PING Ketsch – Designing and Manufacturing 2014’s Most Wanted Mallet Putter
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PING Ketsch – Designing and Manufacturing 2014’s Most Wanted Mallet Putter

PING Ketsch – Designing and Manufacturing 2014’s Most Wanted Mallet Putter

(by Dave Wolfe and Tim Halberg)

Based upon your comments, I would say that many of you really enjoyed reading about our visit to PING HQ. If you missed those articles, you can find Part 1, HERE, and Part 2, HERE.

It was fun for me to take you all along as we toured the expansive aspects of the PING facility. You may find this hard to believe, but I actually skipped over part of our visit.

That’s right, there was more!

I wanted to hold a little something back for later. You know, like that last piece of pie that you stashed behind the pickle jar. Mmmm pie.

What is it that I kept from you? What piece of PING equipment deserves that hidden-pie treatment? Of course it’s the 2014 Most Wanted Mallet, the PING Ketsch.

 

Un-Ketsch-able

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Un-Ketsch-able. That’s what the PING Ketsch was in the mallet competition. It just pulled away from the competition. It seemed like our testers just couldn’t miss from the 5-foot mark. OK, they did miss two out of fifty putts. For those of you who have been out of school for a while, that comes out to 96%, earning the Ketsch a best-in-class A.

What I have for you today is a little more information about the design of the Ketsch, and also some great shots of how the Ketsch is made, courtesy of Golfspy Tim.

 

S-Ketsching the Design

Engineering and design seems the natural place to start a Ketsch discussion, as that is how PING develops all of its new products. The Ketsch was no exception. PING engineers did not set out to build this putter, but rather studied the science of putting, adding to their knowledge environment, then subsequently creating the Ketsch from their findings.

The foundation for the Ketsch really came from two separate studies; one about face impact patterns, and a second about alignment.

 

Face Impact Studies

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PING engineers began their research process by exploring the putter face impact pattern in relation to player handicap. As I mentioned in the visit article, one of the cool things about working at PING is that you can choose to be a club tester a couple of times a week. For the engineers, this represents a whole bunch of data to work with.

Anyway, the study in many ways was similar to how impact position on a driver face impacts ball speed off the tee. This time though, it was ball speed off the putter face.

It is from this data that the PING engineers developed their TR groove system.

The TR grooves normalize ball speed across the face of the putter by reducing center-strike ball speed, and increasing ball speed on off-center hits. PING is not the first company to pursue this design idea, but I believe that others have used inserts rather than grooves to achieve the result.

A PING engineer explained to us that the TR grooves make the putter perform like it has a higher MOI, though this is more apparent in the Anser-like heads as opposed to the already-high-MOI mallets.

Basically, this allowed PING engineers to change the inertia of the head without changing the shape of the head. This is key, as many of those head shapes have proven to be quite successful (re. PING gold putter room).

 

Alignment Study

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Next, PING engineers returned to their tester pool, this time exploring the effect of different putter design elements on accuracy.

Their hope, in studying the head shape, lines, dots, and so on, was not just to develop one putter, but rather to generate knowledge that could be used in the development of all future putters. It’s knowledge first, then products at PING.

PING engineers determined three components that improved putter alignment/accuracy.

  1. A line going from the back to the front of the putter.
  2. A curve from the back to the front of the putter.
  3. Ball-width visuals (lines) on the top.

 

If you take the knowledge that led them to the TR Grooves, and combine it with the knowledge from the alignment study, you can see where the Ketsch design came from. Other PING putters created from this knowledge base include the PING Nome TR (tied for 2nd Most Wanted) and the Scottsdale TR Anser T (currently competing in the Most Wanted Blade competition). So far, the PING engineers are 2 for 3 with this product pool in our putter competitions. I too am curious how the Anser T will score.

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That gives you some insight into why the PING Ketsch was made. Let’s no take a little look at how the Ketsch is made.

Ketsching Fire

Back in Part 1 of our visit article, I mentioned how the shafts are glued into the Ketsch heads and then bent to meet the fit-for-stroke requirements. I bet that many of you assumed that like most of the other PING clubs, the Ketsch heads were manufactured elsewhere and then precisely assembled at PING. That may be the case with most of the other clubs, but not so with the Ketsch.

This is what the Ketsch looks like when it hits PING.

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What you have there, fearless reader, is a block of aluminum. It is from this billet, that the Ketsch is carved. Think of how a statue comes from a block of marble. The statue hides inside the marble block, the artist need only find it.

With the Ketsch, the engineers have developed the sculpture, and the milling machine was tasked to find it. Here is the progression from block to putter:

First, the top of the putter is milled.

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Next the bottom is milled.

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Note the difference between the sole plates on the standard and counterbalanced models. That knob is where the extra weight comes from.

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Finally, the Ketsch is ready for cosmetics and shafting.

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Milling Madness Bonus Round: The PING Tour Wedge

Tim and I also were able to watch Gorge grooves being milled into the faces of PING’s Tour wedges.

The wedges hit the shop groove-less, looking like this.

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Next, wedges are loaded three at a time into the milling machine.

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The Gorge™ grooves are then cut.

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The grooves are constantly checked for spec, making sure that they conform to USGA standards.

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After all is said and done, the PING Tour wedges and the Ketsch putters. Head out to the customers, and a whole bunch of metal scrap heads to the recyclers.

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Playing Ketsch

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After all the design work and manufacturing precision that went into the development of the PING Ketsch, it’s little wonder that it already has multiple wins on multiple tours this season, and more importantly, it won MyGolfSpy’s 2014 Most Wanted Mallet competition by a mile.

I know that we will see more gold-plated Ketsch putters in the PING vault in coming months, as well as in lots of recreational golfer’s bags. Maybe even yours…

Win A Custom PING Ketsch

How would you like to own your very own Most Wanted mallet? The PING Ketsch can be yours just by leaving a comment about the Ketsch in the comments below. In about a week, we will pick a random winner, get your custom specs, and then PING will send a new custom Ketsch your way. It’s just that simple. Good Luck and I’ll Ketsch you later.

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      Bryan

      9 years ago

      Has the new model of this come out yet? Since they don’t sell them on ping’s site it’s hard to tell if you’re getting the newer model or the old model. Is the newer model the cadence tr or is that a separate club all together? Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated!

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      Garry Lloyd

      9 years ago

      I have a nome tr straight back putter and tried the Ketch slight arc this morning at Golftown,
      it made it quite obvious I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT THE SLIGHT ARC MODEL.
      THW KETCH WAS GREAT -COULD NOT MISS FROM 10 FEET IN.!!!

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      Bryan

      9 years ago

      Garry had you gotten tested beforehand or did you just guess which one you needed? I’m looking at buying one now, but am just self fitting myself from the pings online tool… Wondering if I should go in somewhere to actually get this done.

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      Mike

      10 years ago

      I am a 12 handicapper who faithfully keeps stats of each round I play. Putting has been my Achilles heel when it comes to lowering my handicap. I used a demo Ketch for a round at the end of last season and couldn’t miss from five feet and in. Maybe more remarkable was my distance control; lots of tap-in par putts.

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      Mbwa Kali Sana

      10 years ago

      I bought the PING KETSCH when it came on the market ,I’m a Blade putter and honestly tried in earnest to have this mallett woork for me .In vain :I have révèrted to the NIKE MÉTHOD MCO and the TAYLOR MADE DAYTONA GHOST TOUR .
      For m’y own use ,they are far superior .With a blade you feel exactly where you have hit the ball :with the mallett you just don’t know!
      I précise I am a fairly good putter :28/30 puts per round .
      I was told thecPING KETSCH was dicontinued because it’s ” non confirming “.Right or wrong ?

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      Groundhog

      10 years ago

      I bought a new ping Ketsch putter about a year ago. It is an OK putter I use it on occasion. Ping announced this summer that there was a manufacturing problem, stopped production and promised all Ketsch owners a $30.00 refund. I have contacted Ping numerous times, see below:

      You asked: I owe a ketch putter #0060061R I have been told FOR MONTHS that there will be a $30.00 rebate. But NOTHING happens. Please explain.Our reply: We are still waiting for the website to go live for the rebate. Once that occurs, you will receive an email advising you how to proceed.

      One would think that they could get the link running in 6 months. They must have Obama’s Obamacare webmaster working on it.

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      RGM

      10 years ago

      Not the most esthetically pleasing but the numbers, concept and execution speak for themselves. I’m on my second Scotty Cameron but this Ketsch is going in the bag!

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      Nornan Black

      10 years ago

      I WANT ONE !!!
      Very hard to find in UK, but as they say patience is a virtue and I believe this Ping Ketsch putter is worth waiting for.

