Many years ago (1967 to be exact) when my wife was learning to play golf our local pro gave her a Ping Anser putter. He bragged at the time that not only was it a great putter but he could tee up a ball and drive it 200 yards with the Anser ( and yes he could). She loved it and it is still in her bag today when she plays.
Ping is without a doubt the most influential putter manufacturer in the history of the game. The original Anser model, first introduced in 1966 and marked “Scottsdale,” has been used to win more than 500 professional tournaments to date, including all four majors in one year (1988). So what better putter model to look at than the Anser, which is still alive and very well in the company’s Vault 2.0 and Sigma 2 models.
What is The Difference
Tony Serrano, Ping senior design engineer, says it this way, “the two putters might seem fairly subtle to some, but in terms of looks and feel, they’re actually quite different.“ The two big differences Serrano says is, “The Vault 2.0 is 100 percent milled with no face insert, while the Sigma 2 is cast and features an insert.
Serrano continues, “The inherent differences is in feel—the Sigma 2 provides a softer sensation at impact—are more than enough to make one model more appealing to a certain group of players than the other. Plus the different look of the two models, due to the manufacturing methods used to produce each, is often a determining factor for many potential buyers.”
The Choice is Yours
So you have the choice between a one-piece, fully milled putter head (Vault 2.0) and a multi-piece cast design (Sigma 2). Both feature Ping’s TR milling pattern in the face, a feature that is designed to even out ball speed and distance on center and off-center hits.
Face Insert or Without an Insert
The Sigma 2 is fitted with a dual-durometer PEBAX face insert, which incorporates a soft front layer with a firmer back layer. The result is an insert that provides a more delicate feel on short putts and a firmer one on longer putts that need to be struck more authoritatively.
The Vault 2.0 is a one-piece club head milled from 303 Stainless steel, which provides a firmer overall feel on putts of all lengths
The Vault 2.0 Dale Anser also comes standard with a custom sole-weighting system, allowing the club to be fitted with three different stainless steel weights: standard, tungsten (15g heavier than standard), or aluminum (15g lighter than standard). In contrast, the Sigma 2 Anser has a fixed weight of 350g.
The Sigma also comes with Ping’s innovative adjustable-shaft technology, which allows players to change the length of the putter anywhere between 32″ to 36″ with the simple turn of a screw in the top of the grip.
So there you go, two distinct putters from one of the worlds best putter manufactures that gives you the ability to roll the ball into the hole with confidence. Your choice comes down to feel and eye appeal in your choice. As I have said before, putting is a feel game and the most important club in you bag. If you are thinking about a different putter check both out and see for yourself which one fits your style of game and start cutting those strokes today.
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