FIRST LOOK: Ping’s PLD Anser Patent 55 stainless steel putter
The introduction of Ping’s PLD lineup earlier this year included a limited-run version for golfers with an affinity for collecting putters. Following the release of an aluminum bronze Anser to celebrate the 55-year anniversary of the putter patent that altered the industry, Ping announced a second stainless steel offering that will be making its way to Ping’s PLD website on June 13th.
Only 55 stainless steel PLD Anser Patent 55 putters will be made available for $790 (limit one per customer). And if the first release is any indication, the stainless steel version won’t last long.
“Since introducing the PLD Limited program in March with the aluminum bronze PLD Anser Patent 55, there’s been a lot of excitement and interest from fans and collectors,” said Ping executive chairman John A. Solheim. “The first version sold out in less than three minutes, so we’re encouraging those interested to be ready promptly when we make them available on Monday.”
Ping plans to release two more versions of the PLD Anser 55 in the coming months, with a machined copper version dropping on September 26th, followed by a gold-plated putter (milled from stainless steel) to close out the year on Dec. 12.
While the putters are a fun way to honor an iconic design, Ping is hoping the releases educate the golfing public on the historical significance of Karsten Solheim’s Anser — a design that’s used by practically every other manufacturer in the industry.
“A lot of time has passed since the invention of the Anser putter,” Solheim said. “We think it’s important to remind the golf industry and some of the younger golfers that the familiar putter design they see with other brands’ name on it was created by Karsten in his garage in the mid-1960s. I was fortunate to be at his side building the first Ansers, and continued to do so for many years.
“It was among Karsten’s many contributions to the game that eventually earned him induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, the only manufacturer to be so honored. We’re flattered that the design has had such a significant influence on putter design for the last 55 years and we think this is a great time to celebrate its continuing success by offering golfers a piece of Ping history with the introduction of the PLD Anser Patent 55 model.”
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