First Look: Ping reveal new Heppler Putter range

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Ping have revealed their new Heppler Putter range, featuring nine models with solid-face technology through high-pressure aluminium casting.

Employing high-pressure aluminium casting for the first time in the manufacturing of its putters, Ping have introduced their new Heppler putters; An eye-catching, nine-model family of blades and multi-material mid-mallets and mallets differentiated by solid- face technology and extremely high inertia properties.

Ping Heppler Putters: Need to know

Designing putters which sell in big numbers is a hit and miss business. When designers get it right, tons of tour pros use them, some win with them and consumers buy them by the gazillion.

Ping, at least originally, built its brand on Anser putter sales, but while there’s been a lot of Tour success over the years with countless models, it has been some time since Ping launched a model that captured the golfing public’s imagination and delivered massive sales. Ping reckons its new Heppler family can hit that spot.  

It’s an nine-model line-up (the Piper comes in both a centre shaft and armlock model), with two blades and seven mallet/MOI models, all of which deliver super high MOI performance thanks to an aluminium and stainless steel construction.     

Surprisingly, Ping’s also turning its back on insert and face groove technology and instead focusing on giving golfers a firmer feel and more pleasing sound.   

“With the Heppler series, we’re providing golfers a firmer-feeling putter in highly forgiving models to ensure a choice that fits their stroke and eye,” said John K. Solheim, PING President. “We’ve chosen a very precise manufacturing process that has significantly advanced our ability to create high-MOI mid-mallets and mallets by combining aerospace-grade aluminium with steel. The contrasting copper and black finish provides alignment cues and a visually appealing, premium look that’s attracting a lot of interest on tour.” 

“Fitting continues to be an important part of our putter technology as well,” Solheim said. “We’ve made improvements to the feel of our adjustable-length shaft technology and the new putters are available to fit every stroke type so golfers can find a putter to match their stance and stroke.”

Ping Heppler Putters: Key Features

Adjust me up

Heppler is Ping’s second family of putters with adjustable length shafts as standard (they’re stiffer and come in a black chrome finish for a sleek new look). Length is adjustable from 32-36in; Ping says eight out of 10 golfers use the wrong length putter which plays a crucial role in hitting putts from the centre.   

Multi-material construction

Lightweight, cast aluminium chassis are teamed with strategically positioned heavy steel weights. The idea allows Ping’s engineers to position the centre of gravity in each head to boost forgiveness, creating an extremely high MOI family for more consistency.   

New grip options

With Ping at the forefront of custom fitting, Heppler comes as standard with four grip options, all of which vary is shape and size, to ensure you get a grip that gives you the perfect fit and feel.     

New colours

Colours promise to give visual cues to help you align squarely at your target more often. Heppler mixes black with copper (with either white sightlines or a black alignment dot) to create a distinctive look as you address a white ball.  

Heppler Putters: The full line-up 

Anser 2: 

Ping’s business was built on the success of the Anser, it’s no surprise the most copied putter design of all time is part of the Heppler line-up. Bearing the same heel-toe weighting that helped make the original Anser 2 so popular, the Heppler version also shares the original's angled heel ballast. Good for slight arc putting strokes.

• RRP £250.00
• Putter Type: Blade
• Material: Steel
• Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32" to 36" range
• Head Weight: 350g
• Stroke Type: Slight Arc
• Lie Angle: 20° ±4°
• Loft: 3° ±3°

ZB3

A narrow body, short slant hosel design with lots of toe hang. A larger section of the cavity was carved out and the heel-toe ballasts are larger than those in the ZB 2 to achieve a high MOI. A good fit for strong arc putting strokes. The simplest single dot alignment aid you’ll find. 

• RRP: £250.00
• Putter Type: Blade
• Material: Steel
• Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32" to 36" range
• Head Weight: 355g
• Stroke Type: Strong Arc
• Lie Angle: 20° ±4°
• Loft: 3° ±3°

Piper C

A centre-shafted mini mallet (also available as a longer armlock model). Relative to other centre-shafted models, the CG is lower and MOI is higher because of steel heel and toe weights integrated with the aluminium body. Two white sight lines frame the ball brilliantly at address. Good for straighter putting strokes.

