PING Ketsch Putter Review

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The PING Ketsch putter combines golf’s best face technology with a forgiving, stable club head.  Adjustable and counter balanced options available.

Introduction

Over the last few seasons, the company that created the Anser has continued to innovate with a series of original mallets.  The Ketsch continues this tradition and sets a new high water mark for performance.  The Ketsch is PING’s best-yet use of True Roll technology, and there’s a model for absolutely every golfer.

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Looks

The Ketsch is a clean, sharp looking mallet design.  It’s unorthodox, but miles from some of the spaceship designs out there.  The stark contrast between the black head and the white sight lines makes for really easy alignment, and the two short lines frame the ball well at address.

Other noticeable aesthetic details are the stainless steel plate in the sole and the True Roll face.  The sole plate adds weight low in the club head in addition to adding visual interest to an otherwise all-business sole.  On the face, the precision-milled grooves are painted white to make that technology more visible.

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Sound & Feel

Off the face, the Ketsch produces a fairly muted “thock” sound with a medium-soft feel.  The sound of an off-center impact is slightly louder.  This auditory feedback is essential because there is zero noticeable twisting on mishits.

The thing that I noticed most about the feel of the Ketsch during the swing is that the weight of the putter head feels far from the face.  I may have felt this more acutely because I’m not used to mallets, but regardless, it makes the putter face feel very stable.

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Performance

The most important technology in the Ketsch is the True Roll face technology, which it shares with the Karsten series putters.  TR Technology means that the grooves in the face are deeper in the center of the face and shallower away from the center.  This causes putts to go the same distance whether they are struck pure or mishit, and it is the single most impressive putter technology I’ve ever used.

Beyond the True Roll face, the design of the Ketsch is extremely stable.  This adds to the forgiveness and keeps mishit putts not only going the appropriate distance, but on the correct line.

These two things combine to make a putter that will forgive mishits like no other that I’ve ever tried.  I took the Ketsch straight to the course and, despite my inexperience with mallets, I had a very solid putting round.  Distance control was extremely easy and every putt started on my intended line.

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Conclusion

The PING Ketsch is the most technologically impressive putter that I’ve tested this year.  By combining a stable design with True Roll face milling, it can forgive almost any mishit.  Importantly, PING offers a Ketsch for absolutely every stroke.  Not only are there options for straight, slight arc, and strong arc strokes, but PING also offers the Ketsch in adjustable, counter balanced, and counter balanced, adjustable models.

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6 Comments

  1. Hey Matt – this putter sounds great. Can you explain a bit more about the different options – the arc, adjustable or not, and counterbalance. thanks.

    • Matt Saternus

      James,

      Thanks for the question.
      Let’s start with the arc: PING classifies golfers as having either straight, slight arc, or strong arc putting strokes and they build different putters to fit each type of stroke. You can get the Kestch to accommodate any style. If you want to find out what stroke type you have, you can use the iPING app.
      Counterbalancing: I did an article on that a little while ago. Here’s the link: https://pluggedingolf.com/what-is-counter-weighting/
      Adjustability: PING offers both the standard and counterbalanced putter in fixed length and adjustable length. With the adjustable length, you can use a wrench to make the putter shorter or longer.

      I hope that helps.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. thanks for your feedback. i got the straight 36″ with no counter balance. Really like it so far but the greens i played were aerated recently so not a true test. i figure i can add the counter balance later if i want it.

  3. bill blacoe

    Hi Matt, I know that the putter review was a while ago, but apart from looks, does it really differ that much from the Rustler? . I’ve noticed that Rustlers can be picked up for around £60 now, whereas the Ketsch is still a lot more. There seem to be multiple positive reviews for the Ketsch but very few for the Rustler (despite it also having the same technology, same weight, etc etc ) . Also, one of the few negatives I’ve seen in the Ketsch reviews ( in fact the Ketsch mid ), is that distance control can be difficult . Any thoughts appreciated ., thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Bill,

      I don’t have any experience with the Rustler that I can recall, so I’m afraid I can’t answer your question other than to say that PING has continued to tweak the TR face over time.

      With regard to distance control, there’s nothing inherent in the Ketsch that should make it difficult. In fact, it has a lot going for it (high MOI, TR face) that should make it easier. I have to think those people are having difficulty transitioning to a heavier putter head or to a putter (mallet) with a different CoG than they’re used to.

      Best,

      Matt

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