      Regards

      Norman

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      John

      10 years ago

      It looks as though Ping has done it again. I can’t wait to roll one myself.

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      Lindsay

      10 years ago

      All my golf gear is ping. G25 clubs, golf bag, etc, with the noteable exception of a putter. After trying this new Ketsch putter Wow. No shakes on takeaway weighted for smooth acceleration through the putting line,this Ketsch putter is a homing device for golf balls

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      Lindsay

      10 years ago

      This Ketsch putter is a homing device for golf balls

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      Al Loveland

      10 years ago

      I love my Ping’s. I just love em like mad. Yesterday I tried the new Ping Ketsch Putter and now I’m going to have to have one of these to add to my golf equipment. This putter has the lines that helps me see the line so much better. It feels like magic in my hands as I love the weighting of this putter. And I like the longer than standard length of this putter. It’s definitely a beauty and something I see where we will be good friends over the coming years.

      Al Loveland

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      Patsy

      10 years ago

      I use the pick em up but still need help putting. Would love to give the Ketsch a try.

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      Jeff

      10 years ago

      Enjoy putting with the Ketsch. Perfer the CB model with slight arc. Great article.

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      Brian

      10 years ago

      I never thought I would switch from a blade to a mallet, but after I had this in my hands yesterday, I’m seriously thinking of making the switch.
      Had a bad weekend on the greens, and I think something needs to change. Maybe the Ketsch is it..

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      Steve

      10 years ago

      Hey, I just tested and compared the Nome an hour ago and was very impressed with it, The alignment lines are what really caught my attention with this Ketsch. On the fence now!!!
      The only problem with Ping are the decisions I have to make within their own product line!

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      Knozzmoeking

      10 years ago

      Finally pulled the trigger on the 38″ counterbalanced Ketsch yesterday, or so I thought. My pro called Ping to place the order and was told the counterbalanced Ketsch is no longer available. Not a waiting list, no longer available. What is with this company?

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      Knozzmoeking

      10 years ago

      Apparently these are back in production. Got word from my pro to expect mine in 3-4 weeks.

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      MARK

      10 years ago

      I have been waiting for a left handed version of this unique new putter since March. I have been assured by my club pro that one will arrive shortley. If I’m lucky I could win one on this site.

      Cant wait to get my hands on one either way.

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      joel

      10 years ago

      I’ve been looking for a new putter and researching for awhile. This looks like the one I’ve got to try!

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      Buzz

      10 years ago

      Have been testing the PING KETSCH counterbalanced model in a local store and just love it so far. I always test any new club for a while to make sure that it stays as good as the first time I tried it. If it does then I buy one.

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      Lake

      10 years ago

      Urgh they have a couple of these putters at my club and I hit them way better than my scotty Newport putter. I wish, I wish, I WISH! I had the funds to pick one of these up! as soon as I do its going right in the bag! this ping putter is smooth!

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      Aldo

      10 years ago

      I’m very edited about this product and can’t wait to go test one out. As an educator I love MGS because of the data it produces and the transperancy behind it. I feel like I can really trust their reviews, as a starting point of course. Personal testing has to be done.

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      tom

      10 years ago

      why was the Ketsch discontinued?

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      Mbwa Kali Sana

      10 years ago

      Who told you the PING KETSCH putter was discontinued?
      My local distributor here on the RIVIERA ,South of FRANCE ,knows nothing as such !

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      Roger Paddock

      10 years ago

      Trying to decide between the standard & CB model. I like my current mallet but seem to struggle with alignment on the shorter ones. This looks like the SOLUTION!

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      Kelly mortenson

      10 years ago

      I just pick up the new mallet ketsch putter at golf town. Manager recommended me to try it out in the store. Fell in love with feel and ease if hitting cup from five feet away. Golfing tomorrow cannot wait.

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      Tillman

      10 years ago

      I bought a Ping Ketsch last week. I have now hung up my beloved Yes putter and the Ketsch is it.

      Anything under five feet is in the hole, no matter the shape of the green. The lag putts from far out (20-30+ feet) are amazing – it seems easier to judge distance despite going up or down hill.

      Played yesterday and not a three-putt for the day.

      Tillman

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      Magnus

      10 years ago

      Ketsch is probably the putter that finally will send my old Bullseye out of the bag.

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      Mbwa Kali Sana

      10 years ago

      I like playing my PING KETSCH mallett putter against the other “TOP ” Blade putter ,thE TAYLOR MADE DAYTONA 12 GHOST TOUR :this morning ,on 18 holes of m’y home course ,the KETSCH won !
      Maybe NeXT Time ,it’s going to be the other way around !
      The KETSCH is unbeatable from 5 feet in !

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      mike s

      10 years ago

      love the reviews, read every single one lol. if i can find one used for a decent price I’d deff buy it, I just cant afford a new one, im a new golfer taking courses at USF, and i love the game.

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      Martin Cornthwaite

      10 years ago

      Looking forward to trying this one!

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      Chris

      10 years ago

      I rolled a friend’s Ketsch prior to our round and was floored by how 4-6 footers seemed like tap-ins’. Although I’ve had success with my Anser Milled #5, I’ve never felt as fearless and confident over putts of that length as I am with the Ketsch, so count me in if you’re still taking entries. thanks

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      Doug Walker

      10 years ago

      I’m trying to get my hands on a counterbalanced model with an adjustable shaft. I’m giving up on my arm lock putter. I hope this one changes my putting life.

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      Bruce

      10 years ago

      Just getting back into golf after a many year hiatus, Sounds like this new Ping Ketsch would be a great addition to my bag as I learn/relearn. It’s not quite like riding a bike :-)

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      Ron dimartino

      10 years ago

      I have been using ping putters for over 20 years can’t wait to try the new ketsch putter

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      Adam Dziekonski

      10 years ago

      Just purchased brand new set of Ketsch irons Tryed them in store and love them
      Being playing Ping since 2005 and is good to have new generation Ping still in my bag.
      Thank You Ping :))

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      Brian

      10 years ago

      My putting is ‘okay’ with my Odyssey D.A.R.T., but I sure would like to give the Ketsch a go.

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      Alex

      10 years ago

      Did anyone ever win this putter? I have always wanted a mallet putter, I have only used blades.

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      Cannonball

      10 years ago

      I’ve been playing a answer for 10 years and an imitation for the 10 years before that. It took the ketsch to pull it out of my bag. Best move ever. I love this putter. Great feel. Great look. Great feedback. I did notice I was leaving solid strikes short due due to what I believe is from the graduated grooves, but once I had stroked it for a round that all polished out. I don’t even notice the miss hits at all. This one should be in the bag for the next ten years.

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      vin

      10 years ago

      Great putter. Been playing it for several rounds now and whilst I still miss the odd putt I am getting far more confident. I used the ping app to determine putting stroke (straight) and then got my favourite length (34). What I would love is some sort of gadget that determines lie. I guessed it at 2 deg flat. Very close as it sits really well. Never had a better putter. Top notch! Thanks a bunch. Also been looking at irons. Currently playing i10s and wanted to love i25s. To much offset and I dont play enough for s55. Some of us draw / hook naturally so dont want offset. Please release a less offset I series set.

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      Frank Carr

      10 years ago

      Heard this is a great putter

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      Marcus Foster

      10 years ago

      I’m a terrible putter and have probably been through 10 in the last 2 years trying to find the holy grail.
      This putter has caught my eye and with the great reviews its got i’ve ordered one without trying it, lol.

      Ping Ketsch… Couterbalanced… Adjustable Shaft… Slight Arc.. 2° flat… still waiting on a delivery date though :(

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      David W

      10 years ago

      After reading the most wanted putter article I played around with the Ketsch at the PGA Superstore in North Myrtle. I have played center-shafted putters for more than 10 years but this is is a heel shaft I would consider. Very easy to line up and the weighting is great. Missed very few inside 10 ft on the practice green. Would love to have my own to practice with :-)

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      Cameron Walshe

      10 years ago

      I have seen so many pro women using these putters. I have heard they make it really easy to line up the ball sink some putts. Would definitely bag this.

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      Mark Matthews

      10 years ago

      Awesome putter. Picked one up in my pro shop and can’t stop thinking about it. Would be a welcome addition to my ping i25.

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      Lane

      10 years ago

      The putter is awesome looking and sure to be deadly on the greens.

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      MichaelW

      10 years ago

      First off, special thanks to Fraud Detector whose conspiracy theories prompted Dave Wolfe’s pithy reply, which in turn made me laugh out loud. It was a welcomed laugh. As a sleep-starved parent to a newborn, I’ve been in a bit of a stupor of late…but it was amusing nonetheless. Re. the putter, here’s a question for the design team at Ping (or the MGS community at large): to what extent does changing the shaft length in the adjustable version of the counterbalanced putter impact the ‘counterbalancing effect’ as compared to the counterbalancing in the fixed-length-shaft version? Does that make sense? No? Did I mention I was sleep-deprived…?