• RRP: £250.00
• Putter Type: Mid-mallet
• Material: Aluminium/Steel face
• Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32" to 36" range
• Head Weight: 365g
• Lie Angle: 20° ±4°
• Loft: 3° ±1°

Tyne 3 

A modern fanged design which spreads mass and ups stability. At address, the ratio of aluminium to steel appears to be 50/50; in fact, steel accounts for 2/3 of the weight, created by a thick back flange, resulting in a lower, much deeper CG and a higher MOI. A slant neck hosel means the Tyne 3 has toe hang which so it’s well suited to slight arc strokes.

• RRP: £275.00
• Putter Type: Mallet
• Material: Aluminium face/Steel
• Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32" to 36" range
• Head Weight: 360g
• Lie Angle: 20° ±4°
• Loft: 3° ±3°

Fetch

The Fetch has a sneaky high MOI as the head has a ball-sized hole in the centre which boosts forgiveness. The colour contrasting helps golfers focus on the alignment lines, causing the holed-out section to fade and not be the primary focus. The whole head fits inside the hole to retrieve holed putts. Good for straight strokes.

• RRP: £275.00
• Putter Type: Mallet
• Material: Aluminium/Steel face
• Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32" to 36" range
• Head Weight: 365g
• Stroke Type: Straight
• Lie Angle: 20° ±2°
• Loft: 3° ±3°

Floki

Just the sort of MOI model that wasn’t available a few years ago, boasting the second-highest MOI in the Heppler line, owing to its 2/3 steel, 1/3 aluminium construction. A short slant hosel means a good amount of toe hang. Floki is a good fit for golfers who like releasing the putter through impact due to significant steel around the perimeter prevents twisting. Suited to strong arc-shaped strokes.   

• RRP: £275.00
• Putter Type: Mallet
• Material: Aluminium face/Steel
• Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32" to 36" range
• Head Weight: 365g
• Lie Angle: 20° ±4°
• Loft: 3° ±3°

Ketch

With its wide body, MOI head and bent hosel design, Ping says the Ketch is a good fit for straight and slight arc putting strokes. Its sole is steel, which also wraps the perimeter; a big reason this ½ steel, ½ aluminium Ketsch nearly doubles the MOI of the PING Vault 2.0 Ketsch. Lots of path and target cues to help alignment. 

• RRP: £275.00
• Putter Type: Mallet
• Material: Aluminium face/Steel
• Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32" to 36" range
• Head Weight: 370g
• Lie Angle: 20° ±2°
• Loft: 3° ±3°

Tomcat 14

Big MOI putters are a growing trend. Back wings up forgiveness, and there’s a 14 dot alignment system inspired by the lights on an airport’s runway. The dots get closer together front to back to simulate motion, help with eye tracking and frame the ball. The back ballasts are cored out and steel filled in this ½ steel, ½ aluminium putter. Best for a Slight Arc or Straight putting stroke. 

• RRP: £275.00
• Putter Type: Mallet
• Material: Aluminium face/Steel
• Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32" to 36" range
• Head Weight: 370g
• Lie Angle: 20° ±2°
• Loft: 3° ±3°

Piper Armlock

A mid-mallet is the predominant putter style among armlock players for its desirable head shape and this Piper relies on the same low-CG, high-MOI, heel-toe weighted Piper C head. The difference is a double-bend shaft (std. length 41 ½") and it attaches heel-side as opposed to the centre, a 21-inch grip and standard loft is 6°. For a Slight Arc or Straight stroke. 

• RRP: £275.00
• Putter Type: Mid-Mallet
• Material: Aluminium/Steel face
• Standard length: 41.5" (Non-adjustable. Custom lengths available)
• Head Weight: 355g
• Lie Angle: 20° ±2°
• Standard Loft: 6° (custom lofts available)