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Classic PING head shapes paired with some of the best putter technology available. Sports a unique copper finish that stands out from the pack.
“There’s no new technology in putters.” -That guy
Really, guy? Tell that to the engineers at PING. In the last couple seasons, PING has introduced a number of meaningful innovations to their putter line, and they’re all present in the new PING Karsten TR putters. From the easiest fitting process to a face that forgives mishits, the Karsten TR putters have earned the Karsten name.
PING’s Karsten TR series sets itself apart with a unique copper finish, a look that calls to mind the classic PING putters. The five putters currently offered in this line are all timeless PING designs like the Anser and Zing. Each putter has a single sight line to aid alignment.
Sound & Feel
The feel off of the milled grooves of the Karsten TR putters is extremely soft. The feel off of the center of the face is a little bit springy, but that feeling dulls as you move away from the sweet spot.
With regard to sound, the Karsten TR produces a dull thud at impact with virtually no click, particularly when using a urethane-covered golf ball.
One additional point: the grip that comes stock on the Karsten TR putters is fantastic. It feels like a Pingman grip, but it’s significantly larger with a slightly different shape. Everyone who tried these putters commented on how comfortable the grip felt in their hands.
Let’s start by running down the various technologies present in the Karsten TR series, from oldest to newest. First, the entire series features PING’s Fit for Stroke concept. The shaft bands are color coded and clearly labeled to indicate whether they are best suited for players with straight, slight arc, or strong arc putting strokes. Finding out your stroke type is easy: simply use PING’s free iPING Putter App.
Next, each putter is available with either a fixed or adjustable-length shaft. The adjustable-length models cost an additional $35, but they allow you to dial in your perfect set-up anywhere from 31” to 38”. Additionally, the length adjustment mechanism creates a slightly counter-balanced feel that some players prefer.
Finally, the Karsten TR series takes advantage of PING’s TR (True Roll) face technology. The grooves in the face are milled to varying depths to create equal ball speed across the face. Simply put: putts struck in the center of the face will go the same distance as putts struck on the heel or toe. This is means fewer putts coming up short and, ultimately, fewer 3-putts.
Since it was unveiled, I’ve found PING’s Fit for Stroke concept to be very helpful for golfers. It brings science to putter fitting, something it sorely needs. I know from personal experience that having a well-fit putter makes a world of difference.
With the Karsten TR putters, I found the TR technology to be very impressive. My distance groupings were much tighter than usual, even when I intentionally missed the sweet spot by a lot. Where this technology really shines is on long putts. Most golfers have more mishits on longer putts because of the longer stroke required, but long putts are where mishits are punished the most. With the Karsten TR, I found that mishit 30-footers left tap-ins, not knee knocking 5-footers.
If you want the look of a traditional putter combined with stroke-saving technology, look no further than the PING Karsten TR putters. No other putter series offers this combination of technology and easy, precise fitting.
Price and Specs
The PING Karsten TR putter line consists of 5 different models: the Anser 2, Anser 5, B60, Pal, and Zing.
Each model is available in a fixed length ($150) or with an adjustable-length shaft ($185).