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Does the Ping Anser 4 hold any special praise or honor in the putter world ?


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Today on the way home from playing 18 I picked up a Ping Anser 4 putter in very very good shape with a lousy grip on it that I will replace with the Ping Man grip.

It is the Karsten Mfg. Corp. with a Phoenix 85068 Zip  with black shaft band and I believe it is a steel head.  I will regrip it and give it a try out to see if it makes the bag.

Just wondering if this putter has legendary status ???

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I don't know if anyone did anything legendary with that putter but from a value perspective, the old Karsten/Ping Anser putters aren't worth a lot. If the putter is in good shape and works for you, that's great! I'm sure there were a number of historical putts made with that model of putter but I think there are so many out there that they never really hit collector status or at least not yet. 

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If it says Scottsdale, not Phoenix, it is probably rare.   That is the main key, I believe.  No Phoenix models are rare.

If you type in to a searcher, what is a collectible Ping putter, you will see the info. 

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For me absolutely! The best putter I ever owned !! I stopped playing 14 years ago when I had both knees replaced and sold all my clubs. Started again 6 years ago and miss that putter. I am happy you posted this because I will see if I can find one on one of those sights. I am thinking it has to be 50 years old ?
 

 

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I have an original Anser2, but they are not "valuable" as there are thousands out there. However, if a Ping putter is stamped California, not Arizona, before the company moved to Phoenix, it may have some value.

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Thanks for your ansers !!!!

I was not really interested in the value $$$ of the putter but just wondering if that particular Anser 4 was suppose to be the Holy Grail of putting at one time.

 

OLD GUY GOLF  - - I understand your feelings about dropping the game due to the knee replacements many years ago.  I had both of mine replaced about 3 years ago and it's been a struggle to return to a decent swing and handicap.  If I should run across another Anser 4 putter I will pick it up for you and give you a PM/

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I bought one at an estate sale a few years ago for $1. Hope you didn't pay too much more than that for it. When I used it it worked well though. Still in my garage.

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I just had a total knee replacement.  I am 66.  Titanium alloys line the surfaces and polyurethane carbonate spacer in between.  The rest of my leg is is good shape, I exercise.  Surgery was at Scripps Clinic in lovely San Diego, Torrey Pines, next to the golf course, window views.  I am very happy.  I will get the other knee done eventually, both of them were bone on bone in interior third of the knee joint.  Most other people I talk to are also happy with results.

 

And there is no Holy Grail of putting.  Even the best pros use different putters, styles, grips.  I switched 6 years ago, after reading about spieth.  I putt cross handed.  The left hand is below the grip.  Index finger on the shaft.  I look at the hole and the path, not the ball, on long putts.  On shorter putts, If I can see the hole out of the corner of my eye, I do look at the ball.  I use a face balanced putter.  Learn what that means, how to tell, it is easy.  It takes a lot of practice to convert to cross handed and to not looking at the ball.  I sometimes stub the putter on the ground before hitting the ball.  Have to practice.

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5 Mizu hybrid Fli-hi

6 - W Ping I 500 irons on Recoil F3 reg flex shafts

Wedges:  Mizuno blue 52 09, 60 06, and old original Hogan Sure-out 56 14 sand

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On 6/18/2021 at 9:40 AM, jborchel said:

I bought one at an estate sale a few years ago for $1. Hope you didn't pay too much more than that for it. When I used it it worked well though. Still in my garage.

I guess I got screwed big time........I paid $9.99

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Honma 747v irons 4-10 Pro Modus3 tour 105 stiff

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Ping Zing/Anser putter  85020/85029

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Thanks Scotland blue appreciated. Thank the golf gods for titanium knees ! Keep working it comes back and I am 72 and have shot my age or better a few times. I play the senior tees and love my golf again and down to 4.3 ! 

I was told Red tees are Super Senior after age 70 so I have a backup plan.

I bought a Ping Cushion with a C not the K. $25 on ebay and it is in great shape. I clean the shaft regularly with WD40. Best putter I have ever used.

 

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