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PING Anser Irons – Story, Video, and Pictures Inside!

bjacksonbjackson Win The DayMarshals Posts: 5,689 mod
edited July 2012 in Equipment
For an overview of GolfWRX’s trip to Phoenix, read this linked thread.



Having arranged plans to travel to Phoenix, I was fully expecting to see the successors to PING’s S56 irons. It seemed a natural fit as October marks 2 years since the S56 release and with rumors surrounding an ‘S55’, well...turns out I was dead wrong. While at PING headquarters, Wyatt (SheriffBooth), Greg (pga43), and myself were able to get a preview of the forthcoming Anser line. Boy were we surprised!



Initial impressions are simple - S56 meets i20, but forged. It's a slimmed down version of the previous Anser iron. Personally I have gamed S56s, i20s, and currently have 712 AP2s. These new Anser irons remind me exactly what I've been looking for - they remind me exactly of Titleist's AP2s. I know that many complaints surrounding the previous Anser irons involved them being too large, too much offset, etc. Well trust me when I say that PING addressed those complaints. They have soft lines, low offset (just barely more than S56, less than i20), and a crisp feeling at impact and going through the turf. Forged from 8620 steel, with some tungsten in the sole, the feeling at impact made me think of a cross between i20 and a typical forged blade. Very solid. It comes in a brushed satin finish, come stock with your choice of PING CFS or Project X shafts - but get this - can be ordered with ANY shaft offered through PING WRX at no upcharge, save Project X PXi. That's right, ANY SHAFT upgrade, as offered by PING WRX (they have a rather large selection), except PXi, free of charge. Pretty cool, eh?



As for performance, I had limited time with them. Just a little warm up in the morning before hitting drivers and the game of 'WRX' Wyatt and I played against Marty Jertson. I did enjoy my time with them at PING's range, but would really benefit from more time with them to give a fair review. Let me say I find them very intriguing, very similar to my AP2s, and a set I really, really want to try out. I think this is a set of clubs that will get plenty of positive feedback from those that use them. An overall balanced, stylish, performance based set of irons that provide the best of everything possible from a technological and aesthetic perspective. Multi-material, high MOI, stabilization bars that help flight the irons so long irons fly higher and short irons fly lower. These clubs are really the complete package and I only wish I had more time to test them out side by side with something I'm more familiar with to get a baseline comparison.



That all said, here is what you boys want, pictures! Included at the bottom are comparison shots with the previous generation Ansers. Feel free to ask away your questions and post your comments!



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  • AsleepAsleep Marshals Posts: 9,056
    edited July 2012
    Wowzers, I'm really digging the looks of those!



    Would've thunk Ping would really commit to forged irons. I like it.
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  • golfwaregolfware Advanced Members Posts: 4,779 ✭✭
    Whoa. My next set of irons unless Cally releases the Legacy Blacks to us.
  • JoHowdy123JoHowdy123 Advanced Members Posts: 152
    OH BUDDY! Game on.. .lol
  • SheriffBoothSheriffBooth Marshals, BST Volunteer Mods Posts: 4,385 mod
    The pictures and even the Ping product shots don't really do them justice, imo. The irons were stunning in person to me.
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  • SouthPaw87SouthPaw87 Advanced Members Posts: 162
    Wonder what kind of price tag these puppies will carry... Look nice!
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  • Sean25rpSean25rp Advanced Members Posts: 3,007
    Look nice. Great news about the shaft offerings too! Will these be more affordable than the previous anser irons?
  • RonSwansonRonSwanson Honor: if you need it defined, you don’t have it. ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 1,617 ClubWRX
    Do we know a release date and price point?
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  • swanry30swanry30 Lights Out ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 4,529
    Look incredible! No upcharge on any shaft is the right way to go for a premium iron... Looking forward to seeing the s56 replacement!
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  • SheriffBoothSheriffBooth Marshals, BST Volunteer Mods Posts: 4,385 mod
    Golfsmith is showing $1270 for 4 through PW and a Mid-August ship date. So around $180 per club, MSRP.
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  • bama11bama11 JD$ Advanced Members Posts: 517 ✭✭
    edited July 2012
    Thanks for the pic's! These will be in my bag!
  • SuaSponteMnSuaSponteMn @MJGuswiler Lefty Boomers Posts: 388
    Love my i10's... Love my i10's... Love my i10's...