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      Tuggboat

      10 years ago

      Sign me up. I need a new putter.

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      Glenn Brudny

      10 years ago

      I have been looking for a mallet type putter – and have tried other counter balanced putters form other manufactures. I will have to try this Ping.

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      Bigleftygolfer

      10 years ago

      I am not a mallet guy I currently roll a seemore fpg however I am very interested in this putter I went to my local big box to buy one and the sales rep said it was not available in LH which I thought was odd for ping. Can any ping MFGr provide insight to this? I would love to game another ping as I used an old answer putter in competition through college.

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      Josh

      10 years ago

      I have been really interested in this putter since the mallet shootout. Can’t wait to start seeing it in stores.

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      Clark

      10 years ago

      Another outstanding PING article. I have tried the KETSCH, it felt wonderful and I too made every putt from 5 feet. They did not have the CB versionbut they did in another PING putter. I was getting ready to order one next week but now the TR Answer is in competition… Naa, I’ll be ordering the KETSCH after the contest.

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      Meoka

      10 years ago

      Love that Ping is a research / engineering company first rather than a marketing hype machine. The Ketsch is just so sleek being chiseled from one piece of solid aluminum block.

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      Glenn

      10 years ago

      35″ slight arc

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      Andreas

      10 years ago

      I’ve already ordered one but I’d love to have a counterbalanced too :)

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      Bobby

      10 years ago

      I’ve always tried to find putters with the longest alignment line on the top. This looks like a winner. The next thing they should add is a laser pointer (and optional putting robot) to really get that 5′ percentage up to 100%.

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      BlkNGld

      10 years ago

      Really need to demo this one. A mallet for slight arc has me curious.

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      Kyle Young

      10 years ago

      I demoed this putter as soon as I read the article on MyGolfSpy. I loved it but had just got a Nike Method a week earlier, so I didn’t buy it. But winning a free one would be awesome!

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      Matt

      10 years ago

      This looks like a sweet putter. Does anyone know the specs on the counterbalanced version?

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      Scott King

      10 years ago

      I have no doubt of the science placed in one of these bad boyz. They look great.

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      Brian

      10 years ago

      Great behind the scenes piece… can’t wait to give this one a try.

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      take-dead-aim

      10 years ago

      I only play milled blade putters and I have owned them all. I have a 7 hcp and play competitive golf as well. FYI- I couldn’t find a Ketsch used, and took that as a good sign. I now have played 27 holes with the Ketsch and also putted for about 4 hours on practice greens. The feel with this putter is ABOVE average. I believe this is due to the aluminum material used. It feels the same to me as the Scotty Cameron Detour putters that had aluminum inserts. This putter surpassed my expectations on lag putting, feel, alignment, and even the knee knockers. Its in the bag. I’m sure it will become a popular choice for professional golfers.

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      Ross Bailey

      10 years ago

      I was able to test hit the putter at a retail store over the weekend in OKC. All I can say
      is nice. If I were a southern cali kind of guy it might be “bitchin” but no matter
      how you describe it, this putter will quickly find a way into my bag.

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      Chris Lee

      10 years ago

      Love to see the process behind the putter! getting to see the whole design process and how PING develops these beauties is really interesting. Make more of these articles!

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      doug stein

      10 years ago

      i own the adjustable. it’s awesome.

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      Brian Church

      10 years ago

      Always loved the feel of ping mallets my first was a cushion which rarely missed was stolen out of my bag 30 years ago.

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      Craig

      10 years ago

      This putter just looks soo easy to roll! Love to try either model.

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      Carl

      10 years ago

      This putter looks really good. See some of the pros using it too. Oosthuizen looks like hes been rolling it great.

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      Chester

      10 years ago

      This putter further exemplifies why I have been loyal to PING as a customer.
      Quality product with innovation. Well done guys!
      Yeah, my Scotty is in danger too.

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      Allen

      10 years ago

      My Scotty is in serious danger :)

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      RonnieG

      10 years ago

      After your last three articals about PING I am going to have to seriously consider putting them in my bag. Being here in Arizona I’m sure they could get me fit better than anyone else. Maybe I’ll start with a Ketsch putter…

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      Matt Shainberg

      10 years ago

      Would love a putter like this if i could afford it. I can’t seem to make anything with my putter, and its causing way too many 3 putts.

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      Bill

      10 years ago

      Great follow up on the Ketsch. Still not available locally but I’m Jonesing for the opportunity to hit one..I’ve hit the 2nd place finisher Wilson v2 (huge improvement over version 1). If the Ping is that much better than the Wilson it’s no wonder I can’t find one!

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      Emmett

      10 years ago

      Tried this at Golfsmith was impressed inside 10 ft but would really like to try the counter balanced one on the course.

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      Francosporto

      10 years ago

      Where in holland could i order my ping ketch

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      Vince

      10 years ago

      Great putter. After reading your articles I decided to go to the PING HQ and do the custom fitting. What a fantastic experience. The vibe in the place is just unbelieveable. It also happen to be the same day Bubba was coming in to hit balls and to treat the whole place to lunch!!! I didn’t get to see him, but just very cool.

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      Eli

      10 years ago

      36″ counterbalance for me

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      chrisG

      10 years ago

      A putter that seriously tempts me to replace my original 2 ball – wow I didn’t think that would ever happen!!!

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      Brad Clarke

      10 years ago

      Ping have really been producing some great putters, and I’ve been blown away rolling the TR putters in-store. Haven’t rolled a Ketsch yet, but after the results from the testing (and the fact that there’s a Kersch for every fit-for-stroke type) this is sure to happen.

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      Andrew

      10 years ago

      What a great looking putter. Would love to put this up against my Scotty Golo.

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      Tommy

      10 years ago

      I didn’t know anything about the Ketsch until the mallet challenge here. Seeing it come out so far ahead, I can’t help but try it at some point.

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      kevin

      10 years ago

      i tested 1 today at a store. has a great feel on impact. the ball never felt like i miss hit or was short.

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      MarkP

      10 years ago

      Another great, thorough and informative article from MyGolfSpy… thank you. And thank you to Ping for their (unique) approach to improving their customers golf games (and no I do not work for them). The Ping Ketsch is at the top of my wish list. Since I can not afford a new putter (or any other club for that matter) just now… I really hope that I win this drawing. Regardless, keep up the great work at MyGolfSpy!!

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      Blade

      10 years ago

      After reading about whatgoes into th putter, I really want to try one! I do best with a mallet for sure. This looks great!

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      Cody C

      10 years ago

      Never put a mallet putter in the bag, but why not give 2014 best mallet a try. #pingKETSCH

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      Mary

      10 years ago

      I’m in. I will be getting one as soon as I can.

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      stephenh

      10 years ago

      Sorry if this was mentioned before, but does the name Ketsch mean anything? I noticed all the play on words in the subtitles, and the nice putter too!

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      Ryan

      10 years ago

      Damn, this may be the putter that makes me convert to a mallet….
      Tried it on an indoor practice green and it really was so easy to align.
      Not beautiful to my eye but that can change quickly when you start draining your putts.
      Going back to PGA Superstore to loan it out and test it on the actual greens this weekend.

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      Kevin Anderson

      10 years ago

      I’m buying one of the Ketsch putters this weekend. I’d love to win the backup!

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      Paul

      10 years ago

      it’s great to see a company look for knowledge first, and then make a product based on that knowledge.

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      Joeski

      10 years ago

      Ping me. I need this to get to single digits.

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      J-P Vidizzon

      10 years ago

      Thanks for the article.

      Would love to try out the Ketsch as the last Ping putter I had was a Isopur Anser that I didn’t get along with.

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      Wayne

      10 years ago

      Really like the looks of this putter. I’m a mallet guy, and would love to try it out.

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      Grant Gillman

      10 years ago

      Excellent review, enjoy reading the impressive data of the testing. Have used (various) odyssey putters for years and may be time to move on. Like one of the other comments, I’d like to see a review of the CB model and would be equally interested in seeing how the CB performs relative to the standard model in a repeat the testing you’ve done. Thanks.

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      Hans Wimmer

      10 years ago

      I need this putter. I have not so vanity license plate that reads 3 putts. Would like to change that.

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      Dan C

      10 years ago

      How do you scoop the ball up after the gimme?

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      Tillman

      10 years ago

      Good, Dan…. very good!

