PING CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY OF ANSER PATENT WITH PLD LIMITED COLLECTION
PHOENIX – As part of a year-long celebration recognizing the issuance of the Anser putter patent 55 years ago, PING announced the availability of Anser Patent 55 putters for sale exclusively through pingpld.com beginning Monday at 2 p.m. HEY. Only 55 of the handcrafted, precision-machined putters made in the USA will be available through the new website launched last week.
The first of four Anser Patent 55 models to be released this year as part of the new Putting Lab Design (PLD) Limited collection, the fully machined aluminum bronze putter can be purchased for $790. (Limit one per customer.)
Granted on March 21, 1967 by the United States Patent Office and assigned the number D207-227, the groundbreaking patent set the standard for putter design that still dominates the winner’s circle today. Over 700 Anser wins are represented in the PING Gold Putter Vault, including the 1969 Masters, the first of 20 major wins for PING’s most iconic design.
The history of the famous design is well told, from its first sketch by Karsten Solheim on a 78 rpm record sleeve to his wife Louise’s idea to name the putter Anser, shrewdly suggesting Karsten omit the letter “w” in the word. to respond to make sure the name would fit on the back of the putter. Earning his first PGA Tour victory at the 1966 Florida Citrus Open, just over a month after his introduction at the Phoenix Open, Anser’s instant popularity changed the company’s trajectory virtually overnight, as demand grew so rapidly that it necessitated a family move. Scottsdale garage and in a small building north of Phoenix to monitor production. The original building still stands on the company’s 50-acre facility.
The Anser is also famous for its influence on other putter designers in the golf industry, many of whom celebrated the day the patent expired.
“A lot of time has passed since the invention of the Anser putter,” said John A. Solheim, CEO of PING and youngest son of Karsten and Louise Solheim. “We think it’s important to remind the golf industry and some of the younger golfers that the familiar putter design they see with other brand names was created by Karsten in his garage in the middle of the 1960s. I was lucky enough to be alongside him in building the first Ansers and continued to do so for many years. It was one of Karsten’s many contributions to the game that ultimately made him earned inductance into the World Golf of Fame, the only manufacturer to be so honored.We are flattered that design has had such an influence on putter design over the past 55 years and believe that now is the time. ideal for celebrating its continued success by providing golfers with a piece of PING history with the introduction of the Anser Patent 55 model.”
With only a handful of opportunities per year, PLD Limited models consist of putters played by PING’s top professionals and iconic PING putters that have changed the game. Intended primarily for collectors, these models will be serialized and available as built without modifications.
The upcoming Anser Patent 55 will be machined from stainless steel and will launch on June 13, followed by a weathered carbon steel version on September 26. The latest Anser Patent 55 is machined from stainless steel with a finish yet to be determined. and is available on December 12.
For more information, contact Pete Samuels (602) 687-5487.
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