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    Sure hope they come in LH!!
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  • richard trichard t Advanced Members Posts: 4,219
    To bad, my bag is set. Uh, well, I could be persuaded to re-evaluate the iron portion. I am happy with my I15s, but they are beautiful clubs.
  • golfwaregolfware Advanced Members Posts: 4,779 ✭✭
    edited July 2012
    Holiness!! MSRP of $1449!! Wow!!! I'm speechless. Well I'll be bagging these sometime in 2015.
  • Dscvrr St LouisDscvrr St Louis #CALLAWRX 12/12/12 & HOGAN Ft Worth ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 5,395 ClubWRX
    Wowsers!! I like the look, they have the tech, they are forged..but man...Ping needs to get the pricing in tune with reality...don't get me wrong, I am hoping they are better than the Anser's last incarnation, and it looks like they are to my eye's tastes...but the price is insane. Compared to all the good forged irons out there right now, namely the Adams CMB's, New Mizzy coming out, etc... I just can't see the justification in $180 per club!! They better feel amazing, because at the price you are bringing Scratch, Miura, etc into the mix.



    just sayin...
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  • gators78gators78 ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 3,901 ClubWRX
    Asleep wrote:


    Wowzers, I'm really digging the looks of those!



    Would've thunk Ping would really commit to forged irons. I like it.




    Aren't the clubs made overseas now? Committing to forged is as simple as changing supplier...
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  • TheMoneyShotTheMoneyShot ***FIGJAM/Twirl of Doom*** Advanced Members Posts: 29,922 ✭✭


    Wowsers!! I like the look, they have the tech, they are forged..but man...Ping needs to get the pricing in tune with reality...don't get me wrong, I am hoping they are better than the Anser's last incarnation, and it looks like they are to my eye's tastes...but the price is insane. Compared to all the good forged irons out there right now, namely the Adams CMB's, New Mizzy coming out, etc... I just can't see the justification in $180 per club!! They better feel amazing, because at the price you are bringing Scratch, Miura, etc into the mix.



    just sayin...




    You get what you pay for. Buck up baby!!!!
  • TheMoneyShotTheMoneyShot ***FIGJAM/Twirl of Doom*** Advanced Members Posts: 29,922 ✭✭
    These irons are great looking! They are definitely on the list now!
  • jnradioactivejnradioactive JNRadio Banned Posts: 2,676
    at that price there better not be an up-charge for any shaft...
  • DirtsniffDirtsniff Members Posts: 11
    Love the look. Somebody buy these so I can buy them off the classifieds!
  • TheMoneyShotTheMoneyShot ***FIGJAM/Twirl of Doom*** Advanced Members Posts: 29,922 ✭✭
    $1500 for a set of 8 irons??? If they perform I will not blink an eye at that price and I know other Ping loyalists will not either.
  • hoganhawkhoganhawk Advanced Members Posts: 122


    Love my i10's... Love my i10's... Love my i10's...



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    Sure hope they come in LH!!




    If not LH then I will cry.
  • xracer4844xracer4844 xracer4844 Members Posts: 124
    omfg i want them. i love my i15's - i was going to have a set of miura cb 501's built but now i dunno...might be waiting for these to come out....
  • need2compressneed2compress Advanced Members Posts: 127
    To me, Ping is walking a very thin line. Ping has always been known and loved for it's unique qualities. I understand they want to appeal to a broader spectrum of people with the release of an adjustable driver and forged irons but they have to be careful not to lose their identitly. I have always respected Ping for being Ping. I don't see the point of trying to be Callaway or Taylormade.



    Just a opinion.
  • DizzDizz J.W. Advanced Members Posts: 14,258
    I wonder if Bob57 will pop in here telling us that these are still closer to G20 than i20... His buddies saw them first!
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    omfg i want them. i love my i15's - i was going to have a set of miura cb 501's built but now i dunno...might be waiting for these to come out....