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      kevin

      10 years ago

      dying for a ketsch

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      Jim

      10 years ago

      Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these

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      Geoff Rasmussen

      10 years ago

      Anxious to try the counter balanced version after testing my putting stroke with the iPing Ap on my cell phone.

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      Warwick Weedon

      10 years ago

      I will be putting (excuse the pun) one in my bag soon!

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      Joe Golfer

      10 years ago

      Love the looks of this new putter.
      I’ve played mallets ever since the very first Odyssey putters came out, and I still have my Odyssey Dual Force Rossie I from the very first year that they came out.

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      oban_wan_kanobi

      10 years ago

      This putter is freakin nice. I’m waiting for my local store to carry the counterbalance version of this putter. The matte black finish is super nice too!

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      Ken O'Neal

      10 years ago

      I so want one of these!!!

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      BenJ

      10 years ago

      Definitely looking forward to testing this one.

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      Barry Hand

      10 years ago

      When I asked for a Ketsch putter the sales person said, “They are popular and on back order.” I replied, “That is what I figured, what is the catch?” Reply, “That is funny”. BH

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      daveyd

      10 years ago

      I’ve been waiting for a ketsch since I read myspy’s review!

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      Ronny A.

      10 years ago

      48/50 from 5 feet. Wow! I need this putter.

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      andrew

      10 years ago

      i wonder how well this would work center-shafted…even as is, i will be giving it a serious look…

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      Jeff Craig

      10 years ago

      After reading MGS review I have had one on order from Ping through my GC and have waited since the third week in April for it to arrive. Very frustrating and I hope it’s worth the wait.

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      Derek

      10 years ago

      Great looking putter. I’m looking forward to trying one.

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      Blade

      10 years ago

      I have always gravitated towards a blade style but I would love to give this mallet try. There has always been a Ping club my bag.

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      Lawton

      10 years ago

      Could the Ketsch end my love affair with my Piper C TR adjustable? If you say so, I’ll try it.

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      John Connery

      10 years ago

      I never have won anything and I would live a new Ping ketsch putter

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      dnewcomb

      10 years ago

      Best alignment lines I have ever seen. I currently use a Ping Nome but would love to get my hands on the Ketsch

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      Mike Matthews

      10 years ago

      Would love to see one of these with a mid-length (can’t say belly putter) shaft. I prefer to stand more upright and 35″ is a bit short for my 6′-2″ frame.

      Tried this putter at a golf store and man was it easy to feel the golf ball on the putter’s face to judge the speed…alignment lines are great, too.

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      Harry E

      10 years ago

      Mike,
      I know with other models, so I presume with the Ketsch, Ping makes an adjustable putter that goes from 31″ to 38″. Unless you want a belly-putter, you can get one that is longer to fit your height and stroke.

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      DL

      10 years ago

      I’m a mallet guy. been using one of the original Rife 2 Bar mallets for years but I think a Ketsch would look great in the bag next to my i20’s.

      I have putted in the golf store with this putter…. very good feel… I loved the way it looked and it gave me confidence standing over the ball…. win/win.

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      Stu

      10 years ago

      Been using a Ping Answer that is 15 years old and going to replace it with the Ketsch.
      Looking for these game improvement features (forgiveness and alignment) to improve
      My results.

      One thing i like about the old Answers made from steel is they are virtually immune from scars
      And scratches and no need for a headcover when in bag. No matter how good the headcover
      I wear them out in 1-2 year from use.

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      Salmon

      10 years ago

      When my girlfriend informed me that I was to get a new putter for my birthday this was at the top of my list of putters to try primarily due to the results in the most wanted. After trying several stores in the hopes to find one, I have been told that they are bassically sold out here in Aus. I’ve been trying a lot of different putters over the last two weeks and at the moment the Karstan Answer 5 is my favourite off the face which just makes me want to get my hands on the ketsch even more. I’ve had to resort to putting in a special request through a teaching pro friend to the Ping rep to find and bring one along to there next demo day for me to try

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      Bill

      10 years ago

      I’ve been bouncing between a Cameron Red X and a G series B60 for weeks. This looks very interesting!

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      Eric

      10 years ago

      I am a big fan of mallets. I currently rotate between a rife hybrid putter and a odyssey 2 ball. I have only tried the Ketch in the store and it seems like it could be a good upgrade for my putter.

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      Michael L.

      10 years ago

      I think the Ketsch is one of the most beautiful mallets out there. I recently switched backed to my old TM Vicino Monza Spider after dinging my Rife Aruba right on the sweet spot about a month ago and the Ketsch definitely blows my taylormade and rife putter out of the water as far as looks go. I would be so grateful if I won this putter because right now I’m not doing so well with my taylormade!

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      Hayden

      10 years ago

      Every club in my bag is by Ping, except my putter. Until now, couldn’t part with my O’ssey Marxman mallet. This putter looks like a genuine upgrade on what I thought was the perfect putter. It has all the same features but in a milled head. Awesome.

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      Denny Samuelson

      10 years ago

      I have been waiting weeks to try out the Ketsch! If what I have read is true, it will lap my Daddy Long Legs mallet. Got a text that two have arrived at a local golf store. Hoping to get there before they are gone.

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      Steve

      10 years ago

      How many putters do I have ? But there is only one I want. Can”t wait to get one of these into my game.

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      Ed Y

      10 years ago

      Really looking forward to trying this putter on the course. Went to store to find it because I had to see it and roll a few. Frames the ball nicely at address and feels good off the face. Love the R & D going into Ping equipment. Made the switch to the S55 irons this year and couldn’t be happier.

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      Don Rhodes

      10 years ago

      At my age [ 73 ] and being a late starter in the great game, appearances are all important especially as an aid in “phsych-ing out” the opposition as you stand on the first tee. One of these would blow the opposition away, and therefore sinking putt after putt would simply be a bonus.

      Cheers. DonR.

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      Calvin Paquette

      10 years ago

      I’m so impressed with the work PING puts into their products. I really want to roll the Ketsch CB, as I imagine it would be about the perfect putter for me. The real question I keep having though is, if PING doesn’t do CB putters in large amounts, perhaps they have found the data behind them to be suspect?

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      Chris Coburn

      10 years ago

      This with a Superstroke MidSlim is the putter of my dreams right now, gimmie one!

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      Scot Stoffer

      10 years ago

      MGS’s review in the most wanted mallet has me very interested in the Ketsch. I haven’t had a chance to roll one yet but hope to very soon.

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      Pat Smith

      10 years ago

      The only mallets I have used were the Odyssey Rossie II and Never Compromise Voodoo. I miss the Rossie but wasn’t thrilled with the insert. The Ketsch definitely caught my interest.

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      Ronald White

      10 years ago

      I’m dying to try this putter. Go ahead make my day!

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      Tom Kirrer

      10 years ago

      Ping has always make quality products, the Ketch is a winner…would love to win one…

      Reply

      RG

      10 years ago

      I would love to win this putter which would help me stop 3 putting!

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      Anton Murphy

      10 years ago

      This is the ultimate putter and we deserve each other!

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      Rad Chad

      10 years ago

      Daddy needs a new PING for a little zing in his game! Woohoo

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      david

      10 years ago

      I just had to have one. Found the perfect one on ebay. Straight,33″ 400 grams(I like a heavy putter) and at a good discount. Played with it today. Saved at least 5 strokes. I judge a putter by how easy it is to make the 4 and 5 foot putts. This is truly the best . When you set up to that 5 ft. putt it give you great confidence and that is 75% of the battle.

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      Jason

      10 years ago

      Love the looks of the PING Ketsch putter.

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      Jim Lee

      10 years ago

      I have never used a mallet putter, always a blade. I see them as big and bulky. After reading this and other articles about this putter. I want to try it out. I want to lower my score.

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      BR

      10 years ago

      I would love to win this putter. I ask myself which type club I’d like to win IF I could win—- I guess its really easy, why not start with arguably the most important club in the bag–putter? And after reading this series about Ping, its engineering/attention to detail and science incorporated into its products I am motivated to go get a putter fitting. Thanks

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      mRon

      10 years ago

      I am gaming a Scottsdale Grayhawk TR and it is nails I mean dead-on. It’s hard for me to believe the Ketsch can beat it. I would gladly give it roll to see !

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      RICHARD

      10 years ago

      Anything that funny looking has to work!!!

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      RICHARD

      10 years ago

      Anything that funny looking, like the original Ping clubs, has to work!!

