The Ping Anser Forged Irons were a massive hit when they were released in Japan last year. Combining an 8620 steel body with a dense tungsten sole, the Anser offers unequaled forged-iron performance. A hollow-sole cavity enhances the Anser's soft feel and pushes the CG low and back for higher-launching iron shots. More details are as follows.
Now you might think this is the first forged iron Ping ever made but actually it’s not. The first forged irons ever produced by ping (1961) were actually forged blanks that Karsten milled cavities into. They were his first cavity back irons and only a couple hundred were produced before he turned to investment casting that would revolutionize the industry.
As far as we know when they were released in the US in the Fall they soon flied off shelves. I feel it was the next logical step for Ping to make…although when we heard the rumors about this a few months ago I was shocked to hear about it. That is because Ping had stuck to their guns for so long when it came to casting there clubs…and the quality of their castings were done so well. But this allows them to grab a piece of the market that they might not have been able to in the past and will open more doors down the road I feel.
Look – Thinner Top Line
The looks are similar to the Ping i15′s and when we tested the i15 irons there was not much you could say bad about them really. The only way they could improve on them might be the feel and the 8620 forged version will surely improve on that. Even though Ping’s castings are some of the best in the business when it comes to feel already.
The Irons is smaller than the Rapture V2 which had a much wider sole and slightly thicker top line. It is more along the lines of the i15 in both size and shape. Ping has noted that the Anser Forged Iron uses progressive offset going from more to less as the irons get shorter. This creates more ease of use in the long irons, allowing the player to square the club face easier.
Design - 8620 Carbon Steel With A Partial Tungsten Sole
The Ping Anser 2010 irons are made of 8620 carbon steel with a partial tungsten sole. They have a larger than average sole width and offset as well. So you might ask why forged and why now? Well the Japan market prefers forged irons and this will in our opinion dramatically grow their market share in that market. And why the wide sole and offset on a forged iron…well the Japan market prefers this style a little more then a pure blade as well. I also feel that they will eventually come out with a more traditional forged blade in the US in the coming years. Well as long as they feel it will improve on the other blades on the market. Because that is what Ping is all about. Its hollow-sole cavity softens feel and positions the CG for higher-launching shots. The progressive set design offers long-iron forgiveness and short-iron control.
Overall, the forged, multi-metal design, of the Anser Forged Irons combine an 8620 steel body, a dense tungsten sole, and machined grooves for unequaled forged-iron feel and forgiveness. As the new irons are made to maximize playability, they will allow you to show the best perfomance on the court.