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The PING PLD Milled putters are some of the best available. World class feel. Timeless designs. Limited options, but there’s a model for every stroke type.
I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that no company will ever have the impact on putters that PING has. Countless companies – from budget to boutique – have built their entire lines around PING designs. Yet many golfers skip over PING when they think of the best putter makers.
PING is aiming to change that in 2022 with the launch of their PLD putters. With three lines – Milled, Limited, and Custom – PING wants to reassert their dominance on the green. If the PLD Milled Anser is any indication, they just might succeed.
The PING PLD Milled Anser is incredibly clean in its matte black finish. Unsurprisingly, the creators of the Anser got all the proportions right to make this putter easy on the eyes. It frames the ball beautifully, and the black graphite shaft is a perfect complement.
While the address position is completely devoid of distractions, the rest of the putter features tasteful engravings. “PLD” is engraved on the heel of the deep-milled face. Similarly, “Anser” is tucked tastefully into the corner of the sole. The cavity has the traditional PING logo with “Putting Lab Design” hidden in black-on-black underneath it. PLD Milled putters come with a white headcover that displays a variety of logos, many from PING’s history.
PING also includes the Anser 2, Tyne 4, and DS72 (a round mallet inspired by Viktor Hovland) in the PLD Milled line. The Anser 2 and DS72 come in a satin chrome finish and feature different complementary shaft options.
If there’s anything to criticize about the PING PLD Milled line, it’s that there aren’t many aesthetic options. That’s where the PLD Limited and PLD Custom lines come in. PLD Limited offers the Anser Patent 55 in different finishes at different times of the year. Bronze and stainless steel versions have already sold out with copper and gold-plated stainless versions coming soon.
For those that want every option at their disposal, there’s PLD Custom. With this program, you get a fitting (virtual or in person) and the ability to custom design a PING putter. From head shape to finish to face milling to alignment aids, it’s all at your fingertips. But it doesn’t come cheap – the price of this experience is $1,290.
Sound & Feel
As soon as I set the PING PLD Milled Anser behind the ball, I really liked it. I fell in love when I hit the first putt. The feel of this putter is exceptional. Pick your favorite word – buttery, pillowy, velvety- this putter is soft. What elevates it is that it’s soft but still responsive, not mushy.
The sound of impact is crisp “tock” when struck perfectly. This sound becomes predictably louder as you strike longer putts.
This putter provides extremely precise feedback through the impact sound. Anything less than a perfect strike loses that crisp character. The sound and feel are never unpleasant, but you will know when contact is less than optimal.
Across the four models in the PLD Milled line, PING covers all three types of putting strokes: Straight, Slight Arc, and Strong Arc. Both the Anser and Anser 2, with their plumbers necks and 4:30 toe hang, are built for golfers with slight arc strokes. For the straight back, straight through putters, there’s the face balanced DS72. This model is also a bit heavier – 365 grams versus the 350 grams of the Ansers. Finally, players with a strong arc can opt for the Tyne 4, a fang-style putter with a flow neck for more toe hang.
While other PING putter lines have pushed new technologies like adjustable-length shafts or the True Roll face in the Vault putters [review HERE], the PLD Milled line focuses on clean, Tour-proven designs. The forgiveness comes from the perimeter weighting in these classic head shapes. With the Anser, small misses will still get to the cup, but large mishits will end up short.
The primary performance advantage that I found in the PLD Milled Anser was the precise feedback. PING refers to the milling pattern on the face as AMP – Agressive Milling Pattern. This is a key part of letting you know exactly how well each putt was struck. With that knowledge, it’s much easier to get a handle on the speed of the greens and fine tune your putting.
I may be risking my status as a putter snob by saying this, but the PING PLD Milled putters are as good as any boutique, “high end” flat stick you can find. The feel is sensational, and the classic designs are executed perfectly. If you prefer a timeless design to modern mallets, the PLD Milled putters should be on your short list.