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      Fraud Detector

      10 years ago

      Mygolfspy is being PAID by PING. I just dont understand y non of you readers can see this. They have a private tour of the factory AND they are giving a free custom PING putter? Come one FRAUD!!!! Anyone else notice that Ping always and ALWAYS makes it in top 5 of anything mygolfspy reviews? Why is that no other review site ranks PING almost always lower than mygolfspy?!?! Be the smarter consumer, this site is such subjective BS thats its ridiculous, Show me some videos where all these supposed test subjects got the results. Posting videos on youtube is free and if mygolfspy can make such an “extensive review” why dont they post a video of all these people actually swinging these clubs and showing some results. I can see why titleist doesnt send anything to mygolfspy EVER.

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      mygolfspy

      10 years ago

      CONGRATS! This is the “Comment of the Day”. Send an email to contact @ mygolfspy.com and we will get your prize out ASAP.

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      whistle-blower

      10 years ago

      Don’t do it my friend. It’s a trap…

      Tillman

      10 years ago

      Re: Paid by Ping

      I play with a Yes mallet and rarely 3 putt AND I am getting the Ping.

      To make such a scurrilous attack on MGS is completely unfair, bordering on libel.

      I have personally found the evaluations made by MGS reliable. Unless you are willing to invest the time and expense to test their findings, then STFU.

      Tillman. (My real name)

      Dave Wolfe

      10 years ago

      So, did you want to be entered into the random drawing?

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      Tony Covey

      10 years ago

      You do understand that every major media outlet visits PING and nearly every other OEM on an annual basis right? There’s absolutely nothing at all unusual about that at all. Way to get to the bottom of it, Sherlock. For someone who’s telling others to be smarter, you appear ABSOLUTELY OBLIVIOUS to the fact that PING (who incidentally for the record as a matter of fact, does not pay us a dime in advertising, and does not provide us with any more product or contest warez than any other OEM…actually it’s measurably less) spends considerably less money in advertising other places than many other brands. Has it occurred to you that where PING finishes in other test (I don’t really know, I don’t look often) isn’t a reflection of how much they spend at MyGolfSpy (again…it’s ZERO) but rather a reflection of how much money their competitors (who incidentally also spend ZERO here) spend elsewhere?

      You want reality, here it is: There’s a quarter million bucks or so in ad dollars from big golf companies that we leave on the table annually. We don’t take money from Callaway or TaylorMade (or any other golf company for that matter). A Quarter Million Bucks. ZERO (MGS) vs. A QUARTER MILLION BUCKS (the other guys). Quadruple it for print. Be Smarter.

      I don’t believe anyone else has laid out their testing protocols in as much detail as we have.

      Your Fraud Detector is defective. Be Smarter.

      But by all means, if you have proof that we’re “PAID by PING”, offer it up (you can’t because it doesn’t exist). Otherwise, as Tillman says, from a legal perspective, your comments border on libel.

      As far as videos go…as a matter of “proof” of our tests, I’m not sure what they’d actually add. Be Smarter…Any idiot with a camera can film guys hitting golf balls and call it whatever they want. That said, it’s something we’ve looked into, but quite frankly, editing (if you’re going to do it well) takes a considerable amount of time, as does importing all of the data we collect, analyzing it, putting it into an understandable format, and finally writing up the results. We don’t have large team, and since time and time again we’ve learned that video content doesn’t actually perform well, we focus our efforts on what matters.

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      Andrew Arvan

      10 years ago

      As a bonified putter nerd, I can’t wait to roll one!

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      Jim C

      10 years ago

      This is the one I have been waiting for!

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      Lawrence Lin

      10 years ago

      I have been gaming the Ping Senita for about a year and love this putter. I must give the Ketsch a test drive. It looks great and it’s apparently the best putter on the planet. Can’t wait to get a hold of one and watch the putts drop.

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      Ron

      10 years ago

      I would love to own one of these because my putting has always been my huge downfall in golf. I have tried right handed putting with a long and short putter and even left handed putting. Currently I putt left handed but this club is very difficult to find to demo. I own almost all Ping equipment and this would be a great addition to my set. Great article and keep up the great work!! I have spent hours and hours in the PGA superstore trying different putters and watched a few people putt with this one right handed as they said how great it is. One thing I know is I only putt with a mallet style putter.

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      David Slicer

      10 years ago

      Please, no pun on the name! After reading about this putter, my game would greatly improve winning one.

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      Mike

      10 years ago

      I play the Nome TR now, but your article has me really wanting to try the Ketsch!

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      Frank Pipolo

      10 years ago

      Mike,

      I have the Nome TR as well. I have hit the Ketsch a lot at the local shops and I think you would be disappointed with the “non-difference” you will see. Not a knock on the Ketsch at all, but how good the Nome TR is.

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      John

      10 years ago

      The Ketsch sounds fantastic and I’ll be trying one whether I win or not :-)

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      Dave Sanguinetti

      10 years ago

      I truly enjoyed the Ping visit accounts, and the experience with the Ketch is no different in its reading. Thanks for validating Ping’s excellence and quality. It is true to being better not just bigger.

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      Bill Karow

      10 years ago

      I like the fact the regular and counter weighted have different sole treatments. Drool…

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      mike mcferron

      10 years ago

      Just loaded my bag with i25 irons. The Ketsch would be a nice addition. Already using G15 driver and three Ping hybrids!

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      JimmyO

      10 years ago

      A center shafted (shaft between the heel and center alignment lines), face balanced version might Ketsch on.

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      ebo

      10 years ago

      I have 7 Ping Putters but none are a mallet. Used to play a zebra and stupidly sold it after a poor putting streak. That was before I realized it was the puttee, not the putter. I refuse to sell putters now!!!

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      jerry hopkinss

      10 years ago

      I have purchased at least a dozen ping putters and still have most of them. This one sounds like it will be added to my collection.

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      P.Reen

      10 years ago

      I’m really impressed with PING and the coverage from your visit was awesome. Not full of useless facts but talking about the stuff we really care about. I just switched my irons from Callaway to PING in January and will probably be overhauling my whole bag with time….including my putter. Keep up the good work boys.

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      WhitneyH

      10 years ago

      It’s great that they offer some user fitting capabilities when ordering from their site. I do wonder if the Slight-Arc model is a 30% (3:30) toe hang or much more such as 4:30 or 5:30. I do wish all brands would specify such specs so we don’t need to wait to determine find these out in a store or a forum via user comments. This is a somewhat important spec if you have been measured on a SamPutt lab but not critical, it’s of course possible to learn to putt with just about anything.

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      Mike Early

      10 years ago

      Great article … neat to read about how they are made and the research that went into the design and manufacturing.

      I would love to be able to get one of the counterbalanced models.

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      David Steel

      10 years ago

      I have been reading really good things about the Ketsch putter so I went by one of our golf stores to see it. I don’t know what exactly is different from the other 100 or so putters I have owned, but it really rolls the ball well. If I don’t win one I guess I will have to just buy one!

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      Harry E

      10 years ago

      I currently have an adjustable Scottsdale TR (strong arc, 2* flat). It is great!. The IPing App is great. The Ketsch is next in line.

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      Chris Lee

      10 years ago

      I love seeing the process behind the putter, unreal to see how its made and the design process behind it all. Make more of these articles!

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      matt

      10 years ago

      I love most of what Ping puts out, but the putters have been a little boring to me for a few years. With the new grooves and research, I think they have a real winner. If you can’t find a Ping putter that works for you, you simple aren’t looking.

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      Lee

      10 years ago

      Reading about this one in the MSG mallet test got me beyond interested. Dying to try this one but haven’t seen it in stores yet.

      “cough” PICK ME! “cough”

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      Bernie

      10 years ago

      From what I just read, I should go to my favorite retailer and trade my scotty in for a much lower price than what I paid and get a Ketsch. Or, I could wait and be chosen as the winner and have both. No problem, let me know when I win.

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      Sunny

      10 years ago

      Dying to try one, can’t find a left handed adjustable model, even at Roger Dunns Santa Ana

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      Jim Sims

      10 years ago

      I use a crazee now. The Ketch sounds like an improved putter.

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      ed bonney

      10 years ago

      Excellent looking putter. Ping has made been making some of the best putters for a long time.Can’t wait to try this new putter

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      Jim

      10 years ago

      I’m a big fan of mallet style putters and love my Ping Piper S that I’ve been using for at least 8 yrs. I look forward to my next yrs Christmas, or birthday gift, yeah, the Ping Ketsch!

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      Ron Badger

      10 years ago

      I am a mallet putter fan. Using the In series Wack-e now. I’d like to try the Ketch.

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      Scott

      10 years ago

      I have putted it and really like it. I am dying for the counter balanced to hit my local golf store so I can try and buy.

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      Dave

      10 years ago

      I’m one of those waiting to try the CB version. Hope the stores have it by Father’s Day.