    501's all day, am i the only one that thinks these look like glorified i20's?
  • tygill2001tygill2001 Members Posts: 50
    Too much offset, all about the new Cobra Amp Forged those are what forged player cb should look like minus the Orange of course
  • bjacksonbjackson Win The Day Marshals Posts: 5,689 mod
    tygill2001 wrote:


    Too much offset, all about the new Cobra Amp Forged those are what forged player cb should look like minus the Orange of course




    Seriously? I'd contest that. Of course they aren't an old school blade with zero offset, but there is hardly anything there. The first thing Wyatt and I noticed when going over the irons with the engineers and designers was how LITTLE offset there was. Yes there is some, but not much at all.
  • SheriffBoothSheriffBooth Marshals, BST Volunteer Mods Posts: 4,385 mod
    tygill2001 wrote:


    Too much offset, all about the new Cobra Amp Forged those are what forged player cb should look like minus the Orange of course




    Too much offset, really? The 7-PW in the Anser have less offset than Titleist CB's and the same as Titleist MB's, and the longer irons have similar offset to AP2's. Cobra AMP Forged offset specs are not online, but I have trouble believing they are less offset than these.
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  • JinxyJ08JinxyJ08 Advanced Members Posts: 2,023
    JoHowdy123 wrote:


    OH BUDDY! Game on.. .lol




    EXACTLY my thoughts
  • toprtopr Advanced Members Posts: 1,967
    1500.00...who's doing the forging, Tiffany?
  • jnradioactivejnradioactive JNRadio Banned Posts: 2,676
    edited July 2012
    topr wrote:


    1500.00...who's doing the forging, Tiffany?




    Hattori Hanzō... he swore he would never forge again...
  • craz-ecraz-e Advanced Members Posts: 3,989 ✭✭
    Look better than the originals but they don't wow me, still holding out for the S55's.
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  • moonshinemoonshine 06/17/18 Best day of year to watch golf! ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 6,340 ClubWRX
    You can get the i20 irons, fw, and a hybrid for that price. I praised Ping for their price point on the i20...so I guess they are making it back on these. Gave me sticker shock for sure! I hit a demo 7 or the current anser and to me the forged feel just was not there yet. Spoiled by Mizuno...again.
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  • moonshinemoonshine 06/17/18 Best day of year to watch golf! ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 6,340 ClubWRX

    topr wrote:


    1500.00...who's doing the forging, Tiffany?




    Hattori Hanzō... he swore he would never forge again...




    LOL...watched it again the other night...that is some sharp fine steel!
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  • hvilletnhvilletn Advanced Members Posts: 246
    These are nice but they better have heads for the fitting cart so you can maximize your alternatives with the premium shafts. I wouldn't consider the previous ones because I couldn't demo anything but a black dot 7 iron in a CFS shaft. They will have to be super nice to kick out my S56s. I still think the S56s are some of the sweetest sticks I have ever played with. Looking forward to the S55 to be honest. Hard to imagine lots of improvements to the S56.
  • EngGolfEngGolf Tee it high and let it fly Members Posts: 59
    SouthPaw87 wrote:


    Wonder what kind of price tag these puppies will carry... Look nice!


    Looks like they'll be about $1,450 3-pw w/PX steel shafts. That hurts. I really love these, but gonna be hard convincing the wife when my last set of Mizuno MP 53's were close to half that price. Not sure why Mizuno can produce amazing forgings for half the price of Ping. I understand that labor is cheaper in Japan than the US, but I doubt these Pings are forged in the US.



    Does anyone know where these are forged?



    I'd pay the extra chunk of cash for a true-blue Phoenix, AZ/US forged iron. I'm all about supporting US manufacturing efforts.
  • TheMoneyShotTheMoneyShot ***FIGJAM/Twirl of Doom*** Advanced Members Posts: 29,922 ✭✭
    The good thing about Ping is that their clubs hold value better than any other on the market. It's a still tough pill to swallow a $1500 set of irons..
  • Bob57Bob57 Advanced Members Posts: 2,933
    edited July 2012
    I would be surprised if the KBS C Tapers are a no cost upgrade. Ping is currently charging around $35 a stick to put those in i20s and S56s. That is as of last week... I might have to disagree with the statement a little tungsten in the sole, rather a whole lot of tungsten in the sole....I guess Ping has permanently switched to those dinky little ferrules (might as well leave them off).. Would love to hear their rational behind forging 8620 instead of 1025
  • SALUKI LEFTYSALUKI LEFTY Advanced Members Posts: 809
    Nice write up, pics, etc.



