Ping is ready to release the second of its four collector putters this year as part of the PLD Anser Patent 55 series.
The second model, made from stainless steel, is offered as part of a year-long celebration of the issuance of the Anser putter patent 55 years ago. Just 55 of the putters will be available through pingpld.com for $790 each (limit one per customer), with each putter serialized.
This model follows the aluminum-bronze model that kicked off the program in March, and those putters sold out in three minutes.
Granted on March 21,1967 by the US Patent office (number D207-227), the Anser patent led to the putter that has been transformational in golf. There have been 20 majors won by players using the Anser, as part of more than 700 Anser victories celebrated in the Ping Gold Putter Vault.
Karsten Solheim sketched the Anser concept on a 78-rpm record sleeve, with his wife Louise coming up with the Anser name sans the "w" to ensure the name would fit on the back of the putter. The initial win in 1966 with the putter, a month after its introduction, put the company on the map and changed the trajectory of the family-owned business.
The next PLD Anser Patent 55 will be machined from copper and will launch on September 26.
The final PLD Anser Patent 55 is gold plated and milled from stainless steel. It will be available on December 12.