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      Dan Eaton

      10 years ago

      I keep ‘umm-ing’ and ‘ahh-ing’ over this putter. Would love to see one in the flesh and have a go. Maybe it would replace my Scotty!

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      ray hertz

      10 years ago

      I have a Ping Zing 2i putter for years like it allot. Not sure that I want a Zing TR or a new mattet TR design but I’m looking. I wonder if the new Zing TR is the same weight as the my old 2i. Thanks for the ping info.

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      Mike G

      10 years ago

      I have used a mallet since my first Zebra. I currently use a Ping Sydney and I get grief on it because of the look, until I make everything I look at. This may be the stealth answer.

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      craig

      10 years ago

      Konichiwa bitches. Gimme a Ketsch.

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      Wayne Moyer

      10 years ago

      I have been trying to find this putter in Canada since I read the most wanted story.
      Still can’t give a left kidney to get one here.

      Pick me so the wife can stop hearing about this putter.

      Thanks

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      Patrick

      10 years ago

      Anxious to try the Ketsch putter at my local golf store; I have a felling that it’s gonna Ketsch on with us mallet-lovers.

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      Marty Buechner

      10 years ago

      Well, I wasn’t surprised to read the positive comments on this putter. When one puts, most forgiving driver, fairway wood, or irons, into search engine PING is the answer. I trusted the information and couldn’t be more satisfied.

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      Mbwa Kali Sana

      10 years ago

      I bought the PING KETSCH (Slightly Inside version ) after the excellent rating in GOLF SPY ,though I am a “BLADE PUTTER “.
      I have being playing lately the wnner of last year’s contest ,the Blade NIKE MCO 1.
      It took me some time to get used to the PING KETSCH :I have to admit it’s a fantastically accurate putter :it beat’s outright all the others within 9 feet .
      On long lag puts ,15 to 25 feet ,I “feel “better the NIKE METHOD MCO 1.
      I carry both putters in my bag ,and switch in between them ,depending on distance (Of course not when playing in a competition ! );
      Same with the drivers :the PING G 25 ,which came out number 2 in the GOLF SPY contest is my preferred driver,essentaly or its accuracy ,but I play also ,when distance is needed ,the KRANK FORMULA ,who didn’t do well in the GOLF SPY trial ,though it gives impressive distance ,but it’ a driver difficult to play for a not single figure handicap player (At 80 ,I still play to a 7 Handicap )

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      Glenn

      10 years ago

      Can’t wait to try one, but none of the local Ping dealers has one in stock yet. If it’s an improvement over the Nome, they’re going to sell a lot of these.

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      David Lefler

      10 years ago

      Any putter that has turned Lee Westwood into a good putter deserves a serious look.

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      Brian T

      10 years ago

      Nice behind-the-curtain. Love the putter…now if you threw in Azahara Munoz it would be an even better give-away!

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      Dave L

      10 years ago

      I have played the Ping Doc 15 for years, i. e., the Waffle Maker.

      This is the first putter in that time which has me actually wanting to buy a new putter.

      Ketsch The Fever!!

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      Danny Woodard

      10 years ago

      I pre-ordered the Ketsch after reading your first article. I have the 400g CB 38″. It is awesome. Every time I sink a big putt against my playing partners now there response is “that @#$& Magic putter”.

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      Greg Watson

      10 years ago

      I want one these bad !

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      Craig

      10 years ago

      Not a mallet fun but great article on it’s made.
      I like the visions of the strips for center and width of ball. Might have to try this one out.

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      Peter Ciambrone

      10 years ago

      I’m buying it regardless just need to figure out of I am slight arch or straight arch, thanks !

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      Bill esham

      10 years ago

      Love it. Want it

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      Bill esham

      10 years ago

      I love the look of this putter

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      Dan D

      10 years ago

      I love these behind the scenes looks into how clubs are designed and made. While I am a NomeTR fan, the Ketsch has my eye.

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      Dennis Stein

      10 years ago

      I sure would like to catch a ketsch putter to compliment my set of G25 woods and irons.

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      Russ

      10 years ago

      So where’s the gold plated one then? Quite like the idea of some green bling!

      Could be time to replace the long poorly used odyssey two ball and get fit for a putter methinks……

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      Jonah Covitz

      10 years ago

      Ping is a great company, and this putter looks awesome. It killed in the most wanted contest. I am a mallet guy and would love to test this against my method 00 putter.

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      Mbwa Kali Sana

      10 years ago

      Dear Jonah ,
      Please look up my comment below:NIKE METHOD MCO 1 vs PING KETSCH

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      rich speziale

      10 years ago

      Boom,
      Ordered my Ketsch CB one month ago……….6-8 week backlog, Argh!
      PING is where it is at!
      Rich

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      Robert Singh

      10 years ago

      It looks like a friggin’ batmobile! I want a counterbalanced one… :D

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      Luke C

      10 years ago

      Sweet!

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      Chris C

      10 years ago

      Just bought a Scotty Golo5, but willing to return it if this can beat it!

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      Nic B

      10 years ago

      Man the ping quality goods never stop I need this putter. Thanks mgs for turning us on to this beauty

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      Robert Wille

      10 years ago

      Ping Nome with an adjustable shaft is my current gamer. I was looking to upgrade it to the TR model last year. I am glad I did not, so now this putter with the TR technology and a counterbalanced shaft should be in my bag soon!
      The adjustable shaft of my putter acts like a counterbalance, since my grip is at the normal position, and the balance of the shaft above my grip acts like a counterbalance one. I adjust my grip on the shaft for longer putts, I swing as usual but my hands are raised 1 or more inches and it allows me to use the same swing!

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      Tom

      10 years ago

      I know that the Ketsch is the key ingredient of my pursuit to turn doubles into singles!
      Let luck be a bogey!

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      W

      10 years ago

      I love the look of these! That flat back and sleek shape is simply stunning. All it needs is a nice black Iomic.

      Reply

      Scott

      10 years ago

      Love their design approach. A lot of non-golfing companies could take a leaf out of Pings book.

      Now just need to wait for my local golf store to decide to carry one of these in left hand so I can try it.

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      CB

      10 years ago

      I’m so intrigued by all of the praise the Ketsch is receiving. I’ve owned a couple of mallets in the past but tend to prefer blades….but of course I’d love to bag the thing at no cost! Thanks for another entertaining write-up guys.

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      Rick Thau

      10 years ago

      Looking forward to upgrading to this putter

      Reply

      Brian

      10 years ago

      Hadn’t heard of the Ketsch before. Just learning about golf, and enjoying reading the articles here. Looks like a purpose built putting machine. Great job Ping.

      Reply

      mark rogers

      10 years ago

      Really interesting article . Interested in giving it a try.

      Reply

      mnfats95

      10 years ago

      None of my local shops have one of these. It would solve the issue if I won the contest!

      Reply

      Mike Marshall

      10 years ago

      I’ve always been a blade guy and am a huge fan of the B60…….this putter now makes me want to try a mallet! Keep up the good work.

      Reply

      Hans Mann

      10 years ago

      These look awesome. I use a ping anser 2 right now and love ping clubs. Used a friends mallet putter of a different brand and really liked it….but because of the simple true quality I have found in all my ping clubs I was happy to see an easy to align classic looking mallet putter like the Ketsch. Sculpted from a solid block of aluminum is no nonsense….love it.

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      johnny

      10 years ago

      The ping ketch looks fantastic and l love the alignment aids

      Reply

      dru_

      10 years ago

      Oh the Ping Ketsch. The puns abound, but the truth has been found. This is a putter like no other. Dull in color, bright in result, out from the tumult, we have a winner. I makes me a sinner, for tis unjust, that for this putter, I lust.

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      Dominiek VW

      10 years ago

      Been curious to try one of these since reading the most wanted test, and seeing how much better lee westwood’s putting looks since he started using it ! Sadly no lefthanded ketsch is jet available near me ! Would love to try !

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      Darren Tan

      10 years ago

      After the MGS test, I went to my local Ping shop to test out the Ketsch (adjustable model).

      Result? I just can’t miss! I joked the the putting mat was rigged and then I brought my own blade putter. I was slightly less accurate with it compared to the Ketsch but I had to really concentrate with every stroke. Using the Ketsch allowed me to be more relaxed and not be so tensed up in comparison. The mallet just swings down on the correct path on it’s own and everytime it goes into the hole. The fitter advised

      I just changed a whole set of irons and was actually looking to buy new woods but I might just use that money for the Ketsch since I probably won’t be able to win one as I’m from Singapore. Also I will use the putter more often than my driver/woods.

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      Darren Tan

      10 years ago

      Realised I missed out on a sentence.
      The fitter advised that my stroke was halfway between straight and slight arc and the Ping putting app was also really good in crunching all the data. All in all, I’m very impressed.