    I like my AP2's better from a looks standpoint though. I bought a set of the origanal Ansers last year and wasn't impressed so will have to pass on these.



    Fairway woods look nice though.
  • eerogolfeerogolf Advanced Members Posts: 548
    Bob57 wrote:


    I would be surprised if the KBS C Tapers are a no cost upgrade. Ping is currently charging around $35 a stick to put those in i20s and S56s. That is as of last week... I might have to disagree with the statement a little tungsten in the sole, rather a whole lot of tungsten in the sole....I guess Ping has permanently switched to those dinky little ferrules (might as well leave them off).. Would love to hear their rational behind forging 8620 instead of 1025




    I would hope that the C-Taper shafts are no upcharge. Getting my new Ping S56 irons in tomorrow since I sold the old ones when I was back in The Netherlands. My old S56 irons had the KBS Tour X-Flex. Getting the new S56 irons with C-Taper X-Flex I wish I had waited because these irons are very similar to the S56 and something I was waiting for. The forgiveness between the S56 and the i20 irons. Feel like the 3 iron on the i20 irons has a sole that is to big. I can see it when I set-up the club.
  • W2_GolferW2_Golfer Jr. Boomers Posts: 569
    Crazy price, why so high? Is it just because its forged?
  • scratchswingerscratchswinger Advanced Members Posts: 16,149 ✭✭
    They look 10x better than the originals and the no shaft up charge is a nice touch for their price point.



    For $1,400 you will have to love these. You can get some premium JDM irons for that price.
  • tbowles411tbowles411 ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 25,009 ClubWRX
    That price is going to put them out of reach for a lot of folks. But man, they look better than I thought. I stand corrected.
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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff The GOAT Advanced Members Posts: 27,959 ✭✭
    How did the original Ansers sell? I don't know anyone who owned them. Very few people on this site seemed to play them too.



    1500 is a lot for irons, especially Pings. Kind of like golf's version of the volkswagon Phaeton
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  • golfwaregolfware Advanced Members Posts: 4,779 ✭✭

    tygill2001 wrote:


    Too much offset, all about the new Cobra Amp Forged those are what forged player cb should look like minus the Orange of course




    Too much offset, really? The 7-PW in the Anser have less offset than Titleist CB's and the same as Titleist MB's, and the longer irons have similar offset to AP2's. Cobra AMP Forged offset specs are not online, but I have trouble believing they are less offset than these.




    Thank you for clearing that up!! The offset is easy to see and it's perfect. Too much offset?? Seriously. That's kinda funny.
  • TheMoneyShotTheMoneyShot ***FIGJAM/Twirl of Doom*** Advanced Members Posts: 29,922 ✭✭
    tbowles411 wrote:


    That price is going to put them out of reach for a lot of folks. But man, they look better than I thought. I stand corrected.




    I knew you were going to change your mind once you laid eyes on these.
  • scratchswingerscratchswinger Advanced Members Posts: 16,149 ✭✭
    MtlJeff wrote:


    How did the original Ansers sell? I don't know anyone who owned them. Very few people on this site seemed to play them too.



    1500 is a lot for irons, especially Pings. Kind of like golf's version of the volkswagon Phaeton




    LOL



    The originals did not sell good at all.
  • tbowles411tbowles411 ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 25,009 ClubWRX

    tbowles411 wrote:


    That price is going to put them out of reach for a lot of folks. But man, they look better than I thought. I stand corrected.




    I knew you were going to change your mind once you laid eyes on these.


    But these are out of reach financially i think. Plus I think I want my MOI a little lower...
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  • smiley9929smiley9929 Bless Your Heart! Advanced Members Posts: 1,029
    Very nice looking clubs.
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