History of Ping Anser Putters

By Michael J. Brna Ph.D.

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.

Karsten Solheim

In developing the Anser putter, Solheim sought to "help golfers play their best and enjoy the game." Originally, he made club improvements to help his own game.

PING Putters

The Anser heel-to-toe weighted putter, successor to the Ping putter, was invented as an "answer" to competitors' putters. Solheim's wife suggested shortening the name to Anser to better fit on the club.

Golfer acceptance

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

Ongoing success

The FBR Open in February, 2009, found 10 players using the Ping Anser putter and about 40 others using Anser-style putters from other manufacturers. Winner Kenny Perry used a PING putter.

Solyeim's Legacy

Karsten Solheim's contributions to golf-club innovation reflect his commitment to and love for the game of golf. The Anser putter is just one of many innovations that helped make the game more enjoyable for amateurs and PGA professionals alike. Solheim was also instrumental in establishing the Solheim Cup, a tournament where U.S. and European women golfers compete for national pride.

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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.

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