      Reply

      Chris C

      10 years ago

      I own at least 10 Ping putters, but I’ve never had much success with mallets. Would love to give this one a try.

      Reply

      RussT

      10 years ago

      Really want to roll a CB version.

      Reply

      Bradley Young

      10 years ago

      Would love to have this advantage. Combine it with a fatso!

      Reply

      Simon ACT

      10 years ago

      Tried one last week, OMG! It just doesnt feel like its going to twist during the stroke, and roll is incredibly consistent. This thing is seriously good!

      Reply

      The Old Billy Baroo

      10 years ago

      Definitely want to give the Ketsch a roll. Was almost going to get a Nome TR but the Most Wanted Mallet results had me take a step back and re-evaluate the line so to speak. Love you guys.

      Reply

      Derek Watson

      10 years ago

      I’ve been looking for one to try. These look awesome and I have a spot in my bag for it!! Would love to win a custom one

      Reply

      shagan

      10 years ago

      Cant wait to give it a roll.

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      DB

      10 years ago

      I think this putter is more popular than PING had expected. I hear that if you order one right now, you’ll be receiving the putter in about 8 weeks.

      Reply

      Roger L

      10 years ago

      The Ketsch looks better to my eye than my current 2-ball. I think I need one!

      Reply

      Steve

      10 years ago

      I have had many Ping putters in the past (still have a fond spot for my original Pal2.) In recent history, the available crop has not interested me to the point of purchase. However, this putter looks very worthy of a try. I look forward to its release.

      Reply

      Nathan

      10 years ago

      Would be interesting to try this against my nome putter

      Reply

      DaveMac

      10 years ago

      I am not sure how reducing ball speed from the centre of the putter face will suit my local course (slow greens) but I would like to try one and see.

      Reply

      David

      10 years ago

      I own the Ketsch and the Nome TR….the nome won on the practice putting green, I thought it felt better. The Ketsch ultimately made it into the bag, it seemed more accurate and easier to line up on the course. The Ketsch will be in my bag for a long time to come. (Or at least until the new round of “most wanted” putters come out!)

      Reply

      Carter

      10 years ago

      Yes sir, Ping all da way

      Reply

      Jim Dudek

      10 years ago

      I interesting. If love a Ketsch!

      Reply

      George J

      10 years ago

      Ketsch: looks like Ping hit a home run with this beauty

      Reply

      Jonathan

      10 years ago

      Love mallets, love Ping. Thanks for the opportunity!

      Reply

      Charles P

      10 years ago

      I love this putter’s understated but purposeful design. Had the pleasure of handling one recently and I came away very impressed. After reading this article, it’s easy to understand why it performs so well.

      P.S. I would LOVE to own one…

      Reply

      Steven

      10 years ago

      It is a beautiful putter. I am excited to try one, but my local shop hasn’t got them.

      Reply

      Kevin Davis

      10 years ago

      Haven’t wanted to game a mallet until now. Hope to get picked!

      Reply

      Dan K

      10 years ago

      Very interesting article. I’m considering buying one.

      Reply

      Rem

      10 years ago

      Is it available in gold plated?

      Reply

      Eugene

      10 years ago

      This putter has me intrigued. I have been a blade putter user for years and my first putter was the Ping Anser. I may have to make a drastic switch and try out this Ketsch!

      Reply

      Andy W

      10 years ago

      Grooves make for higher “off-center” ball speed than if hit in the sweetspot???? Grooves work like high MOI?? I am a Engineer, and this fits in the realm of bamboozlement. So why did this putter stood out? My theory is the white alignment markings’ location & design fit the eye of this group of MSG testers..

      So here’s a test, redo the Mallet test with a different set of testers. Ketsch wins again, then I could be a believer….

      Reply

      Thomas

      10 years ago

      Very nice putters!

      Reply

      McaseyM

      10 years ago

      Love the clean look and minimal design style. I like the mallet head, the extra weight just feels right. After reading your PING HQ stories, it makes me realize the need to get a putter fitting. Plus with how much this blew all of the others off the green, I will have to roll it at a golf shop and if better than my Backstryke, look to make a switch. PING’s craftsmanship and attention to process are a beautiful combination.

      Reply

      Chuck Perry

      10 years ago

      PING does it right…engineering first. I appreciate the article and research that went into it.

      Reply

      Matt

      10 years ago

      Been drooling over this putter for months, trying to find some locally to go demo. Counterbalance or not to counterbalance, that is the question.

      Reply

      Brett

      10 years ago

      Thanks for reporting on this. I’ve used an old ping B60 for years, but am thinking of getting a new putter. I look forward to seeing how the Anser T does in your tests!

      Reply

      M. Percy

      10 years ago

      Want one of these bad boys, ASAP.

      Reply

      Aaron M

      10 years ago

      Would love to try the adjustable one. I put Kuchar style so would need to be the longer shafted one and preferably some extra loft.

      Reply

      Hunter

      10 years ago

      So…

      Here is my question:

      Why is there a need for a non CB putter? If the CB putters are so much better (I have never used one…just asking) then wouldn’t that be the way for all of us to putt?

      Can’t wait to try this!

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      Sam Isgett

      10 years ago

      I wanna try one of these puppies!

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      William Johnson

      10 years ago

      Love the look. This could scare my TM Ghost Spider-S out of the bag.

      Interesting the research behind the face tech w/grooves instead of an insert. This is on the must swing list…

      Reply

      CM

      10 years ago

      Arizona born and bred with Phoenix in my blood, just like PING. All I play and all I will ever play.

      Reply

      Tahl

      10 years ago

      I have been a mallet guy for many years. Currently gaming the Sabertooth. Would love a PING putter that performs to show my brand loyalty.

      Reply

      markb

      10 years ago

      I’ve been playing a black dot 355 gram Ketsch, 35″ with Superstroke 2.0 for about a month now. I tested it extensively (about 250 measured putts from 3 distances) before I bought it. While it’s a very good putter, and a slight improvement over my Odyssey 2-ball, it is by no means a birdie machine or automatic inside of 5 feet. I wouldn’t rate it any better or worse that most others I’ve tried from that distance.

      Actually, I find that it excels at lag putts, but I do tend to fight a tendency to leave everything short regardless of length. It has taken me a long time to train myself to mentally “blast” putts by the hole in order to get them just past the hole. I have to pick spots 3 to 5 by the hole and putt to them, or I constantly come up a foot short. It is very good on slippery downhill putts, however and I’m able to snuggle up closer regardless of slope.

      For what it’s worth, I couldn’t find a CB version anywhere when I went to buy last month, now they can be had easily on ebay.

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      Brian Kuznia

      10 years ago

      Throwing my name into the hat. Going to a demo day on Friday and planning give it a roll!

      Reply

      Neil

      10 years ago

      Beautiful putter. I can’t wait to see how some custom Ketsch putters look like coming out of Ping’s WRX Shop.

      Reply

      Pete

      10 years ago

      Tried it out at my local PGA superstore and really liked the feel. I wasn’t aware of a counterbalanced option, maybe I’ll try that next.

      Reply

      Christian P

      10 years ago

      I have the Odyssey Rossie Metal-X putter in the bag and it’s been ok for me. I tried out the Ketsch yesterday and I might be switching putters again. I didn’t want to try at first because I was afraid I was going to like it. Damn it! I tried it and I loved it.

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      AH

      10 years ago

      One thing I notice about this club is that the alignment features seem to work better for me in an outdoor demo setting. The “fang” shape along with the ball width bar that the main sight line is painted on seem to jump out at you a lot more in natural lighting. This is my long rambling way of recommending that you try it outside if you get the chance.

      Interested to see how my TR Karsten Fairs in the blade test.

      Ping line continues to impress.

      Send one my way any day.

      Reply

      AH

      10 years ago

      BTW Dave I love the shot of the “top milling”

      Reply

      Sam Watkins

      10 years ago

      I think I missed at least 5 puts in the 6 to 12 foot range last week. Might be time to replace the ancient garage sale Mizuno blade.

      Reply

      Evan

      10 years ago

      Oh snap!!!

      Awesome article. I roll the TR Senita atm and would love to bag the counter balanced variant of the Ketsch. Thanks for the opportunity.

      Reply

      Jonathan Warburton

      10 years ago

      I have used a Ping Zing Putter for the last 20 years, time to get into the 21st century.

      Reply

      TwoSolitudes

      10 years ago

      Long time fan of Ping Putters. I have used a Craz-e for years and years. Everytime I think I will try something else, that Craz-e ends up back in the back within a month or two. Would love to have a new Ping in the bag!

