According to Ping technicians, that’s largely because hybrids are designed to go more specific distances, and they wanted to be sure to be able to match them through the line. In addition, they found they needed a bigger hosel to make adjustability a reality with these, and felt that might infringe upon performance.

But they point to the ways that progressive CG locations in the Anser hybrids, which also have 17-4 stainless steel heads, promote high launch and improved accuracy. The traditionally shaped heads are somewhat bigger, for increased MOI, and the lower portion of the clubface is wider, most importantly in the heel and toe, for better alignment, cleaner contact, greater forgiveness and optimal spin.

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