Ping PLD Putter (2022) Review

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  • Pros

    - Designed with input from the games very best players. 

    - Every head is precision CNC Milled so they're very precise and consistent.

    - Each model is beautifully designed and executed, these are very classy and premium putters.

  • Cons

    - At launch there's only four different head shapes to choose from.

    - As lovely as they are, the PLD's premium price tag will take the family out of reach of lots of golfers.

  • RRP £399.00

What we say...

Ping PLD putters are a premium CNC Milled four model family, designed with input from the world’s best golfers.

Ever since 1959 when founder Karsten Solheim introduced the brand’s first 1A putter, Ping have been building a heritage on creating unique, individual flatsticks for the game’s very best players. Through working with those who excel on the dancefloor the company has accumulated a ton of inhouse know-how in and around creating the ultimate putter for the games very best players.

There are four PLD putters in Ping's new premium range.

Over the years these one-off designs have been developed, prototyped and fettled in Ping’s Putter Lab (the brand’s PLD marquee stands for Putter Lab Design) at the global HQ in Phoenix, Arizona, before each has been precision CNC Milled for their intended owner.

And it’s that lab with its super talented designers and engineers that tour pros like Viktor Hovland, Joaquin Niemann, Bubba Watson, Tony Finau and Cameron Champ have all turned to for the opportunity to develop a unique flatstick to suit their personal eye.

With PLD putters having accumulated more than 20 tour wins in the last two years, Ping reckon 2022 is the perfect time to bring all their Putter Lab knowledge and know-how to the golfing public, and they’re doing it in the form of a new family of four super premium PLD putters. Here’s their story.

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What you need to know about the Ping PLD putters

Forged and Milled

Each PLD model is first forged from 303 Stainless Steel then precision CNC Milled to its final shape. From start to finish each head spends four hours on the mill, the process ensures an exact replication of dimensions from one head to another. A deep aggressive milling pattern (AMP) on the face gives a surface texture developed with tour player input to optimise sound, feel and roll.

Matte or satin?

Each of the four heads comes in either a Matte Black or Satin finish. Choose the Satin finish (Anser 2 and DS 72) and your putter will come with a traditional chrome plated steel shaft. The two Matte Black models come with either a matte black graphite (Anser) or matte black steel shaft (Prime Tyne 4).  

Black out

As standard, all four models come with a blacked out Ping rubber PP58 grip, other Ping options will be available through a proper fitting and custom order.

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Meet the Ping PLD putter models

Ping PLD Anser putter

Toe hang: Mid | Stroke type: Slight arc | Headweight: 350g

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The Anser shape is as old as the hills, it’s been copied a million times over but this super stealth version is an absolute beauty. Thanks to having no sightline, this model will suit players who use the length of the putter blade to align squarely at their target.

If that’s not you, you’ll probably find this model a bit intimidating, but the Anser 2 will be a great alternative. Joaquin Niemann won the recent PGA Tour Genesis Invitational whilst playing this model. Perfect for slight arc strokes and players who like to feel they release the putter through impact.

Ping PLD Anser 2 putter

Toe hang: Mid | Stroke type: Slight arc | Headweight: 350g

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The Anser 2 head has a little longer blade length (than the standard Anser) and its body gives the impression of having more straighter edges and a less curved bumper shaping.

Over the years Bubba Watson has been a big Anser 2 fan, and currently has the new PLD Anser 2 in his bag.

We reckon a majority of players who’ll be attracted to the two PLD blades will favour this head over the standard Anser, and our thinking comes down to the addition of a sightline. Most players need the additional guide for setting up not just squarely to their target but also to show the ball is sitting in front of the centre of the face too. Perfect for slight arc strokes and players who like to feel they release the putter through impact.   

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Ping PLD DS 72 putter

Toe hang: 0° – Face Balanced | Stroke type: Straight | Headweight: 365g

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Viktor Hovland has forced his way into the world’s top three using a PLD DS 72, his though is un-plated (without a finish), so it has rusted over time. The model is very much a traditional blunt back mallet (so its back edge is parallel to the putter face) with a wide topline, single sightline and golf ball width cavity back.

We love the obvious milling marks on the back, they give an excellent texture change between the different areas of the head, class and simplicity really doesn’t come any simpler form than this. A great choice for straight back and through strokes.

Ping Prime Tyne 4 putter

Toe hang: Mid | Stroke type: Slight arc | Headweight: 360g

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Cameron Champ has been a big Tyne 4 fan over a few years (recently though he’s been spotted with a 2021 Fetch putter in his hands) and Ping have worked hard with him on perfecting this MOI fang shape.

A short slant hosel means you get toe hang, so the model can be a good fit for players switching from toe hang blades in the search of a more forgiving putter. We like how the single white sightline and prominent golf ball width fangs heap focus on the impact area, which is great for golfers who hit a lot of putts away from the centre of the face.   

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Today's Golfer Equipment Editor Simon Daddow.

Simon Daddow is the Equipment Editor at todaysgolfer.co.uk

Simon has worked in the golf industry for 30 years. Starting out as trainee professional at Downes Crediton GC where he learned the art of golf club making, before going onto work for Clubhaus Plc and Tony Charles Ltd as a golf club maker, and running Product Development at Benross Golf.

Joining EMAP Active (now Bauer Media) in 2006 as Equipment Editor Simon has worked for Today’s Golfer and Golf World magazines and the Today’s Golfer website.
Simon is 46 years old, he’s played golf for 40 years and plays to a handicap of 10. A lack of club speed means he’s short off the tee, but very handy from 125 yards and in.

He uses a Ping G400 SFT driver, PXG 0341 X Gen4 3-Wood, PXG 0341 X Gen4 7-wood, PXG 0317 X Gen2 hybrid, Callaway Rogue X irons (6 – PW), Cleveland CBX2 wedges (52°, 58°), Bettinardi Inovai 6.0 putter and a TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball.

You can contact Simon here.

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Product Information

Ping PLD Putters (2022)

Ping PLD Anser putter

RRP: £399

Toe hang: Mid   Stroke type: Slight arc   Headweight: 350g

Loft: 3° (+/- 3°)   Lie angle: 20° (+/- 4°)

Ping PLD Anser 2 putter

RRP: £399

Toe hang: Mid   Stroke type: Slight arc   Headweight: 350g

Loft: 3° (+/- 3°)   Lie angle: 20° (+/- 4°)

Ping PLD DS 72 putter

RRP: £399

Toe hang: 0° - Face Balanced   Stroke type: Straight   Headweight: 365g

Loft: 3° (+/- 3°)   Lie angle: 20° (+/- 4°)

Ping Prime Tyne 4 putter

RRP: £399

Toe hang: Mid   Stroke type: Slight arc   Headweight: 360g

Loft: 3° (+/- 3°)   Lie angle: 20° (+/- 4°)

Stock grip for all models: Ping PP58 Blackout

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