      Reply

      Matt

      10 years ago

      As someone who had 45 (!) puts in his last round, I’m seriously considering a switch. My current putter nearly found itself at the bottom of the lake on hole 18 last weekend.

      Reply

      blstrong (SeeRed)

      10 years ago

      Really looking forward to pitting the Ketsch against my beloved STX xForm3 (itself no slouch in MGS competition). BTW, how do I get one of those raw, milled Ketsches? Sweet!

      Reply

      Gifford Dunn

      10 years ago

      I tested this putter at my local golf shop – its deadly accurate with great feel. I should have bought one. Now they are hard to find in stock.

      Reply

      Tom54

      10 years ago

      Really cool stuff. The attention to detail by PING (and by the author of these columns of course) are top notch.

      Reply

      Michael Smith

      10 years ago

      I got my first mallet (Odyssey Versa #7) a year ago and really like it. I have hit the Ketsch mallet at my local golf store and really thought it had a great look and feel. Might have to upgrade…

      Reply

      Josh S

      10 years ago

      Thanks for the opportunity. I’d love for my putting to ketsch-fire from 5 feet !!

      Reply

      sir person

      10 years ago

      Like always the product looks like crap but Ping sure knows how to make an excellent working product.

      Reply

      Brando

      10 years ago

      I never really considered any Ping equipment, but they seem to be doing well in all the Most Wanted testing. It makes me want to go try out the Ketsch putter. Maybe it’s time to trade in my Odyssey.

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      Braden

      10 years ago

      Ping putters are the best.

      Reply

      Brady

      10 years ago

      Thanks for the trip behind the scenes! The Ketsch looks like a good way to shave a few strokes! I might even kick the daddy long legs out.

      Reply

      Brady

      10 years ago

      Agh. Sorry. Ignore/delete this one. Thought my other comment got eaten by the web so I wanted to be sure I had a comment in.

      Reply

      Michael Green

      10 years ago

      This article is awesome. It is really great to see what the manufacturing process is behind this great putter and also amazing that it is made entirely in the USA!!

      Reply

      Kenny B

      10 years ago

      We had a demo days last month just after your test, and the Ping rep had one in the van. I got to try it, and it was NICE!! Would love to spend more time with it to compare with my gamer.

      Reply

      Torvald

      10 years ago

      The Ketsch presents such a struggle for me as I really do not enjoy using mallet putters. However, nobody can do without a 96% success rate inside 5 feet. I may need to switch.

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      Sprout

      10 years ago

      If it’s that automatic, I’d have to drop trusty ol’ Kristen Bell (a Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Del Mar 3.5).

      Reply

      txgolfjunkie

      10 years ago

      I’ve annoyed my buddies at the local golf shops with my constant pestering of when they will get a lefty Ketsch in stock. Think small child on long car trip asking if we’re there yet. So far just right hand on the racks. Needless to say, I’ve developed quite the stroke by putting right handed with the Ketsch. It looks great at address.

      This club has been at the top of my ‘most wanted club of 2014’ since the putting results were released. I suck at putting so seeing the results gave me hope. Pretty cool to see how it’s made and hand bent for stroke.

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      Shawn Schaffer

      10 years ago

      This Ketsch putter has been seriously ruining my golf mind recently!

      With every missed putt “ketsch” echoes in my mind. The results just don’t lie. Seeing your review and test data it’s definitely caught my eye. Never having a Ping putter before, this would be a perfect first experience!

      Love the articles and Ping as a company.

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      Steve J

      10 years ago

      This is an excellent putter, best mallet out there.

      Reply

      hckymeyer

      10 years ago

      I’m still waiting for this to come into the pro shop so I can test it out. It’s high on my list of putters to try for this year.

      Reply

      Brian Pimpinelli

      10 years ago

      Ping Ketsch counter balance putter , strait arc, 32 inch,

      Reply

      whodat

      10 years ago

      32 inch, try Ping Gnome.

      Reply

      Westy

      10 years ago

      Oh damn I would like the counter balanced version, love the shape and really want to return to Ping putters after years away and my putting needs all the help it can get…..5 footers for me are a big problem and that anchoring ban isn’t likely to help me…..

      my Ping i20 irons have been a revelation, can see me moving more towards ping as the next season or two comes round.

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      Eric

      10 years ago

      This is literally the first putter I’ve been excited about. I’ve never been one to be impressed by the look or even feel of a putter, I want results and the test results were extremely intriguing. Now I’m just waiting for the local stores/pro shops to keep enough in stock so I can try the different styles…so far, there have only been one model available when I visited.

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      Mike

      10 years ago

      I seriously regret selling my old Ping mallet. They make some amazing putters. Might have to give the Ketsch a roll.

      Reply

      Ryan Gonsoulin

      10 years ago

      I’ll take mine with a side of Ketsch-up.

      Reply

      Richard Higgins

      10 years ago

      This putter looks like it is one I would like to try. Is Ping going to transfer this technology over to a blade type putter also?

      Dick H

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      Tim Saunders

      10 years ago

      Desperate for one of these counter balanced was hoping to get one before Open Qualifying 23 June but been told early July, gutted!

      Reply

      eric

      10 years ago

      On the heels of the MGS tests, I test drove one of these at a PGA Superstore and bought it, immediately. I don’t know if it’s the fact I know it did so well in the MGS test, the TR technology, feel, etc, but this putter is no joke. Speed control is a breeze. Balls end up around the hole regardless of where you hit it on the face. The putter defintely increased my confidence. Recently, I holed birdie putts in the 15′ plus range and par putts in the 5-7′ range under tournament conditions. Granted, it was a scramble, but a birdies are birdies when you are trying to win something. Long story short, the ball goes where you aim it. It’s worth a try if you are in the market.

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      DanUsh

      10 years ago

      It really is amazing how the engineers look to improve based on science. Its no wonder why Ping has been performing so well in the most wanted contests. The Ketsch just looks like it instills confidence when looking at a putt.

      Reply

      brady

      10 years ago

      Thanks for the trip behind the scenes! The Ketsch looks like a sure-fire way to knock a few strokes off for anyone. I may have a certain spidery-themed putter to break up with soon…

      Reply

      JLS

      10 years ago

      I’ve never played a mallet before but this one makes me think that maybe I should be. If I won the putter then I’d have no excuse!

      Reply

      Will

      10 years ago

      I’m still waiting for the counter balanced one to show up at my club! I really need one.

      Reply

      Bill Lind

      10 years ago

      Unbelievable the work that goes in to try to help golfers lower their scores. Kudos to Ping!

      Reply

      Ryan Jones

      10 years ago

      PING was the first club set and putter I ever owned. Over the years I’ve strayed away, but this putter certainly has me reconsidering returning, even at the expense of my Cameron Go-Lo.

      Reply

      Bobby

      10 years ago

      Definitely a different look to the mallet, would love to have a putter that makes 48 of 50 from 5 feet! Would lower scoring for sure!

      Reply

      AV

      10 years ago

      Interesting. Do you know how flat a lie angle can be made with the Ketsch?

      Reply

      Harold

      10 years ago

      Nice looking putter, i’m looking forward to try the CB version.

      Reply

      Qwagmire

      10 years ago

      First putter ever to put the fear into my Rife Deep Blue. More than likely I will buy one soon if I don’t win here. This thing was smooth.

      Reply

      Dave

      10 years ago

      I play a Crazee Anser right now. I can’t imagine how well a counterbalanced, somewhat larger and heavier, similar putter would feel.

      Reply

      Michael

      10 years ago

      Has this site ever run a test on counterbalanced putters? I’d like to know more about the benefits of counterbalancing.

      Reply

      Golfer Burnz

      10 years ago

      I still want to know where the name “Ketsch” came from? Is it like the Ping “Bergen” named after the town where Karsten was born in Norway? What is the significance? It is one nice looking mallet.

      Reply

      EFConn

      10 years ago

      I believe that the Ping offices in Germany are in a town called Ketsch. Hence the name. BTW I have the putter and it is currently saving me 3 strokes per round on slow greens. Can’t wait for the burned out greens this summer, it should only get better.

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      Mike

      10 years ago

      Summer blockbuster status “Putter Games: Ketsching Fire”

      This putter is on my “must try” list. Thanks for the write up!

      Reply

      Dennis

      10 years ago

      I keep looking for my local shop to get one in to try.
      I’m thinking I might like it.

      Reply

      Alex

      10 years ago

      I have never used a mallet putter but being a fan of Ping this might have to be the first one I give serious chance to.

      Reply

      Spencer Jahnke

      10 years ago

      This putter is all I’ve been hearing about lately! I feel like the counterbalanced version would be pretty deadly!

      Reply

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