History of Ping Anser Putters

By Michael J. Brna

ping anser putter face on view

One of the most well-recognized names in all of golf is Anser, PING’s most famous heel-to-toe weighted putter. The successor to the A1 PING putter, the Anser was invented as an "answer" to competitors' putters. The design is so good that many brands have attempted to mimic it.

PING Patent

PING Golf founder Karsten Solheim filed a patent application for the PING Anser putter on May 16, 1966, and patent number D-207227 was issued on March 21, 1967. Since the patent expired in 1984, many others have copied the design, and it remains popular with tour and average players today.

How the PING Anser Got its Name

As an amateur golfer, Solheim eventually became frustrated with his own putting, so he decided to get creative. In his garage, Solheim designed a putter that made a "ping" sound when it struck the ball correctly, and thus the company’s name was born along with the first-ever PING putter — the A1.

Solheim created the Anser putter as an “answer” to competitors’ putters. Solheim's wife suggested shortening the name to “Anser” to better fit on the club, and the name was born.

Anser’s Popularity

Acceptance of the Anser putter grew after Julius Boros used it to win the 1967 Phoenix Open. George Archer won the first major with an Anser at the 1969 Masters. Over 500 tournaments have been won using the Anser putter.

Tiger Woods used a PING Anser 2 during the early part of his junior career. First employing a Bronze Anser, then eventually the PING Anser 2 Stainless Steel putter which he won the 1994 and 1995 U.S. Amateur Championships.

Mark O’Meara won the 1998 Open Championship with a PING putter. Seve Ballesteros used a PING putter, and all his victories came with an Anser putter in the bag.

PING Putter Timeline

PING has released some of the game’s most popular putters throughout eight different decades.

196169 Putter aka "Hot Dog Putter"
1965Rite In Putter
1966Anser & Anser 2 Putters
1967Blade Putter
1968A-Blade, H-Blade, Z-Blade, O-Blade, N-Echo, SZ-Cushin, B.L.O Putters
1973Zero, 0.Z.0, Karsten #3, M.L.T Putters
1974PAL Putter
1975Kushin Putter
1978B60 Putter
1980Eye 52 Putter
1982Anser 4, PAL 2, ZING 2
1989Pal4 BeCu Putter
1990Karsten Anser, Anser 5 Putters
1991B-61 Putter
1999ZING 2 IsoForce
2000IsoForce 2
2001Isopur 2
2004Craz-E Putter
2009Redwood Piper S
2011Anser 6
201650th Anniversary Anser AS Putter
2019Sigma 2

Ongoing Success

2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the PING Anser putter and the company released a limited-edition anniversary putter made from the original mold with components made in the United States and supplied by the vendors in 1966. Because Karsten died in 2000, his son hand ground the limited edition to mimic how his dad did things the first time around. Here's a timeline of PING Anser putters.

Year Release
1966 PING Anser
1966 PING Anser 2
1981 PING Anser 3
1982 PING Anser 4
1990 PING Anser 5
1990 PING Karsten Anser
2011 PING Anser 6
2016 50th Anniversary Anser
2021 Anser, Anser 2, Anser 4 available online

About the Author

Michael J. Brna, Ph.D., conducts public speaking and small group facilitation training and is a member of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Quarterly Newsletter Editorial Review Committee. He considers himself a Jack Lemmon-type golfer who writes fact sheets for Golflink.com.