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Stopped by my club today, and the Ping rep just so happened to be there talking to our pros. I asked about the Anser Forged clubs, and he let out this little tid-bit: they will be available in the US in late fall on a limited basis. Also....they will be one of the most expensive sets of clubs ever sold.

Figured they would be pricy, plus with Ping's rules on pricing, they will be expensive for a while.

 

I asked the same thing about who's doing the forging???? No answer as of yet must be TOP SECRET! :) :P

 

You could ask TSG about the forging. :P

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My big question is this.... The PING custom fitting process has been second to none for years now... Being that this is a forged club and will be much more prone to bending/lie angle changes.. what impact will this have on the custom fitting process/potential lie angle work? As we all know, irons.. ESPECIALLY FORGED, need to get checked on a regular basis for any changes in lie/loft... PING has been known for their statistically amazing heat treating process to their irons... (if you want to bend PING, you send to PING)... Simply curious about what a forged club from PING will do to their infamous fitting scenario...?

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My big question is this.... The PING custom fitting process has been second to none for years now... Being that this is a forged club and will be much more prone to bending/lie angle changes.. what impact will this have on the custom fitting process/potential lie angle work? As we all know, irons.. ESPECIALLY FORGED, need to get checked on a regular basis for any changes in lie/loft... PING has been known for their statistically amazing heat treating process to their irons... (if you want to bend PING, you send to PING)... Simply curious about what a forged club from PING will do to their infamous fitting scenario...?

 

That's a good point. You mentioned they're "amazing" process for cast clubs, maybe it'll translate to forged clubs, or maybe they have created a forged equivalent.

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Wow, this is a super looking club! One of my earliest sets was a Zing2. To this day, that set was still one of the most forgiving irons I'd ever bagged. While I haven't played a set of Ping irons since then, I've alway had a soft spot to give a set a try. Could this be the 'anser'?

 

Funny you mention the Zing2's and forgiveness -- when I was in the golf business (up to around 2000), even after Ping had made several other models, the Ping rep one day told me how the original Zing iron was the most forgiving iron of any club -- from any maker -- that Ping had ever tested. They just got a bad rap for looks....and no one would buy them.

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Funny you mention the Zing2's and forgiveness -- when I was in the golf business (up to around 2000), even after Ping had made several other models, the Ping rep one day told me how the original Zing iron was the most forgiving iron of any club -- from any maker -- that Ping had ever tested. They just got a bad rap for looks....and no one would buy them.

Would you suggest that a high capper look at a set like this

http://cgi.ebay.com/Ping-Zing-Iron-set-Golf-Club-2-PW-SW-10-Clubs_W0QQitemZ310206692104QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGolf_Clubs?hash=item4839c27b08#ht_500wt_1182

or do you think that the modern options since the Zing would be a better choice?

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Would you suggest that a high capper look at a set like this

http://cgi.ebay.com/Ping-Zing-Iron-set-Golf-Club-2-PW-SW-10-Clubs_W0QQitemZ310206692104QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGolf_Clubs?hash=item4839c27b08#ht_500wt_1182

or do you think that the modern options since the Zing would be a better choice?

 

(I didn't scour the listing, just saw what they were)

First off, I recommend any beginner, recreational, or high handicap to buy a quality used set as opposed to a new set.

I also think a high hndcp couldn't go wrong with a set of Zings. Even when they get better, they'd still be a great set of clubs. Hey...Kirk Triplett chose, and choses, to play the Zing2's on Tour. IIRC, Westwood stuck with the Zing2's for a long, long time after Ping came out with new stuff. IMHO, if the Zing2's are good enough for those guys -- the original Zing's ought to be good enough for any of us.

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Funny you mention the Zing2's and forgiveness -- when I was in the golf business (up to around 2000), even after Ping had made several other models, the Ping rep one day told me how the original Zing iron was the most forgiving iron of any club -- from any maker -- that Ping had ever tested. They just got a bad rap for looks....and no one would buy them.

 

They sure were ugly, but they helped set the precedent for all of today's forgiving clubs.

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(I didn't scour the listing, just saw what they were)

First off, I recommend any beginner, recreational, or high handicap to buy a quality used set as opposed to a new set.

I also think a high hndcp couldn't go wrong with a set of Zings. Even when they get better, they'd still be a great set of clubs. Hey...Kirk Triplett chose, and choses, to play the Zing2's on Tour. IIRC, Westwood stuck with the Zing2's for a long, long time after Ping came out with new stuff. IMHO, if the Zing2's are good enough for those guys -- the original Zing's ought to be good enough for any of us.

 

I did not know the zings had the tour presence too, thanks.

 

They sure were ugly, but they helped set the precedent for all of today's forgiving clubs.

Looks are subjective, I like the looks of them. They are all angular and crazy looking, but to me that is cool. :)

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I have a friend who is sponsored by Ping. He got pissed when i told him about these irons because he just got i15s a week ago. He hadn't heard of the ansers

While it is hard to feel bad for someone who is sponsored :) let your friend know that these will not be out for a while. Depending upon his deal, he may be able to enjoy the i15s and then roll into the forged in fall/early next year.

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While it is hard to feel bad for someone who is sponsored :) let your friend know that these will not be out for a while. Depending upon his deal, he may be able to enjoy the i15s and then roll into the forged in fall/early next year.

Those are some pretty sick irons, I'd hate to wait that long for them to come out. Luckily, I am satisfied with my Titleist CB 690

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Those are some pretty sick irons, I'd hate to wait that long for them to come out. Luckily, I am satisfied with my Titleist CB 690

Totally get that, I just got my putter today that I ordered in Dec.

It is so sweet though that the wait was well worth it.

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Funny you mention the Zing2's and forgiveness -- when I was in the golf business (up to around 2000), even after Ping had made several other models, the Ping rep one day told me how the original Zing iron was the most forgiving iron of any club -- from any maker -- that Ping had ever tested. They just got a bad rap for looks....and no one would buy them.

 

They were ugle-e-e-e (even by Ping standards).

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They sure were ugly, but they helped set the precedent for all of today's forgiving clubs.

 

How do you know? You weren't even alive when these were released. :huh:

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My big question is this.... The PING custom fitting process has been second to none for years now... Being that this is a forged club and will be much more prone to bending/lie angle changes.. what impact will this have on the custom fitting process/potential lie angle work? As we all know, irons.. ESPECIALLY FORGED, need to get checked on a regular basis for any changes in lie/loft... PING has been known for their statistically amazing heat treating process to their irons... (if you want to bend PING, you send to PING)... Simply curious about what a forged club from PING will do to their infamous fitting scenario...?

 

Welcome... good to see another Chicago guy on here!

 

You bring up a very interesting point. Ping frowns upon adjustments being made to their clubs by third parties but with the forged does that mean customers will have to ship their babies back to Ping for loft/lie adjustments on a frequent basis. That would get old and expensive real quick!

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Wilson FYbrid 19* UST Proforce AXIV Core

Cobra Baffler Rail H Hybrid 22* Fujikura Motore

Ping I15 Irons 5-UW AWT

Ping Tour-W 56*,60* DG Spinner

Ping Redwood ZB Putter, WRX Starshot, 35"

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