If you prefer a firm feel off the putter face, then look no further than the new Heppler family from the engineers at Ping. The firmer feel is a result of extensive machining of the face to ensure it's flat - sounds simple enough! During Ping's extensive testing as part of the development of the range, it was discovered the auditory feedback of the flat metal face increased confidence by providing a distinct impact experience without compromising performance.
Ping also continues to explore the performance benefits of multi-material construction in their new putter line up. Lightweight aluminium combines with steel, strategic shaping and precise weight placement to produce extremely high MOI designs. A range of nine mallets and mid-mallets provide extreme forgiveness and optimal CG for accuracy and consistency. The new Tomcat 14, for example, has the highest MOI in the line and features a 14-dot alignment aid inspired by runway lights.
Unique to the Ping putter families over recent years has been their adjustable shaft technology - however, this has also drawn some criticism around the stability, especially at the longer lengths. Ping has reviewed and re-engineered this for the Heppler family. A stiffer adjustable-length shaft is lightweight and sleekly concealed beneath the grip, allowing you to customise between 32" and 36". One full turn using the adjustment wrench causes a ¼" adjustment up or down, and the grip remains aligned during the process.
Finally, a premium, contrasting copper-and-black finish provides alignment cues and visual interest.
There is a total of nine head designs to choose from, listed below.
Anser 2: Featuring the same heel-toe weighting that helped make the original Anser 2 so popular, the Heppler version will suit a play with a slight arc in their putting stroke.
Fetch: Ping's designers used aluminium around the hole in the middle of the head to further incease MOI. This mallet head will suit a straight back and through putting stroke.
Floki: Mallet putters which suit an arcing stroke are enjoying popularity, and the new Floki head design expands a player's stoke options while boasting the second-highest MOI in the Heppler line thanks to significant steel around the perimeter.
Ketsch: Like all the Heppler mallets, the Ketsch effectively utilises multi-material construction. A trio of lines frame the ball for better alignment in thie model suited to either a slight arc or straight putting stroke.
Piper Armlock: A mid-mallet head shape is the predominant design for armlock putters thanks to their low-CG, high-MOI, heel-toe weighted makeup. Featuring a non-adjustable double-bend shaft attaches heel-side , a 21-inch grip, and 6° standard loft.
Piper C: Centre shafted putters are suited to straight back and though strokes and can perform like a high MOI mallet with the aesthetic of a blade.
Tomcat 14: Runway lights inspired the series of alignment dots in the highest-MOI model in the Heppler family. The back ballasts are aluminium which has been hollowed out and filled with steel to deliver the high MOI— suited to either a slight arcing or straight putting stroke.
Tyne 3: Steel accounts for 2/3 of the weight of this head design thanks to a thick back flange which results in a lower, much deeper CG and a higher MOI. The Tyne 3 suits an arcing stroke.
ZB 3: To achieve a high MOI in a strong-arc putter a larger section of the cavity was carved out and replaced with large heel-toe weights. The alignment dot is a product of Ping's continued research showing this cue makes aiming easier for strong-arc players.